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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine - Almanac Beer Co.

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Heirloom Pumpkin BarleywineHeirloom Pumpkin Barleywine

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419 Ratings
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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 149
Gots: 83 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%

375ml bottle poured into Gandhi-Bot tulip. Thanks uvm2003 for sending this to me in the BIF.

A- Pours a clear brown with an orange hue, some slight translucency that lets light through, about a finger's worth of off-white head that has a slight yellowish shade to it forms and has decent retention slowly receding to a thin layer, nice consistent carbonation.

S- Yams definitely stick out, along with spices, nutmeg, brown sugar, and a subtle balance between the pumpkin and brandy. A little bit over-spiced for my liking but overall decent aroma for what it is, brandy and pumpkin could come out a bit more but I'm not complaining.

T- Yams a little bit more subdued blending in with the pumpkins which are slightly more pronounced, brown sugar, slight cinnamon, nutmeg balance the beer and come out even more on the finish. Brandy plays a fairly subtle roll blending in with the components but adding balance and smoothening everything out.

M- Extremely smooth for 12%, decent carbonation without being over-carbonated, fairly drinkable.

O- Pumpkin beers are usually hit or miss for me, there's a lot that I hate (mostly because they are over-spiced) and a few that are done just right that I really enjoy. While this beer by no means blew me away it was well done for what it is. It was nice and smooth and had a nice balance between the pumkin, yams, and spices. The brandy played a little bit more of a subtle roll then I would have liked but did a good job smoothing everything out and adding an additional balance. I wouldn't recommend this beer for everyone but it's definitely an interesting try especially if you're into pumpkin beers.

01-30-2014 01:04:04 | More by jaasen64
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oberon

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3%

Pours into a bulb glass a deep auburn color with a nicely formed slightly off white head atop.Aromas of brandy and pumpkin spice with alot of brown sugar and alcohol,still it's warming and inviting.Brandy alcohol sweetness and brown sugar melds into real pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavors,man it's rich tasting and a real sipping flavorful beer.You can tell alot of care and time went into this beer it's a true artisan ale and thee BEST pumpkin infused beer I have had.

10-12-2013 22:51:31 | More by oberon
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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-14-2013 10:47:04 | More by Dabeel
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California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.3%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.34/5  rDev +1.6%

Bottle (2013)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Clear copper. Minimal head, but very appropriate for the style. Somewhat sticky. Leaves an oily sheen down the glass.

Exceptional aroma for the style. Good amounts of pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving spices combine, but the caramel, brandy, and mild wood notes are not lost. Complete and exactly what this treatment should model.

The flavor is quite similar to the aroma. Low bitterness, good amounts of pumpkin pie spices, some definite gourd/pumpkin character, caramel, toffee, yam, bread, and brandy. Incredibly drinkable. Alcohol is hidden well enough.

Medium to near full in body with lower carbonation. Very appropriate for the style.

Delicious. I had no trouble finishing this bottle and would have continued drinking more if I could.

09-06-2013 03:07:41 | More by ehammond1
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-31-2013 19:43:22 | More by TKEbeerman
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Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-09-2013 05:42:46 | More by kevwcamp
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Medium sized light tan head just sort of sits above a thick cloudy burnt caramel colored barleywine.

Very light pumpkin pie aroma with its spices and all.

Light pumpkin pie taste, almost have to wait and think about it, I like when the fruits or vegetables beers have a underplayed taste of what they are trying to bring out.

Light dryish aftertaste with just a hint of the beers tastes remaining behind with this medium bodied beer.

I really liked that fact the the higher alcohol level of this barleywine doesn't interfere with its taste or aroma. Well done and very drinkable.

11-03-2013 20:39:32 | More by LXIXME
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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California

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California

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Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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North Carolina

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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine from Almanac Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.