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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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.
2015 vintage 12.3% abv


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2012 On draft at WOB Tempe, cloudy amber color, with some caramel and vanilla flavors. Much better than the first time I had it, it is tasty and malty with a little bit of dried fruit.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (2498) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Sampled at THT August. Bottle thanks to Vaiz. 4 yr old. Clear dark amber and a white head. Sweet barley malts, raisans, caramel, vanilla, toffee. Big sweet and butterscotch bitter. Full body, soft carbonation. Big sweet vanilla finish. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maakun (3626) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle at THT. Slight hazy mahogany with barely any head. Lots of sweet malts, caramel and toffee. Bitter leaves, lots of alcohol, some marzipan and vanilla bourbon. Over medium sweet and lots of bitter alcohol. Medium bodied with lots of alcohol. Too alcoholic for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (7460) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle at the August THT, Den Haag. Poured a clear medium brown with a thin broken white head. The aroma is toffee caramel. The flavour is moderate sweet with a big sticky sugary sweet malt alcohol bitter palate. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (8664) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
75cl bottle shared at August THT. Thin ring white head. Hazy amber pour. A very good barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (4247) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle at THT tasting. 2012 vintage. Clear amber pour. Aroma of caramel, ripe fruits, Madeira and some alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet, quite smooth, and a little too old.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mariuspoenari (1422) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle shared at August THT. Vintage 2012. Clear dark ruby pour with no head. Notes of dried fruit, sherry, cherries, raisins. Medium body, smooth texture.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5742) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2016
2011 bottle opened in 2014. Pretty solid, well-aged Barleywine. Fruity. Smooth. Holds up.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11072) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2016
Original year bottle, oxidized, fruity (esters?), vanilla, wood, caramel. Classic barleywine. Great with a meal too.

0.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
CelticFrost (4) - Seattle, USA - JAN 17, 2016 does not count
2013 vintage. Bottle number 3314 of 3750. Contaminated bottle. Loud violent hiss when corked followed by foaming. Let settle for a minute then poured slowly into large wine glass. Was a solid foam head. Strong pungent sour milk aroma. Bitter horrible taste. Un-drinkable. Will go back to QFC to get my $15 back.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (1340) - - JAN 1, 2016
750ml bottle shared by sevenhokie, 2013 vintage. Dark fruit aroma with with notes of caramel, vanilla, honey and a bit of whiskey. Pours cloudy amber colored with a thin tan head that has good retention and lacing. Starts with sweet dark fruit and a bit of caramel and vanilla. Finishes smooth but a bit dry with some honey and whiskey flavors. Pretty nice for an American barleywine.


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