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 NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The "XV" is noticably smoother and more rounded & focused than the previous "X" I'd tasted (see below). I find it a bit more citrusy in the hops, and less piney (which I personally prefer). It's not as malty, but it's also not as joltingly bitter; and although I'd cellared the "X" for two years, this actually seemed far more refined with just a half-year on it. The appearance is also better, and it leaves more lace, so I've bumped it a half-point there; and I think it also deserves another half-point in drinkability. REALLY NICELY DONE! Perhaps one of the best American barleywines on the market today. Superb!

"X" Tenth Anniversary.... cellared for 2 years. 10.0% abv.

The initial pour from a longstanding bottle delivers a clear ruby-mahogany body beneath a creamy tan head that holds well and leaves some very nice lace throughout almost the entire glass.

The nose is sweet with sugar-cookie dough, brown sugar, berries, and pine. The components work well together, but also stand out on their own quite readily. Very nice!

In the mouth it's quite creamy without being overly dextrinous or full bodied, and it passes so smoothly that you barely notice it.

The flavor delivers a combination of raspy pine, juicy fruitiness (sweet red berries, juicy dark skinned fruit, orange), sweet malts (caramel, brown sugar, cookie-dough, biscuit), and a delicate note of alcohol that appears at the swallow. A bold bitterness intervenes halfway, and in combination with its resiny, piney hops, leads to a long-lingering, dry and bitter finish.

Perhaps a bit more age may soften the intensity of the piney hops, but I think not. Otherwise it's a really well rounded, soft barleywine that's a joy to drink; and in fact, at times the contrast of the raspy hops to the rounded sweet malt is quite nice. Well done.

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

Mostly clear black brown body, with a light tan collar. Juicy robust malt barleywine flavor nose -- ripe prunes. Light and flavorful. Lots of sawdust and fermented booze and grapes. Lots and lots of malts. Wide mouth bitterness -- hop edges all over the body, sharp and bitter. Medium impact barleywine and port aspects. Balanced yummy barleywine.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear deep dark amber with a frothy almost tan head which rose tall and lasted low to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and malty, deeply malty in fact. The malt aromas coupled with the fruitiness were quite enticing. Some slight higher alcohol complexity caused some slight spice aromas. The malt was Munich malt and dark caramel. The fruits were hop based and slightly cirtus while still being a bit grassy.

The flavor was of all things...chocolate. The malt aroma never led to the thought of a chocolate flavor. The malt flavor was present and contained dark caramel flavors which were overpowered with chocolate. The fruit was present as were strong hop bittering and hop flavor components that were once again citrusy and slightly grassy. The bittering was strong and well done.

The finish was dry, almost bone dry with chocolate as the flavor dries quickly going into citrusy and grassy bittering long lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium full or a bit better, the carbonation was fairly high. The chocolate in the flavor was a bit unnerving, but this was a fine beer and highly drinkable. There was alcohol present at all points throughout the aroma, flavor and warming after consumption, but none detracted from the experience.

12 ounce twist off bottle. Forget where I picked this up in VA, but the price tag was $1.99. Eleventh anniversary XI, best before 02/12/05 on bottle.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is the 2003 which i picked up for 2 bucks at the arcata co-op. I wish there was a place that cool 'round here. anyways i pleased to buy it aged 2 years because i sure don't have the patience or space to age beers that long

This is a by the book, great tasting barley wine. Sweet malts dominate as there is little hop flavor. Very English tasting. It is a medium reddish hue. There are alcohol and malts in the smell. I don't think i've ever had a barley wine that went this smooth and was this easy to drink. mouthfeel was a bit watery though

If you like a mellow sipping barely wine you can do much worse than this. True to style

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been sitting on this for a while. We'll see what it is like now and then crack the other one I have in a while. It pours a deep ruby, almost purple color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is piney and peppery hop with a big sweetness underneath. The flavor is pretty mellow. There is a roasty quality, almost coffee-like, that moves to a piney bitter. The feel is rather thin for a barleywine, being just at moderate. Overall, this is just an average beer. Nothing really grabs me and pulls me in to it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A new state. OK on color and aroma, but not much on taste. Low as a barleywine, a little too drying. Altogether doesn't work, with sweetness and medium mouthfeel but acidic, and too much alcohol in there. Maybe in a few years, but I won't look out for it. Radekfest #5

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Photo of ppoitras
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity... "XI" Eleventh Anniversary Barleywine, bottled in 2004.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" of tan head over the clear bright chestnut brew. Head is long-lasting, and the lacing is great for the style. Aroma is strongly of piney hops, with a sweet undercurrent. Taste starts with sweet malts and pine, goes grainy/gritty in the middle, and closes with a bitter, sour aftertaste. Certainly not what the appearance and nose were leading me towards. Mouthfeel and drinkability are not that great for the above taste issues. Maybe age would help this one, time will tell.

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Photo of Zorro
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

TENTH ANNIVERSARY BARLEY WINE Bottled 2003 - 10% Alcohol.

Pours a clear dark brown brew with red color when viewed through light.

Smell is sweet and malty with an oily hop scent and a grainy background.

Taste is sweet and fairly bitter. This is lacking in secondary flavors, bland for the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable but not that great a barleywine. Needs more complexity to be a great brew. For the money Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale is a far better beer of this type.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orangey light brown cloak is crowned by a slight off-white ring. Beautiful biscuity malt has a profuse earthy and smoky backbone to it. At the same time, the severe alcohol bite is dwarfed by obtrusive c-hops, sharply piney, orangey, grapefruity.. Palate presents also that immature hoppy profile on a leafy platter, almost harshly so and I’m usually quite fond of leafy flavors. Suggestions of wood, pencil shavings (dusty finish), vegetal green hops, toffee. Medium body shelters a low carbonation. Nevertheless, just for being what it is (10% barleywine from Utah), this is an absolute must.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2003, this is the tenth anniversary version of this beer, and it just so happens to have 10.0% ABV. Isn't that cute?

Quite dark brown in color, with a moderate, creamy light tan head that leaves a decent lace down the glass. Aroma is mostly sugary at the start, but develops a somewhat fuller malt character as the beer warms. The flavor is actually quite hoppy -- perhaps overly so -- with a strong leafy character. The brown sugar sweetness is really not enough to balance. There's just not a lot of depth to the malt character of this beer -- it's too transitory, and fails to establish any serious presence in the mouth. As a result, the overall flavor is a bit harsh, even after, I guess, about one year of aging. Not objectionable, but far from my favorite barleywine.

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Photo of RootedFool
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California. Decorative heavy parchment label reads "Bottled 2003," and marks the tenth anniversary of the brewery.

Pours an incredibly dense, opaque crimson, some vague ruby highlights come through when held to the light. The head rises nearly three quarter inches, off-white, frothy, and falls fast leaving a thin collar of lace around the glass; a few islands of pea-sized bubbles remain on the surface of the brew and mingle with soapy streaks of film.

Smell is upfront cotton-candy sweet, rapidly flanked by a sharp hop kick and some warming alcohol notes; the finish is a more complex sweetness: a hint of cinnamon, golden raisins, blueberries. A bright but sharp nose.

Taste opens with a jolt of bitterness on the center of my palate, and unfolds from there: the bitterness increasing in complexity throughout the taste. The middle stretches that bitterness out, very peppery and not unpleasant, and reveals some fine tones of candied fruit in the background (rum-soaked raisins and caramel). The finish takes the peppery bitterness around to the roof of my palate, and vibrates there for a long time -- levitates! -- as the subtle malt sweetness echoes below.

Mouthfeel: not as full as I would like, but the carbonation is perfectly restrained.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Squat 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a dark red twist off crown cap. Single thick high quality cream colored parchment obverse label has a large red ‘X 1993’ on it. Labeled as ‘Tenth Anniversary Barleywine, bottled 2003’ it has a stated strength of 10.0% Alcohol by Volume.

Appearance: Caramelized brown sugar body with some dark chestnut threads. A thin cream colored head is quickly formed but soon relaxes to leave just a thick halo ring with a broken surface. Some light lacing stays on the glass close to the halo ring but not to far up the glass sides. Solid conditioning levels support a reappearance of the head with a gentle swirl. Nice appearance.

Nose: Piney hops, thick oily nose with some caramel malt which in turn has a dense rich orange liquor zest to it. Strong alcohol in the back end, almost solvent like at times.

Taste: Malts start but are immediately interspersed with decent levels of biting bitterness that is rasping with a thick pine oil feel and some liquorice sting on the tongue. Warming from the middle, the alcohol feel is still bold and unfettered by mature flavors. This is still a boisterous youngster that needs more time scrapping in the playground before it can even think about becoming an accomplished late night Barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Quite a creamy feel in the mouth, it has a solid presence and a rather bold body - but it feels aggressive. This will assist its aging no end but at the moment it prepubesent.

Drinkability: I found this one a little hard to drink, sharp tastes are unbalanced and make for a rough ride late at night when I really needed something more mature and rounded. I keep using the word ‘raw’, but this is the one expression that I think neatly sums up this Barleywine. I guess I'm soft tonight, a 3.0 is being polite.

Overall: A tad young and a little fresh at the moment to be honest. The label states that this can be laid down for some years, I would suggest that it will need at least this time to take the rough edges off of the raw character that it has.

In an ideal world, I would seriously consider popping one of these away just to see how it ages - but I live the Real World, and with the small closet in my 11th floor Apartment already full of much better beers slowly aging, I don’t think that this really cuts the mustard or deserves the space to be honest. There are much better Barleywines for my money.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10th Anniversary barleywine, poured from a 12 oz. bottle. It pours a deep reddis-orange with a fairly thin head that disappears quickly and leaves no trace of lace. The smell is piney hops with just a bit of sweetness. The taste seems to go from from somewhat unpleasantly unbalanced to decent and back again. It finishes with a strong, astringent flavor that is only made worse by the hop bitterness. I'm having a hard time finishing this one.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"X" or ten year Anniversary Barleywine, bottled 2003, ABV 10.%.
Classy cream colored label with lightly embossed barley and hops decorating the background and a huge roman X in the center in red ochre with the stated -
"Utah's first locally brewed barley wine is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion. This ale is rich, malty, and warms the heart. Like a fine wine, it can be laid down to age."

Beautiful pour of dark golden hued caramel brown, settles coffee brown and thick with a lushiously foamy yellowed cap that sets up to about an inch high before calmly settling to a broken skim and thin collar. Lacing in scattered whimsical spotty-like strings.

Aroma is burnt oranges, warm caramel malts with some heavy toasted breadishness and some fairly fresh and pungent hops that render some pine and citrusy overtones with effervenscent alcoholic heat that appears more and more as it sinks in to the snifter. Earthy notes sinder behind most of the hop twinge in the nose; quite a decent wiffer.

Taste starts with hops at the front, bittering with pine and dark citrusy stuff of orange and highly ripe peaches, malts play second fiddle with burntish caramel and toffee, crispy biscuit toasty edging, touches of chocolate, brown sugar, and then turns back to a hoppy finish fairly quickly. The malts are present, but very secondary, as this still seems fairly fresh with a good dry-hopping quality full of pine and citrus orange. Lingers for a bit and has a nice hoppy overtone in the finish.

Feel is medium, well carbonated in this bottling, crispy, hoppy-edged bite, toasty, smooth, kinda bold a bit, more hoppy then malt laden, and warm. Aging this may thin out the nicer dry-hop character from this and hamper the experience some so drink it up now. As fresh(somewhat? Doesn't say when in 2003 it was bottled) this is pretty good stuff. Really wish I purchased more. I was sceptical due to having shaky offerings from Uinta thus far and a good percent of other Utah beers, but this was a nice BW.

One of the better drinkin' BW's I've tried in a while due to its slightly lower ABV and marveluos hoppy edge. Freshly yummy; quite a good barley wine, as I said, damn, I wish I bought more.

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

First reviewed off of draft (at Lucky Baldwins) and then from a bottle (at Four Points). This is the X version.

Hopped with 100% Cent.

Beer pours light brown with a low beige head

Big bright orangey nutty and dusty aroma with some hints of brown sugar and oxidation.

Flavor is orangey and piney with dusty brown sugar flavors and a large hop bite to make apparent the attenuation of the brew.

The biggest apparent difference between the draft and bottled versions is the level of oxidation and sweetness. Overall I think the draft product is superior to the bottle, but still a nicely done effort from the Mormon land.

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Photo of jlervine
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9th anniversary 2002 edition. Poured a ruddy brown with very light carbonation. Head didn't really form, just pretty much went straight to lace. Smell is grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Taste is very smooth dark malt, almost an oakiness or tannic quality to it. Fades to a sharp hop finish that is strong in grapefruit and pine notes. It certainly mellowed some from this past summer. I wish the malt character was more pronounced or had more depth or something, but this is a tasty beer - especially with some 4 year old cheddar!

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Photo of chaduvel
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to alexgash for this one. 9th Anniversary edition, bottled in 2002. I've been aging this one for awhile, time to crack it open on this fall night, watching the Twins. Deep dark red color, looks like a port or red wine. Thin tan head that leaves speckled lacing on the sides of the glass. Caramel and chocolate covered rummy raisins dominate the bouquet. Bit of hops as well. Taste is amazingly thin and the nice smells don't come through in the taste. Very few flavors and a very astringent lingering aftertaste that is unpleasant. Glad I got to try this, but a poor example of a barley wine.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.19/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Actually labelled "Uinta Brewing Company 9th Anniversary Barley Wine 2002".
Pours out to a clear, deep-brown garnet color, forming a thin, dark-beige head with poor retention and lacing despite a vigorous pour. Aroma is intensely hoppy with a very piney aroma, a peculiar sand/dust aroma (maybe all that sand in Utah has worked itself into a Utah-themed brew!), and toffeeish amber malts. Taste is very acidic (like spit-up), with sticky amber malts buried/hidden somewhere in there. Mouthfeel is very cloying with a firm body and medium carbonation. Alcohol is not very noticeable in taste, but certainly is in the buzz it packs. Not very good stuff...horribly unbalanced, and an absolute embarrassment to the style.

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Photo of marc77
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby hue, w/ sparse yeast aggregates. Thin, but tight off white head. Enticing mix of rich caramel, toffee notes and biscuit malt aroma with a citrusy and slightly piney hop nose from the apparent dry - hopping. Fusels are noticeable as the hop oils dissapate. Fairly intense bitterness hits the palette upfront, but heavily caramelized sweetness follows. Hops do dominate, however, and nearly overwhelm the malt profile. A bit of bready malt flavors come through as the beer warms, but other malt flavors are overshadowed by the hops. The quinessential American hop flavor is some combination of the four "C" hops. Finishes w/ a lingering bitterness that masks residual sweetness. This is a fine barleywine-- I really wish I would've waited a couple more years before trying it. The malt flavor is lurking behind the hops and just yearns to shine... Flavorwise this is very similar to Bigfoot 2001. This could pass as a clone. Easily the best Utah brew I've tasted.

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