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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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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3.7
mkgrenwel (619) - 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.

3.6
SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 23, 2011
Tap. Aroma of big sweet boozy caramel, port, a touch vegetal. Taste is sweet toasted rum soaked figs, dates. Good attenuation. Sweetness balanced nicely by wine soaked fruit character. Pretty good. SSays 14 percent abt on menu and beer board.

4.2
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Enjoyed at CBC on their out door patio. Served in one of their small glasses due to its high ABV. Depp amber color with no head and really no carbonation. The aroma is very Chardonnay and white oak mixed malt. It is as if someone took some crusty bread and soaked it in white wine. Even through the taste I get a light grape like acid to it. Through the taste i get the grain more but also a wildflower honey. Mixing with the slight alcohol notes gives the impression of a light lowlands scottish whiskey. This is a very good barley wine and yes I very much could imagine drinking it in the shade of a summer afternoon.

4
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010 Big sherry aroma. Golden coloured very strong in alcohol hoppy and fruity with a hint of dryness and bitterness in the finish.

4.3
dnstone (3431) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Farmhouse-like aroma. Hazey golden in appearance. Honey sweet with a hint of wood and a brett-sour edge.

4.1
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
sample from the pitcher @ GABF on 9/18/10. golden pour with no head. sweet barrel nose with layers of whiskey, oak, chardonnay and vanilla. big round body with more barrel notes and sweet malts. alcohol finish with light fruits and more oak.

3.5
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2010
On tap at CBC. Clear honey brown with no head. Nose is caramel, oak and chardonnay. Medium body, not quite flat. Taste is quite vinous, white grapes overwhelming the malty caramel base. A nice sipper but not very complex. While abrupt at first, the pronounced wine-sweetness contrast grew on me.

3.2
KyotoLefty (10375) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 18, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. This was listed as 14%. Orange-copper color with no head or bubbles. Sweet, oxidized huge honey and caramel aroma with port and grape notes like a sweet Sauternes. Big alcohol. Syrupy and sour flavor with big grapes and honey, burning alcohol and oak. Doesn’t really do it for me.

3.8
nickd717 (4707) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Hit up the Cambridge table big-time at GABF 2009. This was a very interesting and somewhat impressive -bal aged barleywine. Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt, milldly tart white grape, oak, spices, orange and apricot. Flavor is great and complex, both sweet and tart, with bready malt, dry white wine, spices, honey, oak, orange, peach, and even mild roast. Palate medium-light and smooth with soft carbonation. Overall very good.

3.8
elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 1, 2009
9/28/09 notes: 2009 GABF, Friday. What a fascinating beer. Pours murky brown-orange, but quickly becomes more interesting. Aroma is orange peel, rich caramel and kitchen spices. Flavors dance on the tongue nicely, hard to pinpoint. In a pinch, all one can say is that the flavor is unique. I think I got spicy, cinnamon notes blended with strawberry sweetness. Very well balanced. I enjoyed every sip of this, even though it is a tough beer to understand stylistically.


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