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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine - Almanac Beer Co.

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Heirloom Pumpkin BarleywineHeirloom Pumpkin Barleywine

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458 Ratings
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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 157
Gots: 102 | 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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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at his place.

Bottled Autumn 2013.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin pie, canned pumpkin, spices, and brandy aromas. Taste is much the same with pumpkin pie and brandy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an awesome pumpkin pie presence that is especially apparent in the aroma.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

djrn2, Aug 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

Thorpe429, Sep 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

nmann08, Oct 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

zestar, Aug 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

acurtis, Aug 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Texasfan549, Aug 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

kjkinsey, Aug 24, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

ygtbsm94, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

GRG1313, Aug 15, 2013
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4.83/5  rDev +13.4%

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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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

largadeer, Aug 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

SocalKicks, Aug 05, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

as complex as a pumpkin beer can probably be. blended pumpkin barleywine and spiced ale aged in brandy barrels, its incredible. runny looking orange hued copper liquid without a ton of head but a lot of stature, patient looking and confident in personality. a nose of sweet English and American barley malt on the caramel/toffee spectrum, lots of fall spice, musty oak, black pepper, alcohol, and pumpkin pie notes. the flavor is all of those things, the heat and silk from the brandy comes through, definitely an after dinner type of beer here. the alcoholic strength is intense as it warms up, but it stays somehow soft and mellow in feel, even with a lot of body. spice and sweet go back and forth on the finish, the pumpkin itself is in the background throughout, never really dominating, but always contributing a sweet squashy flavor. without much carbonation it feels almost like a liqueur, and it drinks a lot like one. perfectly appropriate Halloween night beer, like no other! clever and superbly executed, I need to try more from these guys.

StonedTrippin, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

oline73, Dec 28, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev -1.6%

From 12/12/13 notes. Big thanks to Nugganooch for sharing this one; thanks Dane! This was a Want of mine. 16.9(?)oz. bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a deep amber-brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet pumpkins, caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, toasted malts, bread, dough, and burnt malts. Nice nose, pumpkin is definitely up front with a lot of caramel which I love.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toffee, vainlla, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, light pumpkin, toasted malts, bready malts, oak, and earthy notes. The pumpkin and spice is light and just adds some nice complexity to a very good barleywine. Step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth, and no heat at all. really nice mouthfeel for such a high ABV.

o - Overall a really cool beer; a good barleywine with a little bit of a twist. Loads of good caramel and toffee. The pumpkin is nice is the nose and lighter in the taste, which works well and I kind of prefer. Worth checking out, would love to have it again.

mdfb79, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

mendvicdog, Oct 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

MarkyMOD, Sep 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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beernads, Sep 16, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -19%

"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-

kojevergas, Aug 03, 2013
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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine from Almanac Beer Co.
95 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.