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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2002

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Photo of StoutHearted
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a beautiful deep red with no head. A sweet smell emanates of chicory and raisins, and the taste matches, with a dry, hoppy flavor that coats the mouth and lingers. The hoppiness and heat of the alcohol takes over the mouthfeel with a bit of boldness. Nice for savoring, but it doesn't have the advantage of other barleywines in having different tones and flavors open up as the brew adjusts to room temperature. Thus, you get a straightforward brew instead of one that changes.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is review of 16th anniversary barleywine, bottled on 11/24/09.

Pours a one finger, beige head. Body is a very dark brown. Head retention and lacing are pretty good.

Smell is sweet, lots of caramelized sugar, roasted malt, and some spice like ginger or cinnamon. No hops are detected and alcohol is faint.

Taste is of classic barleywine. Honey, some diacetyls, and roasted caramel malt. Theres also a bit of fruit, dried apricots and dates. Hops are present but have faded with time. Alcohol, for 10 percent, is pretty mellow.

Mouthfeel is nice and rich. Carbonation levels are good. Head contributed some thick consistency to the beer.

Drinkability was excellent. One of the easiest drinking barleywines I've had the pleasure of drinking. Nothing too extraordinary about this beer, just a fine example of the style, nice and clean tasting. Excited to see what acouple years of aging does to this beer.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Attractive glass presentation with amber-orange body and white top with a finger of foam.

Smell: Citrus and syrup

Taste: Nice up front sweetness before the citrus explodes; Very smooth for such a big beer.

Feel: Creamy; slick

Overall: This is a really good beer, particularly for anyone who enjoys barleywine or DIPAs.
Uinta does a remarkable job of keeping the train on the tracks here, given that some barleywines
can be a bit unruly with respect to their overall balance and kick. This one could be part of my
regular rotation for the foreseeable future.

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Photo of Pahn
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Burp Castle, NYC. Poured into Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance: Opaque, dark reddish brown. Inch head dissipates quickly, leaving clumpy and spotty lacing.

Smell: Very eccentric; startlingly savory. It's a deep smell of chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses, with some leather hints. It smells like a mole or BBQ or Worcestershire sauce. The smell was taking me aback the entire time. It smells good, but not what you'd expect from a beer.

Taste: Huge, somewhat piney hops up front, on par with a really hopped up DIPA. Segues into a subdued caramel sweetness, with notes of dark chocolate and plum. Finish is bitter, with no alcohol warmth. The malt sweetness is a lot weaker than in other American barley wines, but still stands up to the big hops.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and frothy. It borders on sticky, but doesn't really get there (the smell and flavor seem to imply that this would be a sticky, syrupy brew, but it really isn't). Not bad.

Drinkability: Very good. I assumed from the style that the beer was at least 8% ABV, and sure enough it's 10+%. Drinks like 5%.


All told, a very good beer, though perhaps not what I'm asking for when I ask for a barley wine. It tastes more like a barley wine influenced, smokey DIPA--which sounds like a description of a good beer to me. The savoriness of the flavor was more of a novelty than a hindrance, as the smell is ultimately enticing (and the flavor is very good). I want to get a bottle of this and cook with it.

I don't know how this beer would age, but with its IBU and ABV, it seems like it would be worth trying.

I assume that it's because this brewery is located in Utah that I've never heard of it (I live in New England). This beer definitely makes me want to sample their other offerings, because it's very adventurous for its style.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - AWESOME HEAD! Slight yellow tint. Extreme foam head leaves awesome lacing behind. Brew is nice dark purple color with lots of browns.

S - Great scent! Big raisin! Some slight mango and pineapple.

T - Whoa. For a B-wine it's inherently smooth! Missing only a slight something...

M - No heat, shockingly. Perfect carbonation and bitterness too.

O - It's a must buy every year, I drink one and sit on three for the rest of the year... Ages super well. Great B-wine!

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

I can't say how much this beer overcame my low expectations. Poured almost looking like a red ale. Aroma was pungent. Lots of comparisons to Bigfoot already.

Taste, extremely smooth for its alcohol level, hopping, not Bigfoot level, but high. Nothing was over the top, but perfectly balanced, no overt sweetness that can sometimes ruin a barleywine.

Great mouthfeel, its enjoyable, not uber bitter, maintains perfect balance throughout, great price for this beer, and very drinkable, especially for the style and ABV.

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

A: Caramel and ruby hue with a generous light brown head with good retention; lacing is great

S: After a year there is still a surprising hop presence--slightly citrusy even--but also a strong molasses and fruit aroma: apple, plums, and dates; beyond all that is an oaky almost bourbon aroma with a nice malty base--a bit of alcohol finally penetrates as well

T:An oaky malt presence approaches first followed by a dry sweetness--a touch fruity with some raisins, dates, and caramel; also a touch of burnt malts and some pleasant alcohol numbing

F: Nicely carbonated; the beer is a touch thin on the back end but a pleasant film remains on the tongue and roof of the mouth

D: For what this is, this is a very easy drinking, delicious barley wine--nice work, Uinta!

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Photo of jellikit
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Appearance: dark Amber. Thick, foamy, light brown head. Thick, sticky lacing.
Smell: molasses, fig, sweet orange peel.
Taste: dark grain, slight raisin. Dark candy sugar. Lightly roasted barley.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Big, burly body. Slightly sweet, slightly dry.
Overall: pretty good barley wine. A little bitter from the roasted barley. But good. Big and heavy.

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

now that fall is apparently upon us, time to break out a heavy hitter, this is the XV Anniversary vintage, bottled 11/12/08

a: the beer is a dark amber, the color of grade b maple syrup, a delicately thin head graces the surface, with a ring around the edges roused with each tilt

s: rich melange of caramel and toffee, apples, figs, and raisins all baked in brown sugar, toasted nutmeat, citric hops, booze on the strong side but befitting of the style, excellent aroma with an outstanding balance, Uinta makes great use of an array of malts rather than simply inciting a caramel-hop war

m: delicate carbonation and a viscous body that cleans up well

t: caramel malt backbone thinned out with some pale and complimented with a dose of nutty toasted barley, notes of toffee as well, big citrus hop flavors pull the malts back down to earth without overtaking, moves on quickly to a pretty clean finish - citric hop bitterness of moderate strength with some lingering toffee and nutshell, almost approaches coffee

d: a sipper no doubt, but being on the drier side really gives it a boost here, a really nice bwine that kinda surprised me...sought it out while in SLC but everybody was out, glad to see it's in abundance in these parts

single from Bon Vivant, Smithfield, VA...enjoyed with a cheese from the Keswick Creamery - Beer Wash Experiment #2 bathed in Troeginator

XVI bottled 04/09/09, consumed 07/01/10: good beer, much the same as my previous review, some scores would be lower for this particular bottle, but I won't deduct from my first

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, slightly hazy copper ruby color with a thin head of small slightly tan bubbles. Aromas and flavors of dark fruits like plum, dried cherries, and lots of caramel and toffee like sweetness. Herbal, earthy hop flavors and even bitterness still present after 18+ months of aging. Alcohol heat lingers on the finish. A very tasty example of a barleywine, one of the finest examples for the price, probably only usurped by Bigfoot in quality.

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

Drinking one year later

appearance: hmmm deep dark brown, almost black, very dark barleywine, great head and lacing.

smell: good hop presence from the first sniff, sublte citrus and caramel, lots of deep roasted malt.

taste: strong hops still after a year, sublte citrus, rich and touch of caramel sweetness. very robust and charcoal undertones

mouthfeel: medium-full bodied

drinkability: smooth beer. This is close to on par with a 1 year bigfoot. nice beer!

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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 Traquairlover
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Colts9016 for this bottle.

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Pours a clear red, dark amber with a one inch tan head consisting of foam and medium bubbles in equal measure, fair retention, leaves light lacing.

S = Smells of sweet-tart candies, light syrup (not exactly maple, though maybe ample with vanilla added or something), fresh cut wheat, light floral hints, sweet iced tea. Quite good, well balanced smells.

T = Good malt forward tastes of maple syrup, light oak, bitterness is present as a balancing feature but not overpowering like oversteeped black tea or a dark oolong, very light hints of vanilla beans, pie crust, almond, manzanilla sherry. Quite complex and well balanced.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, very nice level of carbonation feeling. Maybe a little too light bodied.

D = A good sipping beer, goes down easily.

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Photo of drpimento
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Velvet hammer here. Appearance is a large, long lasting, tan to cream-colored, thick head, plenty of lace, and a clear, dark amber hue. Aroma is leather, dark ripe fruit, dark malt, yeast, hops, and lumber. Flavor’s similar to nose, with sweet being up front and bitter heavy in the finish and just right carbonic tang to balance. Body is good, but the heavy bitter yields some coarseness. Ditto for the finish, with some off flavors, though overall, I’d definitely have, just not right away. I'd be especially curious to try it with some aging.

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Photo of Contra
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Barley wine is one of my favorite styles due to its complexity, and Uinta got it right. While I tend to prefer a barley wine that's more on the sweet side than on the bitter-hoppy side, this beer is very well balanced between the two (I enjoy hoppy-bitter beers, but sweeter is my preference for a barley wine). There's a nice silky viscosity to it, which I love in thicker beers. The notes in the commercial description are accurate; dried apricot/fruit, toffee & caramel, but balanced with a nice bitterness. The worst part of this beer is that I'm drinking it too fast for it to properly warm up, which is a great compliment to how good this beer is!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass. Born on date of 1/12/12. Should of held on to it for longer, but oh well.

Appearance: The beer is a dark amber crimson red color with clarity through the glass. Lots of carbonation coming up through the glass and the one finger off white head has held up strong. Insane lacing on the glass too.

Smell: nice caramel and butterscotch up front. Pungent piney and citrus notes follow.

Taste: tropical fruits, mangoes, pineapple, tangerine, some pine, which is all followed by sweet caramel malty flavors. Very tastey and the booze is slightly noticeable too.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, boozy, dry, well balanced and easy to drink.

Overall: Solid barleywine. Will hold on to more of these in the future for aging. Very well balanced and the tropical flavors stand out the most. Happy to have opened it, but sad I could have held on to it for longer. Not disappointed one bit right now.

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Photo of smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

XVI version: Pours deep brown amber, like dirty copper. Modest but thick light beige head. Leaves a continuous ring of lace after every sip.

From a distance, I smelled perfume. As I brought my nose closer, brown sugar and sweet malt came through. Up close, solid floral hop aroma. Great balance.

Could be a strong brown ale; could be a high-hopped barley wine; could even be a sweet porter. It has elements of all three. Again, superb balance with a multitude of flavors coming through--none of them dictating the flavor. Crystal malt up front, mild alcohol warmth, biting hop aftertaste. Heavy, almost buttery body with plenty of carbonation.

A superb beer that is worth seeking out. A complete surprise when compared to the other Uinta offerings.

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Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep brown copper with a thick, creamy, light tan head that left copious lace.

S-Wow--->ORANGE! Like a chocolate orange candy, well OK, like a caramel, chocolate orange.

T-Spicy orange overlies a balancing roasted caramel malt base. This one seems rather simplistic at first but it is actually really nice and becomes more complex with warming.

M-Medium bodied with long lasting spicy bitterness. Rather dry and never becomes sticky.

D-For a 10% ABV brew the alcohol is very well concealed. Rather sharp and biting, certainly hop forward. A very tasty brew that is, without question, one of the best beers I have had from Utah and I have been there!

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Photo of beermeplz
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best by of 5/4/15.

Randomly came across a 4-pack of this and didn't have very high expectations, but I really like this one...may even be one of my favorite non-BA barleywines that I've tried to date. It's a bit nuttier than I expected, but it works well and is balanced by a lingering hop bitterness and some heat on the back-end. Even so, the alcohol is pretty well-masked and so it isn't too boozy at all. Overall, a real solid barleywine for a reasonable price.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

One bottle, given to me from my good friend in Denver!

Pours a nice dirty brown/crimson. Quickly dissipating head, doesn't really seem oily or hugely viscous... but is noticeably fairly thick.

Smells strongly of piney hops. Earthy malts, a tad sweet and a tad boozey. Maybe a very small hint of burnt caramel undertone.

Taste rushes in with a lot of earthiness and booze. There is a pleasant sweetness that is just a bit sticky. Small amount of that burnt caramel taste. There is like a toasty, nuttiness to it... like strongly toasted almonds. The beer creeps away into the piney/herbal hops that have a nice subtle bitterness that lingers. It's noticeably hoppy, but doesn't cut your tongue out like Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada.

Mouthfeel, medium to heavy I would say. The grainy carbonation helps lighten it and is really well done. It remains drinkable, it has some dryness, it has a great carbonation for the style. Just all around perfected for this kind of beer. Slightly tacky/sticky. All is where it should be I feel on the mouthfeel.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. I am not a big hop fan but this is definitely one of the better hoppy barley wines I have had. Bigfoot is almost too aggressive... Nogne #100 is is hopped to the point it doesn't even seem like a barley wine anymore. But this grapples it in and fits the American bill on the style.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the cellar
12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
Bottled 1/7/13 (3 yrs 9 months old)
L- dark brown almost black, with tints of red, thick tan head that is here to stay, leaving gorgeous rings of lacing
S- sweet enticing malt, sweet dark fruits such as dates & figs, caramel and incredibly some hop bitterness as well
T- rich chocolate malt, the dark fruit on the linger, with a spicy finish that has the a slight (expected) oxidation
F- rich and full bodied, heavy carbonation, drinking exceptionally smooth without a trace of the 10.4% alcohol
O- this beer has aged incredibly well, as mentioned in the feel drinking real smooth, only slight trace of oxidation, will definitely make an effort to seek this one out again

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Photo of mikechance
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A --- Deep red with nice amount of foam

S --- Malts, little hops and some sweetness

T --- Excellent blend of hops and malts with alcohol, but not over the top. Very smooth for such a strong beer.

M --- Nice body, good carbonation and smooth

O --- Excellent! I will add this to my Top 10 Barleywine Beers to get every year. Uinta Beers have just started to hit the greater Sacramento area and they are very good. I look forward to enjoying more.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the XVI, obtained in an Ogden State store while visiting here in August. It's a very pretty beer; deep amber covered with a thick head. The smell is wonderful, rich and malty with some caramel notes. There are slight hints of sweetness that may overwhelm. The first taste is excellent, well balanced and not too heavy. The conditioning is very good. Just a bit of alcohol in the lingering finish. No cloying flavors at all. This seems more drinakable than most barleywines but I'd've liked a better balanced finish.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow I find myself in the vice presidential suite at the marriot in salt lake city - so why not drink some local brews? I like 17 year olds so this looks good.

This 12oz bottle was dated 6/17/11. Fresh for my likes.

Pours a beautiful dark copper, burnt Carmel color with a slight off white head. Smells sweet malty goodness. Vanilla notes, Carmel notes, bready pudding, slight ever so slight tobacco highlights.

Great smooth mouthfeel as she goes down. Slight sweetness makes it not quite perfectly balanced but the taste lingers on the palate with a nice hop character sticking around. Good brew. Happy 17th!!!

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Photo of Erlkoenig
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark plum-red. Finger-and-a-half head, dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing.

S: Smells like a Belgian Quad. Dark fruit and toffee. Malty-goodness in the nose with a hint of alcohol. Very sweet.

T: Sweet malts take the lead, fruity flavors flowing in behind caramel and toffee. Alcohol warmth abound, but the ABV doesn't lend any harshness to the flavors. A little burst of hops give this barleywine a pleasantly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, a little sticky. Not much astringency. Warm and happy.

O: Very nice. This is my first in the style and it makes me want to try another, so I'd say that's a win. The balance was very good and I will definitely enjoy another one.

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Anniversary Barley Wine Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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