Summer 2010 Vintage - Blackberry (Sour Barrel #9) | Almanac Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by dgilks on 08-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by ngeunit1:
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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a cloudy reddish-pink color with a very thin layer of white head. Just a bit of lace left behind as it fades fairly quickly.

S - Aroma is funky and slightly tart. Lots of fruit and a bit of sourness mixed in as well.

T - Starts off fairly funky and tart with lots of berry and some oak. Through the middle, a touch of puckering sourness and a bit of yeast. The finish is a mix of funky flavors, some berry, and a bit of sourness that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and tart with a bit of a pucking mouthfeel with some acidity.

D - Very drinkable. A bit more punch and tart than the normal version. The sourness was still not overly sharp but there at a nice level.

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Photo of nataku00
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a fluted glass during the Incanto beer dinner in 2012. Beer pours a dark golden color with some darker reds at the edge of the glass, no head and minimal lacing. A few bubbles here and there, but not super carbonated.

Nose is fruity a decent amount of blackberry and red berries still on the nose, light astringency from the fruit skin, milk vanilla and oak aromas. After some warming, there was a touch of fruit vinegar ascetic acid tartness on the nose, but not much.

Taste is a bit bland, mostly fruity esters mingling with blackberry and red berries, but very light on the tongue. Some mild acidity on the middle of the tongue, but overwhelmed by the oak earthiness. Finish is mainly sweet fruity esters.

Light to medium body with some decent carbonation. Was excited to try this, but found it a bit average. At least the dessert paired with it made it seem a bit sour due to its sweeter nature. If I were to rate the pairing of the custard with the beer, everything would be increased by 0.5.

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Photo of popery
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes 7/28/11. Tap at Shotwell's Alamanc release event. A definite improvement over the normal version but it still seemed fairly muddled. There's definitely more berry flavor, and it’s nice and jammy, unlike the normal, but it's not up to many fruit sours. Pretty good sour notes, perhaps a 4-5/10 on the pucker scale. Less citrus hop presence - really didn't get much at all, which I appreciate as the normal version could use some paring down. Some nice musty aroma, better than the normal version, again, but still not as interesting as one might hope. Still a bit too much tannic neutral oak flavor. Appearance is a cloudy strawberry color with no head. Mouthfeel is a bit low on carbonation but the aftertaste is improved by the acetic sour bite. In my opinion, this version would have been a much better beer to release in bottles than the normal version, particularly for the $16-22 price tag.

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special, one-off, single barrel of the 2010 Vintage Blackberry ale which was soured and contained three times the blackberries as compared to the ordinary version.

On-tap at the Almanac 2010 Vintage release at City Beer Store.

Cloudy light pink colour with no head. Simple but very pretty.

Funky and slightly tart aroma. Light grapefruit note a a decent amount of berry.

Fairly funky flavour with moderate lactic acid. Good fruity character with a nice sweetness in the finish.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. I'd like a touch more carbonation in this.

A really solid Wild Ale with lots of flavour. Nicely balanced tartness and fruit flavour.

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Summer 2010 Vintage - Blackberry (Sour Barrel #9) from Almanac Beer Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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