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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (7346) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2006
GABF 2005. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is hazy light amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly hoppy (apricot, resin), with notes of peach, vanilla, and candy sugar. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Another minor winner at GABF...didn’t completely knock my socks off but it was a fair sight better than a lot of overhopped American barleywines.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3509) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1671) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2007
served in a snifter. pretty close to being one of those overwhelming alcohol BWs. Not much hops. a fair amount toffee malt, and, needless to say, a noticeable amount of alcohol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Draft at brewery. Pours a pinkish, red color with a small egg shell head. Nose is piney hops with a very nice, datey kind of malt note. Palate is full and sticky. Flavors of piney hops with lots of sweet and datey malts. Finishes sticky with a bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5293) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
On tap at CBC when we stopped for a late lunch before Night of the Barrels. Pours a hazed brown with a thin white to beige head. Big and sweet, caramel, soft bitterness. Big and bitey, lots of warmth. Boozy, warming and toasty. Lots of malt, warm toast. Spicy, warm plums, toast. Very nice but definitely not for me. A touch too hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, 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 it’s 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. It’s certainly worthy of a rerate soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - APR 17, 2005
Draft at brewery: poured a cloudy brown with red notes. Thick tan head. Big yeasty, brown sugar aroma. Moderately hopped. Sweet finish with a blast of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10644) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Draft... GABF ’06... Clear, deep golden ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Earthy aroma of wood and leather. The flavor is sweet with lots of toffee, fuzzy fruit, honey and maple sap. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2008
(Draught) Pours a clear copper body with a small bubbly head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, toffee, peach, and vanilla. Flavor of caramel malt, grapefruit rind, and honey.

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