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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

272 Ratings
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Ratings: 272
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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cosmicevan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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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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

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Olde Bluehair Barley Wine from Big Sky Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.