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

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Photo of mountdew1
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/9/09. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark reddish brown with a slightly dirty white head. Head didn't last long, clung reasonably well, and was replenished by a small stream of bubbles from the bottom. Aroma was typical barleywine. A touch of evident alcohol, with a fair amount of grainy sweet. Too sweet for me. Trace of something that reminded me of banana and cloves. Taste had some hops, and also a tad of bitterness. Mellowed out some over time, but not typical barleywine flavors. Felt good in the mouth. Coated well and was nicely carbonated. Overall a middle of the road barleywine. Not bad, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of jdklks
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking barleywine. Goes from dark to light brown in different lights, and is complemented by amber edges and a nice, though quickly fading, peach colored head. The smell is of sugars and malts, and, though good, is not nearly pungent enough. Neither is it complex enough. Some slightly burnt brown sugar and sweet dark fruits. Figs, apricot, peaches, caramel, and molasses.

The flavor is good, but not nearly as complex as I've come to expect from the style, especially American versions. What I thought was burnt sugars in the smell turns out to be sugars and hops, not playing as nicely together as they should be. The hop character is apparent from mid sip through the finish and into the aftertaste. Sweet fruits up front: pomegranite and plum, a little peach, along with a little caramel. Sugars and hops through the middle, and alcoholic hoppiness the rest of the way.

The mouthfeel is where this beer shines above all of its other aspects. Wonderfully thick and coats the mouth with oils like a DIPA, but it is a little undercarbonated. The drinkability is on par with the flavor.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint; 2008 vintage (XV)

Ruby red with a brown tinge to the body. Head pours a off-white/cream color, about a finger thick. Spotty lacing.

Sweet, dark fruit, figs, and a a little bit of brown sugar.

Up front, there is a sweet maltiness balanced by a bittering hop presence. Well-balanced. All of the smells are also present in the taste. Nothing really leaping out here. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as it warms.

Medium to full bodied, adequate carbonation.

Balanced to where this guy drinks pretty well. However, with a high abv, you have to slow yourself down.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

13th anniversary barleywine. This is funny, because we went to the brewpub in Park City and of course couldn't drink this because of the Utah laws on abv. I found this bottle in a store in Virginia. Pours a very dark brown with some chestnut highlights. Little to no head and just a bit of spotty lacing. Smell is slightly oaky with some tannins and a decent bit of sweetness. Yeast and dried apricots round it out. Taste is somewhat similar to the smell but quite dry and somewhat tannic. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, and a little puckery from the tannins, Not bad aat all, and nice to taste something a little stronger from this brewery.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is their XV (Fifteenth) Anniversary edition at 10.4% ABV bottled on 072108.

A - Lots of head that took sometime to settle. Left some lace on the sides as it shrank. Dark amber almost ruby in color. The final coating is still very nice and it lasted until the beer was all gone.

S - I could really smell the piney hops while pouring but afterwards had to almost put my nose in the beer to get the scent.

T - Get an intial sweetness but following shrotly behind in is the hop bitterness. And it really likes to stick around with each sip allowing it's power to grow. It lingers for sometime after each taste. I can't get much alcohol taste over the hops.

M - Some carbonation is felt in the mouth but the bitterness just seems too much. Not enough malt to balance it. Granted for hopheads this is a good thing but for others...

D - I can only see having one at night as an after dinner drink. The hops would overpower any meal though some cheeses and maybe fruit plates might be OK.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The fourteenth anniversary edition, bottled on January 14, 2008. Thanks to my Denver buddy MikeyS01 for giving me this bottle along with a bunch of amazing homebrews!

Dark, hazy chestnut brown, capped with a thin sheet of taupe foam.

Very malty and rich smelling, though lacking a bit of the complexity you'd find with the best of the style. Juicy pine hop scent, with notes of molasses, cherry and alcohol.

The first sip opens with heady malt sweetness up front, big and bold, moving swiftly into boisterous piny hops. The malt is a burst of caramel, with molasses and roasty darkness. Some dark fruit flavor, coming across as fig and black cherry. A hint of fruity sourness and roasted malt in the finish, along with very light booze and plenty of hop acidity. Not much heat, and surprisingly light on the tongue. Somewhat oily and slick, but not quite heavy feeling.

My bottle states that this is 10.4%. I'd have guessed somewhere in the 8% range based on taste and feel. Despite the lighter feel, this gets to be a bit much and, as the carbonation dropped, the last few sips were a challenge.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

14th Anniversary Release, Bottled December 2007; Sampled July 2008
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces an almost three-finger thick, amber tinged, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a very dark amber / brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, striking cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma is sticky with hop notes of candied citrus, lychee, candied pine needles, some harder pine sap notes and a solid herbal backdrop. The dominant hop aromatics are supported by a sticky malt base that is quite caramelized, has some rich toasty notes and ample biscuit aromatics. The aroma is quite nice and I am definitely enjoying the sticky hop notes. While hop focused, this is not nearly as hop dominated as a Bigfoot of this age is, there is quite a bit more malt character here.

Spicy hop flavors mix with ample toasty malt notes. Seems a touch more malt focused than the aroma, but it is still leans more to the hop side of the spectrum at this point; this should get quite malty as it ages out. Lots of bitterness from the get go, towards the finish this even gets a little astringent in its bitterness with green, almost tannic, hop influences. Not quite as rich as one would expect from a beer of 10% abv; it has a medium thickness to it with a soft creamy viscousness; actually the sharp hop bitterness really cuts through the body quite a bit. In the end, somehow, this manages to seem a bit thin. This does have a nice malt character to it though; lots of toasty, almost brown malt flavors, dark bread notes and some caramelized berry flavors.

I really like the aroma of this beer and I think that it will age quite gracefully, but it is just too harshly bitter to be really enjoyable right now. Give this at least two years and this should be tasting quite nice (thankfully I was sent two bottles of this). This is definitely a beer to lay down, in fact I would guess the Brewer brewed this with that intent; so hold on to those Fourteens for a bit.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I'd reckon the bottle is perhaps a year old.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color. About two fingers of mocha-colored head is formed, with an excellent creaminess. Retention is decent, and as the head fades, it leaves behind spotty lacing on the glass.

S: This still has some notable leafy, tobacco-esque hop touches left in it. I even notice some touches of roasted malts, to go alongside the (mild) caramel. There's also a touch of must. I'm not blown away by the aroma, though I like the lack of boozy qualities.

T: There's a small touch of roasted malt to open the brew up. I'm glad the hops don't just provide a generic bitterness at its age, but also some noticeable flavors of spruce, tobacco, marijuana, and general herbs. There is a touch of earthy booze flavor on the back end - though it's not really felt - and even a bit of salty umami. The latter grows bolder as it warms up, which isn't entirely desirable. Other than that, there isn't much to fault here.

M: Medium bodied and rather creamy. The long finish does a good job of drying the palate without exposing the alcohol too severely. This is fairly easy to drink for 10.4%, also.

O: Good barleywine. Some will dislike it low sweetness, but I enjoy the fact it's not cloying. I'm not sure how much I'd like this fresh; this seems like it's at the perfect age.

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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 HoustonTX
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uinta Brewing Companies XIII Release.
Bottles on 11/09/06. Consumed 09/27/07.

That's thirteenth edition for those that are not roman numeral inclined.

Pours a very deep brown. Cloudy and a bit of sugary encrusted yeast sediment. Little to no head, with a ultra-thin lace.

Smells of complex dark malt. Lots of chocolate with a wafer crisp sugary edge. Definitely that Barley reminiscent smell, right on for the style.

Taste is very clean and smooth for the style. The year of aging has definitely toned down the harshness. A very mild sweetness consumes the palate with a beautiful underlay of ripened fruits. Lots of malt complexity with an outstanding resiny piney bitterness midway. The age has definitely made this one a solid drinker, with no alcoholic burn, or harsh nuances.

A fine example of the style. This is a good beer.
Thanks a bunch Wasatch for the chance to sample this one.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

17th Anniversary, bottled 11/23/10

Pours a deep copper/brownish color, decent sized light tan head, leaves a cap on top for a good while.

Smell is strong in caramel malt and toffee, picking up a hint of faded hops which adds some citrus.

Taste is fairly straight forward with a very heavy caramel malt front, alcohol is quite present even with more than a year of age on it and warms the belly, hint of citrus in the aftertaste which seems odd but at least spices things up a bit from the typical malt coverage, soft carbonation gives a decent creaminess.

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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 jyuhas
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

XVII - bottled on 03/22/11
drank 4/24/11

Appearance - deep ruby color with a thin quickly dissipating head

Smell - roasty, burnt caramel; citrusy, earthy hops; some floral notes that remind me of lavender

Taste - caramel and citrus hops, not bitter, nice malt/hop balance

Mouthfeel - light carbonation but feels relatively full bodied and just a bit chewy

Overall- pretty good, very drinkable, alcohol is not even noticeable, just wish for a bit more complexity in the flavor, and wish I was sipping it by a fireplace on a cold night, but a warm spring night in central Cali will do

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Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

WELL! First thing is to pull that “do not remove” tag from the bottle. Har ! I’m such a rebel. 13th version.

Nice pour to start, deep, deep amber with a very frothy tanish head. Very grainy and woody aroma, different. Lots of oily heading lace the NB snifter.

Quaff is also very woody for a barleywine, still very smooth and with a nice pop of malty goodness. Now, if I’m in Utah, this on my drink list, a nice sipper for a cold winter night.

Muchas Thanks to Wasatch for this Utah frosty!

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

XVth Anniversary, bottle from Bruisin' Ales, Asheville, NC. Poured into an Allagash cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a relatively dark, brownish body with lighter, dull ruby hues. The head, tan and about one-finger tall, fades relatively quickly, and though it does leave some lacing, it's runny, glittery, moist, and blotchy. I was more impressed when I began, but its impressiveness fades.

Aroma: Relatively faint, though pleasant. Dark pine, spicy and herbal, mixed with estery alcohol, brown sugar and molasses

Taste: Very similar to the nose. That is, it's pretty simplistic, with pine notes, dark malts, half toasted/half roasted, with overtones of caramel and molasses, a few lighter fruity esters that come across as apple skin like, and some mildly spicy, estery alcohol. Not too terribly much to write about - it's not bad, but it's not great either.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thick, with minimal carbonation, and a slight alcohol prickle that melds well with the pine spiciness. About what you'd expect from an American barleywine, really.

Drinkability: Something was just a little lacking with this one - maybe the hop schedule, maybe the malt bill, I'm not sure. It was just a little weak in all departments, I suppose. It's still a solid beer though, just not all that it could probably be.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wowee, my first barleywine - quite an experience! Pours an amber color with virtually no head - what little there is quickly fades to the thinnest of crowns. Smell is quite strong - kind of fruity and spicy. There's literally a feel of stinging on the nostrils. Taste is similar - fruity taste, with something else - nuts, figs, raisins? Maltiness at first taste, but definite hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is very noticeable - warming sensation after sipping. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated. Not very drinkable, but I believe that's to be expected of this style - definitely made for sipping.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage XV

A - Pours a deep chestnut brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. There wasn't alot of foam, but what was present left some decent lacing.
S - hints of astringent alcohol, raisins, plums, dark fruit, alot of brown sugar, the aroma is really pleasant. I feel like this hasn't lost alot during again.
T - slightly chalky burnt flavor, dark fruit-raisins and plums, a bit of malt sweetness, it seems slightly lacking from the aroma
M - medium bodied, chalky, ashy feel, carbonation is still good
D - Probably not as good as it was fresh, it just seems to be a bit off, oxidized i guess. I'd love to try one of the newer versions

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

version XVII, pours a hazy brass color with a thin white head into a wine glass. smells instantly of booze, which isnt surprising given the abv. also smells of straw and a peculiar maltiness. Flavor matches the nose, and the bright carbonation fizzes the flavors into a very unique palate. cant say this is my favority barleywine, but it is different. mouthfeel was as heavy as it gets, thick and weighty, even the carbonation doesnt make it feel any lighter. a good beer on a cold night

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Photo of kirok1999
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

XIII Annniversary edition. A nice rich coppery bronze with a thin floating head and just a little lacing. Not too much in the smell, lots of hops, citrus, slight pine. Taste is nicely sweet, hot hops dominate the start. The malt backs it up in the finish with some caramel and dark fruits. Nice lingering hoppy, alcohol in the finish. Pretty nice example of an American Barleywine, nice thick mouthfeel and easy to drink.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled 3/22/11, Anniversary XVII,

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a long-lasting off-white head, good head retention, spotty lace.

S: Dominated by pine, cedar, a bit one-dimensional.

T: The flavour brings the malt out to play, strong dark bread, with a lot of hops. Pine dominated again with white grapefruit. Good flavour, but could mellow out a bit.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, never cloying which is a plus in a barleywine.

O: This isn't even a month old, super super young, it needs time to coalesce. Buy now, drink later.

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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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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 Haybeerman
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark red/chestnut color. Poured a 2 finger rocky brown head that dissipated to aa skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Big malt aroma. Burnt caramel, toffee and brown sugar; a very sweet background. A little sting in the nose.

T: Definitely malt; kind of smokey, bourbony and nutty. Transitions quickly to an intense bitter that lingers into the finish. Sweetness not as prominent than in the nose. Big alcohol bite in the finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Lighter feel in the finish that's dry and warm.

D: Complex nose and taste. ABV is a bit daunting.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair US barleywine with a general good sense and hopefully potential for aging.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Light cream label (with a faint harvest drawing) dominated by the roman numerals XVI noting name of brew and anniversary occasion. Notes bottling date as "Limited Early 2009 Release". Shows bottling date (02/17/10), and 10.4% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a snifter.

A - Deep amber to amber-brown pour with a good 1/2" frothy head, fair retention, good surface memory and some splashes of lacing.

S - Generic hoppy sense woven with sweet malts, pleasantly fresh but without much complexity.

T - Malty backbone, sweet, caramel and molasses... Supporting quite a resinous profile of hops, bitter with a grassy touch.

M - Medium/full body with medium carbonation providing a nice final kick, slightly sticky and smooth as it finishes with the bitter touch.

D - Good drink that lacks some to be taken to the next level.

Notes: The main range is there, and If this is actually a year old since bottling already... Maybe a couple of years in the cellar with soothe things out, and the initial sense is that it might be quite something else after that.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Possibly too fresh? This had a harshness I did not expect. Alcohol was forefront, more so than other barley wines I've enjoyed. Poured brown, with little head. Aroma's of malt and alcohol. Flavor was slightly astringent, with more bitter than malt, and more alcohol burn. Finish could be smoother, again perhaps needing aging.

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