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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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Ratings: 267
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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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle # 1383 of 1800 (2008 vintage I believe) shared amongst friends at the Copper Mine Pub.

Appearance: Pours a red tinged caramel with no head or lace.

Smell: Great array of bourbon, oak, vanilla, honey, brown sugar, apricots, and dates.

Taste: Much more mellow than the nose with a nice moderate amount of oxidation.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with little carbonation.

Overall: Probably should have opened this one 6-12 months ago but it hints at having been a great beer at some point.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 23:41:13 | More by koopa
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-22-2012 17:35:05 | More by pperez38
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

01-22-2012 10:38:40 | More by DrNo
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4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (2010, #2530 of 3000) into a snifter. Pours a gorgeous clear deep amber w/ a nice rich fizzy head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Aroma is rich w/ vanilla up front, oak, figs, toffee, brown sugar, caramel and booze. Smells super sweet, dessert-like.

Taste is rich, fruity, sweet. Lots of sugary malt, smooth vanilla, and a solid bourbon presence. Caramel and brown sugar. Really boozy but in a good way, especially for a snowy January night. Warming.

Mouthfeel is coating, thick. Slight bitterness on the finish.

Overall I'm really glad I pulled this one from the cellar, it's a perfect complement to a cold winter evening. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 06:08:58 | More by draheim
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-18-2012 12:22:00 | More by klipper
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

01-16-2012 02:11:00 | More by Exiled
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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed out of a tasting glass.

An amber/copper hued brew with a nice fluffy off white head.

Smells of rich toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Some vanilla and oak too.

Taste follows smell. Rich toffee, caramel, and brown sugar accompanied by plumbs and hints of raisins with some spicey tannic oak and vanilla then some smooth bourbon. Plumb and raisin become more noticeable as it warms.

Mouthfeel is rich and full bodied. On the sweet side but it's accompanied by ample spice notes to balance it out. Just a bit thin for me.

Solid BA barleywine. At least as good as that Blighs stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 03:12:47 | More by billshmeinke
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-07-2012 07:12:57 | More by DavidEddie
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-07-2012 04:43:52 | More by whartontallboy
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-02-2012 09:07:03 | More by MrHirschybar
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-20-2011 05:16:48 | More by MrFootstones
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A brownish liquid comes out without much in the way of head. Some bubbles, but didn't amount to much. Aroma was boozy at first, but settled into an appreciable mix of toffee, vanilla, wood and bourbon.

Taste, still boozy, but with each sip, got better and better. Carbonation was better than expected after the not sexy pour. Nice bourbon and vanilla integration, this beer just kept getting better. Waves of caramel complimenting the toffee. By the end of it, you're wondering where the initial notes of alcohol went. Its like they fly out the bottle like the ghosts on Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark after the first sip and whiff. Sweetness level is just where it should be.

Pretty much a must try for any barleywine fan. Decently priced, picked mine up for $13 I believe in AZ, saw it for the price in Bend, OR as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 19:34:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

12-15-2011 02:00:27 | More by ThirstyHerf
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New York

5/5  rDev +24.7%

12-14-2011 16:41:08 | More by GrindFatherBob
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4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, number 2060 of 3000.

Pours a hazy caramel brown with a two finger light tan head with very good retention and nice lacing. The aroma has caramel, toffee, apricots, and vanilla.

Sweet flavor with caramel, toffee, apricots, honey, vanilla, oak, raisins, and light hop bitterness. Not much balance, as this is a sweet beer, but that is not a problem for me. I like this beer quite a bit.

Full bodied, chewy, smooth, and properly carbonated. Sweet aftertaste, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden for 10.50 %, but then again, I held onto this for a while before drinking it. I recommend trying this beer, if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 03:01:17 | More by hardy008
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-28-2011 20:27:58 | More by brandoman63
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-18-2011 20:09:05 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml, 2010 vintage, bottle 2126/3000, shared with shadowane.

Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with golden ruby edges and a one finger frothy, yellowish beige head. Very good retention slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves chunks of lacing behind.

Musty, earthy aroma with lots of dark fruit, leather and wood. Nice barrel in the nose with toasted oak and vanilla notes but only subtle bourbon. Lots of leathery malts as well as some fig and raisin.

Medium body with soft carbonation up front with a strong barrel presence that's a bit harsh with lots of toasted oak and sweet booz. As it warms there is some vanilla and the sweeter malts and dark fruit notes shine. Leathery and musty with some sweet caramel and nut along with hints of fig, plum and apple.  Decent but kind of harsh up front. Finishes nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 08:37:01 | More by corby112
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

11-17-2011 01:30:46 | More by Photekut
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

11-16-2011 05:18:05 | More by HopStoopid120
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

11-16-2011 05:12:22 | More by doucmehu
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

11-15-2011 04:28:02 | More by JAHMUR
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

11-15-2011 00:03:35 | More by SonicAlligator
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-14-2011 12:35:45 | More by bsuedekum
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, on-tap into snifter.

A - Deep hazy amber nearing brown in color with a minimal head that leaves some spot cling remains.

S - Toasty malt scent, hint of alcohol.

T - Strong, mirrors the scent, maily malty sweet with an slight alcohol finish.

M - Slightly sticky, un-carbonated, decent.

O - A nice offering, but not my favorite Big Sky brew. Recommended to Barleywine fans.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 04:31:47 | More by mikedrinksbeer2
Olde Bluehair Barley Wine from Big Sky Brewing Company
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