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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Tasted at the 8th Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest on Nov 9, 2013. This barleywine/spiced ale pours a medium amber orange color. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, caramel, pumpkin, brandy and brown sugar. A medium to full bodied barleywine. The malts are fruity and sweet, caramel and pumpkin. The hops are floral and earthy. Nice balance between the malts and pumpkin, wood and brandy. Touch of brandy sweetness. Some alcohol and a touch of spices. Very smooth. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 15, 2013
On tap. Hazy but lustrous amber red with a thin creamy tan head. Sweet caramel, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, brandy, vanilla and oak aroma and taste with a thick sticky palate. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1554) - sacramento, California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
On tap at ratebeer Gallery event. Pours dark in color with pumpkin aroma. Taste is like pumpkin spice with toasted malts and dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Warped_Silver (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Aroma of caramel, cereal, pie spices, and slight alcohol. Appearance is amber orange with small, white head. Taste sweet upfront with complex spices and pumpkin, it then transitions into a slight alcohol heat and clean hop flavor. Medium bodied. average carbonation, Long sweet finish with spice. Overall good barley wine and even better pumpkin beer. Could only drink about 5oz, then too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3797) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2013 vintage shared by MrBarleywine, thanks Mike. Orange/Copper color, pumpkin spices, fruit and caramel. Surprisingly good for a pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2013 Bottle at Stone beer garden. Pours a deep clear orange with barely any white head and some nice lacing. Aroma of massive pumpkins, caramel malts, vanilla cream, and some nice cinnamon and nutmeg that is there but not overpowering the aroma. Flavor is sweet up front, big pumpkin flavors, caramel malts, some cinnamon and nutmeg spice on the finish that keeps this from being extremely sweet. I assume the sweetness comes from the brandy barrels. Slick palate but surprisingly light bodied, low to medium carbonation. This is as unique as it gets, and pretty amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (3096) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Via trade with 82300SD. The aroma is pumpkin/squash, caramel, pumpkin pie spice, earthy, somewhat sour, barnyard. The appearance is a hazy red. off-white head. The flavor is pumpkin (big time), sweet, caramel, pumpkin spice, brandy is very restrained, giving a slight fruity, boozy quality to the beer. The finish is spicy, sweet, piney. Medium in body. Not much booze at all for something this high in ABV and aged in brandy barrels. Nicely done. Only the aroma is the slightly off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5406) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle. Cloudy brownish dark amber pour, with and small off white head. Sweet toffee malt, brandy, sweet pumpkin pie, oak, pie spice, nutmeg, light molasses, and some booze. A tasty sipping pumpkin ale. Sweet and dense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukaduke (3016) - Gray, Maine, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Bottle thanks to OnTape ! Pours a deep amber color with a finger of foam. The nose is a bit vegetal with notes of leather, pumpkin, sweet toffee, fig and booze. The palate is sweet caramel, boozy dates, lots of round pumpkin and a bit of earthy complexity that draws out the sweetness in the finish. A bit thin on the tail end and some booze burn but an interesting beer wither way !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2013
hazy amber, thin white ring. Nose is soft pumpkin bordering on tomato, acidic. Flavor has more balance, light pumpkin and grain, bit of chocolate and grain through end.

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