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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4.1
Travlr (26091) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.

3.7
madmitch76 (25568) - , 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.

3.2
Leighton (22307) - 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.

3.4
Theydon_Bois (20628) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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!

3.5
mcberko (18977) - 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.

4.1
jtclockwork (17284) - , 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.

3.6
brokensail (16645) - Dublin, 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.

2.6
Ferris (16519) - 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

3.9
bhensonb (15758) - 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.

3.1
Scopey (15704) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours hazy red-brown with a medium dark beige head. The nose is earthy, plum, date, dried fig, candied peel, brown sugar, vanilla and more candy. The taste is bitters-sweet, toffee, orange peel, sweet pumpkin, sherbet, candied peel, booze and candy with a dry, sweetish finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. A touch sweet, but not bad.


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