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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 mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden chestnut color in the brandy glass. A decent cap of foam and enough carbonation to add a little spritz to each mouthful.

A sweet and malty richness is balanced by an assertive hop aroma and flavor. The hops are full and toothsome with a lot of leafy flavors. The bitterness stops just at the right level. It would be interesting to blind-taste this with SN Bigfoot. The rich malt flavor dries out as you sip, and the dark caramel and roasted flavors are more savory than candy-like. A great blend of robust grain flavors, lots of warming alcohol, and a burning, aromatic hoppiness.

This used to be about the only barley wine sold in Utah. I'm glad to see it elevated from occasional to year-round. From the 12 oz bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House.

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Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This seems a fitting libation to celebrate the anniversary of the repeal of prohibition with...bottled on June 1st, 2012. Poured vigorously from a 12oz bottle into my Spirit Sippers snifter.

Burgundy/cardinal body glows a bright electric crimson/raspberry when held to the light. A small upthrust of dense beige suds coats the surface and thick tears draw down a cascade of fine lacing. Very good retention.

Candied ginger and orange zest in the nose - fresh plum and ripe berries are joined by notes of honey and barley. A potent enlivening aroma with bright esters and fruity hop notes.

Deep malty palate entry - a touch sweet at first, like over-ripe cherry (with a tiny hint of cough syrup), though this quality subsides as the malt begins to take over. Very slight toast with stewed fruit and a moderately bitter spicy/citrus/pine-nettle kick from the hops. Finishes medium-dry. Warming but not hot, the alcohol is well integrated.

Weighty yet smooth, full bodied mouth-feel with good carbonation.

Not a complex barley-wine, but well balanced and decently crafted.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color (black when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin but dense tan head that quickly died down leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose plus notes of caramel and toffee from the malts. These become more balanced as it warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops and especially lingers through the finish. The malty flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very hoppy and bitter barleywine—something that hopheads could enjoy (especially if they drink it cold). If you are looking for something with more complexity you need to let this one fully warm up to let the malty flavors develop a little more. The alcohol isn't that noticeable in the taste.

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Photo of bcostner1
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/17/11; reviewed 11/26/12.

A: Really a nice looking beer. Rich, deep, ruby red undertones mixed with some burnt orange and mahogany. Rich head that leaves long lasting vestiges around the glass and the surface of the liquid.

S: Malt, toffee, caramel, and hints of figs and raisins.

T: Follows the nose with lots of toffee, caramel, dark fruits (figs, dates, raisins) and a strong malt backbone. Faint hints of maple syrup and molasses. Mild booze and nice subdued hops on the finish.

M: Pretty easy drinker at 10+% but I think the age has something to do with that for sure. Nice body and not overly done. No alcohol burn whatsoever. Very satisfying.

I drank one of these about 8 months post bottling and reviewed this one at about 18 months post bottling. It is for sure better now than fresher. The time really did help this one along as far as calming down the booziness and helping the alcohol and hops to meld into the caramel and toffee. Solid barleywine for sure. Glad I have 2 more 12oz to sit on for a while longer.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a fat tulip glass and received about two fingers of sticky head from the initial pour. The coloring is very deep reddish/brown.

This beer smells very sweet with a lot of sticky toffee there. This is a thorough, strong barleywine. You get a lot of venous qualities. I like the heat coming from the alcohol.

This is a very good example of a barleywine. I wish I had some bottles in my basement aging for the next ten to fifteen years.

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Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in Nov 2012, if that makes a difference on the style.

A. An extremely deep brown/red color. A nice brownish foamy head that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves some lacing down the side.

S. It has a lemony and soap-ish scent. Malts.

T. There is a strong dark-fruit maltiness to it. A mild nuttiness and perhaps a banana hint.

M. It is very smooth with a tangy undertone.

O. Good and flavorful. Sometimes a barley wine can go heavy on the alcohol and feel almost like vodka was added, but this is tamed but still has an intriguing taste.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JohnnieQuest
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bradcochran1234
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tony223366
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Really beautiful ruby color. Fantastic clarity. There's a little brown in that as well. Really rich color. Head is ok, about 2 fingers and does dissipate rather quickly. Nice lacing though. I think this is another beautiful beer. I also feel like most brewers get this right. Good job guys.

S: Awesome smelling Barley Wine. Huge toffee with some dark fruits (typical old world fruits) and some berries? Malts come in a bit chocolaty too. I do get some citrusy hops but not a lot. Smells really decadent and I'm hoping the flavor delivers!

T: The flavor delivers! So you get that classic English Barleywine sweetness at first. A lot of that caramel and rich dark fruits. It's entirely decadent... but then the finish adds just enough hop bitterness to balance and make this more than the casual sipper that English Barleywines are. Good stuff.

M: My favorite part of this! Really fluffy and smooth. It feels really nice in the mouth. Good carbonation to clean your palate with those hops.

O: Better than I remember it! I remember liking it but this is a great American Barleywine. I'm a big fan of what Uinta does!

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unequivocally, this is hoppy for a barleywine.

I wonder how it'd do after 6 months or a year?

Dates, overripe plum, dried fig. Metallic character. Something lacking in making these obvious flavors and odors pop and work together. There's clearly some off characteristic. Too much bittering, not enough flavor with the hops. A bit of pine, but some soapiness clashing with the malt.

Underwhelmed, will revisit after one sits for about 3-4 months. Kind of expected a bit more.

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Photo of kagent777
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised that I had not reviewed this one until now, one of my favorite locals. 12 oz bottle poured into my CCB snifter after about 2 hrs cooling in the fridge. This particular bottle has a bottle on date of 6/01/12, so almost 4 months old.

Appearance: Gorgeous dark amber light brown with ruby edges. White cap dissipates to a film.

Smell: Caramel and citrus with a mix of pine. Nice toasted/roasted malts.

Taste: Really delicious BW. This is one of the most citrus forward BWs that I have had, followed by pine. All of this hopping without a huge amount of bitterness. Caramel sweetness blends into a bit of chocolate semisweetness. Even a touch of dried dark fruit, maybe cherries.

Mouthfeel: Very viscous and packing a wallop of flavor, with out being too heavy. This beer is lower on the carbonation, but with a big body.

Overall: I think this is an excellent example of an American BW. And a good candidate for aging (glad that I have several more bottles in my cellar :)

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Photo of BostonHops
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep amber with some backlit ruby tones to it; aggressive pour yields a healthy 2" head that fades at a normal pace. some patchy lacing evident. malt-forward nose opens with notes of caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, alcohol, and a touch of citrus hops in the background.

flavor packs more of the same. caramel / toffee with bready malt, a little dark fruit character and some secondary notes of citric hops and maybe a touch of molasses. alcohol is a player but it's not overbearing. tasty; not the most complex barleywine i've come across but it holds its own. medium-full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, looking like 4s across the board here and that feels about right for this one. an above average, enjoyable barleywine that just doesn't quite do enough for me to get into that upper tier. that said, definitely worth a try.

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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