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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine - Almanac Beer Co.

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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 155
Gots: 149 | FT: 28
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Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rollzroyce21 on 08-02-2013

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.
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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Thank you to Dave from Distiller's Outlet for grabbing me this extra bottle out of his stash.

This is easily not only one of the best pumpkin beers on the market, it is also one of the best barley wines on the market as well. This is autumn in a glass.

A: The appearance is a nice orangish, reddish color, with a nice amount of lacing around the glass.

S: I am not sure there is a beer out there that smells quite like this. Pumpkin, sage, cinnamon, even a little bit of cumin and coriander-- the nose is wonderful. Just a bit of nose from the brandy and a tad burnt bourbon-- but absolutely divine.

T: A thorough blend of pumpkin, brandy, spice, the mouth is equal to the taste. While it is a little hot on the back end, as this does come in at nearly 13%, some time in a cellar would produce an amazingly smooth finish. As it is now, however, all of the elements of a good barley wine are here, with just a fabulous mouthful of pumpkin pie.

M: Lacking just a bit on the carbonation. It doesn't, however, take away from the experience.

O: As mentioned above, this is another fabulous beer from Almanac. While I have an affection for other pumpkin beers, this one is leagues above the competition. I bought a couple of bottles of this to cellar, although I am not sure that they will make it though the coming fall season.

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No idea what this was supposed to taste like, but I was very pleasantly suprised.

For a 12% barleywine, I was expecting a thick, dark, pumpkin-y brew. Instead, I got a light, tart, pre-Thanksgiving holiday treat. It's possible it was infected, because I'm not sure it was supposed to be tart, but I enjoyed it immensely anyway. Appearance was standard for a pumpkin ale - a deep orange with a light fluffy head. Nose had that slight tartness along with the pumkin and spices. Taste had all the holiday spices you could ask for. The tartness was definitely there, adding to the complexity of this beer. I couldn't taste the 12% at all, like at all at all. Mouth was medium to light with a pleasant amount of carbonation. This was a masterpiece, accidental or not.

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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.

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A - Autumn leaves-brown body. Fine, bone white head sits low with ok-to-low retention and lace.

S - Unbelievably fresh pumpkin nose loaded with nutmeg, pie dough, and fresh cinnamon.

T - Outstanding. Warm booze opens the door for fresh nutty pumpkin, toasted pie crust, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, caramel, allspice, brown sugar. Fantastic, dry backend is loaded with fresh pumpkin flavor.

M - Smooth, medium-full frame with an edge of spice and boozy warmth.

O - Starting from a barleywine base for this pumpkin brew is absolutely genius. Hands down one of the best pumpkin beers I've haver had.

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A: A golden orange body with an ivory white laced head. The body is very clear with no cloudiness.

S: Roasted pumpkin is the first thing that comes off. Cinnamon and other spices follow. It then transitions into a sweet caramel aroma. It finishes with a sweet brandy aroma.

T: Among the best "pumpkin beers" out there. It tastes like fall should. There are pumpkin pie spice flavors of clove, cinnamon, and vanilla. The pumpkin comes up next but is not overpowering. The malty body is throughout and is a rich caramel and toffee flavor. The brandy comes up on the end and acts as a nice finish to an amazing beer.

M: A little light but great mouth feel and great carbonation.

O: This is the best "pumpkin beer" out there. It beats Unita Oak Jacked, Epic Fermentation without representation, Schafly, and Pumking. I am waiting to try Good Gourd but I believe that is the only pumpkin beer that has a chance a being better then this one.

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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine from Almanac Beer Co.
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