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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine | Almanac Beer Co.

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Heirloom Pumpkin BarleywineHeirloom Pumpkin Barleywine

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with nearly a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving only wispy lacing covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sourness and pumpkins are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a little sour and has notes of pumpkins and spices in the flavors. Hints of whiskey are also perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable for a 12% abv beer as it hides its alcohol very well. I liked how it wasn't dominated by flavors of pumpkins or pumpkin spices.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Autumn 2013

Appearance: A hard pour produces a rocky two inch head that leaves some patchy lace; the liquid is a muddy tea brown color

Smell: Buttered Rum, pumpkin, Brandy and caramel dominant; subtle hints of cinnamon and nutmeg

Taste: The buttered Rum and caramel flavors lay down a sweet backbone, with the pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg spices building in the middle; after the swallow, the Brandy barrel adds another layer of flavor; there is an oddly metallic tone in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet, though not as much as would be expected given the ABV

Overall: A really different take on a pumpkin beer with great complexity and nice balance

Thanks, c64person, for the opportunity

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Photo of LXIXME
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Medium sized light tan head just sort of sits above a thick cloudy burnt caramel colored barleywine.

Very light pumpkin pie aroma with its spices and all.

Light pumpkin pie taste, almost have to wait and think about it, I like when the fruits or vegetables beers have a underplayed taste of what they are trying to bring out.

Light dryish aftertaste with just a hint of the beers tastes remaining behind with this medium bodied beer.

I really liked that fact the the higher alcohol level of this barleywine doesn't interfere with its taste or aroma. Well done and very drinkable.

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Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Skye for this one! :thumbup:

Body was a bright coppery orange, with a compact layer of off-white foam on the surface. Minimal spotty lacing, nice clarity.

Aroma was nice, fairly complex with pumpkin spices and an undercurrent of sweet brandy warmth.

Taste was similarly complex with boozy barrel elements upfront, sticky toffee and vanilla, with pumpkin spices of nutmeg and clove in the periphery. Full bodied and sticky, we split this 4 ways and that was enough, though i'd try it again if I saw it. Unique use of pumpkin for sure.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
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-

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Photo of oberon
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing. Batch 1

Pours a bit if a fluffy fizzy bubbly head covering, nice lacing, hazy auburn reddish murky sediment color.

Nose brings vegetal gourd, pumpkin flesh, little pumpkin pie and mild bready crust dough malt, mild brandy and barrel notes, nice pumpkin pie filling and spices, toffee candy.

Taste is super sweet, candy galore, malty sweet with reddish toffee caramel malts, sweet syrupy candy and just a hint of booze. Nice pumpkin, little vegetal, into mild pumpkin pie filling with mild pie spices, nice candy toffee and caramel, faint biscuit pie crust, mild brandy notes, apple brandy cinnamon schnapps, tasty. Finish is sticky syrupy toffee caramel apple cinnamon candy and pumpkin pie, mild bitterness and spices lingering, pretty bitter.

Mouth is med bod, syrupy, decent but lighter carb, hint of booze.

Overall pretty interesting, nice beer, nice pumpkin, nice spices, nice barrel and brandy, but just too sweet syrupy and candy like.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of stakem
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Autumn leaves-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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No vintage or bottling date info was apparent.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Deep mahogany colour with the slightest bit of translucency and a thin later of tan coloured head.

S - Rich toffee, caramel and raisin notes complimented by pumpkin and spice aromas and a faint hint of brandy in the background.

T - Sweet toffee, burnt sugar and raisins from the base beer are complimented by a nice pumpkin and spice presence that add a layer of flavour without overwhelming the palate as many pumpkin beers do. A touch of brandy barrel notes show up in the background. Warming alcohol presence throughout.

M - Full body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

The beer comes in a rich dark orange amber.

The aroma hits of deep and bold pumpkin that is not covered too aggressively by the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. There's a big caramel sugary and maple syrup sweetness in there as well.

The flavor follows with a pop of cinnamon and nutmeg, surrounded by sweet pumpkin. Vanilla from the barrel shines through along with the brandy sweetness. There's then a sweetness of toffee and maple syrup. On the back palate, the barleywine comes through and offers a light woody bitterness to balance out the beer.

One of the best pumpkin beers I've ever had. Highly recommended for those unable to get Good Gourd Almighty.

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Photo of rudzud
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade, Batch 1. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear dark deep well, rusty pumpkin hue with a thin half finger head that faded quickly to leave a thin cloud and light halo.

S - Aromas of a fair amount of pumpkin, toffee, caramel, malts, faint booze. Not much brandy.

T - Taste is malty sweetness, caramel, pumpkin pie filling. Very soft and subtle brandy notes, next to no alcohol. I'm hard pressed to call this a barleywine. Blindfold me and I'd think this was an awesomely tasty pumpkin ale. The brandy is so soft here and balanced so wonderfully with the pumpkin. The spice notes are light too so this never feels like a fake pumpkin beer, or, a super spiced winter warmer-esc pumpkin ale. The lingering aftertaste of pumpkin is good. Just awesome, tastes like a pumpkin pie with a few splashes of brandy in the filling.

M - Mouthfeel is quite impressive. Lightly carbonated, smooth, rich. I know its a double digit ABV its there in the warming factor, but it is sure hidden very, very well.

O - Overall, this one was tough. I really dont think it smelled or drank like a barleywine. Was far too easy drinking for the ABV. The pumpkin and brandy are balanced out exquisitely. Wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep amberish prange color, rusty looking, with a nice dirty white cap, good carbonation leaves a nice caop ending up in some small curtains and bubbles

S: Big toasted pumpkin here, some all spice and cinnamon with subtle brnady note. So far so good!

T: Intial taste is toasted pumpkin and brandy which then brings some cinnamon/allspice and a little warmth. Midway through I get some fresh pumpkin and the spice maintains, however, it sordove dies on the end. A nice little sweetness with some vanilla and caramel in the mix. The pumpkin base is pretty dominant and the brandy barrel is noticed but not overwhelming.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, sweet and decadent in a way. Sordove creamy and rather complex for a fruit beer.

O: I'm not a fan of pumpkin beers but I had this on my must try list and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish caramel, dark, moderate foamy sandy head, nice lacing. Spicy nose, lots of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Soft alcohol and what smells like the advertised Brandy. Spices aren’t as strong on the tongue. Instead its a rich malty and candied toffee background. Barrel aging is noticeable, and compliments the beer well. Very smooth, balanced, not over done with spices, warming, a bit chewy at times. Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Paccamacca for this brew!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark orange bodied beer with 2 full fingers of white head. White head slowely drops to a thin ring leaving spotty lace on the glass.

Smell: A mix of pumpkin pie, gingerbread, and a splash of bourbon! One of the best smelling pumpkin beer that I know of!

Taste: Starts off with vegital pumpkin notes. Spices are next with ginger being the most prevalent; followed by nitmeg and all spice. Splash of sweet brandy is well integrated and unmistakeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Mild booziness that is spicy. Great sipper that is not overly boozy.

Overall: This is easily in my top 5 pumpkin beers that I have drank. I love it when ever a brewer uses brandy barrels. They really did a fantstic job on the barrel aging of this beer and showed the deversity of a brandy barrel. Another great Almanac beer that impresses!

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4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 11.26.13
Bottled Autumn 2013

A - Pours a murky, light brown with a small yellow-tan head that moves to the edges quickly.

S -Spices, pumpkin, bourbon.

T - Fall spices, pumpkin, and nice bourbon base.

D - Heavier body with lower carbonation.

O - Great and different mix of flavors. Great stuff.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Ruby red in the glass with a one finger head and some carbonation.

S-Caramel and malt of barleywine. Then comes the pumpkin and spices. Rounded out with oak and brandy notes.

T-Starts with caramel and rather malty. Good deal of oak and brandy as well. Ends with pumpkin and spice. Well balanced.

M-Medium bodied, tad velvety, nice carbonation.

O-Wow. A great take on a pumpkin beer. They brandy went nicely and the barleywine base was a great touch.

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Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine from Almanac Beer Co.
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