Black Lagoon | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Rifugium on 11-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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First had: on tap at the brewpub

Labeled as a strong black saison brewed with 10 lbs. of local wildflower honey.
This beer was brewed for the '12 All Hallows Eve dinner. Limited to one sixtel and 100 bottles.

Opaque black pour, dark brown around the edges, with a finger's breadth of solid tan head that receded a bit but retained as a thin layer and left stratifying lacing on the glass. Aroma was fairly roasty with scents of coffee and distant chocolate, a touch of spicy yeast. This beer was tasty, but a little thin on flavor. You don't get quite what you would from a typical saison, maybe because of the dark malts taking over just a bit too much. Notes of coffee and cocoa linger through the session right to the aftertaste, sweet dark malts and a drop of honey, with the grassy crispness of a saison in the background just trying to peek through. Mouthfeel was a bit light and almost watery, but still smooth and drinkable. This was paired with a small piece of stone-ground Mexican chocolate, and wow did it go together well.

The bottles are waxed, and supposedly this is an ageable beer, so I'll let these bottles sit and see how they mature, but I'm not too confident that much will change. Just doesn't seem like "that kind of beer" to me. But here's to hoping I'll be proven wrong! Bottle #'s: 53, 54, 55.

*In case you missed it: I recommend pairing this with chocolate!!!

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Pours a clear dark brown with ruby tinges against light with a massive frothy and creamy khaki head that leaves thick sheets of lace and has good retention. Roasty aroma with raw honey, grass, slight smoke and caramel. Medium thick body, mild carbonation and a soft, smooth finish. Flavor is a smooth blend of roast and slight green fruit, raw honey and ash. A well balanced black saison, with a pleasant smooth sweetness. Not quite worth being a whale given the bottle count, but would love to have this on draft.

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Bottle #62/100, courtesy of JMRSN. Thanks! Split 2 ways.

A: Dark mahogany with a cascading 2" head that starts to create small caverns underneath the ledges.

N: Roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and some grassy notes. Smoke and leather. Esters from the yeast. Coffee and a corresponding acidity. Brackish. Dried tobacco and ash piles. Peat.

T: Smoke, leather, and tobacco. Heavy baker's chocolate upon a new sip, but that fades in corresponding tastes. Black peppercorn and the spiciness of rye. Lots of roast and ash. Peat moss again. It's good, but it's discordant.

M: Clean and dry as a biscuit.

O: It says black saison, but if you gave this to me blind, I wouldn't have guessed in a hundred years. So how do you grade something like this? It's good, but it's certainly not a transcendent beer that makes you care less about styles. I appreciate that not all saisons should be the same either. This is actually kind of like Adam, but it doesn't have the heft or sweet base. Worthy of a try. However, my wife couldn't finish hers, so be warned that you might not be able to get past the flavor clashes.

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Black Lagoon from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 20 ratings