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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

very good
409 Reviews
Anniversary Barley Wine AleAnniversary Barley Wine Ale

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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 CHADMC3
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut body with ruby hues and is surprisingly transparent. The generous head is a dense, dark tan and extremely slow to dissolve leaving a scattered ring of lacing clinging to the glass.

Abundant floral hops leap from the glass as well as pine and grass notes with sweet malt and vinous notes to follow. This is certainly an American style.

The flavor is superb combining the traditional rich vinous notes of the English style with the floral and grass hop notes of the American. The resiny hop notes really coat the tongue with the pungent floral flavors that do not overwhelm and fade as the sweet malt and vinous characteristics aid the finish.

This brew is a bit chewy with medium carbonation and a puckering, pungent coating of hops on the tongue and a vinous finish.

This is a great Barleywine, absolutely delicious. One of the best I’ve had. An unbelievable malt/hop balance and so much to appreciate.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with some ruby mixed in and a finger of frothy tan-khaki colored head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel malts, caramelized and brown sugars, grapefruit, citrus, and some pine hops, a hint of dark fruit, and a bit of booze.

T - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, tropical, citrus, and pine hops, some good bitterness, brown sugar, caramelized malts, a touch of dark fruit, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, sweet, and lightly bitter finish.

D - Nice hoppy barleywine. Great overall balance and smoothness.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter, Sixteenth Anniversary Ale, bottled on 9/10/09

A: Pours a very dark amber color with two fingers of beige colored head. Retention is very good, lacing is excellent.

S: Not a very strong aroma, I get prunes and some faded piney hops. I also get some bready malts and toffee, but they are in the background of an already weak aroma. The aroma opens up as the beer warms

T: Much better than the aroma, I get strong bready malts upfront with some toffee and a bit of prunes. Hop bitterness is moderate. This beer remains quite dry for the style.

M: Medium mouthfeel with creamy carbonation.

O: This beer is very dry for the style, but quite nice. It's over 3 years old, but I get very little oxidation flavor. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of cocojoe
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter

Bottled on 03/07/12

A: Dark amber brown color, finger of tan head

S: Very sweet, a lot of floral hop aroma, dark red wine soaked raisins, crisp and zesty. Mild perception of alcohol.

T: Toasty, some metallic qualities (I thought I noticed this at first, but don't taste any notes of it as it goes on), smoothe, floral, dark fruits and caramel. The high alcohol is well covered but does leave a nice warmth. Leaves smoothe and fairly well balanced.

M: Full but not syrupy. Nice balance.

O: I tend to prefer english style barleywines that don't have as strong of hop character, but especially for the price, this one is definitely worth it. Has all that nice barleywine malt character, with a hop quality that balances everything out nicely. Drinks very smoothe and easy.

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

Bottled in June 2012; old enough to drink but could get better with age.

A- Dark reddish brown, clear with a thin head but good lacing.

S- Sweet grainy malt with some spicey hop notes.

T- Surprisingly hop forward for a barley wine and it works. The hop bitterness cuts the malty sweetness and leads to a balanced finish. The alcohol is well masked but creates a fruity sweetness that adds to the complexity.

M- Medium body, smooth feel, nice carbonation. Some age might lead to a more velevty texture.

O- A potent brew for malt lovers with a great hop kick. Not very complex but that could come with age.

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

This is the XVI version I've had in my cellar for a while.

Pours a deep ruby, rustic brown color. A slick white head of 1 finger. Lacing is splotchy. Looks like a barelywine fer sherr

Caramel, vanilla, leather and blackberry in the nose. A bit sharp earthy hops, which have lost their pizzazz in time of sitting. Sharp pear and apple. Booze

Rich, sweet flavor. Caramel, oak, earthy pine, vanilla leather in the flavor. Sharp bitterness cleans up the sweetness, which then comes back on the end. Nice

This is a bitter beer, but not puckering or super dry. It's welcomed since the sweetness could get out of hand quickly. Very drinkable for the abv, which isn't shy.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Opaque, dark brown. A tan, one finger head that turns to big bubbles. Thick lacing.

S: Piney hops, Chocolate.

T: Comes on like a stout. Smooth and sweet with light hops followed by a flood of dark chocolate.

M: Medium to heavy. Frothy carbonation.

O: A very solid sipper. Take your time and enjoy with some gouda cheese.

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Photo of cvm4
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a reddish brown. leaves a light tan one finger head.

S - Sweetness... Malts, toffee and caramel.

T - Barleywine through and through with a nice bit of hop bite at the end.

M - Medium bodied, really smooth. The carbonation really sets it apart.

O - Very good and on point. You get enough of the barleywine aspect of the beer and some hops as well. Nicely done!

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden chestnut color in the brandy glass. A decent cap of foam and enough carbonation to add a little spritz to each mouthful.

A sweet and malty richness is balanced by an assertive hop aroma and flavor. The hops are full and toothsome with a lot of leafy flavors. The bitterness stops just at the right level. It would be interesting to blind-taste this with SN Bigfoot. The rich malt flavor dries out as you sip, and the dark caramel and roasted flavors are more savory than candy-like. A great blend of robust grain flavors, lots of warming alcohol, and a burning, aromatic hoppiness.

This used to be about the only barley wine sold in Utah. I'm glad to see it elevated from occasional to year-round. From the 12 oz bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This seems a fitting libation to celebrate the anniversary of the repeal of prohibition with...bottled on June 1st, 2012. Poured vigorously from a 12oz bottle into my Spirit Sippers snifter.

Burgundy/cardinal body glows a bright electric crimson/raspberry when held to the light. A small upthrust of dense beige suds coats the surface and thick tears draw down a cascade of fine lacing. Very good retention.

Candied ginger and orange zest in the nose - fresh plum and ripe berries are joined by notes of honey and barley. A potent enlivening aroma with bright esters and fruity hop notes.

Deep malty palate entry - a touch sweet at first, like over-ripe cherry (with a tiny hint of cough syrup), though this quality subsides as the malt begins to take over. Very slight toast with stewed fruit and a moderately bitter spicy/citrus/pine-nettle kick from the hops. Finishes medium-dry. Warming but not hot, the alcohol is well integrated.

Weighty yet smooth, full bodied mouth-feel with good carbonation.

Not a complex barley-wine, but well balanced and decently crafted.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color (black when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin but dense tan head that quickly died down leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose plus notes of caramel and toffee from the malts. These become more balanced as it warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops and especially lingers through the finish. The malty flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very hoppy and bitter barleywine—something that hopheads could enjoy (especially if they drink it cold). If you are looking for something with more complexity you need to let this one fully warm up to let the malty flavors develop a little more. The alcohol isn't that noticeable in the taste.

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Photo of bcostner1
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/17/11; reviewed 11/26/12.

A: Really a nice looking beer. Rich, deep, ruby red undertones mixed with some burnt orange and mahogany. Rich head that leaves long lasting vestiges around the glass and the surface of the liquid.

S: Malt, toffee, caramel, and hints of figs and raisins.

T: Follows the nose with lots of toffee, caramel, dark fruits (figs, dates, raisins) and a strong malt backbone. Faint hints of maple syrup and molasses. Mild booze and nice subdued hops on the finish.

M: Pretty easy drinker at 10+% but I think the age has something to do with that for sure. Nice body and not overly done. No alcohol burn whatsoever. Very satisfying.

I drank one of these about 8 months post bottling and reviewed this one at about 18 months post bottling. It is for sure better now than fresher. The time really did help this one along as far as calming down the booziness and helping the alcohol and hops to meld into the caramel and toffee. Solid barleywine for sure. Glad I have 2 more 12oz to sit on for a while longer.

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

I poured this beer into a fat tulip glass and received about two fingers of sticky head from the initial pour. The coloring is very deep reddish/brown.

This beer smells very sweet with a lot of sticky toffee there. This is a thorough, strong barleywine. You get a lot of venous qualities. I like the heat coming from the alcohol.

This is a very good example of a barleywine. I wish I had some bottles in my basement aging for the next ten to fifteen years.

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Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in Nov 2012, if that makes a difference on the style.

A. An extremely deep brown/red color. A nice brownish foamy head that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves some lacing down the side.

S. It has a lemony and soap-ish scent. Malts.

T. There is a strong dark-fruit maltiness to it. A mild nuttiness and perhaps a banana hint.

M. It is very smooth with a tangy undertone.

O. Good and flavorful. Sometimes a barley wine can go heavy on the alcohol and feel almost like vodka was added, but this is tamed but still has an intriguing taste.

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Photo of tony223366
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Really beautiful ruby color. Fantastic clarity. There's a little brown in that as well. Really rich color. Head is ok, about 2 fingers and does dissipate rather quickly. Nice lacing though. I think this is another beautiful beer. I also feel like most brewers get this right. Good job guys.

S: Awesome smelling Barley Wine. Huge toffee with some dark fruits (typical old world fruits) and some berries? Malts come in a bit chocolaty too. I do get some citrusy hops but not a lot. Smells really decadent and I'm hoping the flavor delivers!

T: The flavor delivers! So you get that classic English Barleywine sweetness at first. A lot of that caramel and rich dark fruits. It's entirely decadent... but then the finish adds just enough hop bitterness to balance and make this more than the casual sipper that English Barleywines are. Good stuff.

M: My favorite part of this! Really fluffy and smooth. It feels really nice in the mouth. Good carbonation to clean your palate with those hops.

O: Better than I remember it! I remember liking it but this is a great American Barleywine. I'm a big fan of what Uinta does!

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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 +16.1%
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 +3.9%
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 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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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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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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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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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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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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