ultralite3399 (18) - USA - MAR 24, 2002
uinta beer is the best utah brew, and the brewery is tour friendly. gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - OCT 13, 2002
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
"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 (1078) - 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. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2009
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.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2011
Vertical tasting at Craig’s. XIV. Dark red colour with a thin light tan head. Aroma of alcohol, candy sugar, caramel and leather. Flavours of chocolate, raisins, caramel, black pepper and alcohol. Long alcohol hum with moderate carbonation and prickle. XVI same appearance with a much more subdued nose. Aroma of caramel, tar, leather and a little smoke. Alcohol quite present. Mouth-feel is somewhat oily. I prefer the XIV. Leighton (21083) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2012
Bottle at the Semi-Final Tasting, my place in London. Thanks to Jack, I think. Pours clear amber with a strong, off-white head. Big nose of caramel, ripe fruit, bready malts, toffee and a bit of pine. Nice flavor with heavy, sweet bread, resinous pine, ripe and semi-dark fruits, caramel. Medium to big in body with average carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with lots of toasted sugar, pine, sticky sugar, a bit of dirt, earth, toffee and yet more caramel. Solid. A quintessential American barley wine. Highly enjoyable stuff. hcalsos (205) - Rælingen, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2012
0.33l bottle @larsga. Red, brown colour with a semi-thick head. Caramel, coffee with hint of high alcohol. Taste is full of sweet malts, prunes, caramell and spices. Fullbodied with a nice lasting aftertaste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone AKThunder (167) - New York, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Citrus hoppy aroma, reddish brown liquid with minimal head, medium bitterness and sourness, medium body and soft carbonation, with a bitter finish. This is excellent, reminded me of an IPA with all the hops. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2013
A - Dark brown with some ruby mixed in and a finger of frothy tan-khaki colored head. Fades normal.
S - Sweet caramel malts, caramelized and brown sugars, grapefruit, citrus, and some pine hops, a hint of dark fruit, and a bit of booze.
T - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, tropical, citrus, and pine hops, some good bitterness, brown sugar, caramelized malts, a touch of dark fruit, and some booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, sweet, and lightly bitter finish.
D - Nice hoppy barleywine. Great overall balance and smoothness.