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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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Olde Bluehair Barley WineOlde Bluehair Barley Wine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
bigskybrew.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
75 IBU

Added by JohnGalt1 on 01-24-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,073
Reviews:
129
Ratings:
356
pDev:
10.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
95
Trade:
7
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Photo of polloenfuego
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottle 367/3300

Pours a lovely copper gold with a slight amount of cloudiness. Nice thumb of off white head that lasts for days. Some nice lacing too. The smell is quite appealing with dried fruits, caramel malts, oak and mild bourbon. Taste has many of the elements of the nose, including a lesser caramel, raisin, some vanilla, and especially oak. The hops are present, but have, I suspect, subdued over the last couple of years. Feel is a little thinner than many barleywines I have had, but still medium fullness and lighter carbonation with a fairly hidden alcohol makes for a nice sipper.

My first beer from Big Sky, I am pleased that it was this 12% ABV monster. This is a good barleywine, but I think it may lost a step or two over the last couple of years.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 16.95/750 mL cork and cage
bottle including discount and tax ($ 0.630/oz) at Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale, Saginaw, MI.
2015 vintage bottle, 2463 of 3300, stored at 42 degrees and served at 60 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – caramel malt, a hint of oak. The caramel fades but lasts, the oak is ephemeral.
Head – average (Maximum 2.5 cm, aggressive pour), high density, off white to tan, good retention diminishing to a one to two mm ring and partial layer. Head retraction leaves some clots and scars of tiny-bubbled lacing.
Lacing – other than that from the initial head retraction, none.
Body – medium brown, initially opaque. Chill haze lessens and the opaqueness diminishes to translucence.
Flavor – initially, caramel and toffee, sweet, followed by an alcohol burn. Allowing it to warm in my mouth releases massive carbonation but otherwise doesn’t affect the flavor. The bourbon barrel is conspicuous by its absence. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation.

Not the best barley wine I’ve had, but still very drinkable.

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75.

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Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Muss42
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at August THT. Vintage 2012. Clear dark ruby pour with no head. Notes of dried fruit, sherry, cherries, raisins. Medium body, smooth texture.

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Photo of rypkr
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pagriley
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Smconnor
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged bottle. Vintage 2010 bottle number 1640 out of 3000. The brew appears a dark chestnut to burnt copper color with khaki head. Some strings of patchy lace cling to the glass.

Smells toasty like molasses with plenty of caramelized sugar character before some oak and cork-like oxidation and brett become evident. Something along the lines of orange rind hoppiness is present as it warms up.

Tastes oaky and sweet like caramelized suagrs. Mostly molasses with an aftertaste of cork and tannic character. As it breaths, even more cork character emerges which I cant really tell if thats some strange byproduct of the barrel aging, cork taint or brett innoculation. Its not displeasing...but its there.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall pretty interesting.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown pour, barely produced some bubbles but not a head. Aroma hit with booziness, vanilla, toffee, brown malt, wood and bourbon notes.

Taste while strong, it was something I got acclimated to as the beer went on. Carbonation was actually just fine, it just looked like shit when poured. Bourbon and vanilla notes play well together. Toffee is smooth, supplemented by some caramel sweetness. Going cracker jack on this one. Similar to Fruet.

These are affordably priced too, which is always nice. Not a bad choice to have in the cellar. Not gonna buy a case, but wouldn't mind always having at least one of these around to crack open every other year or so.

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Photo of elglueckert
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle at Bar Gernika, Wow! Alcohol burn hits you at first sniff. Dark copper body with minimal head. Heavy malt profile with alcohol warmth. True winter warmer.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of weldchecker
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, 2013. No carbonation issues as some have noted. Toffee, caramel, dark fruits. Hops are a bit muted, but still a burnt brown sugar bitterness. Solid body, enough stickkiness.
Rock solid standard American Barleywine. It also seems like some may have reviewed the barrel aged one here, as there is no barrel presence in this one.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hootie159
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Over carbonated for a barleywine

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Olde Bluehair Barley Wine from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 356 ratings
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