Anniversary Barley Wine Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Anniversary Barley Wine AleAnniversary Barley Wine Ale
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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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Ratings: 910 |  Reviews: 422
Photo of bonez05404
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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Photo of MumboJumbo
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Etan
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled January 2012.

A: Pours a reddish sap color with a sticky vanilla bean head.

S: Sweet old hop aroma: caramel, green apple, grape juice, slight maple.

T: Toffee, cider, moderate dry and herbal bitterness, estery spice.

M: Medium-bodied with crisp carbonation, a bit chewy.

O: Sort of a boring barleywine, not bad but not a stand-out.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Gehrig13
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 6/01/12

First off, this pours beautifully. A rich amber meets stained cherry wood finish hue. Oatmeal colored head rises up an inch or so with a somewhat vigorous pour. Really impressive color.

The nose flashes me back to a favorite cereal of my childhood-Buckwheat. Reminds me of FW Abacus.

Taste comes through with more complexity. Definitely an American barleywine--the hops are ever present. I started with a biscuity malt that washed straight into whiskey barrel, with a slightly peaty---

OUCH I just got a shot of this up my nose while swirling and sniffing. (Damn, rookie move!!! Gotta laugh at yourself sometimes) But this brought the biscuity malt back to my palate.

Finishes with a little piney dryess, trailed by a mellow whiskey slickness. Not as sweet as Bourbon, but nice finish.

Overall, a very nice American Barleywine. And from Utah!!! Go figure.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 7, 2012 (purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Grossmont (San Diego, Calif.) for a 4-pack price of $9.99 on Sept. 6, 2012). One finger of head. Poured a mahogany with tan head. Very good retention on the top and on the side (foamy and fairly balanced).

Smelled a lot of different flavors. Got caramel, dark fruits, chocolate and toffee.

Taste was a bit surprising. Thought it would be a bit stronger, but it wasn’t initially. Overall it was similar to the nose. Got caramel, toffee, dark fruits and slight red wine. Big alcohol taste came late. Slight hops somewhere in there as well.

Full-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. Made my body warm. Definitely could feel the alcohol about halfway in.

Very good barleywine. Great mix of flavors that hides the alcohol nicely.

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Photo of joshnovaski
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jurbanik
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of joshwalt
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of NumberNone
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated 2/3/11. Put a few back after the first was..well a bit of a child. Tasted like a DIPA then with an accidental malt injection that was called a Barley.
appearance: Hazy burgundy with some impressive off white legs.
smell: Still heavy grapefruit hops and heavy caramel malt that don't mesh so well.
taste: again, a not so balanced mix of DIPA and Barleywine. Both heavy bitter hops and strong malty caramel. That can be an awesome combo but here imo, an uneasy alliance. Not bad but not entirely successful.
overall: not bad but not my idea of a successful American Barleywine.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant mohogany, fluffy off white head

Citrus pine on the nose, bit of dark malt roastiness, caramel, and a bit of booze.

Taste is proedominantly of roast malt- I don't remember this in last year's. Roast, coffee, a bit of dark fruit, and booze. S'it.

Of note, MF is a bit watery- certainly not what I would expect in a barley wine. Definitely liked last year's version better, but looking forward to doing a vertical when I get 4 year's worth.

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Photo of ejw127
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa last week since I never had this before. This is a style that I normally don't try but seeing that it was an anniversary beer, I bought a single and gave it a go. The dark fruit flavors helped make the rye and booze easier to stomach and this was the easiest Barleywine that I've had in a long time, if ever.

This had a nice pour to ti with an almond hue, lots of carbonation on the side of my pint glass, and a pretty fluffy head. The aroma was that of rye and sugar with dark fruit underneath. That came out more in the taste as the plum and apricot took over more and lingered after each sip. There was a bit of caramel and molasses here too but this never felt heavy or sticky. This was nicely balanced and went down relatively easily, until I started to feel a bit buzzed!

Of course, that was because of how strong the alcoholic content of this was. This faintly reminded me of a Belgian Dubbel or Tripel and fans of those styles, as well as Barleywines, will not be disappointed here. The body is certainly here and even though this didn't go down quickly, there's enough flavor and carbonation to keep this from being too heavy. I'd love to buy a few more and see how it ages.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy garnet color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of caramel malts and some hops.

Tastes of the caramel malts layered with some hops. Caramel notes with toffee and some toasted bread come through. Fairly sweet. Some hops come in on the end and add a little pine resin quality. Ends with a bit of fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite good and I have found myself pleasantly surprised with Uinta in general.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 edition

superb barleywine -- as far as drinkability goes this is edging out bigfoot in my book right now. keep it cold, but let it warm up a little this is a great beer even in heat. 100+ today and this is very good....

pours a rich dark maple syrup amber with a nice little tan head, leaves little lacing but carbonated perfectly, as a barleywine should be.

hints of pepper in the nose and a spicy maple sugar thing.... far from Rum but a tad similar. the taste follows suit, baked cinnamon apples, prunes and maple, dried fruits, apricots.... a little boozy but not really, well rounded with good piney hops silkifying the delicious malt blend.

buy this beer. or steal me some.

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Photo of briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 910 ratings
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