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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 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.
2015 vintage 12.3% abv

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2701) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to chef201atc. Nose is rubbing alcohol, dark fruits. Taste is high alcohol, sticky honey, and hot hot hot booze. Over all its good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to chef201atc. Bourbon Barrel. Bottle number 818/1800. Pours with a huge, fluffy, light brown head over a hazy golden body. very good retention (on a barely wine? I guess...) Aroma of bourbon barrel, brown sugar, maple and light bitterness. Taste has some light bitterness, caramel, brown sugar, and baking products (I think I meant sweet dough in my notes). Syrupy mouthfeel, light carbonation, warming on the palate. I would eat my hat if this thing is only 8.75%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle. Nose-caramel. Taste-high CO2, Sprite, ginger ale, good sharp CO2, unsweet fig, a really perfect mix of unsweet molasses and fig, perfect balance of dark fruits, medium alcohol. A winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5226) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Bottle thanks to chef201atc. Nice amber pour with no real head. Great nose of vanilla and fruity malts. Very nice on the palate with a great vanilla, boozey flavor with a caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2584) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Bottle shared at tasting. Thanks! Pours reddish brown with a fizzy beige head. Smell is caramel sweetness and maybe some vanilla. Taste is extremely (overly) dry and oaky with a tiny bit of caramel and maybe vanilla. No bourbon and there is some metallic tartness. Extremely fizzy mouthfeel. So so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13978) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Thanks to Marcus for this 750. Dark reddish copper color with a slight beige head. Aroma is cooked dark fruits. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Heat is noticeable. Flavor is sweet caramel with raisin, maple, bourbon and wood. Itís less than dry, but itís not sticky. Itís a good drink, rather clean and quite tasty. Certainly different from many, so it stands out and thatís good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonkeyBra (4033) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Crushed with Carythedude and jakebra. Red pour with big head. Aroma is sweet. Very sweet. Some oak, mostly raisins. Rum. Prunes. A bit of hops. Flavor is way to sweet. Itís alright, and was cool to try. Just way too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10848) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. mcbackus on the hookup! Pours a nice brown color wtih a very tiny head. Aroma is sweet, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, raisin bread, molasses and some dried fruit--figs and dates. Flavor is very nice. Sweet with maply syrup, boourbon, wood notes, malt and some light muted citrus hops. Good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
That1Guy (2192) - 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 (7534) - 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.

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