Naka (704) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy of Jon. Aroma is wine, alcohol, dark fruit, and bourbon with a little bit of funk. This has such an amazing and indescribable taste. Cherries, sour funk, red wine, bourbon, chocolate... (my head just exploded) Great body. So good.
writerljberg (648) - Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sent by Jim awhile ago.
A: Inky black with a thin mocha head.
N: Leather, pinot noir grapes, tobacco, cocoa,coffee, lemon zest, caramel, oak, sulfur, apples.
T: Sour, then bittersweet.
M: Medium body. Sticky.
O: An interesting sweet/sour concoction wherein I prefer Prunus. For a black saison, this isnít too shabby, thatís for sure.
douglas88 (5812) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 thanks to Luke. Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. A sour vinous nose, cherries. The flavor is cocoa, dark malts, a bit of sour cherries, funky at times, brett, vinous, red wine is clear, brown malty base with sour red wine. Pretty harmonious and solid.
neepsntatties (1170) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample from "writerLJBerg". Colour...very dark brown with a thin tan head. Nose...sharp, pungent and funky with a vinous aspect that permeates the sinuses. Palate...dry, tart and tannic with tremendous vinous flavours and sharp tannins. Thereís loads of orchard fruits and anise as well as dark cherry, dark raisins and figs. The finish is long and dry. Thanks, Luke!
Prufrockstar (813) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to jtclockwork for sending this my way. From notes. Shared this with OldMrCrow a few months ago -- I really shouldnít wait so long to enter these. Anyway ... Appearance: murky dark brown, somewhat red tinge. Offwhite head. Huge aroma - leather, tobacco, cherry, oak, loads of vanilla, some "twangy," tannic elements. Dark chocolate, with a little spice reminiscent of Mexican cocoa. Taste: spicy almost. Muddled dark sour thatís hard to describe. Winey, somewhat sweet, not particularly cohesive though. Just ... well, a lot of kitchen sink. A lot of cool things in the aroma that donít really come together in any special way in the follow through. Body feels a little thin. Medium body, soft carbonation, plus a bit of copper late. Overall: Iím not crazy about this one - feels like thereís a lot going on, but it never comes together to be anything more than a cool cacophony.
hopscotch (8841) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!Ö Pours dark brown with a small, short-lived, off-white head. The bouquet offers notes of black cherry and deeply roasted, carbonic malts. Full-bodied and silky with airy carbonation. The flavor is fruity, tart and roasty. Finishes tangy, roasty and a touch raspy. Thanks to landhoney for sharing this world class brew!
mcberko (5998) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375mL bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Nose brings out red wine, oak, whiskey and yeast - very interesting stuff. Flavour is fantastically complex, with notes of red wine and whiskey, atop a dry vinous base and lots of wild yeast. A beer of remarkable elegance and complexity. The ABV hides itself surprisingly well. Fantastic.
OldMrCrow (1765) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with prufrock. Very glad to have a chance to try Tired Hands and Nebula all the more so. Thanks!
Dark pour, reasonable white head. Leather and tobacco, super vanilla whisky oak and red wine tannins. Flavor is dominated by red wine early, lime tartness, milky hot cocoa coming on strong through the middle.
I realize Iím coming in way far on the low side here, but thatís what Iím getting. Bad luck to follow a decade-old Iris? Maybe. This one is interesting, certainly, but itís trying too hard to be all of the latest coolness. Trying too hard is OK for imperial stouts. Saisons should just be.
illidurit (2121) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy jtclockwork shared at the January 2014 tasting in Santa Cruz. Pours dark brown with red highlights. Deep, challenging, complex aroma. Cranberry, tobacco, chocolate, ash. Flavor is fantastic, with a beautiful lime and cranberry acidity, sour cherries, dark chocolate, lime yogurt, slight roast and ash. So full and elegant.
birdmachine (165) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, enjoyed on two occasions (04/2013, 11/2013) - reviewed from notes. Thanks to TheEpeeist for the first and somebody I forgot for the second. Aroma is funky leather with moderate notes of tobacco, dark fruit leather skins, musty barrel, earthiness and tart cherry. Fantastic deep aroma. Pours a cola brown with sporadic tan head that fizzes to a thin sheet with minimal lace. Taste is light roast, acidic red wine, tart cherry and dark grape skins, funky barnyard, vanilla, whiskey, light bakers cocoa. Great interwoven funky, earthy and tart fruit flavors. Body is light with medium-high carbonation. After taste is leather with a lingering wine tartness. There is a soft note of astringency but it gets washed away from lingering wine/fruit. Incredible dark farmhouse beer. When opened fresh there was more fruit leather on the aroma but with several months more funky and earthy aromas began to develop. Definitely sits at the top of the style with Sante Adairius Loveís Armor and Hill Farmstead Edith.
joeneugs (3118) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. bottle. It pours a very dark brown color with a disappearing, fizzy tan head. The aroma is really interesting and rich with equal parts whiskey and red wine. Cherry, plum and cranberries all backed up by a subtle chocolaty maltiness. The flavor is super complex and rich with leather, funk, blackberries, cranberries, red wine, whiskey and light notes of roasted malt in the finish. Great, full silky body. This is so elegant and tasty. It reminds me of Sante Adairius Loveís Armor without the big fruit character. Great beer to start 2014!