Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine - Almanac Beer Co.

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Reviews: 99
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rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 3.77%
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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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Photo of tclipse
1/5  rDev -76.4%

My bottle was completely infected and as sour as their Dogpatch or Farmer's Reserve bottles.... not a good match with pumpkin and spice. I love Almanac's sours, but this wasn't supposed to be one of them.... 1/5 review given for the quality control issue.

I will edit this if I am able to try it again, but as I am on the east coast, that is not likely, and I am really disappointed. (386 characters)

Photo of bierdeflanders
3.37/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

S: spices, sweet, toffee

A: brown with an orange hue, slight translucency about a finger off-white head

T: holiday spice (cinnamon, nutmeg), toffee, lots of brandy notes

M: medium body, lots of carbonation for a barleywine

O: pretty drinkable barleywine, the 12% abv is masked nicely with the sweetness from the pumpkin and the brandy. (339 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.46/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"50% ale brewed with pumpkins aged in brandy barrels. 50% ale brewed with spices." 375ml brown glass bottle with appealing printed-on label art and real style as well as a branded pry-off cap acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop for $10.99 USD and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are somewhat high given the brewery, which all things considered has put out mostly mediocrity save for 3 or 4 good sours.

Served cold, straight from me freezer, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white/light khaki colour. Good thickness; decent creaminess. Light uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good considering the ABV - about 4 minutes.

Body colour is a semitransparent translucent glowing amber-red. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Average vibrance.

Looks interesting for a barleywine, but it's not unique or special. No overt flaws are immediately obvious.

Sm: Lovely pumpkin gourd. Caramel, allspice, rosemary, brown sugar, nutmeg, sage, maybe a biteen of clove. Clean biscuity malts and barley. Not getting any brandy notes at all. A pleasant aroma of above average strength. No yeast, hop character, or alcohol is detectable. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Well integrated pumpkin gourd is complemented beautifully by a subtle spicy character including notes of allspice, rosemary, and nutmeg. Brown sugar evens out the body alongside clean biscuit malts and clean barley. It does have some hints of pumpkin pie, but gourd is really the dominant pumpkin note. I don't get much in terms of brandy; maybe a vague red wine-like tone? Nice caramel. Frankly, I'm shocked at how well this hides its ABV. Drinks like it's maybe 8%. Well balanced and built. A delightfully unique take on the barleywine style; I applaud the innovation and execution. A lovely brew for the fall, though limited in its complexity and subtlety.

Constructively, I will say the barrel aging seems poorly handled; the brandy adds little that's noticeable. I don't get any yeasty or hoppy notes.

Flavour duration, depth, and intensity are all above average. I like this beer quite a bit.

Mf: Full-bodied. Smooth and wet. Unrefreshing. Slightly overcarbonated. Poignant thickness. It's a good approachable texture overall for the style, and complements the flavour profile well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable - especially so for the unnoticeable high ABV. I'd recommend this to friends; it's a great take on a barleywine and is apt for its intended season. Maybe we could get the release date right next time? A solid brew from Almanac that shows they're not a one trick pony only able to brew good sours. I look forward to seeing how this brewery develops; clearly they've got some talent and are turning things around from the mediocrity of their early days. It's a good beer, but I don't know that it's necessarily worth its hefty pricetag. If they could just fix that issue, I'd be more than willing to get it again. Solid stuff.

High B- (3,212 characters)

Photo of MenardMa
3.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As a couple other reviews have mentioned, my bottle was pretty sour which I didn't really expect. Still tastes decent but not at all what I was anticipating. Mine tastes a bit like a tart white wine with pumpkin pie spices. (223 characters)

Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: creamy off white head that burns off very slowly. Has a distinctly orange color, a little red in there. Mostly translucent and has a fair amount of cloudiness.

S: at first smell, it smells strong of a sour. Definitely has some pumpkin in it.

T: tastes like a cross between a Belgian and a sour. Has a maltiness that is like a barleywine, but doesn't have much other similarity to a barleywine.

M: not a bad feel, but it's Belgian feel leaves a little too much sugar on the tongue.

O: there is a lot here for people that like sours and Belgians (more Belgian than sour, to be honest) but I am unfortunately not a fan of either. It is pretty balanced. This unfortunately is not my thing, but I can tell why a lot of people would like it, so I didn't too harshly dock it. (779 characters)

Photo of Brabander
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not really a pumpkin ale man so this one was my cup of tea. Decent head and nice lacing, no carbonation. Slight sourness and the barrel is far away noticable. (164 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a taster.

Appearance - Deep orange. Decent white head.

Smell - Brandy is strong. I think I actually smell the pumpkin. Lots of caramel.

Taste - Spiced caramel malt. Sweet with a nice brandy flavor. Oaky in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Hefty sugar content. A little boozy.

Overall - Good but not amazing. (330 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a burnt red color with some light tan head, streaks of lacing, with decent retention and above average clarity.

S: Huge, rich, savory pumpkin and brandy, a little supporting oak, and Thanksgiving spices. The brandy is actually prominent here, unlike quite a few brandy BA beers, and works in concert with the pumpkin.

T: Big, rich flavor of pumpkin, spice, a little booze and hint of brandy (much less so than on the nose). Drier than I would have expected, with kind of a diet cola-type flavor on the finish.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation.

O: A decent, but not exceptional, BA pumpkin beer. I liked Rumpkin substantially more, both in terms of balance and flavor. (702 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark golden transparent orange/pumpkin color. Medium lacing ring with some legs on it when I tip the glass. Minimal head on top.

S- I get a autumn harvest whiff as I take this brew in. Definite pumpkin present, but not overwhelming. Malty, roasty tofee, caramels.

T- Malt, caramel, pumpkin. This barleywine is a different take on barleywines I think because of how tame it is in barleywine flavor with notes of pumpkin filing in.

M- Medium body for this style. Above average carbonation follows down the throat.

O- A well done barleywine that would trend my taste buds toward barleywines and not away from them. (622 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with RaulMondesi. 375 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/4/2014. Pours hazy dark orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, pumpkin, green apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, red wine, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, oak, leather, vinegar, light vanilla, and oak/spice earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, spices, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big tart cherry, pumpkin, green apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, red wine, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, oak, leather, vinegar, light vanilla, and oak/spice earthiness. Fair amount of earthy spiciness and fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, pumpkin, green apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, red wine, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, oak, leather, vinegar, and oak/spice earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, spices, and oak barrel flavors; with a good malt/spice/tartness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pumpkin beer. I obviously got an infected bottle; but it still turned out very tasty with balanced malt, spice, and barrel flavors with the tart/fruity yeast notes. A very enjoyable offering even with the infection. (1,655 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to BA anotherjoe for the hookup on this. 375ml poured into a tulip. The brew appears a hazy amber brown with a rich tan cap more than a finger strong that holds very well for the strength of the abv. Thick patchy lace hangs on the glass. When held to the light, orange to yellow coloration is seen around the edges.

The nose is big with vegetative pumpkin that blends into a pie-like spiciness of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and burnt sugar to molasses. More smells reveal some fruity quality from the alcohol that really starts to evolve as it warms up. Some vanilla, caramel and mild oaky quality is the last scents noted.

Taste is huge and boozy. Solvent alcohol blends in with some raisony rum character, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, clove and ginger. A hint of fruity alcohok and molasses, faint caramel with a solid backing of bitter herbal hops. While the vegetative pumpkin character was well included in the aromatics, it fails in flavor in lieu of alcohol and spice additions.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with modest carbonation. A huge sipper that caught me offguard with my first sip. Enjoyable and complex but a real kick in the pants. If I had a chance at another bottle of this, I would probably tuck it away and forget anout it until next year. It is quite boozy but rounded enough to be enjoyed now if you dont mind the alcohol burn. (1,361 characters)

Photo of TheCuriograph
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque rosy amber with a fleeting rocky head.

S - The nose is strangely barnyard, with crisp cider notes and musty dried hay. It’s grassy and sweet, with notes of kiwi and unripe apple. A bit wild without being funky, there’s not actually a dominant pumpkin-spice smell.

T - Tartness isn’t as pronounced in the taste as the nose would suggest. Rather, you get malted mealiness and oak (though little whisky) and, at last, the pumpkin and spice. There’s cinnamon, cloves, pepper, but also lemon zest, pear and fuji apple.

M - Quite lightweight and dry for its ABV.

Most pumpkin beers taste like pumpkin pie filling, while Almanac’s is reminiscent of a gourd cut open straight form the patch. As delicate and bright as Heirloom Pumpkin is, I’m not sure it’ll unseat Pumking as my preferred pumpkin ale. Almanac’s beer is brighter, tarter, and dewier. It’s also higher in ABV by nearly half. A tasty diversion, not a seasonal staple. (969 characters)

Photo of ronricorossi
4/5  rDev -5.7%

bottle from Beer Rev in Oakland - pumpkin spice flavors are well done. It's heavy, but it's not overly think or syrupy like some barleywines can get. Body and carbonation levels are spot on. Really nice. Recommended. (216 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle poured into my cycle tulip.

A: Deep burnt orange color. A small off white head appears then fades to a thin rim. Good retention, but little lace.

A: Sweet candi sugar, earthy pumpkin, and brandy booziness. The flavors meld well in the nose, but I am a bit concerned with how sweet this may be.

T: the brandy and the sweet candi sugar take over the taste. The base pumpkin takes a back seat. It starts off sweet, boozy in the middle, and finishes rather dry. I get a typicall barley wine flavor profile, ie, sugary and hoppy. Not a bad thing, I just wish more of the pumpkin ame through.

M: Full body with good levels of carbonation. Probably the best aspect of this beer.

O: Again, I am a huge fan of originality in beer, and this one sure dosent disappoint in that category. It is pretty sweet, but has a very interesting flavor profile. I have another one of these, and will probably sit on it till at least thanksgiving. Cheers. (950 characters)

Photo of impending
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75


375 into my most pumpkin shaped snifter. Pours a deep walnut caramel, crystal clear, minor toffee head, minor lacing. stunning when an inch remains

The scent is a delight.
Undoubtedly pumpkin
Undoubtedly spiced
Undoubtedly brandy barrel aged
smells sticky sweet, no alcohol of measure

Explosive flavor powered by a strong solvent alcohol punch
there is a lot of delicious subtleties here but the alcohol unnecessarily mutes them
long burn in the aftertaste, especially at room temp when it peaks in goodness
again, pumpkin & spices
full bodied dull lifeless mouthfeel

this brew is too soon but will be fantastic in a year, wish that year had been in the barrel
jd (681 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,651 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Firestone Walker snifter. Pours a hazy orange amber with a half finger light khaki head that dissipates slowly to a thick film with nice lacing. Nice holiday aroma of pumpkin, light brandy, caramel malt, faint pie spicing. Flavor is pumpkin, light caramel malt, cinnamon and clove, finishing lighter with some tartness; mild butteriness and pumpkin finish that is reminiscent of fresh pumpkin ready to baked into a pie. Medium bodied without the expected heaviness of a barleywine. A nicely made, well balanced pumpkin ale with a great interplay of malt and pumpkin and light, but distinct pie spicing. The light tartness was expected from this brewery that excels at sours, and seemed to be more a yeast flavor than rye (which I would have preferred). Not quite to my taste, but nicely made and flavorful as anticipated from Almanac. Brandy flavor is present, but I wouldn't have identified without prior knowledge. Interesting and festive. (955 characters)

Photo of joeyfeets
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Got this one in a recent trade with messanthrope, good people is he! Almanac's Pumpkin Barleywine pours a murky sunset red somewhere on the border between orange and red. The body is opaque and a strong pour raises the dirty white head to a finger in white before quickly falling to a thin ring and small island of foam.

I get gourd immediately, roasted and well caramelized with a well rounded and soft spice. Nutmeg, brown sugar, and allspice are all well integrated. Vanilla makes it's presence felt and I'm guessing it's from the brandy barrels. The base malts are all caramel and toast. Although this is a hefty brew everything seems in order and appropriate, nothing overdone.

The flavor pops. Caramelized pumpkin adds depth in and of itself before the soft pie spices emerge. Vanilla from the brandy, but not much actual brandy, and noticeable ginger flash across the palate before deep, rich caramel and toast notes become dominant. The flavors are more pronounced than in the aroma but are equally even handed.

The body shows some density but is in no way cloying like I worried. As a matter of fact it's pretty silky smooth. Carbonation is low. The noticeable alcohol is zero. It's pretty impressive that a beer this big can have no noticeable booze. There is some warmth in the chest though.

I'm not usually a pumpkin beer guy and a lot of barleywines are too cloying for me. With that said, this beer is rich but not overly sweet.... spicy but even handed....complex but not fatiguing....and most importantly, delicious. A good Thanksgiving treat. Thanks again, Scott! (1,593 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle - NYC bottle share with mdfb79
12/12/13 – Served in a Duvel tulip glass

A: Murky brown body with some orange tones and slight carbonation evident. Nice finger width of stubborn off-white cream settles out to a fine crown. Light dots of stick with a few swaths decorate the glass all the way down the drink.

S: Pumpkin spice nose filled with some gooey caramel sweetness, bready malts, and nutty nougat. Pumpkin itself is more vegetal and yam like but rather subtle overall. The spices are made up of mostly nutmeg and clove. Alcohol is evident and there is a whisper of vanilla earthiness to the aroma. Really nice and balanced overall. Perhaps a touch boozy as it stings the nostrils a bit.

T: Prevalent roasted pumpkin flesh with caramelized sugars, bread crust, and a holiday spice mix of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. More pumpkin than the nose leads on. I get a good dose of rum soaked raisin along with some earthy oak and a dash of vanilla liqueur. The Brandy spirit is fairly restrained and I guess the beer is pretty balanced in that way. A touch boozy albeit well suited for 12%. Finishes with an earthy bitterness to balance out the sweetness and cut through the alcohol. Good pumpkin flavor integrated into a solid barley wine recipe.

M: Moderate to slightly heavier body with a decent creamy texture. Plays between being somewhat syrupy and somewhat thin/watery. Some minimal hop bitterness and light drying at the finish. Very present alcohol warmth. Fairly clean at the end.

D: This is a really nice holiday brew. Nothing mind blowing but the pumpkin flavors taste fresh and I especially like the base barleywine which is loaded with caramel and nougat. (1,689 characters)

Photo of rjp217
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acidity is kicking in on my 2014 bottle. The tartness somehow works with the pumpkin and brady barrel. Not sure if this an infection or a Brewers intention but it works. (169 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almanac's Heirloom Pumpkin, 50% brewed with pumpkin and aged in rye and brandy barrels, 50% brewed with spices. 12% ABV.

A: 2.5 fingers of light, creamy tan head. Medium orange-brown in the glass. Yellow in the dimple. Tons of free-floating sediment. Slight sheeting and lacing.

S: Creamy pumpkin, nutmeg. Slight brandy sweetness. Faint rye. Molasses slowly coming forward as I continue to sniff. I feel like this one will give off more aromas as it sits.

T/MF: Molasses and a slight green coffee note up front. Creamy pumpkin upon swallowing. Slight tartness. Nothing akin to the Dark Pumpkin Sour, but it's there. Nutty. The brandy and rye don't seem to dominate so much as round out the flavors present in the beer. A bit of pumpkin shell. Pumpkin spice is much lighter on the palate. It's not a beer where anything jumps out at you, but rather one where the elements all work in harmony. And, it's a well disguised 12% for a pumpkin beer.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. into a Belgian tulip glass.

Edit: Oh my gosh! I took a breath into my mouth as I took a sip, to try to hit those olfactory spots in the mouth, and the barrel flavors bloomed nicely. (1,158 characters)

Photo of t420o
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine

A- pour yields a 1-1/2 finger tan creamy head with nice retention and great lacing. Beer is amber in color. 4.5

S- pretty heavy on the pumpkin pie spices aspect, some fresh pumpkin, underlying Barleywine base, a tad of the brandy barrel comes though. 3.75

T- not quite as heavy on the spices as the nose suggested though still on the forefront. Pumpkin, brandy barrel, a little of some non-aggressive hopped American Barleywine, slight vanilla, a little hot. Excellent, though not as rich as I like my Pumpkin beers. 4.25

M- medium viscosity and carbonation. Smooth. 4.25

O- another excellent beer from Almanac. I really feel this would greatly benefit from a year or two of age to mellow the alcohol and subdue some spices. As it is, still a top 5 or so Pumpkin beer in my opinion, and I love pumpkin beers. 4

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting take on a pumpkin ale. Lots of spice and pumpkin flavor. Slight peppery flavor which lessens as it warms leading to other spices. Definitely a complex take on a pumpkin beer. Not my favorite pumpkin beer, but definitely worth trying. (245 characters)

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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine from Almanac Beer Co.
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