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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 Companys 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2009
draft @ hard liver 09 - dark brown with slight haze and thin, off-white head; bourbon is obvious and perhaps a little much so on the nose, but perfectly compliments in the flavors; lots of sugar, quite sweet, mild wood and caramel in there too
Earlier Rating: 4/9/2009 Total Score: 3.8
draft @ hard liver 09 - clear, orange with slight white head and plenty of lacing; raw sugar, malty syrup; flavors of caramel, vanilla, lemons; quite nice overall; texture a little on the thin side

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 9, 2009
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep amber with a moderate, somewhat creamy, tan head that lasted through three-quarters of the glass and left a layer of foam with each sip. Very pleasant aroma of caramel, vanilla, orange, and alcohol. The flavor is very similar to the aroma with the same caramel, vanilla, orange and alcohol. Definitely on the sweeter side. Fairly smooth on the palate, not quite silky. The bottle says 8.75% abv, but I had a pretty good buzz going after the first glass. That, combined with the noticeable alcohol presence, leads me to believe this one is stronger than they are stating. Enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (13015) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2009
(750ml, bottle #818 of 1800, courtesy of chef201atc) Pours an amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of cherry, mustiness, orange, caramel, light bourbon, oak, and toffee. Flavor of caramel malt, cherry, brandy, maple, apple, and some oak in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2009
On tap at Brouwers Cafe. A little darker than the other barleywine I sampled. Brownish red. Aroma was pretty sweet with caramel, toffee, fruit, alcohol and sugar. Flavor was similar and quite tasty. Again, there was a good amount of sweetness. Hint of buttery bread. Good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12836) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a large, rocky, off-white head, lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (toffee, caramel, cookie), light hops (perfume, pine), heavy yeast (dough, earth) with notes of alcohol, vanilla, cask, dates, and toffee. Full bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and an astringent finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Brouwers Hard Liver Festival 2009. 2008 Vintage. Dark amber pour with a smooth off-white head. Smooth with a soft vanilla note to the caramel body. The alcohol was still a touch excessive, I think this would age really well.
Earlier Rating: 12/14/2007 Total Score: 3.1
Pours dark cherry brown with almost no head, very small soapy head that doesnt stay long. This beer was very flat, although a very nice taste to it, it would have been greatly improved with more carbonation. Sweet caramel flavor up front, fruity red grape, fig, rum cake, and a well balanced hop finish. The alcohol is hidden well and the flavors are great, just the lack of carbonation hurt it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
bottle thanks to chef201atc. poured amber with a nice beige head. aroma of caramel, peach, spice, and alcohol. flavor was sweet, dark fruit, and som spice. light body with high carbonation. not bad at all.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2009
2008 on draft at Hard Liver Barleywine Fest 09. Big whiskey and oak on nose. Massive toasted coconut and flat cola flavors. Very sweet. Whiskey is not subtle, so if you like whiskey and sweet beer this is for you.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2009 Bourbon Barrel
Tap at Brouwers Hard Liver fest 09. Deep orange-brown pour, slightly small head than the non-BA version. Really nice charred-wood nose, straight bourbon wood but without the booziness --- quite impressive to say the very least. Good straight-ahead sweet bourbon flavor, caramel, very drinkable and not at all too boozy, just a tiny bit medicinal. Dark fruit, charred wood close.


Non-BA version
Tap at Browers Hard Liver 09. Pours deep orange brown with a nice full head, really pretty. Full, fruity, lovely aroma. Good mouthfeel, sparkling and lively yet smooth-textured, warm but not too hot. Fairly straightforward caramel-driven flavor but entirely well crafted, recalling Alaska Big Nugget but maybe not quite up to that very high mark. Either way, a terrific beer and a pleasure to drink. Total score 3.9

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2009
2008 on tap at Brouwers Hard Liver 09. Pours reddish amber with a thin head. Lots of bourbon and caramel in the nose and in the flavor. Toward the finish it gets intensely bitter and smoky. Thick mouthfeel. Interesting, but I dont know how much Id want to drink.


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