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Big Sky Olde Bluehair Barleywine

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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 262   ABV: 8.75%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mindwarp (86) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2014
2013 edition - Pours a dark reddish amber with more head than beer, this is going to take awhile. Thick head plenty of lacing and higher in the middle. Aroma of booze and maybe dark fruit but that’s hard too tell with the heavy booze aroma. Taste follows the nose but the booze is not overpowering but is dominate. No booze burn with a hint of vanilla. Overall a good barley wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cirrhosis (1223) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
2013 Edition, 10.2% (Bottle #2396 of 3750). Cork exploded off with a loud pop, and the thick smoke that poured out smelled like pineapple. Hazy brown that gets cloudier, and cloudier with every poor. A super thick crown floats on top of this beer. YUM!!!! FAWK that first sip was awesome. Aroma is heavy on the bourbon, vanilla, and strong alcohol...... but yum! OH DEAR GAWD why did i open a 750 10.2 % on a Tuesday night, less than half done and i can feel it. Flavour is so smooth, tons of bourbon, some alcohol heat. Why the hell isn’t American dad more popular.... I just pee’d a little watching this. Building bitterness!!! Wood, vanilla, heat. Kind of simple tasting. I’m wasted now...... still 1/3 to go.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1710) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle 485 out of 3750. Pours a deep copper color with an offwhite head and lots of lacing. Bourbon malty nose with a hint of hops. Taste is nice, bourbon, some mineral astringency, lots of hops - bitter finish with a hint of booze. Certainly more towards the american side of the style of barley wine. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1200) - sacramento, California, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle shared by John. Pours dark amber. Weird oak aroma. Taste is lots of dark malt and some oak

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (2320) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Wow! Alcohol burn hits you at first sniff. Dark copper body with minimal head. Heavy malt profile with alcohol warmth. True winter warmer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (13196) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Draft at the source. Hazy golden amber color, big thick cream colored head with good retention. Aroma of lightly spiced butterscotch. Taste is rich vanilla, more butterscotch, light spice. Bet this one would age very nicely.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
after trying their Smoove Moove Cherry (equally 8.75 and ... well... overpriced crap) I couldn’t muster high expectations for this one. This led to a pleasant surprise, though, as the body was full and smooth. The vanilla/bourbon/oak aroma and taste reminded a couple of us of bourbon County Stout (which is not a bad thing). It pours a mahogony color with a nice fluffy head, great vanilla/peppery aroma, smooth full body. The flavor is a touch sweet, but not cloyingly so, and fully enjoyable. Better than expected, and put Mammoth’s Charleywine to Shame in a head to head."

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 12, 2014
2013 bottle purchased at Total Wine in Sacramento. The bottle opens with a big cork blast. The aroma has a fair amount of oaky vanilla present. Rather sweet, with some vinous character. Not much else going on. Modestly hazy copper-amber body with a massive cream-colored fizzy head present. Pour is very foamy. Starts with a sweet, sugary, somewhat sticky flavor. Tons of buttery and butterscotch comes through in the middle. Lots of diacetyl here. Some oakiness and a little vanilla late. A bit warming to finish. Just a ton of diacetyl.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (882) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2014
750 ml 2011 vintage, 10% abv shared with myself. Aroma is malty with some nice caramel and toffee notes. Lighter burnt sugar and toast character. Some moderate dried fruit notes of raisin and fig. Some faint oak and bourbon notes with light alcohol. Pours a cloudy, murky, burnt brown with a medium, moderately sized, tan head that slowly recedes to the edges. Faint lacing and moderately large sized legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with some nice dark caramel and toffee notes. Some toasted bread and burnt sugar with a hint of roast and chocolate. Flavor has some light oak and bourbon notes with some nice alcohol notes. Moderately strong bitterness but only faint hop flavor. Nice dark fruit notes of raisin, prune, fig and dried cherry. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a rather nice barleywine. Perhaps not the most complex, but nice malt notes with some pleasant bourbon and oak notes. Drier and with less bourbon than a lot of the more popular barleywines, which is nice in many ways.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 2, 2014
This barley wine was okay. The head is a little thin, but the flavor was decent. Doesn’t seem strong, which is nice. Nothing special.


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