Anniversary Barley Wine Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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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 HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I pour the XVII into a globe glass. Picked up recently for $2.99 and bottled on 3/22/11. Opens with a light pop and pours a deep brown with clear crimson red highlights. A half inch of tan foam offers moderate retention.

Aroma of caramel malt and some brown sugar. Rather lacking in hops for such a young barleywine, with some earthy/chocolate hops coming out with a bit of warming. Flavor follows suit with caramel, some raisin and light brown sugar notes as well as a light touch of roast. This doesn't come across as overly sweet yet manages to mask the alcohol fairly well. It is evident on the nose but less so on the tongue. Finish is fairly full bodied but rather nondescript in its delivery. Overall an enjoyable pour but a bit lacking in complexity for the style. Age may help but I'm not keeping my fingers crossed and in fact this beer warms to offer a slightly oxidized hop aroma. Still worth a visit.

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Photo of yankeej13
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was at a total wine and I love Barleywines and have never heard of them so figured I would give it a shot.

A- A nice semi dark amber color, medium head of foam and mild carbonation.

S- Had a very nice hoppy smell, good citrus kinda piney with a small back up of malt scent.

T- A great bold flavor nice hoppy flavor good citrus flavor with a nice balance of malts and a pretty sweet finish.

M- Has a very good drinkability, leaves your mouth with a sweet aftertaste, very good bold beer.

Overall- I was very impressed. I really liked the hoppy flavor. Getting harder and harder to find a nice hoppy barleywine. Cheers

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Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Dark brown and auburn with a thin khaki head and sheets of lacing down the glass.

A surprisingly citrus aroma--lots of orange and grapefruit spring up from the glass, alone with some toffee and caramel sweetness, and dark rye bread aroma add a little spice. Terrific!

Sweet toffee and caramel, along with some roast and char in the flavor. The citrus hops take the backseat to the malt profile, and there's a certain alcohol sting throughout.

Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

A good barleywine, though I wish the citrus hops I smelled in the aroma translated through to the flavor.

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Photo of grover37
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a 12oz bottle for $7 (plus tax) at Ella's in Chinatown during their event for DC Beer Week. Bottled on 6/17/11.

Appearance (4): Clear ruby, light cream head. Half a finger of head, which reduces to a bubbly layer.

Smell (4): Strong resinous hops up front. Caramel and a touch of sweetness and pine. Gets more bready as it warms.

Taste (4): hops are there but are more integrated than the nose. Caramel and bready up front. Sweet through the middle and then especially the finish. Smooth, strong bitterness in the middle which lingers. A little bit of ethanol through the finish but it's not overwhelming considering it comes in at over 10%.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Smooth with all the flavors melding well. A bit creamy. Full bodied and medium carbonation. A bit sticky.

Overall (3.5): Good but not great. Might not age well with the strong hop character. The 10% is disguised well.

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Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of an odd beer.

Pours a slightly ruddy orange-ish brown. Looks like Old Stock. Maybe half an inch of tan foam.

Smells like slightly oxidized, slightly cherry-ized old ale mixed with a hint of hoppy barleywine. This is a barley wine?

Taste is interesting. Bready, sweet malts mixed with a bit of citrus/bittering that's really tough to characterize. A nice doughy, yeasty, sticky, brown sugariness to it. The cherries are almost, I don't know ... a bit too aged yet sweet. Not fresh, but syrup-y. Did I get an old batch of this?

Nice sticky chewy mouthfeel.

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Photo of StoutishDan
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never tried a barley wine, so I was excited to try this one.

A - Thick. Dark reddish brown color. Small head, no lacing. It's a beast in appearance!

S - The thing that stands out to me at first is the sweet smell. toffee-like notes with carmel peaking its head up through the sweetness. Malty. Little hops.

T - The alcohol hits you up front. Nice amount of carmelly malts. Very creamy feel and taste. Maybe a little vanilla hints.

O - I just started laughing when I first tasted this beer, not because it was bad, but because it was so different. Granted it was my first barley wine. But it was a sipper, for sure. It was nice. I see myself daring a buddy to chug a glass for 10$. Something that would be worth 10$, but he wouldn't get to enjoy the beer itself. Bummer! This sucker's a beast! I couldn't and wouldn't drink more than one at a time. Two in one night would be death! Very different from others. Looking forward to trying different barley wines in the near future. In fact, I think I'm going to pick a couple next week, when I get back in town.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 17th anniversary edition.
Pours a dark wet wood color with an amber hue. 1/2 inch head.
Thick toffee and caramel sweetness, and a faint whiff of alcohol.
Holy hops! The hops punch the tastebuds out of nowhere and the sticky sweet toffe malt massages it out. A touch of alcohol on the way down but the hops mask a lot of it.
Light carbonation, full and thick.
Quite a solid barleywine.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: 5/19/11. This is the XVII Anniversary.

Appearance - Poured into my big brandy snifter, slightly off-white 1 1/2 finger high foamy head that sticks around a good while, slightly hazy dark brown ruby color, and nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Nice leafy, grapefruit, and spearmint hop smell to it as first (but it's not overpowering or anywhere near as hoppy as say Bigfoot), but then I get all the wonderful, molasses, caramel, toffee, dark fruit/fig, sweetness, a little bit of bittersweet cocoa, and some spice that I can't quite put my finger on that reminds me a bit of cinnamon sugar. Maybe it's clove? Not sure. Really pleasant aroma, actually. I just can't help but to sniff this over and over again. As I proceed, this warms, and I do much more sniffing than drinking. Really enjoying this aroma.

Taste - Taste is very complex. What hits me first is tobacco, dark cherry and fig, and molasses, followed by lots of caramel syrup, sweetness, nice leafy, earthy, and grapefruit hop notes (that aren't huge but are certainly noticeable), and some of the spearmint hopiness as well (unless I'm misinterpreting the slight alcohol bite as that), with some smooth roasted coffee notes and more dried dark fruit on the finish. Hints of hops and smooth alcohol burn are there on the way down. Very pleasant to drink, even now in the hotter summer months. Not quite my favorite barleywine and the taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, but it's still good.

Mouthfeel - Nice and velvety consistency, round carbonation (moderate but not too high), medium body, and fairly quickly fading, dry finish.

Overall - Overall, there's not much that I don't like about this beer. The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, but it's still enjoyable. As I mentioned, not quite my favorite barleywine (Bigfoot currently holds that distinction), but it is good and has reminded me how much I enjoy sipping on a nice barleywine over a lengthy period of time. Good slow sipper. Probably even better in the colder months. Can't wait to have one of these once the weather cools down again.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottled 11.24.09

Pours a stained chestnut brown, slightly hazy. Small head

Aroma of sweet plum, raisins, roasted caramel and malt

Taste is sweet malt, roasted caramel, definitely nicely subdued on the hops end due to age, it was really nice to find this at this age. The hops have fallen off for sure, but that is the whole point of aging a beer. It may have tasted slightly oxidized, but I thoroughly enjoyed having this at a two year age.

Medium body and a very light carbonation.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice bronze color. Ok aroma-somewhat of a malty, raisen like aroma though fairly muted. Decent flavor-quite the hop bite going on. Has a fairly dominant smokiness that I simply do not care for here. Malty backbone. Good body for the style. Finishes rather dry in the end. A notch above average as far as US barleywines go for me.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Devil's Milk Barleywine snifter.

A - Translucent dark brownish red, thin soapy head, very minimal lacing.

S - Bitter hops, grapfruit, alcoholic fumes.

T - Tons of bitter hops, slightly medicinal cherry flavors, candied black cherry, moderately sweet and sugary, grapefruit, a hint of molasses, grapes, alcohol is pretty noticeable, but I like that in barleywines.

M - Perfect carbonation, moderately thick, powerful, alcohol warms and opens your sinuses.

O - this is one of the best barleywines I have ever had, definately in my top 3 barleywines! Very complex and powerful, thoroughly enjoyed this one!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/22/11, so a little over 4 months on this one.

Pours a semi-clear dark copper-amber color with a 1 inch khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Thick foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, and citrus zest hops. Taste is of toasty malt, caramelized brown sugar, and citrus zest. There is a mild hop bitterness on the tongue after each sip and a slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a creamy and slightly thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine with a big hop flavor and my first beer from Uinta.

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Photo of nandemo1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark amber that appears just slightly hazy. Gave up a finger of tan head that left plenty of lacing as it receded.

Smell is of bready malts, caramel and alcohol. Throws up an alarm that I'm diving into a big beer.

Taste is heavily caramel as well, with a large hop bitterness. Alcohol really didn't show up in the taste. I don't find this hugely fruity, more like sweet roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style. Body dictates sipping, not chugging. Not much carbonation.

Overall, pretty tasty. Glad the alcohol didn't burn the throat as much as the nostrils.

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

Tasted July 19th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - blood red, half finger tan head and some decent lacing

S - super sweet yeast, cherries, wine barrels, oak, alcohol, lots of flowers, earth, grass, pineapple and over the top, yet awesome fruits

T - very sweet, nice yeast note, vanilla, molasses, a slight cherry, wine barrels, tons of flowers, earth, wood, some grass, citrus all over, nice bitter, tropical fruits, alcohol and awesomeness

M - chewy, full body, low acid, nice bitterness, nice complexity and well balanced

D - very, very drinkable. Nice everything. Well balanced and great flavor. Just a nice well rounded beer

Final thought - at $3 a pop and 10%+ ABV ( you can't even tell it's 10+), this beer is for all lovers of beer

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

XVI release, review from notes.
Dark reddish brown and a little bit murky with a dense yellow/beige cap. Decent head retention with lots of fine lacing -- sheets towards the top of the glass and spottier as the beer disappeared. Tons of caramel in the aroma, grainy, malty and sweet, mild alcohol with a hint of fruit and toffee. The flavour threw me off initially, since it was very different than the aroma. Much fruitier up front, sort of a raisin sweetness throughout, but still with caramel and toffee. Bitterness wasn't prominent, always present but nicely balanced. Alcohol was well controlled. Decent texture, malty and full bodied with lowish carbonation, some dryness. Overall, it was enjoyable.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

XVII release

A: Garnet red with a large head. Recedes leaving lots of lacing.

S: Nice sticky hops aroma. Sweet and spicy and piney.

T: A letdown, somewhat burnt and woody, boozy and medicinal. Maybe too young to be drinking and this will mellow out with time?

M: Drier than I'd like for the style. Appropriate (low) carbonation.

O: I had hopes from the aroma, but this is not one of the better examples of the style, IMO. Honestly, might dump the second half of this if I had a better option on hand and the burnt flavors hadn't killed my tastebuds.

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Photo of climax
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 17th Anniversary poured a burnt umber with a modest but thick head. Retention was fair as it receded evenly, leaving blobs of amoeba-like lace.

There is a surprising fresh hop kick in the aroma considering the age of the beer. Not sure of the IBU's, but i"m convinced they used a serious amount. The typical notes of caramel monkey bread, cocoa, and ripe fruit back it up as it warms. Dashes of clove and spice dance their way in adding to the complexity. The overall intensity of the nose is on the modest side, but even so, the flavors do the work and the alcohol is hidden rather well.

The flavor initially has a heavy dose of hops; earthy pine, and grapefruit notes last methodically through the dry finish where bold roasted coffee notes take a stronghold. Ripe cherries and dried fruit are met with an obvious alcoholic presence somewhere in between.

The carbonation gives a little bite initially but subsides as the sheer chewy viscosity of the beer begins to shine. It does have a definite pleasantry to it as it goes down. The finish is pretty dry, making this 10+% bad boy flowing smoothly.

I do enjoy the intensity of the hops here, it would be a dilemma for me to age it. I'm perfectly content with drinking it after the 4 months after the bottling date.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Chris for opening this up on what pretty much became "Bad Beer Day" at our 4th of July get together.

A - Dark brownish red color that rubys on the edges. Little bit of tan head on it that didn't leave much on the sides.

S - Burnt caramel, toffee, a little bit like chemicals. There is some astrigent hops, can't say I care for this.

T - Taste is bad also, I actually like this less than the Portsmouth Barleywine which I didn't like at all. Bitter, burnt taste leaves a bit to be desired. Carmel, toffee, but not in any combination that works.

M - Lower carbonation, fairly full bodied.

O - Not a beer I ever care to have again. I didn't like the taste or the smell, and it's really hard to like a beer if you don't like those two things.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting of the XVII edition performed on 5/17. Poured from 12-oz bottle into Delirium snifter.

A: Dark Ruby with brown low-lights. No head, but there are wisps of white lace and bubbles on the edge of the glass and in the center.

N: Citric hop tones and figgy sweetness.

T/M: Hot and dry with a defined boozieness. The malty flavors of dark fruit hit up front with a good balance of hoppy bitterness to support the big sweetness. There is a bit of a dance between these two aspects of the beer's flavor, which really seems to improve this beer's complexity, but also hints at the idea that this beer may fare well with a bit of age on it. There is not much carbonation here, but it does not affect the beer in a negative way.

Overall, another very well done beer from Uinta. The complexity of the the flavors is great, and I think this may actually rival Big Foot in terms of hoppiness. I will surely be laying a couple of these down to see how the flavors progress.

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Photo of BexterK
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours deep amber with a tan head.

S. Intense caramel bready smell with a hint of tart cherries.

T. Heavy hop bite that melts into spicy caramel, sweet raisins, rounded out with alcohol in the end.

M. Medium-high carbonation. Intensifies the bite of the hops.

Overall a fairly intense barleywine. The hops really never let go of your tastebuds which makes it harder to taste the sweet malts. My tongue is slightly numb as I type this, and that's after only 1/4 of the bottle.

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Photo of The3rdbeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Broke my beloved Bruery Tulip glass along with my Duvel Tulip.. so now I drink this from an Ice cold mug. about a finger of creamy kaki head.

A- Dark, ruby red with a dark Kaki head, head settled into a foamy lace.

S- I get Tea like hops, warmth, malts, spices, sweetness.

T- It rolls onto the tongue strangely, on the top of the mouth I get all the flavor, and on the tongue it really rolls over silently. I get tea like hops, very light and almost woody, I get that hop bitter but only initially, it rolls into a light sweetness, then subsides, followed by warmth from the booze.

M- Sticky medium body, lite carbonation, this beer is crazy cause I would expect such a thicker, cloying mouth feel but its really subtle.

O- From a Brewery I have never heard of, on a great night like this, even after following up one of my new favorite Barleywines the Lagunitas gnarleywine, this really stays memorable. Its good almost great. worth picking up!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a deep mahogony red color with a thin tight bubbly head of tan color leaving a thick lacing.

S-notes of alcohol hit the nose with a ton of oily citrus hops, very resignous. just a hint of roasted malt with a bit of cooked brown sugar and some sweet red grapes.

T-the flavor is a bit more roasty and boozy. the alcohol is subdued but present throughout, the citrusy resignous hops are no where near as present but still make a strong cameo. sweet red grapes and cherries up front, a stronger roasted aspect and chocolate malt undertone. boozy in the back with brown sugar and rum soaked raisins.

M-the body is actually thinner than I anticipated, medium at best. rather slick and oily, lots of left over sugars. soft carbonation and smooth finish.

D-this has a very interesting balance with a huge hop presence in the nosse and still a fairly strong presence in the taste. a little sugary and the body leaves a bit to be desired but not bad.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How's this for a shocker, a double digit ABV from a Utah brewery? Just as much of a shocker was seeing this in Orange County. The seventeenth edition is the one that I possess. On to the beer:

Translucent dark scarlet in color with bright red hues at some edges. Head on top forms an inch thick, then drops to a creamy thin sheet. Little bits of lace stick to the glass. A pleasant nose with the right amount of power. The aromas of burnt sugar, toasted, pineapple, tree sap, and tea-like hops send a smile to my face as I anticipate the first sip.

The melange of tea, resin, caramel, and toasted sugar ride around as the beer enters the mouth. After entering, the beer gets sweeter. A little pineapple enters the room, as do splashes of alcohol. Carbonation is on the lighter side with a gentle buzz, and the beer has a somewhat heavy, somewhat syrupy, somewhat sticky feel. If you haven't figured it out by looking at the granted score, it means I like it a lot.

"The perfect ale to celebrate any occasion." Which should I celebrate it to? I can think of several events going on in my life that I could raise my glass to. Just thought of it; how about ending two sentences in this paragraph with a preposition?

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Photo of beagle75
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, dark amber color with a diminishing cinnamon-tinted residue of foam. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Heavy fermented caramel with a thread of husky malt that gives a suggestion of shoyu. No distinct smell of ethanol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry that turns more sweet after a few beats, with spirituous toffee and very dark orange citrus and cherry fruit. Fermented vinous fruit emerges in the middle and the finish is bracingly bitter, mineral, and drying with earthy tea lingering.

M: Medium viscosity, sticky and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This big barleywine is full-flavored with malt and bitterness featured, but it threatens to fatigue the palate more than one would hope for in a beer of the style. Acidity distracts, getting in the way of what might otherwise be a pleasant, slow-sipping experience.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on 4-17-09. This brew poured out as a brown color with some light orange highlights. The head didn't really stick around too long here. The smell of the beer has is typical barley and malt aromas and possibly some subtle fig on the nose. The taste of the beer has a light sweetness to it. The mouthfeel was medium. Overall I wasn't getting too much from this that made it so special. It's a decent barley wine at best in my opinion.

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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