jcartamdg (1919) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours jet black with a big mocha head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee with cream and tart fruit. Taste is tart, chocolatey, creamy, red wine and roast. Crazy complex, so much going on but somehow it all works together.
GT2 (8332) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler thanks to MrChopin. Filled 15 hours before consumption, fridged one hour after filling. Pours a deep inky black with ruby highlights. Weaker, beige head. Nose has interesting roast, blueberry, dairy/cream, chocolate. Taste is very dry, bitter, roasty/ashy with cocoa powder, coffee, lemon bitters, berry juice, herbal, sage. Palate is tannic, bitter, coffee acid. Essentially sour coffee porter. Nice.
Huhzubendah (2443) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Shared by MrChopin. Thanks Kevin.
The beer is dark brown with a small, wispy, fleeting head. The aroma offers oak, roast, chocolate. The flavor is odd. A bit of nail polish and harshness throughout. Roast and chocolate are losing the battle. Mediocre at best.
BeerandBlues2 (9585) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy light tan head, short retention with light. Aroma is light chocolate malt, cookie and biscuit malt with earthy hops, figs and dates with light oak notes. Flavor is light hops and bitterness, malty sweetness with dark fruity esters and a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.
argo0 (11440) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fresh growler, thanks generous anonymous provider. Small tan head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous, light spicy/rye. Medium body, light stickiness.
Travlr (10009) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark maroon brown color. Aroma of subtle chocolate, subtle port. Taste is red wine, port, chocolate. Very nice.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Tired Hands. Pours a moderate brown color. Nose is really nice with milk chocolate alongside a very faint roast, then backed by earthiness, faint acidity, and a nice wine touch. Flavor packs some moderate acidity alongside oak and wine notes, plus a backing earthy saison. Really interesting, and also quite drinkable.
callmemickey (2652) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Deep brown body, thin medium brown head, no lacing. Nose shows beautiful vinous and dark fruits, a little oak and tannic acidity. Flavor is almost all red wine, with some odd chocolate and roasted malts. Doesn’t quite come together. Medium bodied, light acidity and sourness, gentle carbonation. Interesting, but not quite there yet.
boxofrane (2085) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the brew pub. Pours pitch black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma Is fairly sour with a big grape and cherry note. The taste is sour grape, cherry, oak, charred wood. This is incredible.
cfrances33 (34) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Tired Hands, served in a tulip.
Pour: Completely hazy, dark, dark brown. Nearly black. Two fingers of creamy, khaki head form. Head recedes rather quickly, and doesn’t leave too much lacing.
Smell: Big red wine presence up front, followed by some really nice tart pear and lemon juice. Lots of roasted malts and light brown sugar complete the nose.
Taste: Wow. Again, red wine really comes out strong up front, but immediately mellows in a clean tart lemon juice. Some pear skins. A really nice tart funk throughout. As it warms, some clean toffee and a strong oakeyness come through, as well a a light peppery spiciness. Finishes dry, tart with lemons, and a smooth roastiness.
Mouthfeel: Incredibly drinkable. A really, really nice creamy mouthfeel. Carb is quite velvety. Surprisingly refreshing. Finishes dry,
Overall: This offering from Tired Hands is really something special. Similar in some aspects to Civil Disobedience #4 from Hill Farmstead. Tired Hands best beer yet. Well done.