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Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine (2013)



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RATINGS: 137   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6554) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2014
375 ml bottle via trade with bytemesis - thanks again! Pours a somewhat cloudy orange-amber with a small beige head that settles into a small ring. Good amount of brandy in the nose, with pumpkin, tangy fruits, vanilla, toast, pralines, allspice and nutmeg. The flavor starts with a big toasty pumpkin and spice note that almost seems like yellow curry, but as it warms, more brandy sweetness comes through - vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, and boozy warmth. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a sweet, boozy, spicy, tangy mouthfeel. Pretty unusual beer that mostly worked very well for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15120) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2014
28th May 2014
Tasting at Chez Bruce. Thanks to Leighton. Hazy amber beer, good pale tan head. Airy palate with good fine carbonation, semi dry. Nice combo of pumpkin spices, not overdone, and toffee malt. Touch of minty spice and light perfumey floralness. Light semi dry finish. Slight pumpkin spice linger. Really well joined up, interesting, unusual and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (8743) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks to Leighton, 28/05/14. Marmalade orange/dark amber with a big light beige covering. Nose is bitter orange, herbal qualities, spice, hay, lemon rind. Taste comprises spice, pumpkin seed, bitter fruit rinds, caramel, sweet licks, herbal tones, stewed fruits. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok pumpkin effort, not sure about calling it a barleywine mind!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lothore (551) - California, USA - MAY 31, 2014
A- Pours a reddish orange hue with a frothy, off white head that fades quickly with little lacing. S- Pumpkin, citrus, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, brandy T- Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, caramel with a boozy back end. M- Medium bodied with ample carbonation. D- I really enjoyed this brew. Very different. Usually I don’t like spiced pumpkin beers but this one was malty enough to balance out the spice notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (11122) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle shared in London - picked up in CA. Pours clear, light amber-orange with a soft, frothy off-white head. The nose holds tangy pumpkin, light citrus and hints of nutmeg. Medium sweet flavor with punchy alcohol, some boozy and pulpy pumpkin, light astringency, faint toffee, berries, rubbing alcohol. Medium to full bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Warm to hot finish with pervasive alcohol, some pumpkin essence, spices. Just lots of stinging alcohol throughout, which overpowers the other elements.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (6909) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours hazy red-brown with a medium dark beige head. The nose is earthy, plum, date, dried fig, candied peel, brown sugar, vanilla and more candy. The taste is bitters-sweet, toffee, orange peel, sweet pumpkin, sherbet, candied peel, booze and candy with a dry, sweetish finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. A touch sweet, but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1312) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2014
bomber shared. poured a dark cloudy orange color with an off white head. the aroma was a nice pumpkin spice and brandy scent...very pleasant to the nose. this I a medium to heavy bodied beer chocked full of flavors. lots of pumpkin spice and the warmth and alcohol of the brandy. very nice blend together. truly a sipper on a cool evening but what the hell drank one today.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoBoChamp (5477) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2014
38cl, at 12%Vol, new exclusive American brew Anno 2013, with pumpkins, thx to Tyler!, very complex brew, spicy/alcoholic/sweet and slightly woody, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, small head, good brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjgmd (1447) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Pours a dark orange color with a nice cream colored head. Nose is sweet pumpkin with allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is pure straight up pumpkin with the aforementioned spices, just bathes the palate ! Finish is sweet, spicy with a moderately long ending. A premier pumpkin ale ! Quaff Score 9 / 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zgaier (1400) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Pours an amber orange with a tan head and nice pumpkin, spiced aroma. Taste is delicious, tons of great pumpkin pie flavor with spices - allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg - caramel and alcohol leading to a long spiced pumpkin finish. Very flavorful, drinkable pumpkin brew, one of the better ones you will find for the style

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