Cambridge Blunderbuss Barleywine
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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Another beer consumed during the EBF weekend without proper notes, but I really don’t need them for this beer because it rocked my palate. This was outstanding! Great flavor and aroma of dried fruit and caramel. Would love to consume an entire glass on just an empty stomach because this might fill me up fast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Colored a beautiful ruby brown. Sweet and malty aroma with a distinct hops smell, very pleasing to the nose. Heavily malty flavor. Thick and sweet with a hoppy bitter leave. Drink it from a snifter to get the most pleasure for the nose (as well as feeling all sophisticated).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Tap @ CBC - Deep hazed orange, creamy off white head. Deep rich nose of dried fuzzy fruit, vanilla, oak, and bourbon sit upon toffee brittle notes and hints of coconut cotton candy. Brown sugared bourbon and spiced peach flavors round into soft vanilla wood-like notes. A light hop bitterness in the end truly provides balance to the full richness. Medium to full-bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Fantastic execution of the barrel here. Should have grabbed a growler, but two snifters (plus other beers) rendered me silly…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4830) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2005
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #61. Sample at the brewpub. Dark cherry-brass, tiniest ring of head, near-opaque...cherry liqueur, swirls of chocolate and new leather regale the nostrils...gorgeous sweet fruity body, light peppery alcohol throughout extremely well-hidden and just warming, a bit syrupy, bourbon-vanilla and maple delight alongside coffee and port in the finish. Too sweet for many I suppose, indeed I missed a bit of hops, but still quite wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Draft. Copper coloring. Clear, still waters. Light, sporadic soapy head on the rim. Aromatic, hoppy, orange-peel, dates . . . very pleasing. Flavoring mirror the aroma with spices and fruity notes physically dancing on the tongue. Smooth finish, warm fuzzies from the alcohol level. it’s clearly present but not overpowering. Very nice - a quality barleyine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AGAquino (667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2010
Draft at the Cambridge Brewing. Clear ambar color with tall foamy head and nice lace. Sweet honey aroma with a trace of anise and wood. Strong alcohol flavor, sweet malt and flowery hops. Drinks like cognac or fine whiskey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2012
2011 Blunderbuss on tap at the brewery, 2/28/11. Dark amber pour, very still in the glass. Only a white ring around the top of the beer. 4. Aroma of iced tea and ruby port wine.8. Sweet, syrupy, and luxurious in the mouth. Very much like a port. 8 Reminds me of Sam Adams Utopias without the high cost! Moderately full mouthfell 4. O: 18

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Tap at the brewpub. Nice hoppy and malt aroma. Well balanced, hop bit and warm caramel, buttery. So drinkable yet so strong, most refined of their brews, probably their best as well, and overall a great barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2005
On tap. Slightly cloudy dirty brown with small head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts. Smooth and tasty beer that hides the alcohol very well. Good barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Draft, EBF: Hazy brown with ruby hints. Gentle hops complement a complex flowery perfume with orange and green grapes trying to bring a mellow vinous side to this beast, but despite a faint acidity, they don’t manage to strike through this highly pleasant smokiness. Typical toffee and caramel malts stand firmly from the beginning to the finish making this perhaps just a touch too sweet to be among the top of the genre, but this was to me highly enjoyable. Medium body is well enhanced by a smooth and soft carbonation that carries the flavours into a long smoke and fruit aftertaste. Yum!

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