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RATINGS: 283   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampesinoTino (800) - 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (10848) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2016
Bottle shared at THT. Hazy amber with a ring off white head. Aroma of caramel, overripe dark fruit, toffee and sweet malt. Flavour is heavy sweet. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. [26-08-2016]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (2719) - 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 (3919) - 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 (7669) - 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 (8950) - 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 (4258) - 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 (1461) - 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 (5785) - 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 (11173) - 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.


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