Olde Bluehair Barley Wine - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Reviews by harrymel:
3.3/5 rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Nice dark cherry color with a solid thick sheet of light caramel foam. Smells of toffee, caramel, nougat, vanilla, oak, some hints of alcohol and a touch of graham. Nice nose. Tastes of sweet malts, toffee, a bit of toasted sugar, some grassy hops(?), a little bit of alcohol. Medium on thin actually with low carb and a semi dry finish. A decent beer, not $15 decent, but worth a taste in the right situation.
Original review (Jan, 2011): 4/3.5/3.5/4.5/3.5 - 3.63
A: Ale pours a beautiful deep cinnamon building a two fingers maple creamy head. This dissipates over the next few minutes to thick blanket of the same. The beer is like maple syrup, with caramel hues, this is a looker. Laces stick to the sides with little effort.
S: I poured this several times, and each time, the nose is dominated by green apple skins. After several minutes, the beer really opens up and toffee, caramel, malts come through beautifully. Slight tea aromas come through and balance out the sweetness. Vanilla oak low to slight in the nose.
T: A bit warm. No, quite warm. The ABV is not well concealed here. The malts come through and dance among the oak notes which stand out much further than in the nose. Lower bittering on this one, can't say I like this, but not very disappointed either. Can see this one really shining through in another year.
M: Sticky, thick, viscous beer. Wow, super sticky. Heavy with medium carbonation. I'm impressed with the velvety feel with which this presents.
D: I think the beer is good, but not quite as good as maybe say Mirror Mirror or some others. More malt forward than many popular Barley wines, which I like. This is a good beer, but not a great one. Worth a try, but I would split the cost if I could.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2012 06:30:12 | More by harrymel
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
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
2.78/5 rDev -30.7%
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
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Picked up a 750ml caged and cork 2012 bottle # 554 of 3240 from Total Wine in early February for $12.99.
Beer poured brown with a nice off white head that is leaving lacing behind.
Nose is bourbon, oak, and vanilla.
Taste is light bourbon, vanilla, light fruits, balance nicely by northwest hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth. Despite the high ABV the booze burn is non-existent lending a nice smooth feel.
Overall this brew is awesome. Big Sky IMHO has nailed down the length of time to barrel age their brews...not to overly boozy but enough barrel flavor to blend nicely with the base beer. This rates right up there with Firestone Walker's Sucaba.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 01:51:02 | More by arizcards
Olde Bluehair Barley Wine from Big Sky Brewing Company
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