banii (240) - Sola, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2014
2 year old bottle. Aroma of caramel and tobacco. Taste is medium hoppy, with notes of said caramel and tobacco, but also some tofee, bread and pine. Really, really good and balanced after 2 years. drpimento (3761) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Velvet hammer here. Appearance is a large, long lasting, tan to cream-colored, thick head, plenty of lace, and a clear, dark amber hue. Aroma is leather, dark ripe fruit, dark malt, yeast, hops, and lumber. Flavor’s similar to nose, with sweet being up front and bitter heavy in the finish and just right carbonic tang to balance. Body is good, but the heavy bitter yields some coarseness. Ditto for the finish, with some off flavors, though overall, I’d definitely have, just not right away. I’d be especially curious to try it with some aging. HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2004
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 (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2009
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 (199) - Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2011
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 (2943) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2011
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 (6792) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2012
Very aromatic. Bittersweet, burned sugar. Lovely excample of the style. Long complex finish. Hopmaestro (1753) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2014
The aroma from this fine Barley Wine is just awesome. Sweet and heavy caramels together with fruit garden notes, toffee, hops and a sturdy maltbase. I can smell on this baby forever. The taste is just great, smooth toffee with almost over ripe dark fruits more than ready to be picked. The hops join in and I’m just stunned. It’s a little sticky, but not too much. This one is perfectly balanced, and the only thing that is bad, is that it’s out of stock (in Sweden). 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