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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 322   ABV: 10.75%
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Summer Barleywine
Named for the 15th Century firearm which was successor to the Blunderbuss, this barrel-aged barleywine aspires to change the way you think of strong beer. Intended for sipping on these sultry summer evenings on our patio (or inside, with the AC), it is at once light and drinkable yet boasts significant body, and is almost syrupy smooth in texture without being cloying. Arquebus presents beautiful, complex notes of concentrated peach and apricot fruit, wildflower honey, toast and coconut oakiness, and a soft, tannin-hinted, white wine-like finish. Aged in French oak chardonnay barrels acquired from the Silverado winery in Napa, the residual flavors contributed by the wood offer a mellowness of character not provided by stainless steel fermentation.This honey-hued, ambrosial beer, beheld in a simple stemmed glass, pours with just a mild effervescence which accentuates its myriad nuances of flavors and aromas. Several more barrels of this elixir await release in the coming years. So for now, enjoy!
OG: 1.099 FG: 1.018 ABV:10.75%


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (3950) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Sampled at the 2012 American Craft Beer Festival. Pours amber, and the flavor is a little sour. Not bad though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2012
On draft at the brew pub. Orange/yellow color with little to no head. Nice barleywine. A little sweet and hot.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkgrenwel (569) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2012
2010 vintage. Syrupy sweet up front. Big acidity brings out pineapple and apricot. Honey. Light bodied for a barleywine. Not getting a ton of hops, but the acidity provides balance. Nice but actually a bit simple for such a big beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3257) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 23, 2011
Tap. Aroma of big sweet boozy caramel, port, a touch vegetal. Taste is sweet toasted rum soaked figs, dates. Good attenuation. Sweetness balanced nicely by wine soaked fruit character. Pretty good. SSays 14 percent abt on menu and beer board.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Enjoyed at CBC on their out door patio. Served in one of their small glasses due to its high ABV. Depp amber color with no head and really no carbonation. The aroma is very Chardonnay and white oak mixed malt. It is as if someone took some crusty bread and soaked it in white wine. Even through the taste I get a light grape like acid to it. Through the taste i get the grain more but also a wildflower honey. Mixing with the slight alcohol notes gives the impression of a light lowlands scottish whiskey. This is a very good barley wine and yes I very much could imagine drinking it in the shade of a summer afternoon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010 Big sherry aroma. Golden coloured very strong in alcohol hoppy and fruity with a hint of dryness and bitterness in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2140) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Farmhouse-like aroma. Hazey golden in appearance. Honey sweet with a hint of wood and a brett-sour edge.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2176) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
sample from the pitcher @ GABF on 9/18/10. golden pour with no head. sweet barrel nose with layers of whiskey, oak, chardonnay and vanilla. big round body with more barrel notes and sweet malts. alcohol finish with light fruits and more oak.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3358) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2010
On tap at CBC. Clear honey brown with no head. Nose is caramel, oak and chardonnay. Medium body, not quite flat. Taste is quite vinous, white grapes overwhelming the malty caramel base. A nice sipper but not very complex. While abrupt at first, the pronounced wine-sweetness contrast grew on me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (6465) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 18, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. This was listed as 14%. Orange-copper color with no head or bubbles. Sweet, oxidized huge honey and caramel aroma with port and grape notes like a sweet Sauternes. Big alcohol. Syrupy and sour flavor with big grapes and honey, burning alcohol and oak. Doesn’t really do it for me.


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