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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
90
outstanding

268 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 59
Gots: 86 | FT: 7
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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CommanderOfAwesome

California

4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, #3101 of 3240. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a wonderful copper caramel color. with a nice 2.5 finger head. Head dissipates pretty quickly with minimal lacking on the glass. Very slight alcoholic legs present.

S: WOW, huge smack of the barrel right away. Smells like "fresh wood" (I'll leave that one alone). Huge barrel on the aroma though. Caramel malts, slight toffee coming in the backdrop.

T: Creamy toffee/caramel, some dark red cherries, with a nice sweet malt build.

M: Slight over carbonation, red cherry sweetness tingles and lingers on the tongue. Caramel candy sweetness coats the mouth with the spicy-ness (that right?) staying on the palate.

O: A fantastic BA Barleywine. One that I would put on the same playing field as sucaba. It's that good. Highly underrated brewery/BA program. ITs a highly limited brew, but if you come across it buy it. Its fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 02:21:06 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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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.

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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.

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Olde Bluehair Barley Wine from Big Sky Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.