Guillemot Nebula - Tired Hands Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -7.8%
375ml waxed and capped bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.
Pours a .5 finger foamy mocha head with poor retention. Lacing is spotty. Thin but oily and and sticky legs. Beer is a dark, almost opaque brown. Solid but there's not a whole lot of BA dark saisons out there. I guess this is the benchmark?
Nose is ash, peppercorn, very mellow booze, some purple grape, and some cobweb funkiness. Solid but pretty subtle overall.
Opens peppercorn, coriander, subtle roasted malt, some mellow tart grape and a light prune character. Barrels don't provide flavor so much as a light, booze overtone. End is grape and prune skin with some smoke. A lightly dark fruit tartness in the aftertaste. A strange beer to say the least but it is enjoyable.
Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Bubbly, foamy, but overall pretty smooth in the mouth and goes down sharp and slightly boozy. Accented finish with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty nice. The barrel aging is incorporated well here.
I'm not sure how to talk about this beer except to say that it's one of the strangest I've ever had. Not many breweries do a barrel aged dark saison as one of their first beer releases but I think overall, this is a success. Solid all the way around if nothing outstanding. Worth trying.
02-18-2013 02:41:21 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.98/5 rDev -5.9%
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Dark brown. Small head but it's a small pour. Wispy surface.
Smell - Very fruity. Yeasty. Dark fruits. Some dark malts. Mostly yeast.
Taste - Very fruity again. More distinct dark fruit character. Bretty. Slightly bitter. Dark malts come through a little. Red wine, vinous notes.
Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Bretty and dry.
Overall - Good fruit character, which is apparently from the barrel, which is impresive. Dark malts never impress me in a saison though. Still pretty good.
Side note: I enjoyed this much more the second time. First time it was probably the 20th beer I had had. Palate was shot.
04-20-2013 19:19:44 | More by Alieniloquium
4.4/5 rDev +4%
Bottle poured into Kane glass...both courtesy of 'beerontwowheels'...cheers kind sir!
A: dark...wasn't expecting it to be a dark saison. Some ruby red highlights, but mostly opaque. Half finger khaki head that simmers to a layer of patchy lace. Solid looking beer...could be mistaken for a stout based on appearance alone.
S: Funk, oak and red wine notes...slight acidic vinegar...and some roast in the background.
T/M: Nice, real nice. Follows the nose to a degree. A good bit of roast, some funk. Acidity is there but doesn't give you heart burn, just a nice tartness along the tongue. You do get just a touch of the alcohol warming believe it or not. Loving the mouthfeel...I'd call it a medium to medium-full. Carbonation is absolutely perfect...keeps the beer moving across the palate but stops just short of being fizzy.
O: Really nice surprise of a beer. Good for all seasons. Not necessarily a saison, but tasty nonetheless. Better than other comparable "dark" wild beers out there (JP, Brewery Vivant, etc...). Really dug this...will be looking for Prunus next or other botted Tired Hands beers.
06-02-2013 01:10:04 | More by kbuzz
4.51/5 rDev +6.6%
375 ml waxed and capped bottle served into a tulip. Big thanks to greenplastic615 for opening!
A: Dark burgundy/brown colored body with an initial thin off-white head. It settled quickly into a nice retention ring, complete with some thicker bubbles and minor lacing.
S: Rich red wine, wood, tannins, oaky bourbon, cherries, lemon, molasses.
T: Red wine and bourbon barrel blend are immediately evident. Huge red wine tannins, sweeter bourbon but not overpowering. The sour/tartness is really nice, full of cherries and lemon. A syrupy molasses note sticks and lingers on the back end.
M: Nicely balanced without being too thin or too syrupy. Medium bodied with just a ridiculous perfect level of carbonation. Classic Tired Hands.
I loved this one. It reminded me a lot of Domo which I thought was outstanding. The blended barrels play extremely well off each other. This is one I wish I attended the release for. Oh well. Thanks again for the pour Jason, you rock!
02-21-2013 13:56:45 | More by ShanePB
Guillemot Nebula from Tired Hands Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.