Cambridge Arquebus
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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 322   ABV: 10.75%
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%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2007
GABF 2007: Poured a hazy copper color with a thin off-white head. The aroma had light woody notes. Caramel malt shows itself. The malt flavor was tart, vinous and fruity. Medium bodied with good warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Had this one on draught at the brewpub in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cloudy, opaque dark orange pour wuth a filmy white head, nose of merlot and apple cider, mouthfeel and flavor is dominated by alcohol with notes of raisin and apple. Strong but really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Sampled @ Cambridge Brewing Company with the Mad_Indian. Pours orange amber with an average size light beige head. Aroma of caramel, floral hops, fruit, and oak. The flavor is slightly sweet, caramel, fruit, oak, with some floral bitterness. Very smooth for 10.75%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2718) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Sampled with Stegosaurus during our second Boston Tour. Served at Cambridge brewing. Cloudy copper pour sweet alcohol aroma. Tart up front but mellow in back. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2007
[stem glass @ the brewpub] Incredible fruity aroma-- apricot, pear, peach.. very intriguing and complex. Dense, full flavors are packed with fruits, solid malt character and some incredibly complex tart acidity (I assume from the Chardonnay barrel). Syrupy, slick mouthfeel. Outstanding, overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2007
Tap@Cambridge. Quite a heavy barleywine, lots of raisiny sweetness and some caramel aswell. Some light woody characters, with some acidity which gives the flavour a good edge in the finish. NIce, full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/09/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Extreme Beer

muddy burnt orange, sweet oaky and valilla aroma with sweet caramel malt, lots of sweet oak flavor, touch of vanilla, fleeting hint of alcohol, light tartness, lots of mixed stuff going on - all of it tasty but not well coordinated,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5637) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2007
2007 batch - 6 ounce wine glass at the brewpub - cloudy copper, with a thin ring of lace - chardonnay and oak dominate the aroma, with some dried fruit and soft earthy notes underneath - tart, vinous, and quite dry for a barleywine - oak is quite apparent, but not overpowering - fruit skins, light herbal qualities - slight wildflower honey sweetness cuts the dry character a bit - alcohol warmth and white wine tannins in the finish - interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Sampled at the brew pub. It pours orange with no head. It has notes of honey and wild flower. The finish give notes of honey. It does pack a punch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (39078) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
Sample from tap at the brewpub. Pours hazy and deep orange with little. Aroma is deep wineous, slight rubber note, a bit of dried fruit and a bit fruity. Flavour is very sweet with alcohol sticking out. Slight citric bitter in the finish. Interesting different barley wine.

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