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RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 Companyís 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
That1Guy (2005) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra and Honkeybra. Huge, huge head. Incredibly sweet nose, with some hops in there. Flavor isnít as sweet, but itís still a kick in the teeth. Not that good, but one of Big Skyís best efforts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6470) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
750, capped and foiled. #530/1800. Another gusher. The second one tonight. Sigh. Maybe Iíll just make this a tradition from now on. On Tuesday nights, Iíll open a gusher. If I open a beer and it doesnít spooge all over the counter on its own, Iíll just pour some around for the sugar ants. Theyíll come in eventually, no doubt.
Pours a deep, deep mahogany brown that somehow manages to look velvety through the glass. Enormous, thick, foamy, sudsy, towering head. Plenty of stringy lace. One touch of your lips and the skin oil knocks it down by half in a few seconds, but itís comically massive up until that point.
Humongously sweet nose--brown bread, brown sugar, figs, dates, and heaps of store-bought molasses. Almost bleeds over into tawny port territory, but it really has a fresh fruit/boxed sugar intensity to the sweetness of the nose. Immediately makes me wonder whether it should sit for a few years...especially given that it smeels this sweet refrigerator-cold.
Nice body, creamy, high side of medium. Nothing sticky or cloying about the mouthfeel. The bread, figs, and molasses pick up some orange-y counterpoint on the mid-palate, thereís a bit of citric sharpness to it thatís not present on the nose. Long, slightly orange-pith-y, heavily brown-bread-y finish. No flaws, other than the wicked overcarbonation (and that goes away). But doesnít really have much to say on its own with the dense sweetness unaccompanied by anything else. I think if theyíre going to go this sweet with it and not give it more hop bite to balance, they should say something on the label about aging it for a couple years. And still give it some more hops, then, honestly, because thisíll be out of balance in two years without them.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (747) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Pours a viscous deep chestnut with no real head (as typical with a bw). Huge aroma of bourbon and slight wood. Sweetness up front with a good balance of alcohol and hops. Quite heavy on the bourbon, but that is what I like about it. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2810) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle: Nice amber color with a large, fluffy beige head. Sweet and flavorful aroma of citrus and caramel malt. Deep, dark fruity, and light hints of sherry. Tastes rather malty with a little citrus, caramel, and light sherry notes. Some faded hops. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3481) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2009
750 ml bottle, 868 of 1,800: This stuff is nice! Deep amber-red with a big, snap-crackle-pop head. Only medium bodied, but where it lacks in texture, it makes up for with boldness. And, I should say, even though the texture wasnít heavy on the tongue, it was still real nice, with a great carbonation level. Malts are very complex and tasty, with very rich elements of brown sugar, molasses, toffee, caramel, toasted bread, nuts and wholesome wood. Hops are grassy, earthy and herbal. Lesser notes of citrus and blood. Very nice alcohol notes from start to finish, with some fruity qualities. Hard alcohol coziness and warmth. Nutty aftertaste. Great barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2975) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle Pours out a amber topped with a small sand head. Aroma was of pit fruit, some oak and sweetness. Tast was more wood a very tasty caramel and even some sweet vanilla. Very tasty BW.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2009
On tap at the AZ Strong Beer fest. Pours a clear amber with a thin off-white head. The nose is floral hops and caramel. The taste is caramel malt, brown sugar and citrus hops. Medium bodied. Nice barley wine Ė not overly sweet Ė good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7085) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 28, 2009
On tap at the brewery. This amber ale poured with a foamy beige head and a caramel aroma. It starts sweet, then mellows to a nice bitter and spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival. Pours clear deep copper with thin tan head. The modest aroma has notes of prunes, figs and sweet crystal malts. The taste starts rich and sweet with malt, fig raisin and plum sweetness. Midway and to the finish alcohol chemical notes show up along with a layer of pine hop bitterness. Could use some more age to mellow a bit. It does have a mildly drying malt roastiness into the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle 1549 of 1800. Pours a deep yet hazy reddish brown with a soapy tan head. Aroma of ripe fruits, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, barrel, vanilla and spices. Flavor is dark fruits, caramel, sweet malt, vanilla, spices, barrel aging is evident but compliments the beer instead of overpowering it. Nice sticky mouthfeel and just the right amount of sweetness. The BA version is truly a Fantastic Barleywine. Awesome stuff.

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