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Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine (2013)

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RATINGS: 140   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
375ml bottle, thanks GT2. Small beige head with clear dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some vinous, light nutmeg. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some vinous, light nutmeg, alcohol, allspice. Medium-full body, stickiness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (5017) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Sampled at GABF 2013. Pours a clear orange with some creamy, white head. Nose of spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, burnt sugar, orange, root veg, parsnip. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, spice, caramel, booze, caramel. Boozy finish. Really neat.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (12459) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Hazy golden amber color, white head. Aroma of candied and brandied caramel. Taste is very sweet and sticky spiced brown sugar and pumpkin pie.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9903) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla, brown sugar, cookie and toast malt with earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, pumpkin and spices with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1527) - - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark copper with some ruby at the edges. Fluffy off white head leaves a little lacing. Aroma is pumpkin pie spice and brandy. Taste is mostly stingy brandy and pumpkin pie spice with some light caramel notes to start, but adds some nice bready and vanilla notes as your mouth adjusts to the alcohol. Caramel becomes more apparent too. Palate coats your mouth and has nice carbonation. This is very complex and might be the best pumpkin beer I've tasted. Awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6294) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, hazy reddish brown pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, nice light spice, hints of brandy, pumpkin flesh and toasted pumpkin. Taste is a nice mix of brandy, oak, slight pumpki but pretty hidden, slight clove, cinnamon, touch of earth, finishing sweet, slightly oaky, more brandy. Nice, no alcohol for 12%.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gmellison (423) - Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Pour thanks to arminjewell. Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar. Taste is a boozy, a little spicy, a little pumpkin

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cory (334) - , California, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Draft. Aroma is fresh pumpkin with spices and caramel, taste is very sweet with some malt notes, a little boozy, body is thick as expected. Solid beer, thatís different than most pumpkin beers around right which scores some points in my book.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9286) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 GABF 2013. Pours a burnt orange appearance with a tan head. Big toasted pumpkin, just a touch spicy, lightly fruity, caramel aroma. Slightly spicy/boozy flavor with a ton of roasted pumpkins and herbal notes. Kind of thin. One of my favorite beers of the fest and one that I would love to try again.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
merc7186 (2163) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
A: Brownish/Orange Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Decent Lacing S: Sweet Bread, Yams, Mild Cinnamon, Mild Allspice T: Pumpkins, Brandy, Cinnamon, Sweet Bread M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet Overall, this beer is exactly as advertised...if you read the label, you get exactly that, solid.


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