Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine (2013)

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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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). Its 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 -

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2013
On Tap 5oz pour at Elysians Great Pumpkin Beer Festival 2013. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a medium tan head that leaves great lacing. Smells like an average barleywine with pumpkin, spices and brandy. Tastes like barlywin with a hint of oak, brandy, pumpkin, and spices. Mouthfeel is heavy and oily with good carbonation and a dry finish. Great pumkin barleywine which tastes awesome after being aged in a brandy barrel. Wish I could find this here in Washington besides just at the pumpkin beer festival.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odysseyalien (73) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2013
This is an awesome barleywine. I don't usually care for beer with pumpkin but as a barleywine lover, this is a big exception. Gotta try to get a couple more of these. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfearnley (2050) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle to pint glass Aroma of pumpkin, plum, cinnamon, wheat and alcohol. Slightly hazy amber with a bubbly off white head and lots of effervescence. Strong alcohol that kills pretty much everything but the pumpkin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ferris (14833) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle - Sweet pumpkin, orange, booze and spices. Dark clear orange with a thin head. This doesn't work, too much booze, cloying and the pumpkin tastes more like burnt orange. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (4850) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle thanks to bytes! Pumpkin pie spice in the nose. Lots of cinnamon. Flavor full of cinnamon. Maybe nutmeg? Hazelnut? Very nice. Not your typical pumpkin beer. Didn't get the brandy until I read the label. Very yummy. ---Rated via intercellular device

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (2132) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Aroma is fairly dominated by pumpkin pie spice with some nice allspice, clove and cinnamon notes. Moderate roasted squash note with hints of caramel and a hint of brandy. Pours a slightly murky, copper amber with a fairly thin light tan head that recedes very quickly to the edges where it lingers slightly. Flavor starts moderately sweet with a nice caramel character. As the caramel fades you get more squash character which recedes as the spices and moderate bitterness becomes apparent. The brandy notes and alcohol wash away some of the spice notes. The finish is hints of brandy, a light roasted squash note and some allspice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency, likely attributed to the spice, and medium light alcohol warmth. Overall an interesting beer with complex character. Im not sure that I enjoy everything about the beer but its a clean, nicely made beer. Lots of complexity, but the spice might be a bit on the strong side. An interesting take on the traditional seasonal pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle from Bev4Less. Thanks Freddie. Pours a murky brown-orange, minimal white lacing of foam. Aroma is rich of oak barrels and rich brown malt, barley. Not much pumpkin. Taste is delightful. Lots of oak to balance out the sweet malts of the barleywine. Still not picking up a ton of pumpkin, but its all happy-sauce all the time. Great stuff in terms of balance, clean mouthfeel, and tremendous overall palate that does let the pumpkin spice slip in at the very end, after an ample, but well disguised/accounted for ABV burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rfg0829 (15) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2013
375ml from a beer trade. A- smells sweet, Caramel, pumpkiny. zero head warm smelling A- Amber/Red slight haze, but clears up. T- So complex, Sweet, but pumpkin flavors come through, then the sweetness of the brandy barrel, followed by the spices. so tasty P-Medium body, slightly creamy. Surprisingly not boozy. O- Wow, Just wow, great beer. Wish I could get more of these in Florida. By far my favorite pumpkin beers and just a fantastic brewery!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (12410) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2013
shared by jtclockwork-12.7oz bottle-thin offwhite-amber. Aits a happy nose, with sweet med malt-caramel, brandy. T-sweet med malt-caramel, brandy, some spice hops. The hit of the night!

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