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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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Ratings: 906 |  Reviews: 421
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass. Born on date of 1/12/12. Should of held on to it for longer, but oh well.

Appearance: The beer is a dark amber crimson red color with clarity through the glass. Lots of carbonation coming up through the glass and the one finger off white head has held up strong. Insane lacing on the glass too.

Smell: nice caramel and butterscotch up front. Pungent piney and citrus notes follow.

Taste: tropical fruits, mangoes, pineapple, tangerine, some pine, which is all followed by sweet caramel malty flavors. Very tastey and the booze is slightly noticeable too.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, boozy, dry, well balanced and easy to drink.

Overall: Solid barleywine. Will hold on to more of these in the future for aging. Very well balanced and the tropical flavors stand out the most. Happy to have opened it, but sad I could have held on to it for longer. Not disappointed one bit right now.

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Photo of jcomp21
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kkmiller76
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.75/5  rDev +24%

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

12oz Bottle from Total Wine NV for 2.49$

Appearance - Hazy amber/copper colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, raisins, butterscotch

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of hops, malts and caramel. There is also a lot of anise and raisins flavours. There isn't as much sweetness as I expected.. which I guess makes it very drinkable.. but of course the ABV counteracts that. It ends with a very bitter hoppy and anise aftertaste.

Overall - I would like to have a few bottles of this with some age on them to see how it mellows in the bitterness category. I'd also like a touch more sweetness to make this a true sipper taste wise. Still a very good beer, even when fresh.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Devi0us
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of vkv822
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle : tulip snifter
bottled on 03/07/12

Pours dark red with a fizzy, light toffee colored head.

Light caramel and toffee malt, with bitter grassy, pine hops.

Pine hops, with some caramel and biscuit malts. Very faint boozy finish.

Medium body with light, prickly carbonation.

A decent beer, but nothing memorable.

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Photo of olympicgatorade
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Kevlee722
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ElGallo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: mahogany brown beer - but produced a nice head to start, and laced the glass nicely

S: picked up toffee and caramel, but subtle; malts and hops

T: excellent taste - much dryer tasting than I expected - detected oak and hops, some roasted malt in the background balanced expertly with the hops to produce a very smooth and complex beer

M: excellent again - reminded me of whisky and wine - not a full-bodied beer - had a light character, just a hint of alcohol; great aftertaste

O: super impressed - had strong grain and wood character; I liked that it avoided the sweetness I find in a lot of other barleywines - it helped set this beer apart - it had a barrel-aged IPA-ishness to it; bet this beer would go great with a cigar

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of busterthecat
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle dated 11/04/11. Picked up as a random single. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Served at cellar temp (53 degrees).

A- Pours a deep transparent amber hue from bottle that sits a great red shade in the glass when held to the light. A light foamy khaki head forms and leaves good lacing.

S- Very light fruity hops and bready sweetness upfront. Some candied fig, brown sugar. Pretty sweet aroma overall.

T- Bready and sugary malts, caramel, some light spice and earth from the hops. The there is some bitterness but it is rather restrained. Some alcohol detected in finish. The flavors aren't exactly melding together well.

M- Pretty thick & creamy body for a beer of this size and style. Flavors linger well. Feel is quite rounded. Stays moist on palate.

O- A pretty malt heavy barelywine. I understand that much of the aroma and some of the flavor hops have faded by now, but still should have more hop presence. Not a bad drink, perhaps I just tried it while it was beginning its transition to a elegant Aged Barelywine of sorts. Suggest waiting a few more months if you still have this brew.

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

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Ruby red, clear throughout, moderate internal carbonation, pours a light foamy head which quickly becomes decent lacing

S: Dried fruits, hints of citrus and hops, moderately fragrant, some alcohol notes, but not as much as one might expect

T: Very heavy hops and citrus fruits, alcohol is certainly noticeable, but what else should one expect at 10.4% abv, some light pepper notes as well

M: Pretty smooth, but a little rough, with the high av certainly not helping, only a bit lingering, strong hops aftertaste

O: A solid barley-wine all around, nice nose and strong flavor, needs a little aging to smooth it out, though

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a deep amber color that is hazy and has a finger of maple syrup colored head that has fine bubbles and dissipates very rapidly before leaving thin and spotty lacing on the glass
S: nice woody notes with a very slight whiskey note at the end
T: has good woody character and depth, slight whiskey taste but also something that i cant really place which hits at the end and lingers on the palate long afterwards
M: medium carbonation tingle, slightly thick, no alcohol burn, leaves the mouth pretty clean
O: i generally enjoy barleywines and this one was ok but there was just something lingering in the taste that was off putting and stood out a bit too much to me, it wasnt the alcohol so im really just not sure what it was

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Photo of lurpy1
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really getting into barleywines lately, as they seem to vanish from the shelves. Always late into trends. Poured from a bottle.

Beautiful to look, shiny amber, with a full-finger head.

The smell is sweet, grains, toffee, caramel, a bit of rice.

Taste is a little bit too hop forward for a barleywine, maybe with some time it would get a little sweeter and more booy.

Medium body, medium carbonation, just, well, medium. Good.

Liked this beer. Not great, but I really enjoyed it.

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

Bottled 6/17/11

A: Half-finger khaki head, brownish-copper color, decent carbonation, not much for lacing

S: Dark fruits, toffee, sweet caramel, touch of hops in there

T: Lots of malts, fruits, touch of bitterness from hops, nicely balanced and hides alcohol very well, a bit warming

M: Medium bodied, smooth, good carbonation

O: Good Barley Wine, better than what I remember, but the last one was fresher so maybe it gets better with age

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of DCgolfpro
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of imbibehour
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled November 4th 2011.

Off the pour, a nice somewhat creamy and tight uniform head of off caramel color is created. Settles slowly, to sit on a body of very clear dark amber red. Pretty solid, with some faint leopard like lacing.

Nose is nice. Sense of chewy and fruity malt backbone, hop sense of dark subtle fruits and mostly figs. Dense, sweetness subdued. Faint dried apricot just wants to creep out but doesn't quite make it. I'll take this. Nice.

Palate hits with a very dry hop angle. Borderline chalky, very dry finish, grabs a very large hop bitterness with a hint of wetness on the palate. Chewy sense hinted on the nose doesn't quite hit through, but boy is this hop forward. Big on tea action here in taste and tannic finish.

I get this sense this needs some age to let some sweetness roll forward and kill/subdue the hop presence. I would hope that with more time some more classic flavors would come out (fruit, caramel, etc..), otherwise I think this could get better and this isn't at prime. My 2 cents.

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 906 ratings
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