Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine - Almanac Beer Co.

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 161
Gots: 143 | FT: 29
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
50% ale brewed with pumpkins aged in brandy barrels
50% ale brewed with spices

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.

(Beer added by: Rollzroyce21 on 08-02-2013)
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Photo of Getalegup
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really good! Amber. Light spice, pumpkin smell. Spice, pumpkin, brandy, vanilla flavor that gets better as it warms. Thin. ABV is well hidden.

Photo of joeyfeets
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Im generally not a huge fan of the style but this beer is hands down one of the best pumpkin beers Ive ever had. The flavor of brandy is slight & mixes very well with the vanilla, malts & roasty pumpkin flavors. The nose is sweet & slightly spicy. Even the color of the brew is a perfect light copper color. Very reminiscent of pumpkin. Although we hit double digit abv with this one, the alcohol is perfectly hidden. Very drinkable. A "spooktacular" beer.

Photo of minterro
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drebrew
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Curran tonight.

This one pours a light amber color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells very strongly of pumpkin flesh, with brandy, cinnamon, brown sugar, and clove.

This is a pretty strong beer, as evinced by the ABV and it being a barleywine. I get a ton of real, authentic pumpkin flesh, tons of the usual pumpkin spices- clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc, some vanilla, a ton of sweet boozy brandy, and a bit of oak.

This is pretty thin bodied for the ABV, honestly, slightly disappointing. There's a sweet, slightly syrupy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

This is really interesting, but didn't quite meet the hype for me.

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of CaptainQ
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of RamboII
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kornkid8600
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.36/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of elliott1184
4.01/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of freshcarl
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Redrock
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of brock125
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of VashonGuy
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%

This is a unique beer. Classified as a barleywine, but hey, it's tart! Is it a sour? No, not really, but it's definitely got a tart character. Is it a pumpkin ale? No, not really. The pumpkin is part of the show, but in a supporting role at most.

Half of this ale mixture was aged in rye and brandy barrels, and you can pick up that barrel aged character, but again, it's not the dominant note.

This beer is pretty spicy. It's got a thinnish mouthfeel. Nice appearance, with a good head up front. Color is amber. Aroma has the pumpkin and the barrel aging and the spices. And did I mention that it's a little tart? The 12% ABV is hidden to a remarkable extent - beware!

Really a remarkable creation by the folks at Farm to Barrel. In 2013, this was one of my two most favorite pumpkin beers, and in 2014, it's at the top of the charts again!

Photo of rudeone
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine from Almanac Beer Co.
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