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RATINGS: 736   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (39078) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2008
12 fl oz bottle, XIV. Pours clear and golden amber with a diminished light tan head. Smooth hoppy and nice caramel malty aroma, very inviting. Smooth wooden hops, caramel and light spiced flavoured. Smooth and delicate mix, very tasty. Smooth caramel and solid hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2008
14th anniversary vintage, bottled on 1/14/08 and consumed 11+ months later. Pours a dark and cloudy caramel brown to chestnut color. A frothy, well retained, beige colored head displays excellent retention, and leaves dense rings of foamy lace all the way down the glass. The aroma shows brown sugar and caramel notes in the base, followed by sherry-like, alcoholic fruity notes of cherry and fig. Sugar glazed dates and walnuts lend further depth, while perfumy, floral hops add a touch of balancing bitterness. Flavors are similar, caramel and brown sugar now accompanied by a hint of maple. Figs, dates, and nuts are joined by a hint of orange zest. The floral bitterness is a bit more pronounced in the mouth, especially on the lightly peppery finish. Medium-full in body, well balanced, and only lightly syrupy, the mouthfeel is solid for the style. Complex enough, for sure, but suffering from just a bit too much alcoholic heat. Nice brew, overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 29, 2008
xv. deep maroon in color with a strong malty hop spice nose with a hint of booze and some mint. sweet and fresh woody treebark flavor hits me first, light bubblegum and a touch of banana, then gives way to richer watered down pancake syrup. berry finish works well as a counterpoint to the drier hop alcohol initial flavors. sweeter than i expected for something listing an abv this high. the booze is very much in the background. 4 7 7 3 14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2008
XII. This one’s been in my cellar for a while. I haven’t had a lot of luck with this brewery, I even had an employee of Uinta contact me with a very nasty e-mail about my ratings. Pours a medium bodied dark amber color with a few small bubbles but no real head. The aroma is mild plums and some earthy carmel malts. The flavors is semi-sweet caramel, a little tobacco, molasses, and a very subtle hop presence. The alcohol is pretty much non-existant in the flavor. This one is way past it’s prime but still my favorite Uinta to date. I’ll pick up a fresh bottle soon to compare.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
soyorganic (305) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Pours a dark red with yellowish head. Aroma of hops, sweet malt and alcohol. Hops dominate most of the taste. I am not the number 1fan of hop heavy barley wines as I could just drink an IPA. Although the hops are not over the top, I prefer more of a sweet flavor. The sweet caramely taste is there but the hops take it over. Alcohol is not noticeable. Heavily carbonated for a barley wine, maybe because the date is 9/29/08 and it hasn’t mellowed much. But still, much better a majority of beers out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10799) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2008
I got this from douglas88 and belgianbeergal. Dark brown pour. Aroma is very sweet with a good nose of hops too. Flavor would be really nice but I personally do not love very hoppy barleywines and this one is hoppy. But it has a great mouthfeel and its obvious this beer is well made...just not my perfect style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Finally - a Utah beer for me! Dark plum/brown with a medium head. Aroma has some dark sugar, caramel floral/earthy hops, and some alcohol. Flavor is a tad too alcoholic, but is fairly well rounded with a nice hop bite and lots of caramel and sugar. Quite robust. Good, though some time on this one could improve it IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
15th Anniversary, bottled 7/21/08. 12oz bottle. Pours caramelly dark brown with no head. Smells caramelly malty sweet with some red fruit flavored hops, spicy. Touch of booze as well. Tastes sweet, caramelly malty with some red fruit and spicy hops. Tastes good but a little oxidized. Full body, ok carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2008
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of fonefan. Vintage XIV. Clear warm amber golden with a dense and creamy beige head leaving laces. Fat aroma of burned caramel and spicy hops. Quite full-bodied with a very solid malt base of caramellish malts and overripe fruit. Distinct bitterness in the finish. 201008

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Pours a clear deep amber color with a foamy tan head that lasts and laces nicely. Aroma of pine and grapefruit peel hops, sweet roasty caramel malt, a touch of brown sugar and alcohol. Flavor seems nearly IPAish at first, but the hops give way to toffee, ripe fruit, chocolate and toasty malt. Nice full, satisfying mouthfeel. The hops come back on the finish, lots of pine resin lingering on the palate. Alcohol is well incorporated into the brew. Not overly sweet. A seriously good barleywine!

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