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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 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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Photo of wcudwight
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to breity for the chance to try this.
Pours a dark brown with some ruby hues, minimal head and lacing.
Nice sweet caramel malt aroma with hints of brown sugar.
Taste follows the aroma with lot's of sweet malts and brown sugar. There's also a nuttiness flavor that really adds to this beer. Almost walnut like. Faint hints of dark fruits and raisins. The alcohol warms the heart but is not over the top. Very smooth tasting.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and coats the mouth with a sweet malt syrupiness.
This one is a sipper but not too hot considering this beer is still green.
breity thanks for sending me 2 bottles as I'll lay the other one down for a year and then compare.

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Photo of tpd975
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this treat. Today is my 2nd Anniversary on this site so I figured I would go for a big Anniversary type beer. Well this is it....

XV Anniversary Batch

A: Pours a beautiful mahogany hue with brillant tones of red showing thru. There was almost head head upon the pour and the beer just lays there giving off a somewhat flat appearence.

S: Nice aroma comes from the glass. Tons of dark fruit, hints of brown sugar and roasty malt. A touch of grapefruit can be detected along with a hint of booze.

T: Taste really matches the aroma. Tons of rich sweet caramel malt right up front. Rum soaked dark fruits dominate the middle. Hints of grapefruit and pine hops come in near the end. You are left with a slight boozy burn. Very nice.

M: Thick in the mouth it comes off almost syrupy.

D: Nice tasting brew that was a real joy to sip.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle of the Thirteen Anniversary (XIII) courtesy of Wasatch.

A: The barleywine is a dark ruby red color, intensely dark and resembling mahogany. A small white band around the edge of the glass is all that remains from a finger of tan-white foam.

S: Lots of malts and, surprisingly, still a strong hop profile (I've had the beer for about a year). The thick grains has molasses and ripe fruits driving it.

T: Thick grainy malts drive this beer. Green ripe fruits and brown sugar create a semi-sweet taste that retains a strong bite. Hops are still intense, bitter even through all of the malts. The year plus in the cellar has taken some of the edge of the barleywine, settled down the hoppiness and rounded out the malts. The barleywine is not transcendant but it was a good drink nonetheless.

M: The barleywine is big, strong on flavor without blinding me with its strength. The result is an accessible barleywine with has the punch.

D: At just under 10%, this is no pounder. One bottle is not quite enough but it is all I've got. If you have some extras, lay a few down as they do nicely with a few years under their belt.

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

14th Anniversary Release, Bottled December 2007; Sampled July 2008
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces an almost three-finger thick, amber tinged, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a very dark amber / brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, striking cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma is sticky with hop notes of candied citrus, lychee, candied pine needles, some harder pine sap notes and a solid herbal backdrop. The dominant hop aromatics are supported by a sticky malt base that is quite caramelized, has some rich toasty notes and ample biscuit aromatics. The aroma is quite nice and I am definitely enjoying the sticky hop notes. While hop focused, this is not nearly as hop dominated as a Bigfoot of this age is, there is quite a bit more malt character here.

Spicy hop flavors mix with ample toasty malt notes. Seems a touch more malt focused than the aroma, but it is still leans more to the hop side of the spectrum at this point; this should get quite malty as it ages out. Lots of bitterness from the get go, towards the finish this even gets a little astringent in its bitterness with green, almost tannic, hop influences. Not quite as rich as one would expect from a beer of 10% abv; it has a medium thickness to it with a soft creamy viscousness; actually the sharp hop bitterness really cuts through the body quite a bit. In the end, somehow, this manages to seem a bit thin. This does have a nice malt character to it though; lots of toasty, almost brown malt flavors, dark bread notes and some caramelized berry flavors.

I really like the aroma of this beer and I think that it will age quite gracefully, but it is just too harshly bitter to be really enjoyable right now. Give this at least two years and this should be tasting quite nice (thankfully I was sent two bottles of this). This is definitely a beer to lay down, in fact I would guess the Brewer brewed this with that intent; so hold on to those Fourteens for a bit.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uinta- XIV Anniversay Barleywine

Big thanks to Wasatch for this!

A- Ruddy reddish brown with a small head. Good chunky messy lacing.
S- Oily pine hops and alcohol. The nose is weak on this!?
T- Strong oily pine hops with a slight touch of dried fruits; raisin and figs.
M- This one starts off watery, sweet and bitter hops arrive midway through and ends off sweet malty and boozy.

Overall- let this warm up. Not bad although flavors seem, a bit, toned down.

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

XIV, 2008 release. Pours a half finger tan head over a clear dark brown liquid. Smells piney hops riding alcohol clean sting. Orange from hops and light esters, like pear. Toffee on malt sweet wave.

Tastes rough co-humulone grassy hops that come across amplifed due to the clean alcohol. Many similarities to Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada. Piney flavor from hops is nearly medicinal. Mixes with a toffee malt sweet. Md thick with strong carbonation.

Not a style I care for, but does conform well. Rated on style, not my preferences. Needs some time for the alcohol to settle and the hop character to come around.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

XIV Anniversary Barleywine, bottled 1/14/08, 10.4% ABV

Pretty pour, with ample tight and creamy light tan head over a mostly-opaque mahogany body. Head fades to a thin lid, leaving lots of thick lacing.

Smell is quite vinous and boozy. Rum-soaked raisins, dark cherries, very fruity, warm and sweet. Like cherry pie, almost. Smells really good. Hope it tastes this good.

Big ooops on the taste. Overtly pine-metallic hops bitter, from start to finish, and at all temperatures. You sure this is a Barleywine? Tastes like a DIPA and then some. Very long bitter finish. Certainly the bitterest B-W I've had. Very one-dimensional. Hop-heads should love this. I definitely don't.

Mouthfeel is nice and round, but this is too bitter for me to keep in my mouth for long.

Drinkability is way down for a B-W, because this seems so out of style.

Weird beer: smells like a Barleywine, tastes like a DIPA. That takes some doing. However, I still have four of these out of a six pack for which I paid 10 bucks, and I'm trying to figure out what to do with them. I'm too cheap to throw them out, so maybe I'll have them one at a time with four different very strongly flavored meals.

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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