Uinta Fifteenth Anniversary Barleywine
Uinta Brewing Company is located in Salt Lake City, UT and if my memory serves me correctly, I've never sampled any of their beers up until this point. This is a barleywine clocking in at 10.5% alcohol brewed to commemorate the 15th anniversary of their brewery, which is a great achievement! Look for their Crooked Line of brews in 750ml bottles as well - I'm hoping to be reviewing a few of them myself soon!
Pours into the glass a deep garnet with orange hues and a small wisp of head on top of the brew. A bit hazy overall but it doesn't take away from the brew. Aromas are dense with caramelized fruits and rich malts upfront featuring a bit of sweetness. Toffee, figs and some raisins along with a nice touch of hops that still manages to hang around even with the age on it.
First sip brings big, rich caramel malts swimming in deep fruit flavors. Toffee, raisins and a touch of cocoa as it flows down. Hops kick in and offer a nice bitterness as the beer flows down. Just a touch of heat on the finish, but it's smooth. A delicious barleywine, fitting of an anniversary!
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with good carbonation. Not overly sweet or cloying at all, a well attenuated brew. There's a great depth of character in this barleywine and I'm really enjoying drinking it. Will be on the look out for other Uinta brews in the future and in my travels.
I'd say this is a Great brew any day of the week!
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