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Olde Bluehair Barley Wine - Big Sky Brewing Company

Olde Bluehair Barley WineOlde Bluehair Barley Wine

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90
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245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%


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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Reviews by Crosling:
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Crosling

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance on this naturally carbonated beauty is great. Large, frothy long lasting head that forms fun shapes. Deep amber color. Nose is light, but shows trace amounts of whiskey, wood and malt. Flavor is heavily sweet, rich, deeply malty, with notes of caramel and toffee. A touch of vanilla and graham from the wood. A lot to like here. Could have more depth and concentration, but is nicely balanced for the style, rich and even has a nice finish. The bottle conditioning makes the difference.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 05:23:35 | More by Crosling
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mendvicdog

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

04-12-2014 16:39:59 | More by mendvicdog
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JRod1969

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-24-2014 01:31:50 | More by JRod1969
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rab53

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

03-22-2014 16:19:35 | More by rab53
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SHODriver

California

3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle from 2011

A: poured into a snifter to a deep brown that shows a red hue when held up to the light with a three finger off white head that is slow to fade.
S: smells of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and a faint aroma of bitter hops
T: I shook a ton of carbonation out of this beer to get it drinking right so the flavors are bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and faint hop oils in the background, some oaky tannins, and the swallow brings more bourbon and caramel with a bit of wood
M: smooth and silky on the mouth with light but adequate carbonation after shaking and there is some alcohol heat on the finish
O: Overall, not bad but compared to beers like Sucaba it leaves a lot to be desired. It has good flavors and complexity but the flavors are not very well rounded and there is a bit too much alcohol heat for the ABV. It could be hidden better.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 05:25:01 | More by SHODriver
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-01-2014 20:37:36 | More by schnarr84
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

02-20-2014 23:55:07 | More by Oxymoron
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nmann08

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

02-09-2014 05:40:28 | More by nmann08
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diehl07

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6%

02-07-2014 01:59:57 | More by diehl07
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Shaimless

Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-03-2014 22:10:48 | More by Shaimless
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jtladner

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-01-2014 20:19:05 | More by jtladner
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markasparov

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +6%

02-01-2014 20:17:25 | More by markasparov
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Kaveman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-06-2014 02:35:10 | More by Kaveman
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cosmicevan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage shared with the mrs in 2 hunahpu snifters.

#1239 of 3000

a - brew poured an almost reddish orange with a finger or so of frothy off white typical barley colored head. The head stuck around for a while and lacing was solid sheets that coated the glass.

s - nose is big toffee. All toffee in fact. Some alc heat, but only glazed over the toffee dominating nose.

t - the oak cuts through the flavor imparting some soft bourbon notes and vanilla married to the toffee. Soft and non offensive, very smoothed over and the barrel is there but not in a big way so it still compliments the beer without taking over ,ike some barrel aged brews.

m - easy drinker, a bit hot. Toffee caramel coats the mouth. Fairly full bodied and a bit chewy.

o - a nice enjoyable BA barley worth hunting down for the fans of the style. Smooth and easy drinking with a great toffee caramel flavor with vanilla-ing oak glazed over the top. Would have again!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:39:33 | More by cosmicevan
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DChecko

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +6%

12-31-2013 16:15:00 | More by DChecko
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M1A2

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-08-2013 13:52:53 | More by M1A2
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DangerDawg

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

12-08-2013 03:26:00 | More by DangerDawg
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scott2269

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

12-08-2013 03:23:33 | More by scott2269
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Seattle_Suds

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-07-2013 22:28:52 | More by Seattle_Suds
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Giggy

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-07-2013 01:18:08 | More by Giggy
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a 2012 vintage.

A: Medium brown, decent clarity, thin/large bubbles and a gusher.

S: Brettanomyces infected w/o a doubt, medicinal/cottony, damn and earthy. I cant really detect a lot of the base beer but it smells alright.

T: The brett funk dominated this for me, just ruined by infection. I'm sure the clean bottles are much better.

M: Super thin/overcarbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 22:06:33 | More by mattsander
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-24-2013 20:33:23 | More by Kmat10
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-24-2013 15:36:03 | More by IanSpindler
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-24-2013 02:28:10 | More by ADTaber
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

11-22-2013 14:40:19 | More by XmnwildX12
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Olde Bluehair Barley Wine from Big Sky Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.