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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Uinta X, tap at Naja’s from early December. Mahagony brown pour with small head. Very rich sweet malty aromas and flavors - caramel, toffee, dark fruits - touch of plum. Alcohol very present. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 4, 2006
X: Deep brown body wit ha touch of red and short lived tan head. Upfront nose with a lot of caramel, toffee, melon, dried fruits (pineapple) and herbal/resiny hops. Firm mouthfeel with a little fine carbonation. Fat vinious malts, touches of rum cake, and more dried fruit. Balanced expertly by large but not overpowering herbal hoppyness. Alcohol makes it taste a bit dryer than it is but picks back up in sweetness in the finish wiht a fair amount of toffee, more malt, and a hop bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (3485) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Bottle Pours a clear but very dark mahogany, and a very thick creamy tan head that coats the glass and stays. Aroms are very sweet caramel, over-ripe apples and brown sugar. Flavor is quite hoppy and definately keeps up with the rich sweet malts. Late bitter kick on the trailer. For over %10 the alcohol flavor is very modest. Yes, quite bitter. A bit much I think for me. Very soft carbonation, which is nice for this style and a very soft smooth heavy feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2006
X (that’s 10 in roman numerals) Pours a nice clean amber color. Very impressive barley wine aroma; strong hop character with a carmel malt beneath. The flavor is very sweet at first followed by a grainy and biscut malt, but not as much hop as I expected. There is chocolate malt as well but not as much hop flavor as I expected. There is a bit of alcohol, but it is vairly well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pinkzambia (1802) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 24, 2006
XII Anniversary Bottle: It pours a lovely, clear dark red with a light brown foamy head and sticky lacing towards the top. The crisp, bitter hops and weeds form a robust aroma. Then the taste . . . it rocked me like a hurricane. I immediately thought of the effect of dark, burnt coffee, an overpowring bitterness that makes you say "Haiya!" The feel is creany which soothes you after the bitter shock. I liked it. I don’t think I would drink it every day, but occasionally.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Sample from Jan 06 Indy gathering at BW3 downtown - Anniversary X 2003 vintage - Aroma is carmel, date, fig, and hops. Pours mud puddle brown with little head and some lacing. Flavor matches aroma and hides alcohol well. Palate is clean. A nicely aged easy drinking BW.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Rating is for the XII. Clear, ruby brown with moderate, transient head. Black cherry, brown sugar, molasses and wet grain are exhibited in the aroma. The aroma suggests that the beer will be rich and sweet, which is contradicted upon the first sip. The flavor has surprisingly light, sunny malt notes with cocoa and some dry caramel. More than anything, there is massive hop bitterness underpinned by some fairly assertive piney attributes. The bitterness really dries out and overwhelms any residual sweetness that might be left in the beer. The alcohol level is well hidden. Residual bitterness leaves the mouth puckered for a long time, but not in that good Bigfoot sort of way. This is more coarse and unrefined - unwelcome. Too dry and conspicuously low on hop aroma for my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of dark fruit, malts, a citrus hops. Flavor had big alcohol taste mixed a nice hop action and lots of fruit and malt flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2006
2004. Clear ruby-tinged brown, but it’s really more brown than red. Great yellow head. The aroma screams pinene and toffee like seemingly every US beer I have lately. Some strawberry jam and buttered toast (as opposed to strawberry jam on toast, obviously there’s a big difference there.) Tastes way hoppier than I expected, though it’s really just quite a harsh bitterness that is very much apparent from the get-go and kinda spoils the whole thing. There are some other subtle, piney, hop flavours but it’s quite light in both body and malt. There’s a fair bit of alcohol in there too, but it’s really all about that pine. Tastes young and a bit simplistic, but still an enjoyable enough drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2006
A very malty brew. Pours dark. Aroma of alcohol and dark fruit. Finish is sweet and alcoholic.

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