Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine - Almanac Beer Co.
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4.99/5 rDev +16.9%
One of the best Pumpkin beers of all time. Not cloying at all with perfect pumpkin to beer balance.
The time and effort put in to roasting to perfection 500 pounds of Pumpkins then mashing them to get so much flavor without causing an overly thick and syrupy mouthfeel that pumpkins can cause sometimes is a testament to the passion and effort put into this beer. It takes a skilled and dedicated brewer to make a perfect barrel aged Barleywine then blend it with another perfect fresh pumpkin beer. The extra time brewing a pumpkin beer and aging a Barleywine in brandy barrels really paid off.
T: perfect kiss of brandy with a slight balanced oakyness and a pervasive pumpkin flavor dancing on a stage of spices. Cinnamon galore... nutmeg and clove are the supporting cast. A truly perfect beer.
09-20-2013 08:13:32 | More by BrotherDylan
4.91/5 rDev +15%
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.
08-16-2013 02:43:49 | More by HoppingAlong
4.83/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
10-03-2013 15:25:48 | More by Knapp85
4.79/5 rDev +12.2%
A - Autumn leave 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.
09-27-2013 02:19:46 | More by vfgccp
4.79/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
08-20-2013 20:33:38 | More by jvillefan
Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine from Almanac Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.