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Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine (2013)



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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1277) - 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 (2187) - 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 (1338) - 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 (12310) - 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 (6063) - 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 (16422) - Washington, Washington DC, 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 (10833) - San Diego, 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 (2061) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, hazy reddish brown pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, nice light spice, hints of brandy, pumpkin flesh and toasted pumpkin. Taste is a nice mix of brandy, oak, slight pumpki but pretty hidden, slight clove, cinnamon, touch of earth, finishing sweet, slightly oaky, more brandy. Nice, no alcohol for 12%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gmellison (426) - Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Pour thanks to arminjewell. Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar. Taste is a boozy, a little spicy, a little pumpkin

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