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RATINGS: 624   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2009
12oz bottle, XV anniversary, bottled 11/12/08 from grape & gourmet. pours a slightly syrupy, dark reddish mohagany with almost no head and a right of lace. aroma is very nice with aromas of sweet malts, toffee, cider spices, and a touch of citrus hops. flavor is a bit muted compared to the aroma with flavors of dark, toasted malts, dried raisins, toffee, and mild orange peel. palate is medium bodied and smooth but slightly watery and undercarbonated with a dry finish. overall, a decent BW.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (11889) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 5, 2009
Bottled (XVI, bought from GBBF, bottled 02/20/09).
Dark ruby-brown color, small steady beige head, some lace. Berryish red currant aroma, some sweaty hops, caramel. Flavor is similar, dominated by rusty hops, caramel, licorice, berries ... Smooth, liquerish palate, decent hoppyness, but leans more towards sweetness than eg. Bigfoot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Bottle XIV Anniversary: Deep ruby, a little fiery, moderate to thin light beige head, frothy, falls quickly, spotty lacing.   Malt forward nose, a little sweaty and sockish, otherwise a slight hop character with minor citrus oriented aromas.   On the tongue I get a decent malt base, slight astringent citrus bitterness, with a little bit of a sweet citrusy tail.   In some sense it seems young, yet its not really all that brash.   Does seem juvenile, but I bet 6 months to a year would correct that.   For a 10.4% Barley Wine, it sure hides it well.   No real heat in the finish.   Maybe its a mormon trick!   Pleasing to drink, with only a slight citrus astringency that tends to detract.   Hopefully some months, or a year, will settle that down.   As a Barley Wine, its decent.   Maltier than others, yet not as viscous.   Hides its ABV very well.   Yet, certainly has a certain youthfullness that asks to be cellared a bit.   Body and mouthfeel on this on are fairly moderate.   Not weak by any means, but needs a bit of time for its citrusy punch to mellow out a bit.   Good Barley Wine, and certainly good considering the origin of this beer.   Thanks to douglas88 for the rare opportunity to try this beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2010
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a mostly clear brown with a thin beige to tan head. Sweet and sticky hops on the nose, earthy. Medium bodied, more earthy hop and malt notes. Nice hoppy bitterness and a touch of warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 6, 2010
12oz Bottle - 07/16/09. Thanks Douglas, this is a beer I’ve missed out on numerous times and am glad to have finally gotten a chance to try. God, Barleywine in May. I feel like I haven’t had one in so, so long. This ought to be interesting. Classic caramel and hops aroma, quite appreciable. Citrus, malt, and grapefruit zest. Pours a very ruddy dark amber with a sand-tinted head. Flavors give a fair amount of aged hop resin. A bit dusty, a bit turpentine-like, and a bit of peanut brittle. Decent balance of sugars and bitterness with the alcohols well-submerged between a slick of candied grapefruit skin and lemongrass. I want more freshness out of the hops or more complexity out of the malt, otherwise, this is a rather run of the mill barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
14th Anniversary (2nd bottling) BOTTLED ON: 1/14/08 CONSUMED: 12/19/08 Appearance: Deep garnet body with good clarity and a butter toffee head. Good retention and an impressive amount of lacing caked all over the sides of the glass. Smell: Some caramel and toffee malt notes with a spicy peppery hop infusion. Taste: I’m loving the blend of the spicy hops with the caramel and toffee malt. I think I really caught this one at a good time. The hops are softened yet bitter when playing off the malt. The alcohol has really mellowed out too, being 95% concealed which is impressive for a 10.2% brew. Mouthfeel: A bit slick yet a touch chewy! Medium full body with a surprising amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Easy to down it for a 10.2% brew but it packs a wallop so you really shouldn’t have too many. This barley wine really retained a strong spicy hop profile even after nearly a year of age on it. I’m glad I let it age and would love to get my hands on a few more of these for the cellar. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-20-2008

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4080) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Bottle. Dark copper-brown pour, off-white head. Lots of sweet malt, raisin, caramel, and sharp bitter hops. A little bit too metallic tasting. Meh, it’s ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Very deep, very clear mahogany red. Some stiff foam lacing too. Some alcohol heat to the savoury bread and burnt sugar aroma. Deep fruity slaps-in-the-face also come out of nowhere as the beer breathes. In the mouth it is rich and fruity with some hop dryness definitely present. Deep grape and ripe papaya flavours mingle with burnt caramel. Maybe some nutmeg too. It’s thick rich and sticky, much as you would expect. Not ideal suited for this time of year in my mind, but good late in an evening. Yeah, there is plenty of booze which you feel in your cheeks and in the top of your head as you get through a glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pushkinwow (1842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2011
12oz bottle - Anniversary XVI. Reddish brown with a tan head. Sweet malts, partially roasted caramel, grapes, some hops. Boozy, sweet, medium bodied, smooth apart from the alcohol bite. Has potential but think it needs to sit for another year or so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 Bottle... Clear ruby ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. Fruity, malty nose. Well-balanced, malty flavor. Medium sweetness... toffee and caramel. Medium bitterness... pink grapefruit. Mildly tangy. Not overly boozy. Medium-bodied and lightly oily with soft carbonation. Lengthy, moderately bitter finish. Thanks to scraff for sharing!

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