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RATINGS: 676   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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First brewed in small batches annually to commemorate Uinta’s anniversary, this soul-warming brew is now available year-round. (Uinta’s anniversary is observed and noted by the change of the roman numeral on the label.) Uinta’s award winning barley wine has a dark amber hue with a rich malty character. Serious amounts of hops are used to balance its hardy alcohol content of over 10% ABV. Originating in England in the nineteenth century, barley wines are brewed with the same traditional ingredients as beer: water, malted barley, hops and yeast. There are no grapes or fruit used in the brewing process. The name “barley wine” refers to its alcohol content being similar to that of most wines, ranging from 8.5% to 14% ABV. Unlike most beers, barley wines age remarkably well. If you have the will power, set an Anniversary Barley Wine aside for a year or more.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 Wow a 10.4% beer from Utah. Is that legal? On tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta. Dark amber color. Frothy tan head. Sweet hoppy initial aroma. Lingering foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks great. Delicious too. Sweet and malty. 8,5,8,4,17:4.2 Rerate: Bottled on 5/16/08 from ty5592. Aroma is lots of melanoidins. Tastes shows lots of cardboard oxidation even after being 4 months old. Not that pleasant to drink.. Ages very poorly. 7,3,5,3,13: 3.1

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2692) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
12oz Bottled on: 1/14/08, Fourteenth Anniversary from shp555 and the Mystery Swap 3.0. Clear copper brown with a 1 1/2 finger creamy light beige head, good retention. Scorched caramel, raisins, resiny and earthy hops up front. Flavor has piney resiny hops again with the same caramel and juicy raisiny notes following through in the middle. Bitter earthy pine and spicy hops peak around a 4-5 in the dry finish. Full body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good American BW, and the hops don’t seem to have died out yet considering it’s over 4 months old.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2008
It’s 4:59 AM. I should be asleep, but I went to a party tonight and haven’t been home long. So, it’s way too early or late. It’s one of those. But either way, it’s rating #400. It’s also my first ever Utah beer. And this rating 400 comes from the generosity of footbalm, who kindly spread some "hometown" brew across the nation. I missed chances to try Uinta a time or three before, and nearly missed it again, until footbalm gloriously came through... for free! You seriously rock, Eric!

Light for a barleywine... reddish brown with medium head. Retention and lacing are good. Caramel toffee aroma with strong citrus and pine hops. (Damn, the birds just started chirping... I really need to go to bed.) Taste is big spicy hops. Vanilla, caramel finish. Very nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftbeerdesign (2182) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2008
bottle - XIII. thanks to TBC... pours a deep red with a decent beige head. not an American BW style... much more in line with the English BWs... very malty. aromas of aged malts... medium body... somewhat creamy, big malts, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol is present. Not really into this one... I prefer a big hoppy BW. Not bad though for it’s style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours a ruby color with a tan head. Aroma is aged malts, caramel, a hint of prune and a hint of aged hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, toast, and some bitter hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 21, 2008
(Bottled 7/10/07 via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=blank>IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pours cloudy dark brown-amber with some ruby-amber highlights. One finger of biege head recedes to a very thin covering. Aroma of sweet candyish malt and some wood. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, medium-full and sticky. Flavor of rock candy and very light caramel sweetness overlain by a lightly piney bitterness that carries through finish. Very lightly smokey. A touch of alcohol burn in finish. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3786) - - APR 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 bottled 12/5/11. pours a clear dark amber with almost no head. caramel and big hoppy nose. flavors of big toasty bread and burnt caramel. lots of hops this time. i really enjoy the malt profile in this and could do with less hops. medium to full body.

16th anniversary. bottled in jan 09. deep ruby amber with a small creamy beige head. flavor is actually smooth for being young with a full body. lots of dark fruits and some cocoa. seems more smooth than the 14th with less hops and more malts. funny how this brewer has 2 anniversaries a year. 8/25/09

14th anniversary. bottled in jan 08. rusty reddish beer with a medium sized creamy tan head. nice looking beer! fruity sweet aroma with a touch of cocoa. flavor is sweet and hoppy. a good malt balance. drinks smoothly. not a bad barley wine at all. 4/18/08

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayg1 (558) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2008
A trade from Douglas, his "best local". Thanks buddy lets give this one a try! The beer opens with a nice hiss and pours out a dark brown with ruby highlights, a small tan head forms on top of the brew. Almost instantly I could pick up citrus smells with a touch of pine. However, the aroma isn’t all hops and in fact the malts make a decent showing to, pretty nice one to smell. Taste is very bold and pretty good. Hops smack the lips with grapefruit and heavy pine resin, however just the right amount of caramel sweetness in the malts comes through to balance it all out. The beer almost has a slight Earthy and wooden taste to it even though this was not barrel aged to my knowledge. Regardless this is an excellent barleywine. I wish I had one more to age for a bit as I could see this one improving with time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 16, 2008
XIV. A light aroma. Looks good. Flavor is okay. Grainy but actually not that sweet or thick, it actually seems too thin and inconsistent. Decent but not great.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (954) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2008
The color of this XIV anniversary pour was deep copper and the head was one finger thick. The mild smell was not as hoppy as most American Barleywines, but it was tilted more towards the hops than the malts. The taste is where this beer came to its own identity. It was well attenuated dry taste with woody and smoky flavors quite noticeable as result of the lack of heavy sweetness. The hops provided a bit of spice, and the alcohol (which was at 10.4% ABV) was apparent but not over the top. I liked the uniquely non fruity approach of this beer to barleywine quite a bit. The mouthfeel was dense as anticipated and the aftertaste warming. Very easy to drink this one quite rapidly, so watch out. I picked my six pack up at Bullocks on Sandy Plains Rd. in Marietta.


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