Olde Bluehair Barley Wine | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Olde Bluehair Barley WineOlde Bluehair Barley Wine

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
75 IBU

Added by JohnGalt1 on 01-24-2009

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fresh 2013 vintage. I just couldn't keep my hands off of it.

Appearance: Could get a very large head, about 2 or 3 fingers with a heavy pour. I preferred a slow pour which produced a thin but present head. A medium dark brown deep amber color for this brew. Average carbonation active in the glass.

Smell: The front is filled with caramel, molasses, and vanilla. The body is a slightly sweet malt presence with some doughy accents. Light bourbon on the back end. Everything comes together very well here, brighter overall with carbonation and barely really are vibrant.

Taste: The front is an active crisp carbonation that is almost like a hurdle the drinker has to get past. Chewy, sweet barley makes itself known in the body. Definitely getting the hop bitterness toward the back end of this brew. Finishes with some mildly dry bourbon that has an almost chalky feeling. I want a darker bourbon character with some more mild barley.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation and very sweet barley definitely are the main players here.

Overall: A pretty solid BA barleywine. I got too anxious to try it, and unfortunately this one was a little too fresh. Still a lot of good things going on, but this one just felt like 8 to 12 months would help it out an awful lot.

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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.

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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.

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Olde Bluehair Barley Wine from Big Sky Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 354 ratings.
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