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Olde Bluehair Barley Wine - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Olde Bluehair Barley WineOlde Bluehair Barley Wine

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BA SCORE
89
very good

271 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 58
Gots: 89 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
75 IBU

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 01-24-2009)
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Minnesota

4/5  rDev 0%

07-22-2014 14:55:14 | More by JakeBarnett
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-17-2014 01:01:47 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-14-2014 14:55:24 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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The_Event_Horizon


3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-09-2014 14:47:19 | More by ldhughes3
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Yeti1979

Louisiana

4/5  rDev 0%

07-08-2014 23:21:00 | More by Yeti1979
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GClarkage

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Kamui_2004


4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-06-2014 13:56:17 | More by Kamui_2004
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moshea

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

06-30-2014 12:24:14 | More by moshea
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

06-23-2014 15:48:00 | More by SocalKicks
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Brandon_R

Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%

06-19-2014 22:47:15 | More by Brandon_R
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Tanger112

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

06-17-2014 18:25:13 | More by Tanger112
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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

06-13-2014 21:43:36 | More by wrightst
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DucksFanLV

Nevada

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle # 1634 of 3240
purchased at total wine.

drank from a chilled goblet rogue barley wine glass.

sound: the fun pop of a cork that we so rarely hear as beer drinkers

sight: this beer has a cloudy brownish red look with an off white head. other reviewers complained of an abundance of head which i didnt experience, maybe because of the specialized glass? beautiful cascade lacing on my glass

mouth feel: light feel, not thick at all, if anything, a little too thin.

smell: bourbon with a hint of something i couldnt detect, but it was magical.

taste: this tastes, to me, like what a barley wine should taste like. i tasted vanilla and oak along with the brisk crisp flavor or fruit.

review: this barley wine is pretty legit. as with most barley wines, by the time i get thru half the bottle i've got angels dancing behind my eyeballs, which is very pleasing. this beer, as with most good beers, reminds me of times in my past which were fun and memorable. if anyone is on the fence about trying it, i would say go for it, you;ve got nothing to lose. if they have more at total wine, i will probably buy teo bottles. one to drink, and one to stick way back in the back of the pantry for about a year to see how it goes later on. enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 01:54:35 | More by DucksFanLV
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Fargrow

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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KlayWey

Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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Washington

4/5  rDev 0%

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mjc3151

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Colorado

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Wobbly

Missouri

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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared at a recent tasting, not sure who brought it. Also not sure of the vintage or number, etc.

This was a very weird barleywine, and I don't really know what was going on with this bottle. Possibly infected. The cap came off with a massive *hiss* and after everyone poured out their share of tan foam, even more foam filled half the bottle as it sat there on the table. I can't say I've ever seen a "barleywine" that carbonated.

Once the massive head settled to a reasonable level, the liquid below it was a dull chestnut brown color, with a gooey murkiness to it. In the nose, phenols and some herbal bitterness, lesser notes of caramel and yeast. The taste was definitely weird and off, but I actually didn't think it was completely undrinkable. There were flavors of caramel and bready (bretty?) yeast, cooking sherry, and actually lots of herbal hops. Not very good, and possibly infected, but as I said, I didn't find it undrinkable, surprisingly. Did I go back for more after my little sampler? Nope. Light-medium body and pretty thinned out in the mouthfeel. Overall, this beer was a huge mess, and not at all what I like in my barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2014 11:31:36 | More by Rifugium
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-16-2014 23:49:25 | More by derkfromwi
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neckbeered

Montana

4/5  rDev 0%

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scottiethebody

California

4/5  rDev 0%

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jesseejames

Montana

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a sample glass at the brewery and was impressed enough to take home a growler. It has a wonderful reddish brown color with a two to three finger off white head. The aroma of fine barley malt is immediately apparent. It tastes better than it smells too and has a nice balance of malt to hops. All in all a great barley wine. Well Done!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2014 07:25:40 | More by jesseejames
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Olde Bluehair Barley Wine from Big Sky Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.