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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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282 Ratings
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 57
Gots: 91 | FT: 10
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

FreshmanPour77, Aug 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Etan
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

750ml into a tulip. 2010 bottle (#503/3000).

A: Pours a murky burnt caramel color with a big tan head.

S: Toffee, buttered bread, caramel, light apple, cinnamon, old hop resin, a bit of barrel heat.

T: Syrupy caramel, strong lingering hop notes of apple cider and brown sugar, slightly smoky charred wood and sweet bourbon. A bit of tannic vanilla and dark fruits, brief wave of old bitterness in the finish.

M: Creamy carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Good, but I definitely prefer barrel-aging in less hoppy barleywines. The old hop character, while interesting in its own right, sort of covered up some of the barrel character.

Etan, Aug 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

JSchock7, Jul 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Khazadum, Jul 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25%

ajs4bd, Jul 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

thebouch01, Jul 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

dtx00, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of bump8628
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%

Thanks to ThirstyHerf for sharing this bottle. A great American-brewed barleywine that still seems to be flying under the radar. Deep amber, khaki head. Big dark fruit notes on the nose - raisin and currant. Toffee and caramel notes are at the forefront too, but the dryness allows the hops to stand firm. Balancing herbal flavors with a smooth bitterness. Complementary fruit from yeast adds a nice depth of flavor.

bump8628, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Harvey98
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Harvey98, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of mulder1010
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

Thanks to readbaron for the bottle
750 ML poured into a tulip 2010 vintage

A-- Poured a light orange amber color. Once settled it turned into a murky brownish orange color. One and a half finger of off white head. Head held up nicely before settling into a thick film. Very nice waves of lacing through drinking and swirling.

S-- lots of dried fruits at first. thought a lot of fruit cake with apricots and Carmel in it. Then came subtle oak, vanilla, coconut and bourbon. Really nice how the flavors changed from fruit to the barrel character.

T-- Once again a lot of dried fruits. Mostly honey dipped apricots, raisins, and orange. Then the barrel kicked in. Well balanced bourbon, vanilla, warm oak, and coconut. Not too extreme and well balanced. No real notice of hop presence and that is fine.

M-- Maybe a touch too carbonated but medium bodied and easy to drink. Alcohol is very well hidden and do get jammy notes in the mid and back palate. Not over the top and not too weak. Almost just right. Good bourbon finish to this.

O-- Maybe a touch underrated I think. Very nice barleywine. Lots of fruit flavors and enough of the barrel to carry this very well. Something I would seek out again.

mulder1010, May 28, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. It poured a murky, orange caramel looking color with a fluffy white head to it.

The aroma is malty and rich with some nice notes of caramel and candied fruits really showing through. I get a little of the residual hoppiness to it as well. The barrel flavor is subtle, but the does add some depth and complexity to it.

The taste is also very malty with notes of caramel and toffee mixing with some more of the resiny residual hops. Just a little woody oak and a touch of bourbon.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little high for the style. Overall, It had a nice rich malty profile for the style and what was left of the American hop profile blended in pretty well. The barrel was a little more reserved than I would have preferred, but it added a little character to it. Pretty solid overall.

billab914, May 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

From 750mL C&C bottle to Devil's Backbone glass on 5/5/12
*From notes

-- Thanks billab914 --

A: Turd copper in color. A standard pour yields a .5 finger head and a really nice, thick collar. The biggest issue I've got ain't the color though - it's all the damn floaties. I don't mind a couple, but this is a bit much.

S: Sweet, mature bourbon. I get some dried, almost candied fruit. Figgy pudding becomes more pronounced as it warms.

T: Again, the bourbon here is quite calm and collected. It's in fine form, and becomes the backbone by which the beer stands. I also get a touch of firm malt, which adds an earthy and rather nice bite to the beer.

M: Spot on. This is plenty thick. The carbonation is low, and the weight is hefty. The body really helps the cellared flavor profile.

O: I wish I could recall the vintage on this, a I remember thinking that this has held up really well. It may not be the best of the BA Barleywine bunch, but it's certainly upper middle class. And there ain't nothin' wrong with that.

Rhettroactive, May 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

drewone, May 08, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +7%

750 ml C&C bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Shared in line at DLD. Bottle #804/3000, 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a murky amber and brown combination with a thick, frothy off white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film and thick ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Big malty body working nicely with a smooth bourbon smell. The barrel treatments is nicely blending with some fruity hops that are still around after two years.

T: Some light fruity esters are up front and then the barrel takes over, but in a good way. Sweet bourbon, very smooth, with some light oak and delicious caramel and vanilla on the finish. The malt body is a slight roasted character and adds a depth of creaminess to the finished product.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly above average carbonation you'd find in a BBBW, but it works nicely. The finish is smooth, creamy and mellow barrel.

O: I think this beer is right at it's sweet spot and drinking quite nicely. If you've got some 2010's laying around pop them open! Now it's time to play the waiting game with the 2011 vintage.

Treebs, May 06, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Pours a slightly murky red brown amber. Nice thick, long lasting off-white head with lacing. Nice presentation. Sweet malt, light fruit and oak aroma. Smells good. Sweet malt, dark and light fruit, bourbon and oak. Finishes sweet and oaky. Creamy body. An excellent barley wine.

LiquidAmber, May 06, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with an inch of cream colored head that sits shortly, leaving layers of lace behind.

Then nose is full of caramel, sweet biscuit-like malts, sweet raisn bread, dark fruits, light vanilla and candied sugar. The bourbon is subtle in it's efforts.

The flavors are offering more bourbon characteristics than the nose. There are some vanilla notes, caramel, toffee, and bready malts. Sweet, biscuit-malt is most prominent. The bourbon is faint as far as the booze level but there are some.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. There is a low and almost absent amount level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent bba barleywine that has decent flavors but i wish the barrel flavors shined a bit more. There is contribution but it deserves more.

ChugginOil, May 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

zenwatts, Apr 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

leschkie, Apr 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

elec, Apr 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

bpfrush, Apr 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

BraatenBrew, Apr 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

MaseFace, Apr 11, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of mrbubbler himself.

2010 vintage. Bottle # 1959/3000.

Pours a murky honey orange with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, citrus zest, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is the same with a woody aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine with a nice barrel aged presence.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 09, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

The fruity and malty-succulence all plays out in a display of balance and battle that play out in this hoppy-bitter and malty-sweet ever strong ale- this is Olde bluehair Barley Wine.

The stately beer pours with a hazy and rusty appearance of browns and slightly reddish hue. Billowing to the rim is the expansive lightly tanned head creates a liquefied foamy head with tremendous staying power and sticky lace. This beer is stately, rustic, and masculine looking throughout.

Brown sugar, freshly kilned barley, and molasses starts to frame the aromatic matrix, but also introduce the strong alcohol notes of rum and the estery scent of plumb, grape, and fig. Yet the musty malt character takes stage.

Flavors closely mimic the aromas as the beer starts with a sweet malt taste of the molasses, brown sugar, and sun kissed barley kernel. Yet the beer develops quickly into a rummy, port-like mid palate of fruit- resembling grape, fig, date, blackberry, plumb, and raison. Light herbal hops inform the flavor with under lying flavors of lemongrass but developing into a timid resonant of pine and fresh cut grassy bitterness to finish.

Full bodied but mysteriously refreshing, Old Bluechair delivers a wallop of malty-rich texture with a carbonated creamy effect. But the mid palate creeps in with a lightly peppery heat at mid palate that develops into alcohol heat to finish. Doing so with a hoppy resin dryness and ethanol warmth that closes the beer with confidence and semi-dry character that drives a malty fruit aftertaste.

BEERchitect, Apr 05, 2012
Olde Bluehair Barley Wine from Big Sky Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.