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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%

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4.3
superspak (6388) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2018
375 ml bottle into snifter; 2017 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big golden raisin, peach, plum, pear, apricot, fig, date, red apple, white grape, white wine, toasted oak, honey, caramel, and biscuit; with lighter notes of toffee, oaken vanilla, brown sugar, leather, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity yeast, grapes, honey, wine barrels, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big golden raisin, peach, plum, pear, apricot, fig, date, red apple, white grape, white wine, toasted oak, honey, caramel, and biscuit; with lighter notes of toffee, oaken vanilla, brown sugar, leather, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness, wine/oak tannin spiciness, and grape tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of golden raisin, peach, plum, pear, apricot, fig, date, red apple, white grape, white wine, toasted oak, honey, caramel, biscuit, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, leather, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, grapes, honey, wine barrels, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness, fruit tartness, and wine tannin spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness, grape tang/tartness, and wine/oak tannin spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/sticky/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 12%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible English barelywine! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, grapes, honey, wine barrels, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/tart/tangy finish. More of a Blonde barleywine, but this just nails it all around. Very rich with perfectly balanced malts, honey, fruity yeast, and wine barrel complexity. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.2
puboflyons (3569) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2018
From the corked, caged 12.7 fl. oz. bottle. Orange-amber pour with a slight haze and a quick lasting white fizzy head. The grapes and wine barrel aging immediate jump out on the nose while the sweet barley grain seems to be secondary. No alcohol for 12%. Light to medium body. I like my Barleywines to be heavier than this. The taste emphasizes the grape and wine characters more than the sweet, roasted barley grain character that is what draws me to barleywines. It isn't bad but not what I had hoped.

2.8
dwyerpg (6582) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 17, 2017
I was pretty disappointed with this. Sticky sweet, the honey is too much. Definitely over priced. Bummer

4.3
MetalNHopHead (2319) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 12, 2017
I've been wanting to try something from Cambridge for a long time, and I dearly hope this limited draft offering is a sign of more to come from the brewery. Arquebus makes it all about balance. Despite the ABV being standard for the style, this Barleywine drinks like a much lighter beer. The usual full-bodied textures are swapped out for a thick but less heavy creaminess. Hugely complex flavor profile that reveals woody vanilla, floral honey, grape, and stone fruit. The apricot/peach and fresh honey notes add layers of sweetness, but nothing that you could call cloying. It's more subtly candy-like. It's still a big, boozy beer, but anyone who thinks they don't like this style needs to give this a try.

3.6
beerbombthrower (26) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 5, 2017
Never been a big barley wine fan, but this one might change my opinion. Adds a nice bite to the huge maltiness of the typical barley wine. Brings everything you'd want in a good beer, though it has a kick.

3.2
Oakes (19576) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2017
Golden, with some sweet sugars, and this stickiness carries through. Light fruitiness. Decent example but by no means killing it.

3.1
tapefuzz (987) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2017
On tap at brewery. Pours gold with a moderate white head. Aroma is vanilla, oak, sweet malt, and lightly floral/herbal. Taste is sweet, spicy, vanilla, honey, peach, oak, and wine. Light-medium body. Medium carbonation. Creamy-ish.

4
kraddel (9449) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2017
Thnx to Ben. Pours clear blonde, small white head. Smell is bit complex, honey, powder sugar ( is that even known in english ) Taste is full, sweet, again I get this powder sugar , which I never had before in a beer , but is truly there for me. I like it though. Bit complex maltyness (biscuits, caramel, but mostly honey ) . Very unusual barleywine. Yet I do like it !

4.1
wlajwl (7291) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Aroma is white wine/grapes and creeping malts/alcohol. The flavor is white wine/grapes, fruit/berries, malts, slight funk and a sweetish/warming alcohol finish.

2.7
malrubius (3124) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 12, 2016
Bottle from Brewtopia. Golden orange with slight haze and ring and a little lace. Honey white wine champagne boozy aroma. Very sweet honey peaches in syrup sweetness with some herbal bitterness and lingering honey and booze. Full body with fine internal carbo. I just can’t get into it. Too sweet too much honey too sticky.


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