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Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine (2013)

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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 22, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2013 375mL bottle, purchased at BeerCraft. Pours a deep caramel color; creamy, fine-bubbled, light-tan head; good retention and lacing. Generous, caramel- and candy-forward aroma, with cinnamon and nutmeg and a fair bit of oaky, raisiny warmth underneath; there seems to be the perception of pumpkin, at least. For me, this is a beer that toes a dangerously fine line between boozy and overly sweet, but this barleywine totally worked for me: a lively fine CO2 underneath everything, huge layers of caramel and toasty pumpkin / sugary notes, and a vinous and warming alcohol character that lightens the body; near the finish, candied notes and a rich brandy character come out; a very intense, autumn-feeling barleywine that I picked up extra bottles of. Iím not sure whether or not this is a guilty-pleasure beer, and I donít really care.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OmegaX (1276) - Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle into snifter. Aroma is alcohol, chemical, light brandy, pumpkin spice, butterscotch. Pours an attractive hazy ruby/brown with a very thin beige head. Very sweet up front with a touch of nail polish remover. Tons of pumpkin spice. Almost too sweet, though, and quite hot. I had high hopes for this one. Itís not bad but it can definitely be improved upon.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - AUG 21, 2013
On tap at DBS. Pours a caramel color with a thick tan head. Smells of pumpkin, cloves and nutmeg. Tastes pretty much the same. The fall spices take over for most of the flavor and hit the palate a little to hard. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daknole (9417) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Brown color, very small head. I love the aroma but the beer was hard to get through. Lots of nail polish/paint but some good spice and tons of pumpkin flavor.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2013
On tap at DBS. Aroma is pumpkins, spice, and some nail polish. Flavor is, unfortunately, overwhelming nail polish. I can still taste the pumpkin, but Jesus. It's really hard to get past. Trouble is, aging it will mute the pumpkins, so it's a hot barleywine. Lower the ABV, please! Fair beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerFunGuy (713) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2013
This good looking cloudy brown beer has a sweet pumping cinnamon aroma. It has a strong bitter taste. Smell is what I wish the beer tested like. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Experiment_Ale (1042) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
375 at my place with group. Aroma sharp nail polish, pumpkin. Taste is big smooth alcohol and pumpkin. Finish is quick for a barley wine. Mouthfeel is medium viscous.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Rating #14. Dark amber brown with an off-white head. Sweet spice, nutmeg, brandy and booze. Smooth, pumpkin spice and a little more booze with a slight burn, good stuff. (2875)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illidurit (2168) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin flesh in aroma, rather faint. Flavor is hot and sweet, heavy cinnamon, astringent. Like if you sprinkled cinnamon on a pumpkin pie and got a bite with way too much on it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Draught @ The Burgundian:   Reddish caramel, dark, moderate foamy sandy head, nice lacing.   Spicy nose, lots of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg.   Soft alcohol and what smells like the advertised Brandy.   Spices arenít as strong on the tongue.   Instead its a rich malty and candied toffee background.   Barrel aging is noticeable, and compliments the beer well.   Very smooth, balanced, not over done with spices, warming, a bit chewy at times.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Finishes with a little barrel aged heat.   If thatís Brandy, its tasty!   This is the first one of the season, and so far it will be hard for others to top this one!



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