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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:
#4,022
Reviews:
129
Ratings:
356
pDev:
10.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
95
Trade:
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml
Silver Foil/Capped
Bottle 864 of 1800

Poured into a chalice a very nice amber color, very nice carbonation, this brew has probably the nicest head from a BWSA to date for me, huge two-finger plus creamy, thick light tan head, with tons of thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, slightly fruity (figs, plums, raisins), oaky. The taste is awesome, malty, with some hop notes, very nice touch of dark fruits and oak/bourbon. Medium body, goes down pretty smooth, ABV hidden very well (which is not high), but easy drinking. Very drinkable, really enjoying this one today, highly recommended.

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4.79/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App- Mahogany with a lacy white head

Sm- Best barley wine aroma I've ever come across. Bourbon with plum pudding.

Ta- Phenomenal. Spot on oxidation notes coming through with toffee, raisins, stone fruits, mixed with a subtle bourbon and generous oak tones.

Ov- Drinks like a 10 yr old barleywine. great balance. Very hard to beat.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

BBA 2013 bottle 2732/3750.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Found this randomly and decided to suck it up and try it, even at a hefty $17.99 for a 750ml cork/caged bottle. 2012 vintage (one of 3240, wooo!) But I've always been a sucker for Big Sky and for barleywines (especially barrel aged...). Finished some tedious machining and decided to crack it open.

A: Dark translucent copper with nice thick clingy lacing and a moderately large head on the pour. Lively carbonation, generally pretty darn nice looking beer.

S: Bourbon, oak, a little vanilla, more as it warms, sweet dark fruits, toffee, some citrus hops coming through. About what I'd expected (hoped for...)

T: Follows the smell, with the bourbon always there but never overly harsh. Sweet caramel and toffee, more of the date/fig/raisin, vanilla is there just enough, and then some "American" hop bitterness that reminds you this is no English barleywine.

F: Smoother and easier-sipping than it should be at 12%. Medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation to keep you coming back for another sip after letting the last one linger.

O: Maybe they still have that second bottle so I can try and hang onto it for more than two weeks like I did with this one...

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4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy amber brown with bubbles clinging to every surface of the glass forming a 2” cream to light tan frothy, clingy foam collar that stubbornly persists. S: Bourbon, vanilla, rich caramel malt. T: This is a liquid caramel roll soaked in bourbon. Big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, dark dried fruit, flavors wrapped in bourbon. F: Big chewy, well carbonated beer with an outrageously creamy texture. O: An enormous beer that is almost too comfortable for its own good.

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4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 91 out of 1800. Not sure of vintage.

Cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours arich mahogany hue, with just a hint of cloudiness in the beer. Minimal beige head foams up a cm or two and fades to an edge layer. Aroma is all malt with brownsugar and dark fruit (raisins and plums), I also get a bit of oak and a little booze. Maybe just a little grassy hop note.
First sip reveals an average body with minmal carbonation and smooth texture. The beer goes down very easy on each swallow.
Flavor is similar to the nose, with brown sugar and some fruit, a little toffee and some vanilla and oak on each swallow. There is a little warm booze mixed in but not enough to require sipping.
This seems to be more english style b-wine with the lack of hops and general sweetness, but the higher booze and some showing through make it American. A bit of a mix of some of the finer points of the style IMO.
I really like this brew and wish I had another one. Good stuff!

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4.56/5  rDev +13.7%

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4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle 1349 of 1800. Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this one!

A-Deep copper with a thin light tan head that hung on strong and left decent lace.

S-Sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla and toasted coconut meld together into a sniff inducing intoxicating aroma.

T-Initial sweetness with nice bourbon notes a touch of earthy hop and a nice spicy bite in the finish. This one is very tasty. Notes of apricot and honey emerge with warming.

M-Medium bodied, super smooth and luscious. Good lingering flavours.

D-At 8.75% could this be deemed "light" for a barleywine? Well, no matter it is packed full of tasty flavours and an outstanding smoothness. I could enjoy this one all night long beside the fire!

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4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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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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