HonusWagner (1222) - Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
As someone who absolutely loved Guillemot (it was the best beer I had when I visited TH) this was something of a letdown. It wasnít BAD by any means, but the whiskey barrels seemed to muddle the nose a bit into less than the defined roasty character of the original Guillemot and the finish was substantially more acetic than in the base beer. Retained the nice raspberry jam flavor but just a lot harder to drink. Good but far from the masterpiece that base Guillemot is.
OldMrCrow (1716) - 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 (2050) - Petaluma, 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 (162) - 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 (2932) - 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!
devman171 (713) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Pours brownish black with low head. Aroma is funky Flanders sour with a light barrel stout. Taste is light roast with a big sour sweet finish, very nice, but not as good as the original
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ GTís house. Just about black in color with a tan head. Aromas of cranberry, roasted malt, and grape skin. Whiskey, oak, and dark chocolate. Some subtle caramel sweetness and sour berries. Flavor is sour with just a touch of sweetness. Plenty of cranberry, raisin, and mild balsamic vinegar. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of chalk. Enjoyable.
bytemesis (2568) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - thanks callmemickey! Pours opaque black with a medium creamy brown head that has good staying power and nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, grape, tart cherry, yeast, pepper. Flavor is the same, slightly vinous, light sweet, light tart, some woody astringence. Dry finish, with some bitterness/astringency coming through as well. No real whiskey notes per se, but there is a sort of generic spirit hotness about it. Medium body, silky mouthfeel. A nice beer, but a tad bit offputting on the far finish.
Reynolds314 (2077) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice brown/black with offwhite head. Aroma is great; floral, berries, musty, bread, pepper, and light vanilla. Taste is nicely tart and very oaky with a lot of grape/berry character and a complex spicy yeastyness. I cant get enough of this one. GREAT BEER.
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow this is amazing, great Saison flavors, Laura likes it, thatís a good sign