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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
madmitch76 (20984) - , 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (19889) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (17460) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (15940) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (15270) - San Leandro, California, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Copper pour with a white head. Really spicy aroma. Big cinnamon and nutmeg, some all spice too? Vanilla, brandy, caramel, and oak. A hint of maple syrup. The flavor is kind of bitter and has an astringency to it, almost like eating powdered cinnamon. Brandy, caramel, nutmeg, vanilla, and oak notes as well. A bit on the hot side. Aroma is quite nice, but the flavor is a little off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13610) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours translucent dark copper with a creamy beige head. Aroma is spice. With a nasal bite! Almost tobacco. Full bodied. Flavor is a swirl of burnt veg, brown sugar, strong but subtle pie spice. In the end the spice wins, but it’s quite an experience. There’s not a hint of heat. Not even in the gullet. An amazing gustatory experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (13262) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle shared with Jcwattsrugger. Pours dirty orange with tan head. Nose and taste of brandy, pumpkin gourd, spice, nutmeg, oak, vanilla, creamy earth and cinnamon. Spices seamlessly blend in. Great balance. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12854) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (12660) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2014
375 ml bottle poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of caramel, clove, cinnamon, pumpkin and light brandy. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of caramel, cinnamon, pumpkin, light clove, light brandy and a hint of oak with a smooth lingering spiced caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (12398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2014
12.7 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy murky orange with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out nice pumpkin notes, butterscotch, candied sugar, and pumpkin spices. Flavour is certainly unique, with notes of butterscotch, pumpkin spices, pumpkin puree, and some slight tartness. Very unusual flavours, but it somehow works to a degree. Not my favourite, but I applaud the effort.

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