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Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine (2013)



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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ferris (6564) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle - Sweet pumpkin, orange, booze and spices. Dark clear orange with a thin head. This doesn't work, too much booze, cloying and the pumpkin tastes more like burnt orange. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2437) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle thanks to bytes! Pumpkin pie spice in the nose. Lots of cinnamon. Flavor full of cinnamon. Maybe nutmeg? Hazelnut? Very nice. Not your typical pumpkin beer. Didn't get the brandy until I read the label. Very yummy. ---Rated via intercellular device

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (973) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Aroma is fairly dominated by pumpkin pie spice with some nice allspice, clove and cinnamon notes. Moderate roasted squash note with hints of caramel and a hint of brandy. Pours a slightly murky, copper amber with a fairly thin light tan head that recedes very quickly to the edges where it lingers slightly. Flavor starts moderately sweet with a nice caramel character. As the caramel fades you get more squash character which recedes as the spices and moderate bitterness becomes apparent. The brandy notes and alcohol wash away some of the spice notes. The finish is hints of brandy, a light roasted squash note and some allspice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency, likely attributed to the spice, and medium light alcohol warmth. Overall an interesting beer with complex character. Iím not sure that I enjoy everything about the beer but its a clean, nicely made beer. Lots of complexity, but the spice might be a bit on the strong side. An interesting take on the traditional seasonal pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle from Bev4Less. Thanks Freddie. Pours a murky brown-orange, minimal white lacing of foam. Aroma is rich of oak barrels and rich brown malt, barley. Not much pumpkin. Taste is delightful. Lots of oak to balance out the sweet malts of the barleywine. Still not picking up a ton of pumpkin, but itís all happy-sauce all the time. Great stuff in terms of balance, clean mouthfeel, and tremendous overall palate that does let the pumpkin spice slip in at the very end, after an ample, but well disguised/accounted for ABV burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rfg0829 (15) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2013
375ml from a beer trade. A- smells sweet, Caramel, pumpkiníy. zero head warm smelling A- Amber/Red slight haze, but clears up. T- So complex, Sweet, but pumpkin flavors come through, then the sweetness of the brandy barrel, followed by the spices. so tasty P-Medium body, slightly creamy. Surprisingly not boozy. O- Wow, Just wow, great beer. Wish I could get more of these in Florida. By far my favorite pumpkin beers and just a fantastic brewery!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11317) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2013
shared by jtclockwork-12.7oz bottle-thin offwhite-amber. Aitís a happy nose, with sweet med malt-caramel, brandy. T-sweet med malt-caramel, brandy, some spice hops. The hit of the night!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (9992) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle shared with Jcwattsrugger. Pours dirty orange with tan head. Nose and taste of brandy, pumpkin gourd, spice, nutmeg, oak, vanilla, creamy earth and cinnamon. Spices seamlessly blend in. Great balance. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6455) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Always nice to preview a beer i have in my fridge .. . Pours a rich caramel .. . Medium foam .. . A gooey center of pure hate. .. Toasted pumpkin, molasses, and pie .. . Solid booze level .. . Oww, fire - hot!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5281) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Received in a trade with bytemesis and shared at Kennys tasting. Good stuff. All kinds of stuff going on here. Big pumpkin, cinnamon, spices. Big grins and malts. Big beer! Good one, too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5688) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2013
(375ml) clear copper, lasting offwhite bubbles. Nose of cinnamon, alcohol, nutmeg, pumpkin, caramel and fall. Taste of alcohol, pumpkin, nutmeg, fall spices, cinnamon stick.

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