Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine | Almanac Beer Co.

Heirloom Pumpkin BarleywineHeirloom Pumpkin Barleywine
BA SCORE
4.2/5
813 Ratings
Heirloom Pumpkin BarleywineHeirloom Pumpkin Barleywine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Fall

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.

Added by Rollzroyce21 on 08-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,175
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
813
pDev:
10.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
149
Gots:
132
Trade:
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Ratings: 813 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a sample flared pilsener glass. There was a nice light half finger-ed white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving a slight lacing roaming here and there. The smell had an authentic bourbon to vanilla sweet and somewhat pie - like/crust to light bread and even biscuit - like to an extent. The taste was mainly sweet and bready toasty /biscuity - ness roaming across my tongue. Light vanilla to roasty sweet aftertaste leading to a sweet and dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. There’s a light sweet carbonation about it. Overall, definitely a pumpkin ale I could come back to with extra compliments to it.

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

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a Russian River snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy, pumpkin-pie-filling brown. A thin white head forms but quickly fades, and it has a good amount of large bubble visible carbonation.

S: Caramel and toffee malts. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Sweet and boozy and pumpkiny. A nice and complex aroma, though maybe not a personal favorite.

T: Toffee and sweet malts, pumpkin and brandy. The cinnamon and nutmeg mix with the booze and ethanol heat. There are some raisins and dark fruit as well as mild woody tannins. It finishes with sweet malts, alcohol and residual pumpkin.

M: Full-bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. The alcohol is obvious but never hits that excessive level. Fairly low carbonation sensation.

O: This had the hallmarks of everything I don't prefer in a beer, but I actually found it pretty pleasant to drink. Well-planned, well-executed. It's nothing that I'd choose to drink frequently, but definitely good if you're in the right mood.

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Photo of birchstick
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle. Ruddy amber brown in color. Clear in appearance. Earthy. Cinnamon, nutmeg and Brandy booze. Fairly dry. Not too sweet. Balanced but boozy. Holding up well. Pretty good.

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Photo of deonreds
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of puftdank
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LloydDobler
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter.

Hazy orange pour with an eggshell white head. Lots of sediment floating around in the glass. This is my first go-round with Almanac so didn't know what to expect. I love all the thanksgiving day aroma here, but not getting the sweetness of a typical barleywine. The taste threw me for a loop. Tangy pumpkin up front with a sweet finish. Nutmeg and cinnamon are present the whole way through. At first the tart was off putting but it grew on me. Not sure if this was the intention of the brewer, but this is a nice change of pace for me.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Klourie
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MDDMD
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 3/10/16

A: Medium amber with some dark copper and burnt orange - hazy, with some clarity around the edges - medium, light beige head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: A lot of brandy, with some sharp grape, wood, and barrel - lots of heat, but it melds with the other flavors as this reaches room temperature - nice amount of pumpkin under the brandy, with pumpkin flesh and squash - pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, allspice - big malt base, with some cooked malts, caramelized malts, caramel, molasses, and toffee - some sweetness

T: Pumpkin pie soaked in brandy - brandy flavors dominate, with wood and alcohol - malty, with cooked grains, cooked malts, caramelized malts, dark bread, toffee, molasses, straight-up caramel sweetness - nice amount of pumpkin, with some squashy pumpkin flesh, pumpkin pie filling, pumpkin pie spices - finishes with some earthiness and more heat

M: On the full side of medium, medium carbonation, smooth with some lingering alcohol heat

O: A pumpkin barleywine helps me cope with this lousy Smarch weather

I probably should have drank this in the fall. But today could pass for the late fall. Rainy, cold, ominous. This is truly a sipper. I should also note that this was borderline awful when I first poured it. But once it warmed up, it became good.

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Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zekenyce
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FriedSlug
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured ruby, brown, and cloudy with an off white head. Smells like tart pumpkin with notes of caramel and brandy. Has a nice boozy aroma. The taste follows the smell with the tart pumpkin and spices early and the caramel and brandy at the end with a nice sour bitter finish. Nice medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of torr99
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reedbrew
3.08/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of spacecake9
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in the Fall of 2014 and in my cellar for a year.
A - Pours a dark orange/brown color with a small head that settles to a ring quickly.
S - The aroma is pumpkin with a hint of sour.
T - Flavor is very much like the nose. Nice pumpkin flavor with a tart finish. The alcohol is not noticeable.
M - Medium body and carbonation.
O - I really liked the idea of a boozy barrel aged pumpkin barleywine but what I got was more of a tart pumpkin ale. Not bad but I would not buy again. On the other hand, if you like sours this may be perfect for you.

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Photo of Brian29
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duff27
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SDRedDevil
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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