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Big Sky Olde Bluehair Barleywine

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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 262   ABV: 8.75%
Imagine a tango: a man and a woman dancing, their eyes locked upon one another, then take your first taste of Olde Bluechair, Big Sky Brewing Company’s Barley Wine. A taste of apricots, honey flavors, a sliver of vanilla, and a hint of caramel, round out the Barley Wine. Like so many things in life, Olde Bluehair just gets better with age.
Aged for a minimum of 3 months in American Oak Bourbon Barrels.
2015 vintage 12.3% abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5742) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2016
2011 bottle opened in 2014. Pretty solid, well-aged Barleywine. Fruity. Smooth. Holds up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11069) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2016
Original year bottle, oxidized, fruity (esters?), vanilla, wood, caramel. Classic barleywine. Great with a meal too.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
CelticFrost (4) - Seattle, USA - JAN 17, 2016 does not count
2013 vintage. Bottle number 3314 of 3750. Contaminated bottle. Loud violent hiss when corked followed by foaming. Let settle for a minute then poured slowly into large wine glass. Was a solid foam head. Strong pungent sour milk aroma. Bitter horrible taste. Un-drinkable. Will go back to QFC to get my $15 back.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (1333) - - JAN 1, 2016
750ml bottle shared by sevenhokie, 2013 vintage. Dark fruit aroma with with notes of caramel, vanilla, honey and a bit of whiskey. Pours cloudy amber colored with a thin tan head that has good retention and lacing. Starts with sweet dark fruit and a bit of caramel and vanilla. Finishes smooth but a bit dry with some honey and whiskey flavors. Pretty nice for an American barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryecatcher (1336) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2015
750mL (2015 vintage... 12.3% ABV) murky, honey-gold pour, big white head with exceptional retention and lace (especially for a barleywine). Nose is whiskey barrel, brown sugar, toffee, honey. Mouth is medium-full, kinda slick, sweet and chock full of boozy barrel aged goodness, caramel, vanilla, heather, marshmallow, ABV warmth apparent, especially at the finish. Very nice. Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (1107) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2015
750ml bottle - pours a hazy rusty orange color with off white head . Heavy lacing . Soft caramel and vanilla aromas . Moderate sweetness , smooth and very approachable for the ABV . Solid stuff . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (3702) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2015
2011 bottle. Shared with 2 friends. Bottle 316/3000 poured a slight hazy amber colour with a small non lasting off head. Notes of caramel, oak, figs, raisins, and forest fruits, not a lot of carbonation and a slightnoff taste. Bit to carbonated. Expected better

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (2318) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2015
Slightly cloudy brown with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is raisins, dates, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a long sweet finish. Taste is caramel, dates, toffee, raisins, brown sugar. Tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1493) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
Aroma is toffee, biscuit, honey, butterscotch, yeast, apple and roasted malts. Taste is a very smooth roasty malt profile paired with candy sugar, honey, caramel and yeast. Some slight and well balanced bitterness that has slight lemon grass and clove character. Appearance is a cloudy orange with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (2409) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 17, 2015
A bright golden hued amber with light orange and ruby red accents in the body capped with a densely bubbled off white. Tons of lacing foam coats the glass and despite the initial outburst the carbonation settles down to nothing. The aroma is at first glance filled with overtly sweet toffee and caramel malts, candied and dried fruits and with a drizzle of fruity hops. Light apricot and candied apple aromas with a candy like aroma blend with toffee and caramel malts and the poignant hop flavours. The barrel has imparted a rich earthen aroma with a light vanilla and bourbon notes that extrudes itself through the candied malt aromas. The first sip is just as sweet as the aroma indicated with maple syrup like malt flavours combining with toffee and bready caramel. Sweet dried fruits of apricot and apple add to the character as the barrel becomes involved. Light vanilla and maple notes, earthen notes and a slight smoke come through towards the finish. The hop profile is notable and present throughout but is a bit lacking in character imparting only light spice and citrus notes. The finish is warm with alcohol and lingers through to the aftertaste with light hop bitterness and astringency.

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