madbeerbaron (150) - madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
adamjackson (1316) - Canaan, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Blue cheese and lemons
Insanely cheesy pickles. Lemon zest finish. So cheesy. Meh
popery (1133) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours medium amber, a glowy brown-ish orange. Somewhat cloudy. The head is small to medium and slightly yellowed white. Fine foam. Most of the head dissipates after a minute, but thereís a nice blanket left over. Some lacing. The aroma has a very nice fruit flavor, and you can really pick out the grape varieties and plums. Itís juicy and sweet with a refined, musty fruit skin edge. The wine barrel adds a deeper fruit and oak flavor. Quite a nice combination. My only complaint is that there seems to be a touch of butter in there, though that will probably fade away with time and I seem to be more sensitive than most about such things. The taste starts with that sweet, juicy fruit (and the touch of butter) before it gets tarter and oakier. The finish is dry and packs a good tart bite. Medium sour. Lots of fruit. Very good after a hot day. Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation and some nice pucker. Mild to medium tannic from the barrel. Iíve liked both of these Farmerís Reserve sours quite a bit - significantly more than when I tried them on tap, for some reason. Itís great to see Almanac put out some better stuff, particularly sours, which seems like a natural area for them (and the sour version of their first beer was excellent). Iím definitely looking forward to the next round of Farmerís Reserves.
dmac (3219) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade. Poured a tea brown body under a smaller mostly white head. Aroma was tart and loaded with sour acidity, grapes, white wine, funk, medium bodied with average carbonation and a long lingering sour sour finish. Flavor is the same as the aroma, sour and funky with notes of white wine, grapes, lemon, oak. This is one great beer.
burg326 (2391) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a copper color from the bottle with aromas of plums, light wet wood, vineous notes, light nuts and some light sour barnyard. Flavors are the same, the grapes and wine are subtle so is the sourness. Insanly drinkable all day.
dhunter151 (252) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours amber with a thin white head. Sour/acidic, grapes, plum, oak, a little sweet at the finish. Not as intensely sour as some other sours which makes it very drinkable.
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FlacoAlto (3506) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A soft pour into my New Belgium Globe glass produces a one-finger thick pale tan colored head; a bit of lacing gets left on the sides of my glass as I take sips of this brew. The beer is a nice copper / light amber color that shows a clear, pale copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells lightly tart, a touch cheesy, but then distinctly of nuts; I canít quite put my finger on what kind of nuts, but it seems distinct enough to be its own variety, perhaps hazelnuts, or maybe lightly smoked almonds, but wait it really sort of reminds me of cheese flavored popcorn. Definite grape like aromatics, watered down buttery oaky red wine aromas, definite concord grapes (once you start to dig), bright berry notes at times, toasty / caramelized malt, and cracker like aromatics can all be found here, especially if you make an effort to dig around.
Tart and effervescent up front, the finish is also a nice mix of these and accentuates a nice, blush wine like flavor that has notes of berries, cranberries, perhaps a touch of floral hibiscus, and some watered down concord grape juice notes. This has a solid lactic sourness to it that is quite refreshing. The body is fairly light, there is some lactic slickness, some contribution from the tannic oak, enough to have a palate presence, but this is still quite a quaffable brew. The oak character contributes soft buttery notes, a sustained, though soft woody flavor, lightly peppery spice note, and a soft nuttiness. The malt character here plays a supporting role, but accentuates the light nutty note from the oak, there is straw like grain character, a touch of whole grain cracker flavors, and perhaps even a soft, whole grain bread character here.
Quite nice, a bit more complex in character than the Reserve 2, but also not as well integrated and tasty as that one. Still, this is a more than acceptable brew, and one which I am quite happy to quaff for the evening.
nickd717 (3396) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Plumpjack. Iíve been out of town for awhile, and in that time, it seems that Damian and Jesse have transformed into Vinnie Cilurzo. This is crazy good! The appearance is excellent - deep but hazy orange-copper with a lasting off-white head, very good retention and lacing. Excellent funky grape aroma with slight oaky notes. The flavor has oaky white wine, barnyard, muscat, and medium-plus tartness. Nice crisp and acidic mouthfeel with average carbonation. Really good and really drinkable at 7.8%.
XmnwildX12 (1623) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle through trade, pour looks like a cloudy apricot/marmalade with light traces of white head. Aroma of grapes, plum, mild yeast funk and some oak. Taste of grapes, big bold tannins, little bit of a yeasty funk in the finish, pretty mild on the tartness. Finishes like a wine, awesome beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JohnnyJ (3569) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at oakquinox 2013. Amber pour, with a biege head. Fruity, bread, fairly mild sourness, tart berry, cheese, and a bit earthy.