Anniversary Barley Wine Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Anniversary Barley Wine AleAnniversary Barley Wine Ale

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rich and complex, this all malt barley wine exhibits hints of dried fruits, toffee and caramel balanced by an abundance of American hops.

72 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2002

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear deep amber with thin dark tan head. The aroma is sweet sticky crystal malts mixed with citrus and pine hops and not much else. The taste starts pine hop bitterness that becomes piney, dark fruitiness from dates, raisins and prunes and even some more fruitiness with cherry notes. Nice tasting American style barleywine. It seems to have a smooth balance between dark fruitiness and pine hops with a background of mild malt sweetness.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anniversary X - Bottled 2003

I have had this beer cellared for over 4 years now and decided that New Years Eve 2008/2009 would be just as good of time as any. I picked this up in Park City over labor day in 2004. This poured a very deep, burnished ruby color with 1 finger head that turned to a whispy film. The aroma on this is quite complex and deep on this well-aged barleywine. Massive toffee and butterscotch notes mesh with a dose of spices and grassy floral hops. A slight trace of diacytel is found, but with a twist-off bottle, it is to be expected after this long. The deep aromas are almost port-like in nature. The taste is fully layered with huge maltiness and subdued hop bitterness. The body is full, yet thinned by the carbonation. The balance has definitely improved since I first sampled this in 04 but still seems as though it would cellar well for many more years. I was glad to bring this out on such an occasion, but sad to see gone. A lot has happened in the times since I first purchased this in a basement alley liquor store in Park City. Have a safe and happy new year ahead!

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Photo of hellbilly
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

XV bottled on 9/29/08 by way of superdave70.

pours nearly the same color as the bottle... woody brown with coppery hues. it has a minimal tannish off white head and some light spotty lacing.

the aroma is a touch resinous and hoppy along with caramel, grass, earthy spices and citrus (grapefruit and orange) in the background.

the flavor is similar... along with some floral qualities. the sweetness is subdued and there is a mildly bittered spicy finish. medium bodied with fine soft carbonation. bitterness and hoppy dryness keep it from becoming sticky. a BW i actually can drink without cringing... impressive.

incredibly well balanced, controlled and insanely drinkable if i didn't have to go to work...

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Photo of macster
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/28/08. Pours a clear dark amber-copper color creating a thin, but tight, creamy head. Exits the bottle thick and viscous. Dominant aromas of caramel candies, toasted malts and dark brown sugar are initially noted. Although described on the label as a malty barleywine a substantial amount of citrusy and piney hop aromas make their way through in the background. Some faint distracting and somewhat unwanted aromatic medicinal and oxidation notes are noted also. For such a young bottle this is quite unusual. Palate is slick, full and oily with a very fine carbonation level. Great mouthfeel for a high ABV beer. Flavors start out on the malty side with assertive notes of burnt caramel candies, toasted malts, brown sugar, dark dried fruits and a touch of sherry. A nice balance of moderately bitter pine and grapefruit rind hop flavors slide in at the finish to cut through the sweetness. Overall a pleasant, full bodied warm sipper; perfect for a chilly winter night. At $9.99 per sixer a great value also.

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Photo of koopa
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14th Anniversary (2nd bottling)
BOTTLED ON: 1/14/08
CONSUMED: 12/19/08

Appearance: Deep garnet body with good clarity and a butter toffee head. Good retention and an impressive amount of lacing caked all over the sides of the glass.

Smell: Some caramel and toffee malt notes with a spicy peppery hop infusion.

Taste: I'm loving the blend of the spicy hops with the caramel and toffee malt. I think I really caught this one at a good time. The hops are softened yet bitter when playing off the malt. The alcohol has really mellowed out too, being 95% concealed which is impressive for a 10.2% brew.

Mouthfeel: A bit slick yet a touch chewy! Medium full body with a surprising amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to down it for a 10.2% brew but it packs a wallop so you really shouldn't have too many.

This barley wine really retained a strong spicy hop profile even after nearly a year of age on it. I'm glad I let it age and would love to get my hands on a few more of these for the cellar.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark and hazy apple coloring with supporting orange hues with a quickly dissipating fizzy head.

S: a darken but sweet caramel with an apple fruitiness and dark molassess. Noticeable alcohol fusels were present but in a very pleasant and perfumy nature. Some fresh dark ripe fruit (spicy rum raisin) complimentst and completes this fine aroma.

T: The flavor was dark, dry caramel and molasses with some spicy alcohol fusels first greeting the tongue. Some dark fruit and a dry whiskey barrel woodiness soon follows. The bitterness was dry, and earthy combined with a dry alcohol fade that rounded things out. The abv of 10.0% was noticeable at times, but never overbearing, being dry and warm with a beautiful lingering fade.

M: full bodied, smooth and eloquent on the tongue. Hardly a trace of carbonation was to be found while it left a sligthy malty residue coating behind along with a dry alcohol laced presence.

D: Nice drinkability overall per style. Big and worthy of an special anniversary labeling. A nice warm slow sipper that progressively gets better as you go along.Worthy of a recommend and very smooth and easy to drink despite its high abv nature.

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Photo of humanawho
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - beautiful dark dark ruby color and a nice off white head that has very strong retention and lacing

S - very hoppy on the nose, lots of earthy aromas with a slight butterscotch but dominated by the hops

T - nice hop flavors, earthy, piny, leafy, there is a strong malty base underneath with a lot of syrupy and sugary flavors going

M - mouthfeel is extra heavy which fits the beer

D - being extremely malty and extremely hoppy it is as expected not a session beer

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a mahogany color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of long-lasting, creamy head and some good lacing.

S: The aroma was so dominated by hops, that not much else was detectable. Still, very pleasant.

T: Much hoppier than most barleywines. Also had citrus, caramel and other mild fruits and malts. Complex and tasty.

M: Well-carbonated with a slick finish. Full-bodied, more or less.

D: This is a drinkable, enjoyable American barleywine. It's hard to believe it has a 10.4% ABV.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The fourteenth anniversary edition, bottled on January 14, 2008. Thanks to my Denver buddy MikeyS01 for giving me this bottle along with a bunch of amazing homebrews!

Dark, hazy chestnut brown, capped with a thin sheet of taupe foam.

Very malty and rich smelling, though lacking a bit of the complexity you'd find with the best of the style. Juicy pine hop scent, with notes of molasses, cherry and alcohol.

The first sip opens with heady malt sweetness up front, big and bold, moving swiftly into boisterous piny hops. The malt is a burst of caramel, with molasses and roasty darkness. Some dark fruit flavor, coming across as fig and black cherry. A hint of fruity sourness and roasted malt in the finish, along with very light booze and plenty of hop acidity. Not much heat, and surprisingly light on the tongue. Somewhat oily and slick, but not quite heavy feeling.

My bottle states that this is 10.4%. I'd have guessed somewhere in the 8% range based on taste and feel. Despite the lighter feel, this gets to be a bit much and, as the carbonation dropped, the last few sips were a challenge.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz stubby picked up at State Line a while back. Bottled on 16th May 2008, poured into my snifter 2nd Dec 2008

A: Deep garnet red with a thin tan head that recedes to a thin, soapy film rather quickly. Reddish highlights. Retention is poor and there isn't much lacing to speak of

S: I can smell this a mile away but taking closer to my nose reveals a fairly potent citrus hop aroma and a rich malt sweetness with some fruits. Hop aroma is quite astringent and sharp. Swirling this brings out some caramel sweetness but this also brings the hops right out and they have a borderline acrid character. Decent?

T: Hoppy right off the bat with a strong citrus hop bite with a good deal of a strange, acrid taste. Mild malt sweetness with a rather thin body before a hot, medicinal alcohol finish takes over with some (more) bitterness. Eagh! Warming this up makes it a little more palatable

M: Too thin and too hoppy on the finish. Carbonation is solid and wins it some points, though. Again, warming it up increases the body a bit

D: I doubt I'll be able to finish this :-(

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Note *My bottle is a 14th anniv. and was bottled on the 14th of January, 2008.

Lovely deep red colour with a 2 finger head that almost reminds me of oatmeal cookie dough. Rather attractive.
Smell is sweet malts and juicy, resinous hops.
Taste is unsweeted bakers chocolate (didn't see that coming at all!) a bit of caramel, sweet toasted cereals, and finishing up with a citrusy hop bitterness. Nice. This would be spectacular with about 24 months on it to age the hops away and let the sweet toasted malt profiles shine through a bit more. Mouthfeel, of course, is a bit heavy at 10%+ abv, but right about where it needs to be, honestly. A decent barleywine that would age exceptionally well, IMO.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another state now available at State Line.

Pours a deep brown color with mahogany highlights at the edge of the glass. No head at all, only a thing ring. Lacing isn't there, either. Hmm.

The aroma is very nice, though it reminds me more of an English style Barleywine than an American one. Port, dark fruits, oak, sweet malt. Very little (ok, almost none) hop scents. That kinda disappoints, but this still smells very good.

The flavor is solid, but again closer to the English style. Sweet toffee malt is quickly overshadowed by boozy alcohol. Wine, whiskey, and women...seems like they're all in there. Black cherry, fig, plums, and a little bit of dates all make an appearance. Not bad, but where are the hops?

Heavier medium body with very little carbonation...maybe I got a bad bottle in that respect. The higher abv limits the ability to sit and enjoy these all afternoon, plus it isn't quite what many would expect when wanting an American Barleywine. Good beer, but maybe it's in the wrong category.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do believe this makes it state #32 for me.

Brewed on 8/29/08. 15th anniversary edition.

Pours a clear but very dark brown that let's quite a bit of a ruby hue show. Airy alcohol nose with faint malts. Flavor delivers a slight touch of alcohol on a slight fruity malty base. Smooth overall but the alcohol bites a bit. Feel is a bit slick on liquid and the carbonation is low. Easy to drink, but not displaying any great complexities at this time.

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Photo of bort11
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Wasatch for this one.

14th Anniversary vintage, bottled 1/14/08. Poured into a Corsendonk fluted tulip. Light tan head edges to the rim of the glass. Very nice lacing webs stick to the glass. Color is a dark ruby red that only shows clarity when held to the light.

Smell is a bit on the hoppy side, but sweet malts keep it balanced. Taste has a cigar smoke characteristic. Leafy and slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium body. Goes down clean, but still requires sipping. A very enjoyable barleywine.

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Photo of atsprings
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

13th anniversary edition bottled 11/9/06 and purchased at the Wine Cellar in Williamsburg, VA. Poured into a Brooklyn snifter a nice murky dark brown with a decent amount of sediment. The beer is topped with a thin head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma is loads of dried fruits, leather and some well toasted caramel malts. The taste is a decent array of dark malts, dried fruits, molasses and leather. The beer is certainly heavy bodied with plenty of present alcohol, but makes for a decent sipper. This is one that I know will take a while to drink, but I will certainly be enjoying it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is their XV (Fifteenth) Anniversary edition at 10.4% ABV bottled on "8/29/08", so this little number (12 ounceer) has been in the bottle for a total of about 3 weeks! Yikes, FRESH barley wine, not sure how I should feel about that...anyway lightly cooled and into a tulip glass, this one pours a rich, glowing dark, dark shade of honey amber, clear, equally thick and rich dark tan head, that leaves plenty of coating and scattered lace. Nose of gobs of malt, bready sweetness and resiny hops in the rear. First impression of this fresh and young brew is "wow" big and bold, smooth on the tongue, goes down easy. Big smooth malts, nicely balanced by more resinous hops on the back of the mouth. This one is drinking great right now and I would assume it will only improve with some time in the bottle. My first try of any of the Uinta line (how does one pronounce that anyway?) which have just made on shore in the NYC area.I'm impressed, well worth a try now or in a few months on one of those cold winter nights.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is their XV (Fifteenth) Anniversary edition at 10.4% ABV bottled on 072108.

A - Lots of head that took sometime to settle. Left some lace on the sides as it shrank. Dark amber almost ruby in color. The final coating is still very nice and it lasted until the beer was all gone.

S - I could really smell the piney hops while pouring but afterwards had to almost put my nose in the beer to get the scent.

T - Get an intial sweetness but following shrotly behind in is the hop bitterness. And it really likes to stick around with each sip allowing it's power to grow. It lingers for sometime after each taste. I can't get much alcohol taste over the hops.

M - Some carbonation is felt in the mouth but the bitterness just seems too much. Not enough malt to balance it. Granted for hopheads this is a good thing but for others...

D - I can only see having one at night as an after dinner drink. The hops would overpower any meal though some cheeses and maybe fruit plates might be OK.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anniversary XIV. Bottled 1/14/08. 10.4%

I wonder if these should be broken up into individual anniversary years. I haven't had other vintages but I can be pretty sure they weren't all the same. I'll leave that up to the Bros.

Pours stright the middle of a tall glass and has the perfect 2" head. It's a dark cloudy brown with red highlights.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a definate hop background. Sweetness comes through as well - brown sugar and cinnamon.

Flavor has it's sweetness too but a powerful kick of hop bitterness to balance it out. There's lots of depth to it with sweet fruits, nuts, spice, toffee, and citrus.

Mouthfeel has a good level of carbonation but it's high in alcohol and bitterness so it's not all that easy to drink. One is enough for an evening. All that being said, it's appropriate for the style.

I had a bad impression of barleywine for some unknown reason but this one has changed me. I may be seeking out others in the future.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint; 2008 vintage (XV)

Ruby red with a brown tinge to the body. Head pours a off-white/cream color, about a finger thick. Spotty lacing.

Sweet, dark fruit, figs, and a a little bit of brown sugar.

Up front, there is a sweet maltiness balanced by a bittering hop presence. Well-balanced. All of the smells are also present in the taste. Nothing really leaping out here. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as it warms.

Medium to full bodied, adequate carbonation.

Balanced to where this guy drinks pretty well. However, with a high abv, you have to slow yourself down.

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Photo of rye726
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage. Pours a clear mahogany with a silky tan head. Nose was a little light. Some bitter hops backed by mild roasted malts and possibly some candy. The taste is a brutal explosion of big hops, bitters and rich charred malts. Nice full body is well carbonated. Definitely a sipper, but quite good. Will age well for a few years. I would call this more of an American Strong Ale or Double ESB than a Barleywine.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(11th Anniversary, brewed: 2004; tasted 8/23/08)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with very little head (but what would you expect from a four year old barleywine); leaves the tiniest dots and shards of lace I have ever seen, however

Smell: Rich bitter, caramel (almost like caramel with angostura bitters)

Taste: Opens with a big malt bill that grows increasingly bitter in the angostura direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors continue, with a slightly grassier edge, but linger for a lengthy finish

Mouthfeel: Full body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The beer has held up well over its four years and provides a nice, complex take on a barleywine; the hops have settled down and the alcohol has mellowed

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle of XV (Fifteenth Anniversary) Barley Wine, bottled on 5/16/08, poured into a snifter glass.

Very deep ruby-brown in color with virtually no head making an appearance.

Aroma is of sweet dried fruit -- figs and perhaps some prune, with a bit of brown sugar in the nose as well.

Very thick and full-bodied (though not too much so) with a sweet maltiness up front, followed by a middle of alcohol and a somewhat bitter hoppy finish that is medium-dry. As the beer warms, the alcohol presence becomes more pronounced in the flavor.

Drinkability is severely hindered by the level of alochol, though two of these down would leave one feeling darn good without going over-the-top. The alcohol on the tongue may keep some away from downing anymore than one (or less), though for any discerning Bierliebhaber, another one down the hatch would be just a little more of heaven.

This is one very well balanced barleywine that is comparable to (and could in circumstances replace) a good wine, and comes highly recommended by this rater. I'd be interested in trying a cellared version to see how the flavors unfold.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle of the XIII Anniversary Barley Wine (lists on the label at 10.4% ABV), bottled 01/03/07, consumed June 2008 (from notes). Poured to a snifter. Thanks to Wasatch for the bottle.

A: Warm cherry red/mahogany brown - that's a vague description, but it's somewhere in that range. Capped with a light tan, creamy ring that never builds above 1/2 finger and drops to a thin ring. Good carbonation.

S: Sweet - toffee, figs and green raisins. All covered in a bready grain. Alcohol is barely noted.

T: Lots of grain: a spicy wheat, a vague minty-ness, and a leafy green hopping. Hops are big and forward, despite at least 18-months since bottling. There's a sweet toffee and a modest bittering.

M: Muted carbonation gives a pleasing, coating creaminess. A faint alcoholic/fusel burn is forgivable; hops are still radiant but balance nicely with a chewy graininess.

D: Not a favorite among all the barley wines I've tried but good enough to have again. Since I'd not had this before, it's impossible to note how this has developed with age. Suffice to say, it's good with a year and a half of age but may have already peaked. Worth a try and definitely one I enjoyed; thanks, John.

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Photo of Durge
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at the Bayou in Salt Lake City, this was the 15th Anniversary version. It was a deep mahogany color with very little tan head and fragile lace rings. The aroma was malt and citrus hop and sweet wheat. The taste was solid burnt malt and toasted brown bread and plenty citrus hops. I tasted lime with a sort of charcoal in the background. Midland body, fairly drinkable but a fair alcohol feel too. Raisin was there as well and the hops did't quit. A little bit resinous. Very nice.

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Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

XIV Anniversary
bottled on 1/14/2008

A - very dark, with a nice, beige head
S - smells very sweet, of dark fruits - plum, tart green apple
T - sweet malts were dominant upfront, followed by burnt, very dark fruits, again plums. The hops made them self present in a bitter finish. Also, for 10.4%, this didn't seem as boozy as I was expecting.
M - pretty smooth and creamy
D - This was the first barleywine I have tried, with others in the fridge to soon follow. I was expecting something a little different, but this was good nonetheless. Overall, this was ok, it was pretty bitter and seems that, as the label suggests, it could be laid down to age for a bit to make the hops fade a bit and the malts to shine.

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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