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RATINGS: 742   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2002
Not bad. Probably one of the best, if not the best beer that is brewed in Utah. Nice dark amber colour, fairly strong alcohol flavour with nice depth. Not a fantastic barley wine, but good for Utah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jw0406 (1139) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
15th anniversary bottle pours a black color with a small head. Aromas of oak, dark fruits,. Full bodied, probably a year or two past it’s peak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 10, 2004
on draft: asked the guy in the booth what the abv was.....’uhh, dont really know’ that was a bad first impression. however the barley wine wasnt all that bad. mahogony color with cascades up the nose. stones ipa has this much hop character and even more. so maybe a little thin for a barley but hey, it comes from utah.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2013
Upper tier barleywine in my opinion. Well balanced, not overly hoppy. Also, lots of fruits, cherry, berry, grape, not just big and sweet, but with complexity. Retains a lot of drinkability for the abv. Better warm...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 30, 2008
XIV vintage from IrishBoy via trade. Thanks again Richard! The pour was an attractive ruby and brown swirl with a nice off-white head. Spotty bits of lacing. The initial aroma was a pleasant blast of citrus hops that gave way to roasted malt, syrupy sweet sugars and rye toast. The flavor was lots of bitter hops with some milder caramel and roasted malt struggling to eke through. The mouthfeel was on the thin side and the alcohol heat was definitely present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (1115) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Aroma of malts, fruits and hops. Appearance is a somewhat darkend amber with a light foam head. Tastes of roasted nuts, big fruits and some malt. The finish leaves a spicey, fruity aftertaste. The texture is thin and crisp. Overall, This brew is a nice mixture of flavors with strong fruits and malts. I’d give this an A- rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2004
A decent barelywine that seems to lacking in a proper balance of flavors. The bottle I had said 10% alcohol and hid it very well. May be better with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (1100) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2013
I’ve had this many times over the years, including on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco years ago when they tied for the bronze. In front of me is a 12 oz bottled that says best before 1/29/14. Pours a rich brown with large brown head and lace. Aroma of rich malts and earth. Medium carbonation and significant moughfeel. Flavors of malt balls, caramel, baking chocolate, leather, straw hops, carob. Overall big and bold with a significant smoothness through until a slightly bitter chocolate, dry finish.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2008
bottle thanks to TheBeerCellar. This was anniversary XIV. Knocked a Utah brew off my states. This pours a dark brown with a tan head which lingered. Sweet pine hops in the nose. Taste is of hops melded into overripe fruit. Malt backbone is apparent. Mouthfeel is medium to tthin with some bitterness in the aftertaste, but alcohol was not noticeable.

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