Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine (2013)

 
RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.4
gmellison (428) - 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
Cory (382) - , 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, that’s different than most pumpkin beers around right which scores some points in my book.

3.9
cubs (10714) - 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
merc7186 (3160) - 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.

2.6
wisdomsolo (472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2013
I’m done with pumpkin beers. None of the dozens that I’ve tasted this year have been any good.

3.6
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Kicking off GPBF with one of the best. Pours deep amber, light tan head. Smell strong caramel, english barley wine, sweet toffee and a strong brandy overtone. Taste sweet light roasty, caramel, light pumpkin spices. Bigger bodied. Pretty good.

3.9
wchesser (2140) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2013
GABF 2013. Deep brownish gold. Nose is terrific roasted pumpkin. Capture roasted pumpkin flesh it as good as any pumpkin beer I’ve ever had. Barleywine element is not cloying at all and terrifically restrained for the style. Not a spicebomb, pumpkin pie pumpkin beer, just a nuanced lighter barleywine.

3.2
fluffy (2461) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2013
i have to say that, even though im not really a pumpkin beer person, this is easily the best ive ever had. instead of being walloped with spices and sweetness, this makes for a great beer that just happens to have some pumpkin flavor notes in it. very well done.

4.3
theothermatt (286) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2013
On tap at GABF. Pours a dark golden. Huge nose of vanilla, spice and alcohol. Very smooth, starts boozy with a great pumpkin middle and brandy finish. This was a highlight of the night.

3.5
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle; Pour is slightly murky burnt sienna with a fine bubbled, off white head in this glass - its a modest head, with average retention, with some lacing present here as well. The nose is pumpkin pie spice initial, caramel and brown sugars, sweet breads, and a touch of booze. I really wanted this brew to be ’the one’ as far as pumpkin brews go (it still goes to rumpkin). It’s not. Anyway - its overly sweet initial: caramel, butterscotch, sweet bread, the brandy treatment adds some booze and apricot, moving to pumpkin spicing and pumpkin puree. It fades with a lingering, slight bitterness and a chewy mouthfeel overall -


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