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Olde Bluehair Barley Wine - Big Sky Brewing Company

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very good

287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 57
Gots: 91 | FT: 9
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

SocalKicks, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Brandon_R, Jun 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Tanger112, Jun 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

wrightst, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of DucksFanLV
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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!

DucksFanLV, Jun 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Fargrow, Jun 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

KlayWey, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

sia478, May 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

mjc3151, May 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

afsdan, May 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Wobbly, May 21, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Rifugium, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

derkfromwi, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

scottiethebody, May 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
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!!

jesseejames, Apr 25, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

arizcards, Apr 19, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

JRod1969, Mar 24, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

rab53, Mar 22, 2014
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3.51/5  rDev -12%
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.

SHODriver, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

schnarr84, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Oxymoron, Feb 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

nmann08, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

diehl07, Feb 07, 2014
Olde Bluehair Barley Wine from Big Sky Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.