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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , 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 (8112) - .....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 (6763) - 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 (6073) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle from Jeff (thanks, man!). Aroma of pumpkin spices (nutmeg and allspice cut through) and pumpkin pie filling. Pours sticky brown with very little head. Tastes exactly how it smells with just a little hint of a dirty barleywine. Piney hops cut in just a little. All in all, it tastes exactly how you’d think pumpkin barleywine would taste. No more; no less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle thanks to paz..Pour is ruby with a thin off white head. .Nose is very fresh and clean pumpkin, spices, nice hop flavor and sweetness followed by some amazing brandy barrel flavors..Taste is nice caramel, pumpkins, cinnamon spice, pie, whipped cream, brandy..alcohol is very well hidden

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9141) - Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2013
375 ml bottle shared by dudeabide. Pours a dark amber / copper color with a thin off white film. The aroma and flavor have big pumpkin with the usual spices, some alcohol on the nose for sure, some hints of chocolate toward the finish, a touch of earth. Some wood and a splash of the barrel. Pretty solid offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (8195) - Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Bottle to sniffer (shared by dudeabide). Looks good for the style; a semi-transparent orangish brown with off-white lacing. Smells solid; pumpkin, spice, and brandy. Tastes like it smells, only better, with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2013
12.7oz bottle, shared by dudeabide. Labeled 12.8%, I believe. Mostly clear red -orange color. Thin off-white head, leaves nice lace. Really nice roasty pumpkin nose. Awesome roasted pumpkin in the flavor, light on the spice. Just a lot of big pumpkin. Way less alcohol taste than expected. Just a light but pleasant alcohol warmth in the finish, no burn or bite. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, lightly spicy. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Very complex, tasty pumpkin barley wine. Very unique stuff. I love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8588) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle. Copper beer with a dark cream head. Spice and brandy aroma. Brandy and rich malt flavor with spice and light vegetal notes. Medium-plus bodied. Brandy and caramel lingers with spice, rich malt, and light vegetal notes.

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