Style: Barley Wine

ABV: 12.0 IBU: 10

94/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 5

Cambridge Brewing Arquebus

What the brewers say

“An interpretation of a dessert wine, brewed with local New England honey, plus Semillon wine grapes. Malolactic fermentation in the barrel adds a hint of soft acidity to balance the sweetness of this beer’s finish. Aged in French oak Tokaji barrels.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Bready malt, pears, sweet fruits, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, white wine, grassy hops, and alcohol. The honey is evident and is pleasant and complementary. Alcohol note is medium strong, and volatile. “

Flavor: “Malt forward. The honey sweetness hits up front and carries through. Behind this sweetness is bread, caramel, some white grape. The oak character adds some earthiness and wood notes, which work well with the flavor. Sweet but not too sweet, full of flavors like toffee and a bit of herbs. Warming on the finish.”

Overall: “Like drinking spiced bread pudding with honey. I enjoyed the complexity and sweetness of this beer. The honey was a bit strong through the taste, but not off-putting. The warming finish added to the experience.”

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