Farmer's Reserve Blackberry - Almanac Beer Co.
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Reviews by popery:
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a rich amber, colored with few shades of magenta. It's pretty cloudy. Just a solid glowy mass, at least outside of strong light. A slightly off-white head bubbles up at first but fades to a tight cap after a minute. As I make my way through the glass, only a ring of bubbles remains. Just a bit of lacing. The aroma is berries, lemons, funk, mild oak, mild to moderate vinegar and a gentle vinous note. Happily, I'm not finding any of the mild kinda bile-ish flavor that I get from some Almanac sours - nice to see that cleaned up. Somewhat jammy. The fruit flavors work well, and the blackberry flavor is easy to pick out. A little bit of vanilla sweetness. The blend of berries and wine barrel is particularly nice. Taste is big on tart berries. Starts with some grapey, vanilla sweetness on top of the remnants of malt sugars. Lemons, fruity vinegar and blackberries take center stage with even more tart blackberries finishing it off. Just enough sweetness to let the fruit shine, but it finishes pretty dry. I'm generally for lower abv sours, but this one handles 7% abv well. Pretty clean, particularly for Almanac. Medium to light mouthfeel. Somewhat effervescent carbonation. Very solid offering from Almanac. This is a tasty beer and one of my favorites from them, up there with FR #3 and #4.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2014 06:01:55 | More by popery
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4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled April 2014.
Deep, bright copper color, with a ring of froth leaving some lace. Looks very good in the glass.
Natural, restrained blackberry aroma, along with some attractive earthiness and dried leaves, and a bit of acetic tang. Quite nice.
On the palate, fairly sour and vinegary. Bright, tangy blackberry vinegar, and some underlying old barrel and earthiness. Not as pretty and delicate as the aroma, but well composed, refreshing, and quite tasty.
Smooth, cushy texture thanks to very tiny bubbles. Plenty of acidic tingle.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 08:21:57 | More by Beerzebub
Farmer's Reserve Blackberry from Almanac Beer Co.
93 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.