GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Tired Hands. Listed as 6.8%. Black pour with thick mocha
foam. Awesome formation. Dense and creamy. Awesome retention. Much more of a stout pour. Nose is peanut shell and roast. Taste follows with heavy roast and a lot of peanut shell. Very little blueberry. Finishes with some earth and raw dirt. Warming up, the nose presents very subtle blueberry cobbler. The rest of our group smelled a lot more blueberry than I did. Very subtle blueberry muffin finish. Body becomes soft, rich and silky with very bitter roast and dark chocolate. Waxy, bitter mouthfeel. Again, dry finish with fresh soil and earth. More like a stout than dark saison though the saison yeast character becomes more and more evident in the nose.
Ibrew2or3 (7478) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler courtesy of jcartmdg. It pours out with a light mahogany body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma has loads of modest notes going on with earthy nuanced various dark roasted malts and snippets of dark roasted coffee and saison yeasty spices. The taste has a smooth yet somewhat un-interesting nearly bland feeling. I get a bit of saison like yeasty spices rolling meekly into a touch of tartness and dark roasted malts.
jredmond (6297) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Tired Hands with PJ, Moreau and Shaff. Paired with the Blueberry Panini which was fantastic. The food was really stellar here. Pours a deep brownish body with thin tan head. Aroma is spice, sweet fruity malts, light blueberries and a bit earthy. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of fruity yeast, spice, blueberry, light toasted malts, and a clean, crisp hop finish.
egajdzis (5576) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, blueberries, some cocoa, dark fruits, and spices. Taste of much of the same, with almost a tart, berry finish.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tired Hands. Served in stemware. Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black. The nose has a nice faint whiff of blueberry alongside some roasted malt. Not too much saison character. There’s dark fruit and a lingering bit of spice. Flavor is a good mixture of roast and berry, with a nice dryness through the finish. Slightly bitter. Pretty drinkable, though perhaps a touch too much roast character through the finish. Overall, quite good and something I was glad to go back to after having a glass from a growler earlier in the week.
markwise (4786) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler courtesy of jcartmdg. Cheers, Jason! Pours a dark brown with an off-white head. Nose is chocolate, roast, earth, cocoa, and light berry. Flavor is similar with chocolate, cocoa, tart berry, and some yeast. Flavor has a lot going on with assertive berries. Yeast in the finish. Interesting overall.
PhillyCraft (3963) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap with some bro’s, pours a swampy amber brown with medium beige head, and a good bit of lacing. Aromas of roasty malts, spicy hops, blueberries, and tobacco. Taste is fruity, malty, filled with all kinds of fruit skins. Finishes like a dream.
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tired Hands. Nutty, black patent astringent aroma with fruity or berry undertones. Light spicy hops. Dark brown-black opaque with big foamy tan-reddish lacing head. Medium body and carbonation. Starts with roasted, chocolatey notes tinged with berry and light tartness. Hoppy bitter finish with coffee and nutty character. Smooth roasted after. Dry.
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
tap at brewpub. dark brown with ruby hints, huge puffy cream head, rich and dense looking like black cherry bomb. Nose is rich roast and light fruit skins, dry but thick. Flavor is very dry, roast, chocolate, and grind hints at front evolving into peppercorn dryness before unbelievably delicate fruit skins ride out the finish. Christ, as close to peak Black Cherry Bomb as I’ve had, the palate creamy despite light fruit sweetness, perhaps the only contrast present. Outstanding.
callmemickey (3625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Dark brown body with a hint of blue/purple when held to the light. Light tan head. Good lacing. Roasted malts, light grains, a hint of blueberry, even some soft smoke. Flavor is similar with dark fruits, blueberry, roasted malts, and a little smoke provides a pleasantly complex profile. Medium bodied, assertive carbonation, semi-dry finish, light bitterness in a nice sharp finish, Another interesting dark saison from Tired Hands, a style I typically struggle with.