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Almanac Summer 2010 Vintage Blackberry

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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Ale with blackberries added and aged in wine barrels

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of mustiness, basil, vinous, light citrus, and blackberries. Flavor of earthiness, blackberries, vanilla, vinous, and oak with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2012
750 ml bottle from deftim13- thanks again, Tim! Bottle 3281, 5/29/11. Pours a cloudy gold with orange tints and a finger of soft foamy eggshell white head. Aroma of sweet and caramel malts, blackberries, oak, vanilla, peach, and a bit of vinegar. Flavor of sweet and caramel malts, blackberries, wine, oak, vanilla, citrus, and herbs. Medium-bodied, with a vinous mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Very complex and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5189) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Thanks to swellbrewer for the share. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is berry, oak, and some tartness with hints of vinegar. Flavor is similar- nice blend of berry and tartness here, the oak and the fruit play well together. The blend produces a pleasing meld of flavors. Light to medium in body and mildly oaky. Finish lingers with sweet berry and oaky notes. Nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Interesting and complex creation.Dark coloured body. Yeasty initially, and then bold berry fruity flavour, finishing with abundant merlot tannin flavour, and somewhat drying. The smell did not give away the mystery of the berries. Tremendous range of flavour, best experienced at about room temperature. I could not knock this bomber off myself, but could easily do so with two or three people round a campfire.Thanks Tom.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zymurgeist2 (1854) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Sour and tart aromas with blackberry somewhat restrained. Hazy brushed gold with full concentrated white head. Blackberry and sour, mouthfeel is medium with puckering. Tangy and tart on the late palate. Fruit also comes in again very late.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10619) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle… Fantômepalooza 2011This beer rocks!… Hazy golden ale with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Great retention. The nose is spicy, fruity and supplies a plethora of cereal and pale grains. Medium to full-bodied with zippy carbonation. The flavor is tangy, mildly sweet and a hint spicy with an undertone of fruity berries. Finishes crisp, tangy and modestly sweet. Kudos to richiesd for shipping this bottle from the left coast!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2011 750ml bottle courtesy of a recent. Bottle 1240 of who knows... Pours a semi-transparent orange brown shade and then topped with a thin to medium quickly dissipating soapy white head... Aroma of white wine and bretty semi-funk. Grapey feel throughout without too much of the blackberries to be honest... Flavors are much of the same with a dry white wine presence to go alongside a bretty pineapple dryness. More of that grapiness from the wine barrel without venturing too far into blackberry territory. Thin to medium bodied with a semi-lively carbonation that mends well with the dryness from the wild yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9260) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Pours was clear reddish purple almost with a nice white head, aroma brought notes of toffee, blackberry, sweet citrus and other fruity notes, hints of oak and a touch of the grape comes through, but really not much wine character in the aroma. Taste is nice with notes of blackberry and grapes combining with other fruity notes, some hints of biscuit and caramel in there, slight hint of the oak, finishing fairly dry. Not a bad brew at all, wish the tartness of the blackberry and wine barrel came out more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thirdeye11 (6070) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2011
(750ml bottled 5/29/11 #1291 thanks to jyoungsbcp) cloudy medium gold with fine white bubbles. Nose of brett-C, citra hops, orange pulp, quite sweet. Taste of metal, spruce needles, herbal, spices, muddles. Not really a good combination. Bad tasting linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 4, 2011
22oz bottle. Hazy orangish-golden color with a small white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is of blackberries, pepper, honey, oak, red wine, and some farmyard notes. The flavor is very nice, with a touch of sweetness and a mild tartness. The yeast profile is distinctively Belgian with maybe even a touch of brett, and there is a peppery/spicy character to it. Blackberries are somewhat assertive and there’s just a hint of red wine. Decent oakiness. Great mouthfeel with lively carbonation and not too much heft to it given the ABV. This is a nice beer that has evolved in the bottle in the few months since it was released. If you didn’t care for it when it first came out, I recommend giving it a second try. Jesse and Damian are doing great things with this brewery and they’re definitely one to watch.

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