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Elysian The Gourdfather Pumpkin Barleywine

Elysian The Gourdfather Pumpkin Barleywine
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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The Gourdfather is a pumpkin barleywine you canít refuse, mellowing with age but still reminding you whoís boss. A veritable pushcart of malt bill brings pale, Munich, Cara-hell, Cara-vienne, C-15 crystal and pumpkin seeds up against a rival neighborhood armed with Magnum hops. At 23.4 Plato starting gravity and 11.2% alcohol itíll keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (147) - - OCT 17, 2014
On tap. Clear orange color with a small white head. Aroma is caramel malt with distinct vanilla, toffee, and a little bit of cinnamon. Flavor is caramel, toffee, booziness. Not a ton of pumpkin. Some but not as much as you may expect. Also pretty light hop presence. But very nice. I like it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4753) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Draft at Scion, shared by Gene, thanks! Poured a ruby amber color with a small white wispy head. Aroma was light spice, boozy malt notes. Flavor was light pumpkin pie. Alcohol is there, but isnít "hot" which was nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (4174) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Some clove and boiled down malt here. Manages to pull off hybrid aroma, sitting in the middle of both styles. But still not wonderful either way. Finishes a little sweet. Pours maroon with OK head and lacing. Thanks to Travlr for a taste of this at Scion, draft.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (12378) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Draftt at Scion. Hazy deep amber brown color, bright white edge head. Aroma of vanilla and subtle spice. Taste is rich lightly spiced butterscotch. A big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8269) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Sample at Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on 10/03/2014. Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lace. Aroma of malt, caramel and pumpkin spice. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, pumpkin pie and earthy hops. The finish is sweet with a pumpkin and caramel aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2013
2012 vintage Pours hazy orange no head. Smell fruity pumpkin and red fruit. Taste mashy gourd, bit of veggies, sweet with a bit of booze on the tail. Medium body. I really like this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Dark brown in color, clear with a thin head. Deep rich aroma and flavors. Rich malts and alcohol flavors light pumpkin lingering. Big tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (6708) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
On tap at The Copper Hog, pours a cloudy dark orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin spices and toffee / caramel malts. Flavour blends the best of both worlds, with notes of pumpkin spicing, toffee and caramel malts. There is a noticeable booziness on the finish, leaving notes of a sort of pumpkin liqueur. Certainly unique and enjoyable in small doses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5870) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Clear amber color with ivory sheen. Big bourbon, vanilla, pit fruit, pumpkin aromas. Medium body with soft co2. Boozy whiskey, vanilla, pit fruit flavors with mild pumpkin--good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
22415brewery (377) - redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2012
I know what youíre thinking, how can anybody possibly rate a beer this HIGH?!?! and a PUMPKIN beer at that! wtf? Extremely well-balanced in terms of spicing, malt, alcohol, and aroma. The rich toffee and rounded caramel flavors of the malt come through beautifully in this big barley wine. Incredibly smooth, a slight amount of diacetyl gives a more velvety sensation when sipping. The rich sweetness of the malt gives the impression of a bite of raw cookie dough along with the warm custardiness of a slice of fresh pumpkin pie. Well done.

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