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Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine (2013)



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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
This is a beer made with real pumpkins. We hand-roasted over 500lbs of heirloom pumpkins from La Tercera Farms in Bodega Bay. The caramelized gourds were then added to our velvety American Barleywine and aged in brandy barrels for a year. Finally, we blended the barrel-aged beer with freshly brewed ale and added a delicate hint of pumpkin pie spices to round out this decadent autumn sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2013
375ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled Autumn 2013. Pours a dark but clear burnt orange/red color. Frothy off white foam with clingy lacing. Aroma is roasted pumpkin flesh, pumpkin pie spices, chocolate, caramel, and brandy notes. Spicy and boozy. Taste is like a muted pumpkin spice ale with some oxidized brandy and caramel/brown sugar notes. Lingering chocolate and vanilla. Booze is present and warming but manageable. Mouth feel is medium bodied. One of the better pumpkin beers out there, but not as exciting as the description led me to believe. Very boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3551) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Bottle shared by Claudio. Pours hazy brown color with thin tan head. Aromas of pumpkin pie spices. Flavors of caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar. Medium body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1836) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a hazy brown color without much head. Flavors of spiced pumpkin, hops and some sweetness. Great pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2638) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2013
pours hazy orange amber with a thin cream colored head. nose of spice, pumpkin, light wood. taste has all elements plus light undulating sweetness. body is big, ever a sipper, it gets chewy as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2013
sampled at gabf. from my notes. pours a reddish brown with an off white head, pumpkin spice and slight oak taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
375ml bottle, thanks GT2. Small beige head with clear dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some vinous, light nutmeg. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some vinous, light nutmeg, alcohol, allspice. Medium-full body, stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7490) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Sampled at GABF 2013. Pours a clear orange with some creamy, white head. Nose of spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, burnt sugar, orange, root veg, parsnip. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, spice, caramel, booze, caramel. Boozy finish. Really neat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (21441) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Hazy golden amber color, white head. Aroma of candied and brandied caramel. Taste is very sweet and sticky spiced brown sugar and pumpkin pie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla, brown sugar, cookie and toast malt with earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, pumpkin and spices with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (2210) - - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark copper with some ruby at the edges. Fluffy off white head leaves a little lacing. Aroma is pumpkin pie spice and brandy. Taste is mostly stingy brandy and pumpkin pie spice with some light caramel notes to start, but adds some nice bready and vanilla notes as your mouth adjusts to the alcohol. Caramel becomes more apparent too. Palate coats your mouth and has nice carbonation. This is very complex and might be the best pumpkin beer I've tasted. Awesome.

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