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Olde Bluehair Barley Wine - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

00chris, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

striker2160, Jun 05, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 2900 of 3240

2012 vintage:

Tobacco brown body capped with a frothy finger of sticky lace. Plenty of alcohol is apparent in the appearance.

Semisweet toffee and caramel dominate the nose. Vanilla and oak suggest some kind of bourbon characteristic. The alcohol is apparent but appropriate. Not too hot but also not too tame. Some mushy cherry or cranberry surfaces as the beer warms.

Vanilla, mellow bourbon, tobacco leaf, papery dessert sweetness. It's a bit hollow on the palate but it goes down smooth. The beer warms and evolves in a big way - cherry cobbler, root beer float, red wine... really interesting.

yamar68, Jun 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

ajzy, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. 2012 bottle marked 2856 of 3240. also says it's 12.0% ABV.

Great cloudy ruby look, silky off-white head. Smell is very wooden and reeks of rubbing alcohol. Also lots of dark fruits; raisins, prunes, fermented grapes. Taste is much better thankfully: sweet woody malts, the dark fruit, hint of cheap bourbon. High amount of carbonation for the style, and the bourbon sticks around on the tongue.

I'd love to have another for aging.

jimmah120, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

bird22, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Zachtheporter, May 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

thegerm87, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

mikeincharleston, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

drummermattie02, May 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Whiskeydeez, May 19, 2013
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.51/5  rDev +13%
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.

CommanderOfAwesome, May 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

RangnaR, May 13, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Jwale73, May 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

fivetime, Mar 26, 2013
Olde Bluehair Barley Wine from Big Sky Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.