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Almanac Summer 2010 Vintage Blackberry

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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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 (10214) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Sampled on 7/21/2012. Bottled on 5/29/11 Bottle # 3255. This fruit beer pours a medium orange gold color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head with decent lacing and nice retention. The aroma is fruity and sweet, some citrusy hops, some blackberries and some wood. A medium bodied fruit beer. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy. The blackberry flavors are behind the hops and the malts, complementing them rather than competing for attention. A really nice mix of citrusy hops, malts, wood and blackberries. The fruit flavor tends to intensify a little as it warms. Very smooth tasting. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle #416. Clear golden with a fluffy white head and champagne carbonation. Pleasant earthy and floral aroma of caramel, grape, vanilla, oak, blackberry, zinfandel character, and light hibiscus notes. Silky very bright and lively palate. Tart citrus, wine barrel, grape, and slightly sharp blackberry tastes with caramel, vanilla, and oak flavors on the finish. Some subtle lingering perfume and slightly oxidized notes on the far back end. Overall: well done.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2014
(Backlog) Bottle of fantasy tasting at Paul’s. Hazy golden pour with white head. Tart fruit, berries, funkiness, oak and wine aromas. Berries, blackberry, funk, wine and sour flavors. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2638) - 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
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2011
A - Pours a opaque orange color with a bit of red mixed in and a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down leaving behind some nice lacing on the glass. S - Aroma is a nice mix of Belgian elements including yeast and banana with some spices, and the fresh sweetness from the blackberries. T - Starts off with some yeast flavor followed closely behind by fresh blackberry flavor. Not the sugary syrupy flavor, but the real deal. Through the middle, the spices kick in and the yeast gets a bit stronger. The oak flavor from the barrel also becomes a bit more noticeable. The finish is a mix of sweet blackberries and yeast that lingers nicely. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and remarkably well balanced. The finish is a perfect mix of sweetness from the blackberries and Belgian elements. D - Very drinkable. The flavor are all remarkably well balanced between the Belgian Ale base, and the effect of the added blackberries and the oak barrel aging. Really enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle thanks to Max at Victor’s tasting at Paul’s. Pours apricot. White head. Nose/taste of wine barrel, tart blackberries, tart miscellaneous berries, oak and wild yeast. Medium body. Well balanced tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (12577) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Bottle number 1707 (5/22/11) thanks to my amazing girlfriend. Pours with a hazed golden body with a fine layer of off-white foam. Really nice lacing. Aromas are very nice! Big wine notes, juicy, fruity, dark berries, dry, oak, light funk. Hoppy, lemon zest, tannic. Vanilla. Saison like esters and phenols. Very bright aroma. Flavors are lightly sour, funky, bright, spicy phenols. Brett. Very dry, and a touch peppery. Fruity, tannic, oak, berries, wine. A bit sharp in the finish. Lively bubbles, lingering tannins, well balanced. Very tasty!

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