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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle... Hazy burnt-orange pour with a small, fizzy, off-white head. The aroma is a blend of caramel, toffee, oak and brandy with suggestions of autumn spices. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor is a warming, hearty swirl of brandy, caramel and toffee, accompanied by gentle notes of holiday spices. The finish is a lightly boozy, comforting hug that really warms my chest and belly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5807) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Sweet with a thick palate. Mild brandy flavor, but the high abv is hidden in the flavor. Moderate amount of pumpkin, or, squash flavor generally.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle share at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is hazy copper with a small white head. Aroma and flavor of pumpkin pie, maple syrup, cinnamon, wood, and booze. Finish is spicy and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to my local group for sharing. Amber pour with very little head. Aromas are caramel, pumpkin, and lots of spices including ginger, cinnamon, and clove. Tastes like pumpkins and cinnamon. The other spices are there but muted. Get a little caramel apple in the finish. Good pumpkin beer. Abv well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4186) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy amber pour with an off-white head and good retention. Big pumpkin and caramel aroma with spice and brandy. Big sweet but not overly sweet flavor - caramelized pumpkin, clove, ginger, and cinnamon. Smooth mouthfeel with medium-plus body. Velvety texture. Damn good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of pumpkin, caramel, ginger, and clove. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin ring outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with carnal and pumpkin. The finish has huge spice with a lot of clove, ginger, and pepper. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, it starts off tasty but the finish is a little over-spiced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2381) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2014
375 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy brown color with a big beige head that has great retention and plenty of sticky lacing. The aroma is all pumpkin pie spices and a bit of sherry. The taste, like the aroma, features pumpkin pie spices, almonds and sherry. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. The finish is long and dry with lingering spices. Overall: One of the better pumpkin beers Iíve tried. The spices are well balanced and capture an authentic pie experience. My only complaint--why is this newky released in July?--hello, McFly, anyone home?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2906) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Cloudy deep golden amber pour with a thin off white head and light lacing..... Aroma is of pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice), some dark fruits, and caramel malts ..... Taste is of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and vanilla with light ginger and some light booze notes .... Has a bit of an overcarbonated aroma and taste .... Slight evidence of the barrel aging in the form of dry oak and has some fruity yeast of the barley wine style .... Has a bitter dry bite in the finish .... Clean no lingering ... Abv hidden pretty well ... Interesting combo and def above average

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9415) - 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 (22309) - , 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.

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