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RATINGS: 285   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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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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2427) - 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

4
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Hard liver fest. small head, deep reddish brown hue. really sweet aroma, sugars a plenty with a little wood. taste is very sweet, almost candy-like.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle thanks to chef201atc. Pours a deep amber with a beige head. Aroma of some faint dark fruit and alcohol. Flavor is sweet, some dark fruit. Mouth feel is heavy body, low-medium carbonation. Over all, some good shit....

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1651) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2009
On tap at Brouwers Hard Liver Barley Wine Fest (distinguished from the normal Blue Hair on the tap list). Pours a reddish copper with a small head. Sweet malts dominate, with oak, bourbon, a slight amount of hops... it smells and tastes darker than it is, and theres far more bourbon in the aroma than in the flavor. Full bodied, and very drinkable. Great - one of my favorites from the festival.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4672) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to chef201atc. Dark copper in color with a large beige head. Aroma is of pie crust, caramel, nuts, malt and toast. Taste is of malt, honey, booze, caramel, and toffee.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2723) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to chef201atc. Nose is rubbing alcohol, dark fruits. Taste is high alcohol, sticky honey, and hot hot hot booze. Over all its good.


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