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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine - Almanac Beer Co.

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Heirloom Pumpkin BarleywineHeirloom Pumpkin Barleywine

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 158
Gots: 103 | FT: 23
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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4.66/5  rDev +9.4%

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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1/5  rDev -76.5%

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.

tclipse, Today at 08:12 PM
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Autumn 2014 bottle. Smells terrific - caramelized pumpkin, dark crusty bread, brown sugar, and well integrated spices - cohesive blend of spices, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and dried ginger the most noticeable. Similar elements on the palate, along with flavors from the brandy and rye barrels which come through more than in the aroma. Spicy cigar tobacco. Nice depth and complexity. Sweet, but not overly so, and dries out in the finish as a touch of bitterness comes in. Lingering old liquor barrels, tobacco, and spice, quite tasty.

Beerzebub, Thursday at 09:07 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Oh my. This is delicious. A good deal more nuance than most pumpkin beers and much less sweetness and in-your-face buttery or sweet pumpkin flavor than Pumking or Schlafly's Pumpkin beer. Extremely smooth and drinkable - not at all a sipping beer despite the 12% abv. I agree with an earlier review that the flavor and aroma is unique. Just outstanding.

_RL_, Sep 10, 2014
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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine from Almanac Beer Co.
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