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

12 oz. bottle. XV anniversary edition.

Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany brown with nary a head. No lacing on the glass.

Big, rich caramel malt aroma. Slightly sweet and fruity, with a trace of herbal hops. Becomes boozy as it warms.

Caramel malty upfront quickly followed by an aggressive hop bitterness that nicely balances the malt. It unexpectedly ends on the dry side, with a rather bland, flat finish.

Full body, mild carbonation.

Decent and servicable barleywine, which was enjoyable to drink. But, in the end it doesn't quite stack up against the best in the style.

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Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

XIV Anniversary
bottled on 1/14/2008

A - very dark, with a nice, beige head
S - smells very sweet, of dark fruits - plum, tart green apple
T - sweet malts were dominant upfront, followed by burnt, very dark fruits, again plums. The hops made them self present in a bitter finish. Also, for 10.4%, this didn't seem as boozy as I was expecting.
M - pretty smooth and creamy
D - This was the first barleywine I have tried, with others in the fridge to soon follow. I was expecting something a little different, but this was good nonetheless. Overall, this was ok, it was pretty bitter and seems that, as the label suggests, it could be laid down to age for a bit to make the hops fade a bit and the malts to shine.

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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

XVII bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore CA

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves spotty lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt with dark fruit scents and a touch of alcohol

T - Like the smell starts of with the dark fruit then the sweetness comes out some with some alcohol in the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I had the XIV a few years a go and I remember liking it more than this vintage but overall this is a good beer worth trying if you see it

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - Deeply red in color, almost crimson when held up to a light. About an inch or so of foam which dissipated at a moderate speed. Somewhat low carbonation.

Smell - Seems more malty in smell, with a sweetness to it, perhaps from caramel or brown sugar. I can't detect any fruits

Taste and Mouthfeel - The aroma was a bit deceiving, as there is little maltiness in the taste. At the start, there's an intense bitterness, that mostly hits the middle of the palate, but lingers in the aftertaste, drifting further back. I'm not able to detect any fruits in the taste either, but the subtle sweetness that was in the aroma is present in the taste as well, but even fainter. The texture isn't as thick as it could be, but it definitely does still lie more toward the creamier side.

Drinkability - Fairly drinkable for a barley wine. The abv is tolerable for good sitting. Complex taste, but was expecting something a little more. Still, not a bad brew.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a slight amount of head which appears to have some retention. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a deep maroon with hints of garnet that appears as mix between a light orangish-crimson and a dark amber when held up to the light. A tiny bit of sheeting extends from the surface of the beer. Leaves a good amount of lacing after I drink more.

Nose- Fairly muted for a barleywine. There is the obligatory caramel followed by light hints of brown sugar and molasses but not much else. Aroma from the glass is practically non-existent. Maybe some raisin. Swirling shows a sour, akin to rye, quality.

Taste- Caramel (as in the aroma) is the dominant characteristic here. However, there is also a lot of oakiness with a lot of present which would usually be a big negative for me but it seems well rounded and well countered by the hints of brown sugar. The alcohol is apparent but not grating. The notes of caramel, oak, and brown sugar are pretty big and gives this beer a lot of presence. However, this seems to be all there is to this beer. Good presence, good balance, but lacking in what also defines most good barleywines- complexity. The caramel and brown sugar seem a little burnt in the middle and give rise to a blend of weak sourness and slight raisin. I would prefer this fresh barleywine to be messier as that would portend a brighter future. It does not appear that will be the case and I would not suggest aging- unless you want a really boring barleywine. But don't get me wrong. This is a highly accessible, high gravity beer and would be an easy introduction for the novice.

Mouthfeel- Pretty much medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation for a barleywine. Too much for me anyway.

Drinkability- If this beer were more interesting, it would be scary. But it's not. I would rather get some Bigfoot.

Overall- Above average to almost good. A boring barleywine but still pretty tasty. Worth a try. You might find you like this low-key, high alcohol offering.

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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 wjimson
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at a local liquor store. I was quite glad to find something that was over 4% in this part of the state.

Although the malt profile of this beer is well balanced, it came across as a little bland: lacking in richness. The taste of candi sugar is quite evident to the tongue and throat. A winning side of this beer is the well hiden alcohol content and and low acidity. The hop profile is also nicely balanced and mild.

Even after drinking this beer on a hot-summer afternoon, I did not felt the 9.8% alcohol at work. Like all other beers I have had in this state so far, the alcohol present feels lower than the stated alcohol content on the label, even if it means 4%. The lack of richness and alcohol-feel to this beer makes it very drinkable.

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