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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DesertDevil (582) - Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. Lovely nose of subtle pie crust, brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin flesh, and wax. Slightly occluded dark amber in color with a bubbly ring head. Very odd initial taste of spiced caramel sweetness and a chemical-like sourness. Spoiled green apple, cinnamon, and burnt pastry dough tones pop up. Medium body; very dry, astringent finish. Several beer-geek friends have said they thoroughly enjoyed this beer; I just donít get it. Perhaps I bought a bad bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5879) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Orange pour with a white head. The aroma has some pumpkin and cinnamon notes. The flavor is similar with some strong pumpkin, cinnamon and allspice. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice beer, but I donít really get any barrel-aged or barleywine notes. Pretty much just tastes like a pumpkin beer to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2182) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 16, 2013
On tap 5 oz. taster at Escondido Ale House in Escondido, CA. Clear , coppery red-orange with a small off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of caramel, pumpkin fruit, brandy, nutmeg, toffee and cinnamon. Taste of brandy, caramel, pumpkin fruit, brown sugar and pie spices. Medium/full body and medium/low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6068) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2013
bottled, reddish amber color with still head, donít think I have had a pumpkin BW before, this was well done with a nice balance of the pumpkin spice to offset the pine and caramel of the barleywine, good sipper

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6053) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2013
375 ml bottle courtesy of a trade on BA. Thanks. Pours a well hazed toasty brownish orange hue. A bit lighter with some copper glow on the edges, orange fire and a darker more hazy middle but certainly not deep and darker. A lively carbonation in the body and small frothy off white head sits atop, dies to a filmy layer and laces small. Aromas are a good dose of pumpkin, a bit carmelized and toasty with some vanilla, gentle oak and mellow spirit, apple brandy comes through a bit tart and tannic, fruity with some decent spiciness, ginger and cinnamon meet some vanilla, toast, and caramel. A bit crusty, toast, and sweet. Nice. Initial shows a firmer body, sweeter caramel and toffee, toast and biscuity malts present some body, depth of malt character. Some toast, oak and gentle spirit. Apple brandy, vanilla as the pie spice elements throw cinnamon and ginger spiciness. Some decent body, sweetness. The blend works well here leaving some body and sweetness, lingering spice, mellow barrel that compliments well without overtaking the beer. A bit warmer and tannic into the backend, the spice and brandy actually are a bit synergistic, giving some character and pizzaz, growing spiciness and barrel, warmth. Lingering oak, spice, toasty malts and cinnamon and ginger. Toast, carmelized malts and some sweetness, gentle warmth. This blend actually has a pretty neat idea behind it, good flow, nice barrel compliment without overtaking the actual base. Flavorful vanilla, apples, and lingering sweeter caramel and biscuity base. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4570) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle courtesy of hamilton23. Cheers, Steve! Pours a hazy amber with an off-white head. Nose is big toffee, brandy, pumpkin pie spices, apple brandy, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and a notable absence of booze for a 12% beer. Flavor is similar with caramelized pumpkin, brandy, pumpkin pie spices, toffee, and no booze whatsoever. Lingering brandy and spice into the finish. Delightful barleywine overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beastmaster (349) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours like a cloudy brown nut ale. Thin to no head. Aroma of sweet barley, butterscotch, and pumpkin. Absolutely mouth watering. This beer Sooo well balanced. Sweet barleywine could stand alone w/o the magnificent pumpkin spices that almanac infused into this superb beer. Body is medium heavy. This would go great with a slice of coconut cream pie. Nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, cream, butterscotch all blend together perfectly. Fantastic beer. I will be expecting great things from this brewery. New favorite pumpkin beer. Thanks bmillsy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, I love my barley wines. The pour was a beautiful reddish-brown and smelled plenty of pumpkin, oak and liquor. Brandy was more subtle in the taste, while sugary pumpkin and vanilla notes tickled the tongue. With a finish of toffee, caramel and bitter pumpkin, youíd soon forget it was a hefty 12% abv. Thanks for the gift, OmegaX - cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daniel719 (144) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2013
A lot of spice. I get no brandy which is disappointing. Goes down smooth for a 12 beer. Not bad for a pumpkin beer.

-- via beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (807) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours ruby red with small head. Aroma is full if spice, with some sweetness. Taste is smooth, spicey, with some alcohol warming. Donít really get any brandy. Overall, I do not like pumpkin beers, this is pretty good.

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