Olde Bluehair Barley Wine | Big Sky Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
353
Reviews:
127
Avg:
4
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
94
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 353 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-red with a small off white head; smell and taste are very complex and dominated by sweet toffee, caramel, dark fruits, and boozy fruit. Chewy and full bodied. Really good barleywine.

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Photo of admonster00
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rden4654
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBucks
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheOakKing
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mancavebeercouch
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of torr99
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AgentMunky
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tasting glass. Vintage 2013. From notes. Reviewed 27 June 2015.

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Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +16.5%
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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Photo of greenspointexas
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sporklift87
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

BBA 2013 bottle 2732/3750.

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Photo of BeerOps
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Westyn
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

very cool mix of english and american barleywine styles in this rarity from big sky. its well hoppy, more than just bitter too, but leafy green and fresh on the hop side of things, more so than most other examples of the style i can think of. its also still primarily grain flavored, as it should be, with rich caramels, butterscotches, toffees, and nuttiness all the way through, and its still quite sweet with a floral honey vibe lightening it up a bit in the middle. cool that it can be both, and i guess its more american because it lacks the english yeast profile, but this yeast is not without flavor, its biscuity like a pancake batter, and it works super well with the sweet grain in here. medium bodied is all, which i suppose lends drinkability to a huge beer, but the booze is well hidden even though its not thick, and it kind of sneaks up on me pretty fast. i have never seen bottles of this for sale, was lucky enough to have it on tap at backcountry pizza in boulder, who seems to always be able to assemble a tap list of scarce beers. one of the better big sky beers out there, and one of the better barleywines i have had in the early going here in 2015. love the hoppiness to it, a great and enormous balance. clever brew.

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Photo of greg4579
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yeaprolly
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oldvines
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ristaccia
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucnifter
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage. Mellow, rich and tasty.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012. Tasted from draft at Firkin on February 13, 2014.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle 1104/3750. Seeing a lot of negative reviews for 2013, my bottle seemed like what you should expect when you pop the cork.

Big head for the style, lots of carbonation. Aroma is complex, bready at the opening, malty, getting some black pepper. Taste is oaky, malty, a little boozy. Some hop bitterness on the back end. Good body.

Might not be the best BBA Barleywine you'll ever have, but it had a kind of unique flavor, very tasty. A very enjoyable effort.

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Olde Bluehair Barley Wine from Big Sky Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 353 ratings.
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