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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2784) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Shared 750 ml. bottle poured to snifters displaying a dark but murky, brownish color, with a modest layer of quickly diminishing, off white/light tan head foam, and light lacing. The nose was more of a coconut scent than vanilla, with a hint of lemon zest perkiness, caramelly sweetness, and some alcohol at the ready. The taste was sweet, pit fruit esters, warming, bourbony alcohol, and that persistent "coconut" note. A subtle creaminess was a welcoming part of the mouthfeel. A hefty, sipable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Dark brown pour, light beige head. Aroma of some sweet malt, oak, yeast. Flavor is more of the same, candied dates, figs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpongeRuiner (882) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
A lot of caramel flavors. Nice alcohol feel. Not too much. A good one in cold weather.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2953) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2014 Bottle: 2010, 3-years old. Thanks, Ryan. Caramel colored, opaque body with a lazy, dark beige head that quickly solidifies as nothing more than a big-bubbled collar. Aroma is pretty standard barley wine, with notes of caramel, toffee, light boozy oak, some dense dark fruits, & a little bit of honey sweetness. Taste is a pretty hefty mix of sticky caramel & tangy grapes & prunes. Quite heavy on the dark fruit; sweet & even with a spike of mild tartness in there. Some cocoa powder, oak, & whiskey in the finish. Sticky, sweet, & lightly boozy, this is a pretty easy drinking barley wine. Not the best or most complex, but still pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1539) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Vintage 2010 (rev 28DEC12) Nice dark cherry color with a solid thick sheet of light caramel foam. Smells of toffee, caramel, nougat, vanilla, oak, some hints of alcohol and a touch of graham. Nice nose. Tastes of sweet malts, toffee, a bit of toasted sugar, some grassy hops(?), a little bit of alcohol. Medium on thin actually with low carb and a semi dry finish. A decent beer, not $15 decent, but worth a taste in the right situation. Vintage 2010 Original review (Jan, 2011): 4/3.5/3.5/4.5/3.5 - 3.63 A: Ale pours a beautiful deep cinnamon building a two fingers maple creamy head. This dissipates over the next few minutes to thick blanket of the same. The beer is like maple syrup, with caramel hues, this is a looker. Laces stick to the sides with little effort. S: I poured this several times, and each time, the nose is dominated by green apple skins. After several minutes, the beer really opens up and toffee, caramel, malts come through beautifully. Slight tea aromas come through and balance out the sweetness. Vanilla oak low to slight in the nose. T: A bit warm. No, quite warm. The ABV is not well concealed here. The malts come through and dance among the oak notes which stand out much further than in the nose. Lower bittering on this one, can’t say I like this, but not very disappointed either. Can see this one really shining through in another year. M: Sticky, thick, viscous beer. Wow, super sticky. Heavy with medium carbonation. I’m impressed with the velvety feel with which this presents. D: I think the beer is good, but not quite as good as maybe say Mirror Mirror or some others. More malt forward than many popular Barley wines, which I like. This is a good beer, but not a great one. Worth a try, but I would split the cost if I could.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (871) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
750 mL bottle. 2012 vintage. Part of a tasting 11/24/2013 at Fraser’s Pub in Ann Arbor. The pour is a little more of a reddish brown than I’d expected, but very incredible. There is minimal head, and no lace. The aroma is booing with the bourbon notes. There are strong signs of vanilla, but there isn’t much left to think about what this baby is. The taste is also quite heavy on the bourbon and vanilla, with the great complexity that you’d expect in a good barleywine. There is some caramel, and some fruity tones. I love the mouth feel. There is a great thickness and the finish is a little dry, but just enough to let you know that the booziness is there to back in the 12% punch. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3560) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
This corked and caged bottle was shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Mine started out at 60 degrees. His was much colder. It poured a cola color with a nice beige head and almost no lacing. This was bottle 705 or 3240. of 2012. The nose started out a pure oak aged whiskey and alcohol. But as it warmed the aromas and flavors emerged. The nose stared to show caramel malts, some apple and pear, citrus like orange, some tangerine, vanilla and oak along with the ever present whisky/. Medium body, Alcoholic mouth feel. Flavor is like the aroma except you get some cloves and floral hops. Best at about 67 degrees. This is good, but there is too much whiskey and alcohol to be really really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5342) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Corked and caged 750 from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. Mine was bottle #710. Darker brown and opaque with a big beige head. Lots of whiskey in the nose with some chocolate. That is tasted, too. And alcohol. The whiskey is over powering. Hopefully the beer will warm and more flavors will emerge. I managed to wait long enough to get some raisins and spices. Not a lot, though. Some more complex fruit but mostly alcohol. I really think that if I could have allowed this to warm enough there would have been more flavors that emerged.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3146) - Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2013
750 ml bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage bottle 2843/3240. Pours moderately hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, tangerine, orange zest, floral, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, light clove, brown sugar, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt and barrel notes with a fair amount of hop presence; and good strength. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, tangerine, orange zest, floral, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, clove, light pine, brown sugar, and toasted earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, pear, apple, orange zest, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, clove, brown sugar, and light pine on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and barrel flavors with a moderate amount of hops; with a great malt/hop/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine style. All around great balance and complexity of malt, barrel, and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crispy34 (432) - Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Bomber bottle 2011. Aroma is barley wine with bourbon. Appearance is a murky brown with a tan head. Tons of carbonation. Taste the bourbon is present first and through out. After the bourbon, comes some barely wine flavor that finishes with a strong mix of the flavors. Palate is pretty dry. Overall, a very complex beer. Would buy another. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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