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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine - Almanac Beer Co.

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669 Ratings
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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 162
Gots: 136 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
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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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color. Low to moderate carbonation is apparent. About 1/2" of off white head forms, which has pretty nice retention characteristics. Good remaining head after the head reduces, and decent lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts, toasted pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc... all of the usual pumpkin pie spice suspects. Not much barrel or brandy characteristics noted, but it doesn't retract for me. Really nice scents here.

Taste: Rich toasted pumpkin, a bit of toffee sweetness, as well as significant spice character. Again, not getting a lot of barrel here. Perhaps a bit of brandy character, but that's it.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Body on this beer is about medium, maybe slightly less. Carbonation is moderate. Back end and finish is a bit dry which seems misplaced. All in all mouthfeel is okay though. Overall, I was definitely a fan of this beer. One of the best pumpkin beers I've had. Very rich flavors and no glaring weaknesses. Make an effort to try this if you can. Probably the best pumpkin beer that I have had to date.

zhanson88, Oct 06, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, Oct 12, 2013
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4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle into snifter. Bottled Autumn 2013.

A: Pours a deep amber color with a quarter inch thick greasy off-white head.
S: Rich and complex notes of roasted pumpkin, pumpkin spice, gingerbread cookies, and slight brandy barrel. Smells amazing.
T: Follows the nose with rich and decadent flavors of roasted pumpkin that tastes amazingly fresh like the actual squash and not synthetic flavoring or syrup. Flavors of brandy barrel, brown sugar, gingerbread, vanilla, nutmeg, cardamom, leather, and pipe tobacco come through as well. The finish is sweet and almost juicy with notes of caramel and honey, and the aftertaste is full of pumpkin spice, cocoa, and mellow oak and brandy.
M: Full body, tiny, soft bubbles of carbonation, rich and smooth mouthfeel. Decadent and smooth. Drinks really well.
O: I was blown away by this one. Probably the best pumpkin beer I've had the pleasure of drinking. Can't wait to see how this ages further.

scottfrie, Jun 22, 2014
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4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Big thanks to MillerBuffoon for saving and sharing this one with me. This poured out as a brownish amber color with some highlights of gold. There was a cream colored head that forms on top, it slowly drops and leaves a nice coating over the beer. There is a scattered lacing on the glass as well which is very nice. The smell of the beer is earthy, it's got a good amount of spice to it with plenty of booze too. The flavors is awesome, the flavors at first aren't much to rave about but they really come out as the beer settles on the taste buds. This is loaded with sweet malt and earthy pumpkin followed up by some of the best spice balance I've ever tasted in a pumpkin style beer. The brandy barrel aging isn't dominant at all but probably adds to the flavors in some way. Incredible flavors though, hard to describe perfection but I think this has it. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium to heavy, it's got plenty of body for the style and a very nice carbonation. Overall this was excellent as a Pumpkin Barleywine and that is primarily how I'm looking at this. It's more than just an American Barleywine to me. This is something everyone should try, I will be looking to get more of this.

Knapp85, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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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.

ehammond1, Sep 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Mahogany brown, slight orange tinge.

S: Tons of spice; Cinnamon is dominant, clove, nutmeg, ginger, I also get a fairly nice sniff of the rye barrel, but don't get much brandy

T: Wow wow follows the nose very nicely; tons of spice (ginger, cinnamon, clove), sweet pumpkin, carmel, the rye and brandy mesh so well. Excellent

M: Medium-full mouthfeel, right on for the style

O: this is an amazing pumpkin beer, I am blessed to live so close to the brewery so I pick up several bottles for the fall season, everything goes together so well in this beer, I highly recommend picking up or trading for this beer. Cheers.

MrMoose916, Sep 02, 2014
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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine from Almanac Beer Co.
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