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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
deyholla (9758) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 Bottle thanks to Baker, shared at freetail release. Pours a cloudy deep gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice dark tart fruits with a backing dry wine and funk. Dry throughout with a bit of blackberry, wine and grain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 26, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden color; fine-bubbled white head. Pleasantly phenolic aroma showing white pepper, vinous alcohol, and some dry dark fruits; peppery and sharp. Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Overall impression is a lightly barrel-aged and dark fruited tripel with very mild tartness; plenty of white pepper and yeastiness, and none of the rougher phenolics noticed early on (six months ago); light acetone notes throughout. Medium-length finish of dark fruits and some emergent toastiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2577) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Tasted on 8/23/11 from a 750mL bottle purchased at City Beer, bottled on 5/29/11, bottle number 3705. Pours cloudy orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to uneven lace, leaving a bit of residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is very fruity with the blackberry showing nicely, along with some spicy yeast aroma, a ton of kumquat citrus that I always get off of citra hopped beers, and some banana and coconut aromas from the oak treatment. The flavor is spicy yeast up front, moving to the awesome fruity flavor, and finishing with some light malt hints and the citrus hops and a hint of the coconut and banana oak. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long spicy yeast, fruity, citrus, and lightly oaky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (11949) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle from Secret Santa. Golden coor. Strong oak aroma with blackberries. Vanilla and hints of white wine. Full bodied. Tart vinous oaky flavor with vanilla, gooseberries and blackberries. Oaky notes gaining in the aftertaste. Complex beer with some warming alcohol. A big surprise!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
A: The beer pours a hazy golden color with a huge white head. Sort of strange appearance for a beer with blackberries... S: The nose is intensely grassy with a lot of oak and not all that much blackberry. More than berries, it smells like wine and red grapes. Itís quite jammy and very, very sweet. T: As with the aroma, the flavor is very sweet. There is actually a decent flavor of berries to it, but itís like blackberry jam with wine and oak chips in it. Heavy on the sugar and just cloying overall. M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. O: This was not something Iíd care to have again. Just really all over the map and unenjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13616) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Bottle 2251, 5/29/2011, received with thanks from Marcus. Pours hazy orange gold with a transient white head. Aroma starts nearly citrus but shifts to light berry. Med body. Flavor is barnyard to me. Followed by some light fruit that could be berry - but itís a little vinous, so I donít think Iíd have come up with blackberry on my own. A bit oaky. I think itís trying to be sweet, but not succeeding. Astringent. Iíd put this one as an excellent farmhouse or saison. Sour and earthy. Well not all that sour, but much more than sweet!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Ordered this bottle from Blackwellís. Served in a Mikasa tulip. Pours a light orange color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings some light Belgian yeast and a bit of earthy spice plus mild oak and wine. Faint berry presence in the background. Flavor is Belgian yeast and mild fruit. Some spice there as well as light tannins and a mild blackberry character. Not sure everything blends together all that well, and the fruit doesnít really add all that much; itís basically just a tease. Light body and good carbonation. No alcohol. Pretty decent, but not worth the $20 price tag. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chibuck (3506) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2011 Borrrle... Bright golden body, light tan head... Really nice nose of berries, white wine, a touch of oak, really well rounded... The front of the taste is seeet light blackberry syrup with an oak finish, super drinkable, no detection of the abv, a touch

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1866) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 28, 2011
I think Iíll like this beer after more time in the bottle, but itís a bit muddled for me, at this point. Some berries in the nose but not enough. Thereís also a light caramel flavor with some pleasant citric bitterness. Itís a bit over-tannic for my taste. Iím getting a lot more straight oak than wine from the barrel. Kinda musty in an interesting way. Appearance is a dusky orange color. Iíll be interested to see how it develops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 25, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2011 wow. what a wonderful and complex, layered light beer. on the back of thew bottle is actually described as blonde ale hopped only with citra, aged in red wine barrels on blackberries. the taste is wonderful and unfolds nicely. the start is the fruity ctira hops, then a big burst of black berry, and the wine barrels dry tartness and sweet oakyness bing up the rear wonderfully. one of the most impressively unique beers ive had in a minute. the melody of fruity hops to fruity barrel is just great imo. delicious stuff, i cant wait to see to try some more from these guys! yum!

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