Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine

Posted: April 2, 2015 in Almanac Beer Co., American Barleywine, Reviews

Despite the fact that I need to go to bed soon so I can get up for load out, here’s a beer review from last week.


ABV: 12%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This velvety American Barleywine-style ale is brewed with over 1,000 lbs of organic heirloom pumpkins and aged in rye and brandy barrels for a year. This decadent autumn sipper pairs well with pecan pie, bread pudding and a warm campfire. Our Farm to Barrel beers highlight the tradition of aging beers in oak barrels. This strong ale is aged in used brandy and rye barrels for 12 months. During this time the flavors of the barrel and beer merge, making something new. As the barrel “breathes” it slowly imparts flavor of brandy and rye, oak and vanilla into the beer. Inside our pumpkin infused barleywine slowly evolves, developing more complex flavors and aromas. This slow process can’t be rushed. We test the barrels every few months (perks of the job) and when we think it’s ready, the barrels are drained and blended with a fresh batch of delicately spiced barleywine. The resulting beer can be aged for up to three years in the bottle, where the flavors will continue to blend and evolve.”

Random: I tend to see a lot of deer when I drive to work at 4 AM.

This beer poured with a one finger, moderately thick cream-colored head that was slow to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark mahogany color with high carbonation visible. The nose was filled with pumpkin and rye with vanilla and spice and booze. The taste was not what I expected with tartness and then pumpkin. The tartness went away after it warmed a bit. Oak and bourbon came into play halfway through the sip with light spice and vanilla. The booze was very well-integrated and didn’t provide much warming. It had a medium body with surprisingly hide carbonation. It had a long, oaky finish. For $13.99 a bottle, this was an expensive beer and broke down to $1.17 per ounce. Despite this, it was a really well done beer that was interesting and I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0


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