HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brought this back from Utah-its too bad that they don't distribute beer outside the state because this beer is as good as any barleywine you'll find. Its over a year old, so I'm sure that didn't hurt, but a nice solid malt core, good amount of hops both bittering and flavor. I wish I had a sixer to age some more, but I think this about $6 for one bottle since they're big on taxing "sin" products in Utah.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
XVI version: Pours deep brown amber, like dirty copper. Modest but thick light beige head. Leaves a continuous ring of lace after every sip.
From a distance, I smelled perfume. As I brought my nose closer, brown sugar and sweet malt came through. Up close, solid floral hop aroma. Great balance.
Could be a strong brown ale; could be a high-hopped barley wine; could even be a sweet porter. It has elements of all three. Again, superb balance with a multitude of flavors coming through--none of them dictating the flavor. Crystal malt up front, mild alcohol warmth, biting hop aftertaste. Heavy, almost buttery body with plenty of carbonation.
A superb beer that is worth seeking out. A complete surprise when compared to the other Uinta offerings.
Angelmonster (112) - Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is review of 16th anniversary barleywine, bottled on 11/24/09.
Pours a one finger, beige head. Body is a very dark brown. Head retention and lacing are pretty good.
Smell is sweet, lots of caramelized sugar, roasted malt, and some spice like ginger or cinnamon. No hops are detected and alcohol is faint.
Taste is of classic barleywine. Honey, some diacetyls, and roasted caramel malt. Theres also a bit of fruit, dried apricots and dates. Hops are present but have faded with time. Alcohol, for 10 percent, is pretty mellow.
Mouthfeel is nice and rich. Carbonation levels are good. Head contributed some thick consistency to the beer.
Drinkability was excellent. One of the easiest drinking barleywines I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. Nothing too extraordinary about this beer, just a fine example of the style, nice and clean tasting. Excited to see what acouple years of aging does to this beer.
bpreo (1491) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2014 Katie’s Rating #1: Not too bitter, not too sweet. You can taste the strength of the alcohol, but it does not turn you off. A good beer!
Re-rating the 2013 release (in 2014). For a Barleywine, this beer does not have the robustness or the flavor. It is still strong, as the label suggests, 10.4% alcohol. Yet you wouldn’t think it after taking that first sip. Further sips may change your opinion, and you sobriety.
KnutAlbert (5999) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very aromatic. Bittersweet, burned sugar. Lovely excample of the style. Long complex finish.
ultralite3399 (18) - USA - MAR 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
uinta beer is the best utah brew, and the brewery is tour friendly.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - OCT 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful aroma, very chewy and a sock of flavor. This is a very good Barleywine. GABF 2002
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"X" or ten year Anniversary Barleywine, bottled 2003, ABV 10.%.
Classy cream colored label with lightly embossed barley and hops decorating the background and a huge roman X in the center in red ochre with the stated -
"Utah’s first locally brewed barley wine is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion. This ale is rich, malty, and warms the heart. Like a fine wine, it can be laid down to age."
Beautiful pour of dark golden hued caramel brown, settles coffee brown and thick with a lushiously foamy yellowed cap that sets up to about an inch high before calmly settling to a broken skim and thin collar. Lacing in scattered whimsical spotty-like strings.
Aroma is burnt oranges, warm caramel malts with some heavy toasted breadishness and some fairly fresh and pungent hops that render some pine and citrusy overtones with effervenscent alcoholic heat that appears more and more as it sinks in to the snifter. Earthy notes sinder behind most of the hop twinge in the nose; quite a decent wiffer.
Taste starts with hops at the front, bittering with pine and dark citrusy stuff of orange and highly ripe peaches, malts play second fiddle with burntish caramel and toffee, crispy biscuit toasty edging, touches of chocolate, brown sugar, and then turns back to a hoppy finish fairly quickly. The malts are present, but very secondary, as this still seems fairly fresh with a good dry-hopping quality full of pine and citrus orange. Lingers for a bit and has a nice hoppy overtone in the finish.
Feel is medium, well carbonated in this bottling, crispy, hoppy-edged bite, toasty, smooth, kinda bold a bit, more hoppy then malt laden, and warm. Aging this may thin out the nicer dry-hop character from this and hamper the experience some so drink it up now. As fresh(somewhat? Doesn’t say when in 2003 it was bottled) this is pretty good stuff. Really wish I purchased more. I was sceptical due to having shaky offerings from Uinta thus far and a good percent of other Utah beers, but this was a nice BW.
One of the better drinkin’ BW’s I’ve tried in a while due to its slightly lower ABV and marveluos hoppy edge. Freshly yummy; quite a good barley wine, as I said, damn, I wish I bought more.
rajendra82 (946) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Theis (13225) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Club-tasting - Thanks Jannik. Clear squirrl color - offwhite head. Dark bread, nutty, berries, high malty, raisins, sweetness, light smokey notes, chocolate, spicy, peppery. Nice. Lovely complextiy.