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RATINGS: 66   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%


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Little to no head, appears to be massively undercarbonated or flat, but shows up firm enough on the tongue, there’s still some body present. Cloudy apple juice appearance, traces of dirty particulates floating around in the glass. Spirtzy apple cider and champagne character, slightly boozy, overall little too sweet and juice like but interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Tap at EBF. Seemed a bit cleaner and more refined last Sept at the brewpub though. Pours a deep hazy orangey amber with a nice thin lasting head. Aroma is strange but good- lots of white wine grapes, spicy earthy gewurtz and almost a prickly mineral like light fruitiness - pear and peach chard or viognier with a good syrupy malty sweet backbone. Flavor is also a nice malty toasty sweetness backed up with lots of grapey tannins, some oak, earth, and a spicy herbal wine-like kick. Smooth and moderately sweet throughout- nice BW>

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Draft at EBF. Pours a honey amber beer with a thin lacing. Salty malt bill hints of oak and wine. Mild tannins, sweet and tart with some grape and peach. What a weird offering, thanks BrianK for making me try this one.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Wow, wow, wow. What sick depth this beer has. Smells mead like with nice honeycomb coming to mind. Taste is incredibly smooth and light bodied. Multi-layered mid pallette involving wine grapes, honey, and mild chard. barrel is exquisite. Nothing is over the top here. Everything is mellow and dances over your tongue revealing all the great depth this beer has to offer. Well done and very original concept.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
GABF 2007. My first tasting note was "nice." My second: "unique." This isn’t your grandpappy’s barley wine. Smells meady with honey and alcohol very much apparent, with an accent of menthol. Initial impression is that the mouthfeel is lighter than expected for a BW, but the expected sweetness didn’t overwhelm the lighter texture. This is herbal right away with the meady honey in the background as the dominant form of sweetness. Slightly flowery in the end. Honey comes out in the finish too, which is juicy (not dry).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Well-hazed (cloudy) mid-amber holding a skin of off-white head. Deep fruity & alcoholic aroma with apricot, peach, cherry, white grape, tainted subtly by medicinal honey/menthol coughdrops. Flavor pulls through with incredible complexity, slightly daunted by an overdose of vinous alcohol. Sweet and fruity, plenty of apricot lingers in the finish. So good that I returned for seconds (which is a genuine compliment at a festival where time and tickets need to be budgeted wisely).

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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. A cloudy, dark amber body is crowned with a small, compact layer of khaki colored foam. Wavy ribbons of dense, sticky lace coat the glass. Aromas are as complex and unique as any you’ll encounter. A caramel malt base is accompanied by a strong, tannic grape influence, with vanilla and pervasive, tart, funky oak element. Apricots and honeydew melon make surprise appearances, while sugary sweet, concentrated Chardonnay grapes are stronger than one could possibly expect. Flavors start out with a sweet caramel and citrus blossom honey base, with tart, fruity notes of pineapple, green apple, peaches, apricots, and even hints of tropical mango. A drizzle of melted toffee imparts further richness, while lightly bitter, floral hops lend just a touch of bittering balance. The toasty, funky oak barrel is an obvious influence throughout. Medium-full bodied, smooth, and sweet, but not cloying, the body is as satisfying as the rest of the brew. Part barleywine, part fruity Chardonnay, part icewine, and part funky wild ale, this one is impossible to categorize. A truly unique and enjoyable experience.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29134) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
GABF 2007. A hazy golden beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of over ripe fruits - some peaches among others. The flavor is very sweet with notes of over ripe fruits - again peaches being strongest, also with notes of wood. The finish is dry woody and peachy.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5269) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
[Draft @ the brewpub] Poured a lightly hazy, golden amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, green grapes, caramel malts, apple, honey, and light alcohol. Taste of caramel, vanilla, light oak, tart chardonnay notes, and a lightly alcoholic finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2008
(Draught, 2008 vintage) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of floral, tangerine, peach, clove, white grapes, honey, and subtle wood notes. Flavor of strawberry, toffee, cherry, and honey.


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