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RATINGS: 728   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (999) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2008
The color of this XIV anniversary pour was deep copper and the head was one finger thick. The mild smell was not as hoppy as most American Barleywines, but it was tilted more towards the hops than the malts. The taste is where this beer came to its own identity. It was well attenuated dry taste with woody and smoky flavors quite noticeable as result of the lack of heavy sweetness. The hops provided a bit of spice, and the alcohol (which was at 10.4% ABV) was apparent but not over the top. I liked the uniquely non fruity approach of this beer to barleywine quite a bit. The mouthfeel was dense as anticipated and the aftertaste warming. Very easy to drink this one quite rapidly, so watch out. I picked my six pack up at Bullocks on Sandy Plains Rd. in Marietta.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Pours a rich reddish brown, slight amount of tan head. Aroma dull caramel, some resin and fresh line overtones. Body full and lively, not at all syrupy. Finish sweet and treacly, with a woody pine character. Aroma underwhelming but otherwise really nice, especially for the money.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (987) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 27, 2012
XVII version. 12 ounce bottle purchased a year ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ("bottled on 3/22/11"). Pours a muddy purple-brown hue with one finger of beige foam. Aroma of rich caramel and toffee, creamy nutty chocolate, dark fruit, and a bit of port wine. Flavor of cardboard-y roasted malts, burnt chocolate, some dark sticky fruit, and a bit of grapefruity hops. Medium bodied with a touch of lingering bitterness. The high ABV is mostly well hidden here. Nice aroma but I found the flavor somewhat lacking. (491, 707)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (984) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown ruby red color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is malty, a bit astringent. Flavor is sweet, heavily malty, slight alcohol. Lingering nutty kick in the finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (980) - örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2014
Klar, vinröd-brun öl med ett brun orange skum. Doft: Malt, humle, örter, fat, exotisk frukt sallad, läder. Smak: Malt, humle, citrus, frukt likör. Trevlig Barley Wine i både smak och doft. Vill dock ha lite mer söttma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jw0406 (978) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 Bottle shared by Crosling, thanks Nick. Poured a deep ruby-brown color with a thin beige head that faded to a layer. Aroma of light caramel, some earthy minerals, and light citrus. Light, sharp malt entry with some metallic mineral taste and caramel leads into a lightly bitter hop presence with some undertones of citrus. Moderate fullness on the palate, nice bite. Decent brew, but doesn’t really seem like a traditional barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2013
bottle, typical in your face barley wine. Pours brown/red color. Aroma of sweetness and some hints of hops. Full body, thick dark fruits and sweetness. Well balanced with a malty backbone. Surprisingly, there was little to no alcohol on the taste. Defintely well balanced. This is a classic barley wine, usually not my style. This one is not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Pours a clear light brown with a smallish beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, hops, caramel, and light alcohol. Taste is hoppy and fruity, with raisins and plums. Finish is bitter, boozy, and a little dry. Very nice. Body is full with some light carbonation. Pleasantly surprised to find this was made in Utah!

   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.

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