Anniversary Barley Wine Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

very good
905 Ratings
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 Etan
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +2.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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 -8.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +12.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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

APPEARANCE: This was one of the darkest Barleywines I've ever seen. Deep brown with some light red hues when held up to the light. An off-white, fluffy head receded after a couple of minutes leaving some wisps to partially cover the surface of the beer. Not much lacing.

SMELL: This smells like the typical Barleywine - bready with some banana and sweet malt aromas.

TASTE: Anything but typical. The relatively low-for-the-style IBUs are all perceived in this one, making it one of the more bitter Barleywines I've come across. Chocolate and toffee also stand strong while the more traditional flavors of the style are reserved for the background and the aroma.

MOUTHFEEL: Very dry and medium bodied, much lighter than most others in the style.

OVERALL: Strong example of the style, but it probably could use a little more malty sweetness to provide a touch greater balance. This has to be one of Utah's finest beers.

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

Purchased a 4pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA in June 2012.

Bottles say: Bottled on: 2/3/11
4pk - $10.59
Poured and enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Beer pours a deep amber/reddish color. Mostly translucent. A one finger, beige colored head that fades quickly. Lots of sticky lacing left on the glass.

S - A welcoming aroma of toffee/caramel sweetness mixed with a aroma of dark fruits.

T - A beer that hits you pretty good on the initial sip. A rather noticeable booziness that is a mix of caramel, dark fruits (like raisins, figs and dates) and slighly bitter hops. This is a sipper but very tasty.

M - A heavier consistency. Light carbonation.

O - A fine example of a barley wine beer. I was surprised to see a beer on the shelf that was already aged 16 months so I don't know how much more the aging would add to the taste. As is, it was very tasty. If you come across this beer, give it a try. It's a treat. Recommended.


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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip. Bottled March 7, 2012.

A - Pours a dark mahogany with ruby highlights in the light. Clarity is pure for a beer this color. The head is thin, but leaves good lacing.

S - Smells of citrus rind, stale bread, and a bit of pine. Sweet dates mellow this one out and offer balance.

T - Citrus is prominent on the front. Some dark fruits, vanilla and caramel malt meld with a pine bitterness to create complexity. The high alcohol content goes unnoticed. Very good.

M - Good carbonation. The body is thick enough to support the flavors, but thin enough to keep the drinkability high.

O - This is an excellent example of the American Barleywine style. At 4 months old, it is well balanced and drinking perfectly to my taste. This is definitely a good, relatively cheap, option from an up and coming brewery that has impressed me of late.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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