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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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

12 oz bottle (bottled 12-05-11) poured into a tulip snifter

A- Beautiful dark amber with a 2 finger head that sticks around for a while. Not much lacing.

S- Had to let this one warm up before the smell shined through. Caramel malt, oak, and citrus hops

T- Taste matched the smell. Not too boozy. Incredibly smooth. Taste of caramel malts, oak, and well hopped due to how fresh it is.

M- Favorite aspect of this beer is the creamy mouth feel and spot on carbonation for style. The slightest of warming reminds you this is 10.4%. Well done.

O- A pretty good example of a barley wine. At this price point, it's hard to pass up. I will revisit this one.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of evilkalla
4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 17th anniversary, bottled 6/17/2011

Serving: Bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep copper/amber/brown. Has about a quarter inch of head on it. Carbonation is on the lesser side. Looks good.

S: I could smell the malt with the snifter sitting on my desk. Extremely malty with hints of caramel and oak. Hints of hops are noticeable. Very, very nice.

T: This barleywine is on the drier side, with a fairly big amount of hop bitterness. Tastes of of oak, bitter chocolate, caramel, and leather. Dominating presence on the finish, which lasts a very long time. Very, very nice.

M: This one hangs around in the mouth for a VERY long time. Absolutely outstanding presence.

O: Very, very nice barleywine. On the drier and more bitter end of the scale. Alcohol is a little noticeable at the end, but cellaring may smooth this out a bit. Wish I had bought more than one.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of RyanLigeia
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks pretty good. Not too hazy, not too clear. Mellow amber/brown.

Not getting a whole lot through the nose, hopefully the taste can make up for it.

Mmmm. Theres the saving grace. Tastes suprisingly smooth for 10.4 ABV but still has some heat! I know most frown upon the alchohol flavor but I personally enjoy it. This brew has a good balance between flavors and booziness.

Love the body of this beer. Very full and very smooth after the initial warmth of alchohol.

I dont find it to be anything super groundbreaking but I would definitely go out and buy this one again. I got it as single 12oz bottle from tru beer in easthampton MA but I just might go back later this week and grab a sixpack.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of rtaps
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Poured rust with a small (roughly 1 cm)head. leaving spotty lacing. body looks highly carbonated.

this has a nice sweet/bready with dark malts aroma to it.

its nice on the palette pretty bready throughout, dark malts, sweet. i think I'm tasting some banana in it as-well

High carbonation, medium bodied leaves the mouth watery but it dry up very quickly.

overall it's a nice and enjoyable barley wine well with the price on it.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/4/11 so nice and fresh

light fizzy head fades very quickly, over auburn molasses ruby colored beer with surprisingly clear ruby light coming through the dark beer.

nose is nice, loaded with caramel, toffee, light molasses and brown sugar, hints of cocoa, dark fruits like brandy soaked raisins, fig, lots of soft brown malts and semi sweet malty aromas with a hint of booze, then light earthy hops way in the background. A light brandy like fruity booze also present.

Taste comes semi sweet, complex barleywine. Earthy hops make their presence known right away, little salty earthy spicy hops bring a decent bitterness that grows. the hops and bitterness actually start to dominate. Aside from that soft brown malts, caramel, toffee, again dark fruits hint of fig juice and raisin, candy apple, light molasses and sweet brown sugar. Light sweetness and hint of warming booze. The flavors would be nice of the crazy astringent his didn't dominate this like a crazy triple ipa. Maybe some aging will help this. Finish is bitter and astringent, some sweet malts remain but mostly dry, and a bit sticky, and long lingering earthy salty spicy hops.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, bit of warming booze.

Overall mixed, the nose is great, and the flavors would be great of they weren't drowned out by the crazy bitter astringent hops.

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

A - pours clear dark ruby with a nice tan head.

S- Nice sweet aromas with a nice maltiness and some nice and carmel notes.

T - Great malt flavors that are well balanced with a sweet taste.

M - Full bodied beer but very smooth and drinkable.

O - Very nice barely wine. Let it sit a bit longer, it even taste better. Great everyday beer.

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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-dark brown body with a bit of an orange/red hue to it. the head bellows into a tight, almond color which thins out around to the edges along with some bubble islands

-there is a very nice barley and hop combo smell right up front. right behind that is some sweet caramel and dates

-there is a very strong hop taste right up front. then through the middle and back end there is a weird burnt orange rind type taste. maybe just a lot of bittering hops in there. behind all this i can pick up a bit of butterscotch and a hint of dark fruits

-there is a good, strong body, but more of a carb bite than i want in a big barleywine like this

-i remember liking this more the 1st time i had it. there is more bitter hop flavor than i would like. there seem to be some nice things going on behind the burn taste up front. i just wish it was more in the foreground

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 905 ratings.
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