Tasting: February 23, 2012
Style: Barley Wine
Another American Barley Wine tonight. This one is from one of my favorite breweries – Utah-based Uinta. At one time, this beer was truly an annual release to celebrate the brewery’s 1993 opening. Now, it’s available year round as part of their “classic” series. It has an ABV of 10.4% — which is exactly the same as the barley wine I had the other night (Boogoop). This one also boasts an IBU of 70 – so we’ll see the hop treatment in this brew. It pours a rich brown and the high ABV squashes any semblance of a head. Rich sweet aroma and my first sip gives me a beautiful layer of molasses with whisky-like undertones. Some alcohol warming. I missed the hops on the first couple of sips, but they are a pleasant discovery that I’m zeroing in on with every sip — very fresh, earthy floral and resiny. Only a medium body and the carbonation is relatively still. I’m enjoying this one — 87 points
From my glossary — Barley Wine: an odd name for a style of beer â€” itâ€™s made from grains (hence – â€œbarleyâ€) and is typically high in alcohol â€” to be comparable to the alcohol content of â€œwineâ€. Its roots are in England.