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RATINGS: 258   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayzz (341) - Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Citrus aroma and red gold color with a foamy head. Has a sweet honey apricot flavor with a slight bitter long finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbaaron (1259) - Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Hazy medium to dark amber. Nice tan head. Smells sweet and grainy. Very carbonated. Alcohol is certainly there but not boozy. Plenty of alcohol warmth. I keep getting what comes off as grain to me... honey perhaps? Strange. I guess I’m struggling to make sense of this one somehow. Different from any other barley wine I can recall.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Salmoniform (678) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Orange hue with nice white head. Aroma is malty, honey, caramel, floral, sugar. Mouthfeel is fantastic with full body and nice carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a slight bitter following and a nice ethanol finish. Overall this is a great English style Barleywine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (557) - Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2014
Tap at Bricks. Cloudy yellow. Nose and taste is powerful. Not much aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (4112) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Slightly hazy amber with a thin white cap. Playful candy ish nose of ginger and toffee and raisin and cherry and sweet figs and brown sugar. Pleasant flavor of boozy toffee, raisins, a bit of biscuity cocoa, light figs, a bit of Belgian candi sugar (only a bit), with a sweet nutty malty tone. Very swell.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8491) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2014
2012 Bottle from a generous trader awhile back. Pours reddish amber with off white head. Nose and taste of caramel, toffee, honey, vanilla, sherry oxidation, bourbon and oak. Full bodied. Well balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3198) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 Traded 2010 bottle #2111/3000. Nice amber and bronze color with a medium brown head. Big aroma that reminds me off a big fruity, boozy, quad with hints of vanilla and wood. Nice caramel flavor that gives way to sugar and a little booze. It’s big but tasty.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
nimbleprop (4896) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2014
750ml bottle pours a hazy brown with some frothy, white head. Nose has a lot of wet cork, some butyric acid, caramel, vanilla, vegetal. Flavor is boozy, sweet, lightly tart, more butyric acid, cardboard. Way gone.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2587) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Pours murky caramel with a tan head. Aroma and flavor bring sweet malts and honey, not overbearing at all. Alcohol is so tame for the high ABV, so smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (6221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, 2012 bottle #2316. On the bottle says 12%. Dark reddish brown pour with foamy but lasting off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, honey, hints of oak, bourbon, and vanilla, slight honey in there, touch of more dark fruit with caramelized raisin in there. Taste is a mix of apricot, peach, candied raisin, some candied white fruit into caramel, toffee, oak, some vanilla and honey come through, hints of bourbon, caramel, toffee, come through in the end, finishing bitter, slightly sweet. Very nicely done, and very unique.


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