Anniversary Barley Wine Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Anniversary Barley Wine AleAnniversary Barley Wine Ale
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
410
Ratings:
885
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
17.66%
 
 
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Photo of stephens101
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for spreading the love with this exceptional brew. Pours dark brown with cherry red hues which make for spaces which are barely penetrable by the light. A slight dark tan head fades fairly quickly into a good thick stripe all along the top of the brew. A big sweet aroma initially rises to the nose, and I like it a lot. Following that are some sour dark fruits, grain, black licorice and some sweet yeast. The taste involves a big hop bitterness with sweet and sour cherries and a good sweet breadiness mixed in between it all. Now this is what I'm talkin' about. A thin layer of chocolate is also discernible. A slightly piercing but very welcome alcohol heat exists, but that's to be expected, as this is a big one. Body is medium to heavy, a little creamy up front, and a little dry going down. Beers like this are just one of the reasons trading is so worth the effort and expense.

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Photo of therica
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= reddish brown, modest quickly fading head.

S= bountiful floral hops and nice malts, hints of some fruits.

T= I'm not a big fan of barley wine but this one blew me away-- spectacular! Bountiful hops and bitterness, rich malts, a smoothness I've never found in a barley wine, nice fruity notes including prune and probably cherry. Extremely well balanced.

M= savory hops florals and bitters, malts, slight creamy feel on the tongue, fruity notes, light prune.

D= only the high ABV% would keep me from drinking more than 1-2 of these at a sitting, otherwise highly recommended, great with beef, ribs, maybe roasted chicken.

Bottled 8/29/2008, consumed during the 2008 holidays that December and my review was mislocated until just now.

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Photo of acidicbassist
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this for the first time poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter:

A - A rich, dark mahogany with 3/4" head.

S - Deep oaky and rich fruity aroma; boozy with slight nutty hints.

T - Follows well with the smell; fruity (mostly raisin) flavour with a boozy finish.

M - Not quite as thick as the colour would lead you to believe, but a nice balance of thick/creamy and light with a final bite at the end.

O - A quality beer. I've had many a barley wine, some better than this, but not many. Overall, it has everything I look for in a good barley wine with a few little surprises (Nutty hints in the smell and a very crisp finish). I recommend.

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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 s111
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oh yes, Utah steps up and smacks one over the fence. A delicious surprise after so many expensive disappointments.

I've got one in front of me right now, let's dance...

ST: Poured out of a 12oz bottle (actually 1 and a half bottles) into an oversized Duvel tulip that's been beat down, chipped and filed smooth at the base several times. This ones seen three years of quality beers. My favorite chalice for sure.

A: Viscous when tilted sideways, tan moderate head bubbling down the sides, beautiful ruby color on the ends going mahogany towards the middle, pretty cool to marvel at and take a long exhale.

S: Deceivingly sweet, a malty Godzilla for sure.

T: Mmm... Roasty up front, backed off sweetness (comparatively), molasses nuance in the middle with rum raisin and black pepper on the back end. Woodiness starting to accumulate after a couple of sips... Nice.

M: Springy carbonation when freshly poured then dissipating somewhat shortly thereafter. A medium body, molten malty yumminess, but not one of those creamy ones. Slightly dry.

O: So nice to pick a winner with limited dollars. A vote of confidence for exploring the rest of the Uinta menu. Good job, brewers.

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

Bottled on 04/09/09 Enjoyed on 3/15/11 in a standard pint glass.

A: Dark ruby in color, 1 finger tan head that stuck with it.

S: Caramel, toffee, malt, some pine hop character with a sweet smell in the back.

T: Bitter (good), malt, caramel.

M: thin to medium carbonation, good thickness.

D: at 10.4% and with its weight it is not the kind you can drink alot of in a session.

Will be reviewing again after I age the other bottle for longer.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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 a10t2
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the XIV release, with a bottling date of 11/30/07, cellared since March 2008.

A: Pours a perfectly clear, dark ruby red, nearly brown. Bottle-conditioned, but the nice compact sediment stays behind. White head persists remarkably well and provides a little lacing - very impressive in a 10.4% beer.

S: Hoppy aroma, but with some malt to back it up. Citrus and pine, plus a distinctly sugary aroma, a little breadiness and a hint of alcohol.

T: Very malt-forward throughout, but the hops are nicely balanced. Some light chocolate flavor as well, then the aftertaste lingers with the hops dominant - clearly this is an insanely bitter beer. Exactly what an American Barleywine should be.

M: Maybe a little more carbonation than typical for the style, but that keeps things light. The alcohol probably helps too; even as heavy as the malt flavor there's nothing cloying about it.

D: Dangerous. After almost two years this is clearly hitting its stride.

ORIGINAL MAY 2008 REVIEW:

XIV batch, bottled 11/30/07. 10.4% ABV.

A (5.0): Slightly cloudy amber-brown with copper highlights. Beautiful thick tan head with exceptional retention and lacing. Wish I could get head like that on a 10% beer...

S (2.5): Aroma is pretty subdued, maybe because of the thick foamy cap. Primarly resinous hops with some floral notes. Very little malt sweetness, but a hint of sour cherries and just a little alcohol.

T (3.5): A big up-front load of hops, but the malt dominates the experience: fairly light and toasty, without the caramel sweetness I would expect. The alcohol is surprisingly subdued.

M (3.0): Maybe a little over-carbonated for the style, it's light over the tongue, without much of a slick or vinous quality to slow things down.

D (4.0): Probably too drinkable, I finished this pint in less than half an hour.

Notes: I dinged this half a point on smell, taste, and mouthfeel. As is it might fit better into the IIPA category, but I would imagine in a year or so it will be an exceptional BW.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Uinta is one of those brewers that you love the moment that you find them. I am one of those people and must impress upon you the idea that Uinta is beyond amazing and this particular brew is something of dreams. It has an elevated 72 IBUs and a whopping 10.4% ABV so take these one at a time.

Look-It has a dark amber color that is hazy and has no head. But if you place it in the light it glimmers arrogantly with a blood red blush that is ubiquitous in the best of the redder sunsets.

Smell-It smells of dank hops and deep alcohol. It has noticeable overtones of licorice, toffee, cocoa, candied fruits, strawberry, and alcohol. This one already promises to be a world class brew.

Taste-The taste is bold and arrogant. The alcohol dominates at first and this is to be expected with that 10.4% alcohol content. Most barley wines bring the alcohol heat at the end, but by that point you’ve lost interest because of your senses being accosted by too many flavors. But this barley wine has a strong malt base founded on orange peel zest, nutmeg, eucalyptus juice, tangerine, bourbon barrel oak, smoked cedar, and caramel. The hops are citrus, earthy, and bitter melon. It has a noted smokiness to it that mixes very well with the aforementioned flavors. The carbonation is medium which was to be expected since the head vanished so quickly.

Mouthfeel-This is a medium-bodied yet thick and chewy barley wine. The hops leave a noticeable resinous coating on the tongue like other IPAs, but this one is accompanied by oak barrel smokiness and a fruity zest.

Overall-This beer is quite delicious and is thankfully not syrupy which I was dreading. It is well mixed, integrated, and approachable. It does not neglect the well-timed release of its attributes and it does not despair. It is confident and soothing. If you do not respect this elixir of joy, then it will chew you up and spit you out. And drink with your eyes open or you’ll miss the best that this has to offer.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Deep, nearly opaque, dark ruby hue, close to maroon, with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a razor thin cap. A one finger wall of lacing is left behind.

Sharp and piney hops sit on top of a dark fruit background. The malts add a little bit of a toasty aroma in the background.

The malts are toasted pretty well, giving off a little bit of burnt caramel. The hops are front and center, with plenty of grapefruit-like citrus and a little bit of mint. Full bodied, slightly acerbic feel. The hops linger for a very long time after each sip.

Careful with this one as the alcohol is very well hidden, and slowly becoming more obvious as the beer warms. Complex with good flavors, and not too overpowering. Recommended.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a mahogany color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of long-lasting, creamy head and some good lacing.

S: The aroma was so dominated by hops, that not much else was detectable. Still, very pleasant.

T: Much hoppier than most barleywines. Also had citrus, caramel and other mild fruits and malts. Complex and tasty.

M: Well-carbonated with a slick finish. Full-bodied, more or less.

D: This is a drinkable, enjoyable American barleywine. It's hard to believe it has a 10.4% ABV.

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Photo of kennylopez
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a globe glass.

Appearance:the reddish brown ale poured a half fingers worth of tan head with beautiful lacing.

Smells: a bit like cherry with a citrus note, the alcohol is there as well.

Tastes: of fruits like plum and a earthy hint in the middle. A floral finish actually when I was expecting a orange flavor which I got from the smell.

Mouthfeel: a tingle from the 10.4%, but smooth and a nice dry finish.

Overall: a good barleywine in my opinion. Picked up a a 4 pack at total wine in Riveredge, NJ for $7.99 and worth even more. I am going to get more soon, no doubt.

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Photo of tcblack4d
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Maroon with a half in., tannish head.

S: Sweet and malty followed by nice strong hops. A very west- coastish barleywine (similar to Old Ruffian or Bigfoot as the previous reviewer said).

T: Sweet with some minor caramel and a well-balanced between the malts and hops.

M: Medium body. Good carbonation.

O: One of fav. barleywines. Always what I expect it to be, and well priced which makes it tough to beat.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from a year or two ago.

Pours out a slightly murky brown body with a thin head. Smells of caramel, dried fruit, figs, piloncillo, and PNW hops. Tastes sweet; lots of caramelized malts. Very toasty: more so than I would have imagined from the taste. Aftertaste has some roasty coffee notes. Hops are prominent and resinous/grassy. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and smooth. Overall, this is a solid barleywine. Darker than normal.

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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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Photo of Wasatch
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: 05/04/15

Poured into a chalice a very nice clean/clear dark grape color, nice carbonation, very nice little thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop bite in the finish. Medium body, warms the body nicely, a nice sipper. Very drinkable, a very nice barleywine.

XVII 2010 Vintage
Bottled on 11/23/10

Poured into a chalice a very nice clean/clear dark grape color, nice carbonation, very nice little thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind, and a big oil slick in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body, warms the body nicely, a nice sipper. Very drinkable, again this brew is delicioius, a very nice barleywine.

Revisted: XII 2005 Vintage
Bottled 2005
Enjoyed 22 Nov 10

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a little fizzy off-white head, which leaves a very big oil slick. The nose is malty, with some hops still there, slight spiceyness, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some hop notes, some spice, and caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, WOW! with 5 years on this bottle it still is very nice.

Revisted: XV 2008 Vintage
Bottled on 05/16/08
Enjoyed 30 Jul 10

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, Not much of a head on this one, which only leaves some nice oil slicks behind. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with some hop notes. Medium body, this one is kinda on the watery side. Drinkable, but not as tasty as other aged one's. I'm a bit disappointed.

Revisted: XIV 2007 Vintage
Bottled 12/12/07
Enjoyed 24 Jul 10

Pours a very nice dark brownish/grapy color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy/creamy off-white head, with minimal sticky lacy left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops still there, grapy notes, slight spiceyness, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some hop notes, some spice, nice grape note, and caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, WOW! with about 2.5 years on this bottle it still is very nice.

Revisted: XIII 2006 Vintage
Bottled 11/09/06
Enjoyed 1 May 10

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a little fizzy off-white head, which leaves a very big oil slick. The nose is malty, with some hops still there, slight spiceyness, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some hop notes, some spice, and caramel. Medium body. Very Drinkable, WOW! with about 3.5 years on this bottle it still is very nice, definitely not as hot when fresh.

XVI 2009 Vintage
Bottled on 02/20/09

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, very nice little thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body, warms the body nicely, a sipper for sure. Very drinkable, again this brew is delicioius, a very nice barleywine. I believe to date, this has got to be the best one I've had fresh, well with not a year or more of cellaring.

XV 2008 Vintage
Bottled on 05/16/08

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, Very nice little fizzy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body, warms the body nicely. Very drinkable, again this brew is delicioius, a very nice barleywine.

XIV 2007 Vintage
Bottled on 07/10/07

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, Very nice one-finger plus creamy/foamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, putting a year on this one made it very tasty and highly recommended.

XIII 2006 Vintage
Bottled on 11/09/06

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, head disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable.

XII 2005 Vintage

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, head disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable.

XI 2004 Vintage

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, head disappears quickly, not much lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop/caramel bite in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a pretty decent barleywine.

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

15th anniversary poured into an Allagash chalice

A - dark mahogany color with a more ruby brown color towards the bottom of the glass, about a finger and a half of beige head, head fades into a lumpy rim leaving good lace

S - smells like a piece of chocolate filled with citrus fruit and caramel, hops catch the nose first, but are quickly over taken by the chocolate and caramel malt smell, as the beer warms the slightest smell of alcohol appears

T - hop bite leads to malty background then lingering hops on the sides of the tongue, quite the rollercoaster

M - good carbonation that pushes the beer to all the taste buds, smooth going down

D - have started to pick up on the alcohol about mid glass, however its more in the chest than hot in the mouth, its the only beer from this brewery I can get my hands on and I am not complaining

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

I got this brew (last year) in a trade with Wasatch, thanks John!

14th XIV Anniversary batch, served in a snifter.

Deep brown color with a tan head that hung on as long as it could, considering this brew is a 10.4% abv sipper.
Aroma is dates/figs/raisins, you get the idea.
The taste is very good, sweet dark fruit with a wonderful dose of bitterness on the dry finish.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
Makes for a nice nightcap/sipper.

Note: I'm glad I sat on this Barleywine for over a year, as I think it was probably a bit 'hot' when it was fresh?...
I'm not a big fan of Barleywine, but this was a good one.

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

This is their XV (Fifteenth) Anniversary edition at 10.4% ABV bottled on "8/29/08", so this little number (12 ounceer) has been in the bottle for a total of about 3 weeks! Yikes, FRESH barley wine, not sure how I should feel about that...anyway lightly cooled and into a tulip glass, this one pours a rich, glowing dark, dark shade of honey amber, clear, equally thick and rich dark tan head, that leaves plenty of coating and scattered lace. Nose of gobs of malt, bready sweetness and resiny hops in the rear. First impression of this fresh and young brew is "wow" big and bold, smooth on the tongue, goes down easy. Big smooth malts, nicely balanced by more resinous hops on the back of the mouth. This one is drinking great right now and I would assume it will only improve with some time in the bottle. My first try of any of the Uinta line (how does one pronounce that anyway?) which have just made on shore in the NYC area.I'm impressed, well worth a try now or in a few months on one of those cold winter nights.

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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.

Cheers!

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

Mostly clear black brown body, with a light tan collar. Juicy robust malt barleywine flavor nose -- ripe prunes. Light and flavorful. Lots of sawdust and fermented booze and grapes. Lots and lots of malts. Wide mouth bitterness -- hop edges all over the body, sharp and bitter. Medium impact barleywine and port aspects. Balanced yummy barleywine.

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

A:Poured a very deep ruby color with some white head that quickly retreated to the rim of the snifter.

S: Nice big hop nose up front with some citrus notes. Big malt backbone is there as well. Very nice American barleywine nose. Nice touch of caramel as well.

T: Sticky hops right up front with a nice sweetness from all the malt. The hops are on the piny side. Only a slight hint of the ABV when it warms. Not that complex at all but enjoyable to drink.

M: Nice medium sticky mouthfeel.

D: A boringly good barleywine. It really does not have anything that stands out to make it remarkable. That being said it is easy drinking for the style and ABV. Glad I got to try a big beer made in Utah.

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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 wahhmaster
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown color. The head is tight and foamy and dissipates quickly leaving considerable lacing.

Smell: Smells very earthy with distinct notes of Cascade hops. A mild maltiness also comes out in the aroma.

Taste: Very complex...I almost don't know where to start. Earthy hops up front that turns quickly into fruity notes and sweet malts. Has a kind of bittersweet flavor to it. The alcohol is also very noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Has a thick body that finishes kind of sticky. The high alcohol level also gives it a nice warmth.

Drinkability: A very complex beer that I'd love to try again. Seek it out if you can.

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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