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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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

CampesinoTino's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Corked & Caged 750 ml 2011 Bottle #0736/3000. Pours a deep maroon/mahogany color with lots of light brown foam and active carbonation trails. Aroma is highlighted by vanilla, caramelized sugars, dark fruits and yeast. The flavor begins with a heavy dose of caramel, vanilla, dates and honey before finishing up with some fig, toffee and malt notes. Also a mildly toasted oak and bourbon presence in the background courtesy of the barrel aging. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and aggressively carbonated in the manner of a Belgian Strong Ale that adds to the drinkability and decreases the syrup factor. Overall, a beast of a beer that goes down smoother than it should.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryecatcher (1108) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2015
750mL (2015 vintage... 12.3% ABV) murky, honey-gold pour, big white head with exceptional retention and lace (especially for a barleywine). Nose is whiskey barrel, brown sugar, toffee, honey. Mouth is medium-full, kinda slick, sweet and chock full of boozy barrel aged goodness, caramel, vanilla, heather, marshmallow, ABV warmth apparent, especially at the finish. Very nice. Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (1051) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2015
750ml bottle - pours a hazy rusty orange color with off white head . Heavy lacing . Soft caramel and vanilla aromas . Moderate sweetness , smooth and very approachable for the ABV . Solid stuff . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (2512) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2015
2011 bottle. Shared with 2 friends. Bottle 316/3000 poured a slight hazy amber colour with a small non lasting off head. Notes of caramel, oak, figs, raisins, and forest fruits, not a lot of carbonation and a slightnoff taste. Bit to carbonated. Expected better

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1888) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2015
Slightly cloudy brown with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is raisins, dates, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a long sweet finish. Taste is caramel, dates, toffee, raisins, brown sugar. Tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1240) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
Aroma is toffee, biscuit, honey, butterscotch, yeast, apple and roasted malts. Taste is a very smooth roasty malt profile paired with candy sugar, honey, caramel and yeast. Some slight and well balanced bitterness that has slight lemon grass and clove character. Appearance is a cloudy orange with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (2232) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 17, 2015
A bright golden hued amber with light orange and ruby red accents in the body capped with a densely bubbled off white. Tons of lacing foam coats the glass and despite the initial outburst the carbonation settles down to nothing. The aroma is at first glance filled with overtly sweet toffee and caramel malts, candied and dried fruits and with a drizzle of fruity hops. Light apricot and candied apple aromas with a candy like aroma blend with toffee and caramel malts and the poignant hop flavours. The barrel has imparted a rich earthen aroma with a light vanilla and bourbon notes that extrudes itself through the candied malt aromas. The first sip is just as sweet as the aroma indicated with maple syrup like malt flavours combining with toffee and bready caramel. Sweet dried fruits of apricot and apple add to the character as the barrel becomes involved. Light vanilla and maple notes, earthen notes and a slight smoke come through towards the finish. The hop profile is notable and present throughout but is a bit lacking in character imparting only light spice and citrus notes. The finish is warm with alcohol and lingers through to the aftertaste with light hop bitterness and astringency.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2015
2008 Bottling, #89/1800
From notes. Tasted on 1/27/13 from a capped 750mL bottle that I bought in Arizona some time ago and shared with the Nashville crew. Pours clear auburn with an average beige head that leaves average lace. The nose is showing some signs of oxidation with classic caramel, toffee, vanilla, maple, oaky bourbon, and some toast. The flavor is even a bit more oxidized, with all of the same toffee, caramel, maple, and touch of vanilla on the lightly sweet finish. The body is full with high carbonation and a long lightly oxidized, sweet bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mindwarp (145) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2014
2013 edition - Pours a dark reddish amber with more head than beer, this is going to take awhile. Thick head plenty of lacing and higher in the middle. Aroma of booze and maybe dark fruit but that’s hard too tell with the heavy booze aroma. Taste follows the nose but the booze is not overpowering but is dominate. No booze burn with a hint of vanilla. Overall a good barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cirrhosis (1281) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
2013 Edition, 10.2% (Bottle #2396 of 3750). Cork exploded off with a loud pop, and the thick smoke that poured out smelled like pineapple. Hazy brown that gets cloudier, and cloudier with every poor. A super thick crown floats on top of this beer. YUM!!!! FAWK that first sip was awesome. Aroma is heavy on the bourbon, vanilla, and strong alcohol...... but yum! OH DEAR GAWD why did i open a 750 10.2 % on a Tuesday night, less than half done and i can feel it. Flavour is so smooth, tons of bourbon, some alcohol heat. Why the hell isn’t American dad more popular.... I just pee’d a little watching this. Building bitterness!!! Wood, vanilla, heat. Kind of simple tasting. I’m wasted now...... still 1/3 to go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (2455) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle 485 out of 3750. Pours a deep copper color with an offwhite head and lots of lacing. Bourbon malty nose with a hint of hops. Taste is nice, bourbon, some mineral astringency, lots of hops - bitter finish with a hint of booze. Certainly more towards the american side of the style of barley wine. Nice.

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