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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 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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2009
One of the best bwís Iíve had in a while. Dark gooey caramel in color with a good lasting head job. Strong aromas make it sweeter. Full body, luscious and creamy with mild bittering. Well balanced sweetness to abv. NIce flavors of coffee cake batter, stonefruit, and butterscotch. The finish is long and savory. Well done laddy.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2178) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Whoa, this is some really good stuff and a gift from good olí Paul B! Poured at a good temperature with a large, billowy, fluffy, light tan head that settled after a bit and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber red. Aroma is yeast, malt, dark ripe fruit, burnt sugar. Flavorís much like nose with bittersweet malt balanced very nicely with perfect carbonic tang. Body is perhaps the best Iíve ever had for a barley wine and despite its power, is quite drinkable with mouth filling textures accented by aggresive appropriate carbonation. Finish is like flavor, of average length, a little boozy, and tasty. Gracias por esta Paulo!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brevis (26) - 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!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2167) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2008
UPDATED: APR 4, 2011 750ml 2010 bourbon barrel bottle. pours a deep mahogany red with a 1 finger white head. sweet bourbon nose with oak, vanilla and light fruits - including apple, green grapes and light orange. medium body with sweet dark fruits over the mouth and light oak. mixture of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, caramel malts, citrus bitterness and alcohol on the finish. excellent barley wine.

Shared growler from the brewery on 4/12/08 - 2006 Vintage... excellent Barley Wine! Big Sky puts out some solid beers and this is by far their best that Iíve had.... pours a deep red with a nice creamy head. I donít think the ABV is 10.5% - the brewery had it at around 8.5 - 9%. Great hoppy character from the nose to the palate... citrus, piney, caramel and nice and sticky. Looking forward to my í07 bottle. Great American BW!

4.4
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2011
2010 vintage, 750ml bottle, 10.5% ABV. Bottle 760 of 3000.

Pours hazy, deep amber, full head that fizzes out quickly but maintains thick active lacing. The aroma is luscious, with rich pale malt notes, caramel, coconut, resiny hops, and a hint of bourbon. The palate is even more rewarding. Creamy, medium body, nice carbonation. Notes of ripe cherries, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, sweet and rich. Delicious. Not too much bourbon, just a bit of nice warmth on the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2401) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2011
750ml bottle from Warehouse poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage, bottle number 2334 of 3000. Pours dark brown with about 2 fingers of off-white head. Aroma of whisky, vanilla, fermented dark fruits, citrus and wood. A little caramel there too. Taste is medium sweet, light sour and very light bitter. Whiskey, vanilla, wood, blood orange peel, light caramel and dried apricot. Full bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a long bittersweet finish. Overall, Iím in love with this beer. I could drink this every day.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Thanks again to skyview for sharing. cloudy dark brown, with a huge head. Nice cranberry nose with with good deep toffee and malt, and almost like a cherry sweetness. Great full mouthfeel! Wow, that is absolutely amazing, nice cherry like sweetness, with deep rich toffee like sweetness. GREAT!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (6029) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
750mL bottle, pours murky reddish brown with a big beige head. Aroma of brown sugar, treacle, some dark fruits and pungent hops. Flavour reveals the brown sugar most dominantly, with a wonderful balance between caramel malts and hops. Extremely well-made barley wine.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2012
A smooth, mellow, easy-drinking barleywine. Lighter color, moderate head. Vanilla, wood, maybe some honey. Bourbon in the nose but light in the mouth. very drinkable. 2010, 40/3000


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