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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - APR 10, 2008
XIV Vintage, bottled on 7/10/07 and shared with theisti & tjthresh. It pours a deep burgundy with a thin, creamy beige cap that leaves behind wispy lace; quite pretty. The nose is a beautiful malty blend of dark fruit and both piny and citric hops. Medium bodied up front and thinning later, the palate is slick and almost flat with a dry woody finish. (I’m not sure where Tim & Tom got the assertive carbonation they describe in their reviews. I had first pour from the bottle, and I found it quit subdued.) The flavor is a slight drop-off from the nose. Dark fruity malt with a woody, nutty finish. Nice, but it lacks the complexity of the nose. This is a tasty beer and one worthy of cellaring to see how it might evolve.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4690) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a tiny, off-white head. Smell: Caramel malts with a handful of toasted breadcrusts and a pine resin hop scent. A bit of booze lurking in there as well. Taste: Sweetish caramel malts arrives with a bitter, resinous hop hit of pine. Slight cherry fruitiness underneath. As with the aroma, the abv is apparent. Tangy, bitter finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability: Not a top tier barleywine. I, for one, could use a heft of malt and body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3703) - Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2008
12 oz bottle, XIV Vintage, shared by Gregis. Bottled on 7/10/07. Pour is ruby-orange brown with a nice dirty white head. Aroma of bright citrus (orange) hoppiness with a round, soft melting caramel sweetness. Taste is big, bitter and sweet. Quite a bit of carbonation. Less sweetness than the nose would have suggested, but still very present. This was quite nice, I was surprised at the amount of bitter hoppiness present with the age. Highlight on this one was the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2008
Bottle, XIV, thanks to footbalm. Rating #994. Pours red/amber, with a small head. Aroma is caramel, hops, malt, and fruit. Flavor is hops, caramel, fruit, toffee, and a little vanilla. Body is a tad too thin, but this is a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2008
XIV shared by Greg. Pours dark red with a tan head. Wonderful marriage of hops and malt. Toffee, cherry, and citrus abound. Whoa. Not so much in the flavor. Underwhelming toffee and chocolate. Medium body. Gritty. Hight carbonation. Dry finish. Great beer until you drink it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3303) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Bottle XIV from douglas88 which I enjoyed thank you. Nice roasted malt flavors. Light fruit flavors as well with some cherry and prune in there. ours a dark brown color. Smokey, wood, oak, vanilla aromas are complex and good. Full bodied chalky and creamy texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2971) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2008
XIV bottle courtesy douglas88. Pours dark brown with a thin white head. Huge malty aroma with tons of citrusy hops. Very over the top, huge malt taste, gobs of hops, very spicy and alcoholic. This is from Utah?? Finishes with a bitter citrus tang of hops. Very good and will be amazing with some aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2008
1st Birthday Beer. Sent to me by footbalm, thanks Eric. Pours a hazelnut crimson with a frothy tannish head. Nose has some a nice mix of heavy caramel malt, alcohol, and fresh hops. Lots of hops and bitterness in the flavor, tastes very young, with some nice caramel sweetness which begins to make its presence amidst the vast hops. Finish is a bit astringent with bitterness. This will probably be nice in a year or two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3652) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2008
XIV bottle in Brian Head. Very drinkable barley wine. Poured a dark brown colour with ruby highlight. Medium tan head and medium lacing. Aroma of candied fruits, molasses and hops. Flavour of caramel, sorghum, and mild hops. Nice finish that was not too heavy or bitter from the hops. This bottle was only about 5 months old but I think this will gain complexity with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2972) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 12 oz. bottle, dated 12/12/07. Yep, shared with Cornfield, and with Matt and Andrew at Flossmoor, because Matt let me fill a swingtop of Frambozner to trade with douglas88 for this rare treat (but it turns out my shipment broke)…
Anyway: brandy and garnet color. How do I say this–fruits and malts in nose, "light" but persistent. This is quite a young barelywine, and an example of the American style as it’s stuffed with hops. So there’s plenty of bitterness, but it’s on top of some very strong caramel malts. Kind of a burn as it goes down, but the kind you want with single-digit temps outside. We’re all agreed this might be fabulous if it were laid down for a few years, but I wanted to make sure to share with the very architects of this malty feast.

Sorry, I have no Utah stories.

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