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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duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2007
[email protected] Quite a heavy barleywine, lots of raisiny sweetness and some caramel aswell. Some light woody characters, with some acidity which gives the flavour a good edge in the finish. NIce, full bodied.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/09/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Extreme Beer

muddy burnt orange, sweet oaky and valilla aroma with sweet caramel malt, lots of sweet oak flavor, touch of vanilla, fleeting hint of alcohol, light tartness, lots of mixed stuff going on - all of it tasty but not well coordinated,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2007
2007 batch - 6 ounce wine glass at the brewpub - cloudy copper, with a thin ring of lace - chardonnay and oak dominate the aroma, with some dried fruit and soft earthy notes underneath - tart, vinous, and quite dry for a barleywine - oak is quite apparent, but not overpowering - fruit skins, light herbal qualities - slight wildflower honey sweetness cuts the dry character a bit - alcohol warmth and white wine tannins in the finish - interesting.

JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Sampled at the brew pub. It pours orange with no head. It has notes of honey and wild flower. The finish give notes of honey. It does pack a punch.

yespr (44705) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
Sample from tap at the brewpub. Pours hazy and deep orange with little. Aroma is deep wineous, slight rubber note, a bit of dried fruit and a bit fruity. Flavour is very sweet with alcohol sticking out. Slight citric bitter in the finish. Interesting different barley wine.

luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Sampled at the 5th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Beer is murky light caramel brown with a tiny, white, frothy head that diminishes quickly into a whisp and a ring.<P> First impression on the nose is bright and fresh. Malty with light notes of caramel, toasted grain; Hoppy with light notes of lemon zest; Trace yeast note of dough; Miscellaneous notes of moderate green apple and pie spiced alcohol, trace white grape vinousness.<P> The flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic (juicy), trace bitter with a longish, moderately acidic, lightly sweet finish.<P> The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.

Ratman197 (14664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2007
On tap @ 5th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a cloudy amber with a minimal white head. Aromas of fruitiness, carmel and a hint of wood. Palate was light bodied and tart. Flavors of sour citrus, cherryand a hint of wood with a dry tart finish.

Ernest (7658) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2007
Draught. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of melon, lime, clove, tangerine, brown sugar, wood. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. One of the best aromas at this year’s Boulder Strong Ale fest, but unfortunately the mouth experience wasn’t as impressive...thinner and less rich than the nose seemed to hint at.

Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2007
Draught @ the Boulder Strong Ale Fest. This is what I wrote, "Not very complex, poor barrel character. Good, but not great."

drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
sampled on tap at the 5th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. pours clody copper with no head. nose is sweet, white winey. flavor is very white winey, caramel, sweet, an odd sourness, tannins, winey and astringent. kinda gross.

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