Cambridge Blunderbuss Barleywine
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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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Once again the brewers at CBC have thrown caution to the wind in our latest annual effort to create the biggest, baddest, strongest, bestest beer around. Double-mashed with nearly a ton of malt, five different hops, and cold-aged several months with French Limousine oak, this extraordinary, complex ale boasts flavors and aromas of caramel, dried fruit, vanilla, oak, toffee, spicy hops, and a warming alcohol finish. Very rich and full-bodied, it is unfiltered and unfined. This unique beer will be available all winter, served for your admiration and enjoyment in a 9oz. snifter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (4330) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--slightly hazy dark amber with a generous off-cream head. Aroma was sticky and assertive with lots of boozy toffee and malty syrup, with some cherries and raisins and a strong grassy hop presence. Flavor is big and full, with boozy toffee graininess, some grassy and piney assertive bitterness, a slight stone fruit tone, and finishing hoppy bitter and malty sweet. Aftertaste of piney bitterness. Really big palate and pretty complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2006
GABF 2006: Clear amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is light but sweet. Sweet sugary flavor. Some fruit but overall one dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Tap @ CBC... Poured cloudy orange with a thin white head. Earthy vegetable notes with warming alcohol on the nose. Soft, mildly carbonated palate. Hopes were low in profile with very sweet flavors like caramel malts, vanilla, light fruits, and a thick honey-like, syrup consistency. A nice, warming, alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4044) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Sampled at the 2012 American Craft Beer Festival. Flavor strong of the caramel malts. A pretty good barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2005
On draught at Cambridge Brewery January 2005. Aged four months prior to release. Alcohol listed this year at 12%. FG 1.020. Served in a snifter for $4.50. Aroma of toffee, raisins, molasses (their big beers all smell like molasses), treacle, dried figs and prunes and light toffee. Color is a medium dark brown, with a small light tan head. Though it says unfiltered, the beer is nowhere near opaque and actually quite transparent on the edges. Flavor begins with a mix of hops, spice and molasses with some caramel sweetness resting faintly in the background. Residual sugars take over somewhat, with notes of prunes, raisins and some touches of vinousness. Dry charred wood flavors also apparent in the background. Finish has notes of maple syrup, more raisins, a bitter hops astringency and some oak mixed with alcohol. The hops burn slightly and then are gone. Feels smooth and lightly silky on the palate, very low carbonation, medium-full body. Though this one seems to be undecided as to whether itís English or American, I would prefer that it be more richly flavored whatever it is trying for. The hops burn noted up front and on the finish is interesting, but I would rather it be more integrated. Smooth as the body is, it is still a touch watery on the finish. Perhaps it just needs more aging. Itís certainly worthy of a rerate soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a clear medium to dark orange color. The head was off white and left some lace on the glass. The aroma consisted of some light buttery toffee, a whiff of dark fruits, and distinct oak. Medium bodied, perhaps lightened up a bit by the 11.7% ABV. Sticky in the mouth and semi-sweet. Pleasant flavor profile that included layers of honey, toffee, buttery caramel, subdued vanilla, and flowery hops. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a dark amber color. Aroma of fruits, malt, caramel and alcohol. Flavor of fruits, caramel, malt and alcohol, bitter finish. Light body, liquorous texture. Itís a nice change of pace from the usually very hoppy american barley wines (not that I donít like those !).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3443) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2006
Deep amber-orange. Soft texture; mild carbonation. Rich sweetness. Nice notes of white wine, oak, vanilla, sugar water, cake. Bitterness is relatively mild; somewhat grassy hops. Nothing over the top, but solid and well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
2011 on tap at the brewpub. Pours a rich ruby-amber colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is sweet caramels, slightly buttery toffee, dark fruits, and a nice molasses up front with some light wood notes, sherry, a bit of syrupy sweetness, a hint of toast, and a light earth. Flavor is similar. Molasses, toffee, and dark fruits up front with a nice sherry note, darker caramels, and wood up front. Some light earth in the middle with a touch of buttery toast before this finishes sweet with a light dryness from the wood and some sherry. Lengthy aftertaste following a full, slightly syrupy body with a light carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid barley wine. Nice malt backing and sweet overall, but no hint of alcohol and a nice, light wood and sherry note along with some dark fruits. This was really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
Tap. Big sweet toasted toffee. Brown sugar. Touch of boozy rum cake. Nuts. Figs. Okay. Too big and rich 2 me.

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