orangesol (1022) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Served on-tap at the pub. Reviewed from notes.
dmac (6459) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2013
A - Pours deep brown with a frothy off white one finger tall white head, very little lace left.
S- Smell of dark roast, coffee, chocolate and light farmhouse funk. It’s just really muted, I really had to search to find some aromas here.
T - Taste is remarkably similar to the nose. I can get it a little more but it still left me wanting more from its depths. Finish is a little sweet with some lingering dryness.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, lightly funky feel.
O - Its decent but nothing to write home about.
Draft at the brewpub on the Hand Farm release day. Poured a deep reddish/mahogany body with an averaged sized foamy light beige head. Aroma is choclate up front with lots of spice from the saison yeast, notes of pepper, wet nuts, slight sourness, bad bread and old vase water with dead wild flowers. Medium boided with stronger carbonation and an average duration on the finish. Flavor of chocolate, older honey, dark bread, cirus notes, slighrtly sour, yeast and a touch of sourness. Meh, although I rated it favorable not sure I was a fan of this one. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Tap at Tired Hands. Muddy/chill hazed deep red pour with big tan lacing. Smoked nose with red wine vinegar. Small tangy funk and chocolate. Taste is clean, malty, lightly hoppy, zero stickiness. Mild lactic chocolate and quenching density. Really good. Refreshing if you can believe it. Dry, minerally with lactic chocolate. No sticky maple or cloying sweetness. Much more nuanced than the recipe portends.
MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Yes, yes, yes killing the ego - hazy amber, large dense cream head that laces all over, drops gently over minutes to . Dry nose lightly dusty, hay, earth, and brown sugar with chocolate flecks. Sweeter flavor has light esters creeping in bubblegum, earth and chocolate emerge mid, sweetness a bit overbearing in the finish thanks to lighter body, softer carbonation, and general "muteness" of yeast elements. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
On tap at Tired Hands. Dark body. Nose has chocolate and some roast, fairly heavy on the chocolate. A bit of the maple comes through, though not too much. Flavor is focused on the chocolate and has a faint nuttiness as well. Backing yeast. Pretty good.
boxofrane (2559) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Draft at the brew pub. Pours hazy brown with a medium sized off white head. The aroma has some hot pepper, caramel, toffee, brown sugar. The taste is mildly spicy with a carbonated mouth feel.. Not much else. PhillyCraft (7919) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Tap at brewery, might have been our least favorite of the night. Hazy purple crimson color, with small creamy head and dct sporadic lacing. Aroma was coffee, grape fizzy, saison yeast, light dark cocoa, and spice. Taste was much of the same with a sour, bitter coffee coming out in the finish, the rest was the weird grape flavor. Low to medium carbonation with a very thin body. Slightly grainy and sour aftertaste. dagimp (1008) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2012
I had high hopes for this one. On tap at TH. pours a dark purple/brown with nearly no head. Very mild grape soda aroma. Mouthfeel is very low carbonation, slightly slick. Taste was mild wine and broth. Really didn't like this one. Just nothing going on at all. Light on flavor, feel and energy. Pass on this one for sure.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jredmond (8644) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Draft at tired hands with Linh. Pours a deep murky reddish brown body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is lightly tart, dark fruits, slightly estery, and wood. Mouthfeel is medium to light with notes of sweet fruit, yeast, faint tartness, light oak and cocoa.