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RATINGS: 714   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Pours into a nice looking brew, but the head fades quick. Smell is a little sweet, and malty. Interesting taste. Not over the top on anything, but full of a bunch of different things. Can’t quite place it, but something burnt, or roasted. Very good drinkability for the 10.4%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11436) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2007
12oz bottle-pours a light tan head and dark red/mahogany color. Aroma is dark fruit-cherry, plum, sweet medium malt-caramel. Taste is dark fruit-cherry, plum, sweet medium malt-caramel, very bitter-medium hops, vinuous. Nicely done, not my style. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5215) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Bottle. A fairly young sample (bottled 11/09/06) of XIII. Huge hoppy aroma fills the room, very intense! Grapefruit, some toastiness. Orange and ripe fruit. Lots of malt. Deep ruby pour with a rich, luscious creamy tanned head. As for taste, a strong hop bitterness with some resin, but doesn’t sting. Splash of cookie dough. Good firm malt, stands up to the strong hoppage and lends an elegant balance. Very full body with a dry, bitter, hop-bitten finish and aftertaste. Pleasant but hefty warming. Closest comparison is Bigfoot, but with a way to go before matching. Wish I’d has a few more to lay down (wink, wink). Thanks, Jake!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2465) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 18, 2007
Pours a one finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is sweet but balanced, hops hit right at finish with hints of the high ABV. Lingering bitter after taste. $1.95 for 12th anniversary, 12oz bottle from Utah DABC Salt Lake City, UT.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2007
12 oz bottle, 12th Anniversary vintage, via acertain. Pours a slightly hazy dark caramel brown body under a two finger foamy beige head that left lots of heavy lacing as it receded. Aroma shows a nice balance between sweet caramel and toffee malts and a still aggressive hoppiness. A little aged character, port, burnt sugar, and alcohol. Flavor is showing it’s age, although in a good way. Nice port and tobacco notes with a little papery oxidation. Fairly dry up front, with some chocolate and toasted notes, and some toffee sweetness on the finish. A little alcohol showing on the finish, but pretty well hidden for this ABV. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with minimal sticky sweetness and moderate slightly fizzy carbonation. Nicely warming on the finish. This was a really nice Barley Wine. The age really did this one well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Clear dark ruby body body with a small off-white head. Sweet bready aroma with some caramel and molassas. Sweet chocolate and molassas flavor, some light breadiness and a floral hop bitter ending.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2007
bottle from utah liqour store haahahaha this state is stupid... (XIII) Thin yellow head, brown mirky golden body with a sweet syrupy alc nose, strong dry finish, woody and warming, sweet and tangy, standard barley wine, but exta-ordinary for being from utah i suppose

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (4121) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2009 12 oz. 13th anniversary (XIII) bottled Jan 3, 2007. Didn’t notice the date until already opened. Dark brown, not quite opaque, with ruby red tinges when held to light kind of looks like sourwood honey - nice. Small off-white head tries to last. Aroma is hopped chocolate raisin. Palate is kinda creamy, with a heavy mouthfeel. Taste is first malty, with hops coming on strongly in the middle and end to balance. Alcohol is extremely well masked by pine-hop finish and aftertaste. This is highly drinkable as it is, but I will try to let a bottle mature a bit more next time, as I think some of the balance and complexity hadn’t quite come together yet. Update with a 14th and 15th anniversary bottle: This one is definitely more balanced and dangerously drinkable than Bigfoot, which I also love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Twelfth Anniversary (XII) bottled 2005. Deep brown with reddish hues. An inch of rocky light tan foam. Good head retention and lacing. Sweet caramel malt and a hint of pine in the aroma. Sweet caramel malt and piney hop flavors are blended with a drier, earthy, woody, and even leathery, presence. Fullish body, moderate carbonation. Dry bitter leathery aftertaste lingers. Normally I like this, but with this beer find it oddly unpleasant. My initial reaction is that this is a little brother to Bigfoot with a long way to go to grow up. There are better barleywines.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2007
2004. Cloudy, moderately dark brown pour. Small frothy head fades slowly. Appearance is similar to a fresh wee heavy. Aroma lets forth light oxidation initially, then caramel malts on a grandiose scale, unripe dark fruits(plum, cherry), mild toast and graham cracker. Piney hops bring in the rear. Flavor is deeply scorched grainy malts, some hoppy resins. Caramel malts steal the show in mid-mouthfeel, but it too feels heavily scorched. Finishes dry and massively burned, with a bitterness that borders on excessive. Palate is much lighter than expected. Any balance this beer once held has left the flavor, and aroma, long ago. Far too bitter without substantial malt in the second half of the quaff. Glad to try this but it’s not interesting enough to warrant another sample.

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