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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 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.
2015 vintage 12.3% abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4348) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Draught. Pours a hazy reddish amber color with a smallish off-white head on there. Nose has some caramel notes to it, as well as some slight grain elements. Taste is slightly sweet with definite caramel notes coming off it. Very smooth, though slightly heavy on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (2872) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Draft pour. Pours a dark orange with a sweet, boozy aroma. Very sweet malt flavor with some citrus fruit and caramel. Pretty boozy this one is. Good flavor though, and a solid beer overall

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brevis (33) - Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2014
2011 vintage bottle #560 of 3000. A great beer. It was good in 2011 but the years have made it better!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1283) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2014
(2012 bottle from Sparky, thanks E!) Pours a hazy reddish orange color with a towering off-white colored head. Surprised by how much carb is here for a 2 yr. old bottle; the cork literally flew out of the bottle upon opening. Aromas here are a big bomb of brown sugar, light vanilla, wood, dried apricots, raisins, and a glimmer of strawberry jam. Not really picking up any oxidation or off-scents so I don’t think it’s infected, it’s just highly carbed. Getting a slight chocolate vibe after some warming which is strange. Flavor contains more prominent strawberry jam (there’s a slight tanginess here), vanilla, oak, little hint of char, brown sugar, and raisins. Little hint of red vines too in the far finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected and the carb is lower than expected. Overall a solid BA Barleywine. Thanks again E!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1744) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2014
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a hazy orange with a decent thin small bead white head that coats the glass. Aroma is a container of mixed fruit and the syrup. Taste is sweet caramel malt, pineapple juice, buttery, boozy with slight yeast funk. A bit cloying. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayzz (481) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbaaron (1957) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Salmoniform (1272) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2014
Tap at Bricks. Cloudy yellow. Nose and taste is powerful. Not much aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (7325) - 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.

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