Summer 2010 Vintage - Blackberry - Almanac Beer Co.
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1.99/5 rDev -47.9%
Poured into a snifter on 6/1/12
Bottle No. 3065
Thanks to Nickd717
A) Clear, golden amber. Thin layer of foam with some ring retention.
S) Plastic, fake blackberry aroma, grains, and a soft oak note. Mustiness is on the low side. Light fruit tones.
T) It doesn't taste nearly as good as it smells. Dank oak turns to stale, wet swamp grass and grump, sleepy fruit suggestions. Blueberries are all but gone.
M) Light body with moderate, prickly carbonation. The finish is vinous and a tad earthy and funky.
09-26-2013 06:56:35 | More by Ryan011235
4.16/5 rDev +8.9%
Bottled May 2011, opened May 2013.
A – Bright, opaque, dusty honey body. Fine, bone-white head has ok retention and lace.
S – Sweet honey, banana pudding, mixed berries, vanilla, sweet rice.
T – Sharp acidity. Lemon-lime Gatorade, fermented berries, honey, wheat, touch of oak.
M – Big carbonation on a smooth, medium frame.
O – A few years did this bottle well. Great integration on an excellent flavor profile. Another great beer from Almanac.
05-19-2013 02:14:07 | More by vfgccp
3.76/5 rDev -1.6%
Bottle No. 344
Appearance: Pours a hazy honey golden color with a modest head that leaves some splashy lace
Smell: Blackberries and wine barrels, with Belgian yeast undertones and a grassy character
Taste: The Belgian yeast character overwhelms the front end (I read somewhere that this was the Duvel strain) with the tart blackberry aspect developing in the middle; after the swallow, the wine barrels add a tannic dryness, with the tartness of the berries bringing up the rear
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: There is a lot going on with this beer, almost too much; the yeast strain is a bit too strong for the rest of the flavors and the blackberries might be just a bit too tart without adding enough of their fruit; having tasted some other Almanac beers lately, I think this brewery is coming along from some of the elements that are distracting in this beer
03-24-2013 22:40:53 | More by brentk56
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at jmgrub's birthday tasting.
Bottled 5/29/11. Bottle # 1152.
Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, berries, wine, and wood. Taste is much the same with a slightly sour berry flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and light.
02-26-2013 02:53:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
Big thanks to stupac2 for this one...
Bottled 5/29/11, Bottle # 79
A: Pours a cloudy yellowish gold/peach/grapefruit with a massive amount of pure white head. The foam takes a bit to settle, and leaves a nice bubbly layer along the surface of the beer. There is a solid amount of lacing to this brew as it drinks.
S The nose is straight up funky and sour. I get a definite hit from the wine barrel aging, as well as a good helping of funky yeast. I also pick up notes of mild grain, big citrus, and some serious alcohol.
T: It's sweet to start with the funk coming on strong right after. The sweetness carries through in the middle, where it mixes with some citrus. The finish is bittersweet, funky, and a bit dry. I really don't get any blackberry at all.
M: Medium bodied beer. It looks light, but there is a good amount of heft to this one. It starts out sweet and cloying, but gets really yeast and funk-i-fied in the middle. The finish is a mix of all of those, and in the end it is a bit dry.
O: Solid beer. I remembered it more fondly the last time I tried it, but it's still a good beer. Now that I have had the opportunity to write down my thoughts, I don't think I'd seek this beer out again.
08-21-2012 21:00:58 | More by trxxpaxxs
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
I purchased this bottle when it was released. A special occasion beer for a special occasion. And what could be more special than… Wednesday night?. Bottle #2015, bottled on 5/29/2011, poured in its proper glassware and shared on 4/25/2012.
This pours a cloudy golden-straw color with a billowy cap of foam topping it.
I pick up a traditional Belgian golden ale aroma, rounded yeasty esters—but no blackberries. To be honest the aroma isn’t spectacular, which is only to say that I had expected to be amazed by everything about this beer. Did the blackberries fade like hops over the course of a year? Where’d they go?
On the flavor I find an oak presence, almost like a chardonnay feels to me (coming from a non-wine person, admittedly). Only the most nuanced of berry notes remains, and that might be more from the power of suggestion than anything I actually can taste. Hops have faded as well. The beer is effervescent with a dry, gentle body and a finish just to the side of being resiny. No complaints regarding its body or its finish.
I found the beer grew on me as it opened up and devloped. The oak barrel ageing gave it a well-rounded character that I appreciated. While my tasting companion loved this absolutely I am not as enthusiastic about how it came out—but that doesn’t diminish my enthusiasm for the brewers or their process. A mixed review, to be sure.
05-09-2012 21:50:12 | More by elNopalero
Summer 2010 Vintage - Blackberry from Almanac Beer Co.
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.