RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (4911) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Hazy golden brown. very sweet floral nose. With a touch of honey. Some bananas. Very sweet. Mildly yeasty. Spice and fennel and walnuts

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
On tap @ GABF. Light amber pour with a white head. The nose is somewhat fruit forward. Apple, pear, peach, and some floral hops. Caramel, toasted bread, and biscuit. A bit of maple syrup. Flavor has a nice sweetness to it. Light alcohol, pear, peach, and apple. Mild hops, some vanilla, maple syrup, and caramel sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2012 05-10-12 En ft au Cambridge brewery: Brune ple, mais paisse, avec tres lgre effervescence et petit collet de mousse disparaissant lentement. Incroyables armes complexes et multiples difficles dcrire: Houblon, pain, caramel, notes de chocolats, de fruits... Les saveurs sont galement nombreuses et complexes. Asser sucre, belle petite amertume, note surette, elle a tout pour elle. Corps moyen et texture lgrement ronde, trs facile boire pour une barley wine. Forte note dalcollqui en fait une barley wine 4 saisons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (10017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Draft at the brewpub, served in a sampler. Pours a mostly clear gold with a small off-white head. Notes of sweet malts, apricot, sauvignon blanc, peach, honey, caramel, and dates. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, chewy mouthfeel. Goes down smooth for a 14% ABV beer. I bumped the overall up a bit because there was something about it I liked that I couldnt give extra points to in any other area.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamstome (1837) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Red gold pour. Oaky fruity aroma. Flavor is sweet, sharp, fruity and complex. Smooth. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Tap at the brewery. Still in the glass, looks like iced tea after the ice melts. Sweet tea and gewurztraminer wine fragrance. Taste is complex and a "summer barley wine" is a great way to describe this. Tart green apples, green grapes, and young brandy all come to mind. It definitely drinks like a brandy. Honey sweetness takes a backseat to the alcoholic characteristics. Not syrupy as I was expecting and Finishes surprisingly dry. I like it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2012
On tap at the brewery, listed at 14% - might be a new batch. Cloudy amber pour, very little head. Honey drenched berries on the nose. Very sweet, with a tart note behind. Flavor accentuates both, adding caramel and some booze. This would make an incredible creme brulee sauce / accompaniment. Very tasty, and does a good job hiding the 14%!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5443) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Sampled at the 2012 American Craft Beer Festival. Pours amber, and the flavor is a little sour. Not bad though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2012
On draft at the brew pub. Orange/yellow color with little to no head. Nice barleywine. A little sweet and hot.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkgrenwel (618) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2012
2010 vintage. Syrupy sweet up front. Big acidity brings out pineapple and apricot. Honey. Light bodied for a barleywine. Not getting a ton of hops, but the acidity provides balance. Nice but actually a bit simple for such a big beer.

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