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RATINGS: 255   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
6/29/13. 750mL bottle shared by cheesemoose at the epic BA barleywine tasting. Amber pour with a huge, fizzy khaki head that goes away fast... overcarbed. Light barrel, if any, without much to back it up in the first place. The flavor is plain, not complex, not much barrel, just touches of caramel and fruitiness. Superbly overcarbed... either overdone or infected. Not good either way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ICEatALAMO (908) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle. The pour is a dark hazy orange. The aroma is a little fruity. The taste is a little over carbonated. A little toffee heavy but not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
M82 (260) - Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014

2012 vintage, bottle 933 of 3,240

checking back on this one, booziness has definitely subsided, harmony rules at this age with obvious pecan and cherry pie notes, beautiful bourbon barrel, rich caramel, the complexities go on covering all the notes and layers mentioned in the previous review, maybe I missed s’mores? exceptionally tall and durable head from the style and age, really nice at room temp, preferred this in an Orrefors Differnce porter snifter this time around (didn’t quite gush this time, but did refill the first 8oz pour and cork with froth)

This 2012 vintage is bringing some heat along with a cascade of aromatics and flavor components, I’m drooling thinking about this in 2-4 years

Olde Bluehair is a gusher? Wow, never had a barrel aged barley wine do that, a delayed lazy gushing head follows the cork pop, continuing to slowly build a huge foamy structure in the bottle which sent my stopper arcing across the table after a couple minutes, and it’s still not done, foam repeatedly recreates the cork which once contained it’s surprising charisma
She pours up a clear, vibrant copper with amber highlights and low lights of baked cinnamon supporting a 3’’ bone white, tightly structured head and frothy cap which fizzles away to a thick ring and wispy thin remnants, erratic lacing transitions between large polka dots and dense criss-crossed peninsulas as each serving is consumed
Aromas and flavors of raw honey, flowers, white raisins and figs building into root beer float backed by pancakes and syrup, tobacco, and pie crust with nuances of milk chocolate, latte, and cherry, all expressed over a silky soft med-heavy body with restrained pointed carbonation, sizable residuals of vanilla embossed bourbon with a creamy layer of caramel banana split, warmth building to light spirit heat on an oily, fully coated palette with a medium creamy tack followed by oaky spirit dryness

750ml (25.3oz) cork & cage bottle 929 of 3,240 at 60º into TeKu

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (2772) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2013
2010 750 ml bottle. Copper pour, thin white head, lots of little floaties. Aroma has burnt caramel and figs, no real sign of bourbon. Fairly sweet and earthy. Big beer. Slight burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (1706) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours brown with white head. Really foamy. Aroma is excellentbourbon with caramel and dark fruits. flavor is all.barrel. oak. and bourbon dominate the flavor, but the actual beer comes through late. warm, boozy, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fattybladdy (497) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2013
On draft, pours a murky amber. Sweet malts and wood in the aroma. Taste is fruit, caramel malt, wood and booze. Pretty massive beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
750ml bottle, 2011 vintage, #1028/3000. 10% abv. Heavy and complex aroma, with notes of dark caramel malt, toffee, vanilla, cherry, candied dates, coffee cake, faint bourbon and oak, with some mildly earthy hop, sherry, and medicinal alcohol in the background. Deep, dark red-amber in color, the initial pour quite clear, with a lasting, foamy, uneven light tan head. Flavor profile is richly sweet, moderately bitter, lightly woody and full of dried fruit character throughout, with suggestions of raisin, toffee, bourbon, old wood, earthiness, and muted hop spice, even some faint coffee appearing late. Warming, full, moderately effervescent and lightly tannic mouthfeel, body is appropriately massive for such a creation. Very enjoyable rendition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3288) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Comes a clear dark amber with a nice biege head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, bourbon, malt, and wood. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Glad I bought a second to cellar. Pours copper. Smells like sweet caramel. Taste is mostly sugar and alcohol with little hops. Watery mouthfeel. Will see how it tastes in a couple years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus (2540) - California, USA - MAY 31, 2013
31 may 2013, bottle. Amber, clear. Nose is meaty and sweet. Med body and moderately fizzy. Sugary, meaty, caramel. Amazing! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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