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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

271 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 58
Gots: 88 | 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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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-20-2013 14:36:46 | More by drummermattie02
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

05-19-2013 16:57:37 | More by Whiskeydeez
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, #3101 of 3240. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a wonderful copper caramel color. with a nice 2.5 finger head. Head dissipates pretty quickly with minimal lacking on the glass. Very slight alcoholic legs present.

S: WOW, huge smack of the barrel right away. Smells like "fresh wood" (I'll leave that one alone). Huge barrel on the aroma though. Caramel malts, slight toffee coming in the backdrop.

T: Creamy toffee/caramel, some dark red cherries, with a nice sweet malt build.

M: Slight over carbonation, red cherry sweetness tingles and lingers on the tongue. Caramel candy sweetness coats the mouth with the spicy-ness (that right?) staying on the palate.

O: A fantastic BA Barleywine. One that I would put on the same playing field as sucaba. It's that good. Highly underrated brewery/BA program. ITs a highly limited brew, but if you come across it buy it. Its fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 02:21:06 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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RangnaR

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-13-2013 17:07:11 | More by RangnaR
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. 2011 vintage served in a tasting glass. Bottle opened with a pop. Pours a hazy amber-mahogany hue with a fluffy, 1/2 inch, cream-colored head that settles into a consistent, frothy skim. Nose expresses citrus, cotton candy and some vanilla notes. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of some toffee flavors as well as some ethanol. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel on this beer kills it for me - way too much carbonation first off; however, once you get past that, it comes off somewhat thin and slightly oily. Overall, a very good example of the style - I have a second bottle, so I'll have to see what 3-5 years does for this beer. Hopefully it will dissipate the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 22:57:59 | More by Jwale73
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev 0%

05-09-2013 12:06:26 | More by MarkyMOD
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%

05-08-2013 00:24:20 | More by cadaugherty
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Graviz

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

04-28-2013 21:14:52 | More by Graviz
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mrunseen

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

04-14-2013 04:01:40 | More by mrunseen
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twelveinches

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

04-13-2013 05:46:16 | More by twelveinches
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Beerontwowheels

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

04-04-2013 18:51:59 | More by Beerontwowheels
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fivetime

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

03-26-2013 00:06:06 | More by fivetime
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

03-24-2013 03:01:57 | More by brez8791
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Vitacca

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

03-05-2013 02:53:20 | More by Vitacca
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

02-25-2013 21:57:36 | More by SPRichard
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Corked & caged 2011 vintage 750ml poured into chalices.

A: Holy carbonation; not a gusher, but tons of head and bubbles screaming to the top of the glass...murky tawny/brown-colored body...decent lacing....lots of floaties from this old bottle.

S: Big caramel and toffee malts, very inviting barleywine nose...nice oaky backbone with suggestions of vanilla and brown sugar...alcohol heat is pretty subdued...lots of sugary sweetness, hops seem pretty minimal.

T: Tastes how you would think after smelling it; really like the bourbon presence on this one, solid but not overbearing, with more alcohol heat felt than smelled. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, and sugary malt without being cloying at all. Figs and other dark fruit as well.

MF: A viscous medium body, and surprisingly the carbonation isn't overwhelming or even distracting.

O: I'll be darn, this was tasty! Glad I split the 750 with a mate but this was a really good beer for 11 or so ounces.

One other note: be careful with this vintage at least, over-carbonation seems to be an issue. I sent a bottle in a trade that broke (only bottle break I've EVER had break in transit - assuming it was the pressure on the C&C), and I've seen lots of feedback on over-carbed bottles and semi-gushers.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 15:19:50 | More by Scotchboy
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hayesjw

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

02-20-2013 00:48:51 | More by hayesjw
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Ish1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev 0%

02-18-2013 03:00:08 | More by Ish1
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Jameswoody

Montana

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

02-12-2013 03:11:36 | More by Jameswoody
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Bottle #1759/3000.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Very dark copper, almost opaque with just a slight ruby glow along the bottom of the glass. A huge amount of light, fluffy dirty-white head formed.

S - Sweet caramel, toffee and raisin aromas are in a great balance with oak, bourbon, vanilla and a touch of caramel form the barrel aging.

T - Barrel flavours come to the forefront in the palate with oak, bourbon and vanilla flavours present. The base beer provides great balance to the barrel flavours, adding dark caramel, raisin, toffee and plum flavours.

M - Medium body, almost full body. Moderate carbonation. A little over-carbonated, which likely detracts from the mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 20:19:46 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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oline73

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle poured into a tasting snifter.

Pours a murky red amber color. This one looks to be super over carbonated. The smell is sweet. I'm getting dark fruit, caramel, and a hint of vanilla. The carbonation distracts from the taste, which is pretty good otherwise. Lots of caramel malts and some vanilla from the barrel. The bourbon is smooth with just a touch of alcohol burn.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 13:54:03 | More by oline73
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

01-21-2013 16:41:42 | More by duceswild
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siege06nd

Virginia

4/5  rDev 0%

01-19-2013 19:01:47 | More by siege06nd
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-19-2013 03:00:41 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-13-2013 21:08:26 | More by spycow
Olde Bluehair Barley Wine from Big Sky Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.