Guillemot Nebula | Tired Hands Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel fermented Dark Saison

Added by Rifugium on 12-01-2012

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Reviews:
29
Ratings:
168
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
10.29%
 
 
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87
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 168
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to yourefragile for sharing. Served in a wine glass.

Pours near black with a single-finger tan head. Good retention and great lacing. Thin cap throughout.

Nose begins with fairly-strong notes of red wine and a good bit of cherry. Light earthiness along with faint oak. Bit of roast, though not much. Flavor is really excellent and integrated with red wine, oak, slight vanilla, earth, cherry, and moderate acidity. Just a touch of whiskey through the finish.

Acidity is not excessive, but definitely present, flowing beautifully after the red wine flavors. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation.

Quite drinkable, and the complexity increased as it warms. Excellent.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Unlabeled 375 mL bottle. Green cap, extra large TH growler style tag "Guillemot Nebula 8.2%".

Pours a deep mahogany with a light amber tinge, finger thick light tan head that fades to a thin collar of bubbles. Streaks of thin lace. Pleasant aroma of light roast, slightly tart red wine, vanilla whiskey and oak. Flavor is surprisingly tart and tannin like to start before blending to a slightly sweeter and drier bourbon finish. Cherry and red grape fruit throughout, less a black saison than a (catch all) dark American Wild. Medium light body, moderate carbonation, dry, oaky finish. Really impressive balance of both barrels, though the flavor favors the red wine. Need to try this with HF CD 4 next time, though I suspect fresh this was a more enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle (pre-sale acquisition)

A Baltic porter base fermented with saison yeast, aged for six months in Jim Beam and red wine barrels. (I guess that makes this a saison? I'll let someone else figure it out.)

Poured slightly chilled into a TH stem glass, a solid dark ruby-brown when held to the light with a small cap of rocky tan head that retained well and left sticky lacing on the glass; lots of floaties. In the nose, some roasty malts, lots of red wine, spicy yeast, rife with fruity and non-offensive phenols. Wow...surprisingly tart at first taste, notes of cherry and grape, tartness subsides, yielding a fruity sweetness that tickles the tastebuds, like chocolate-covered cherry cordials. Dark roasty malts exist in the background, much like the effect you'd get from the hop-dominated malts in a CDA/ABA. Saison yeast also comes through in a meaningful way, bringing in flavors of wet grass and citrus. This really delivers a great mash-up of three beers styles: a porter, a saison, and a wild ale. The bourbon is not very noticeable at first, but as it warms, a subtle woody bourbon taste starts to materialize. Body is on the fuller side of medium, blasting with flavor. This is a great beer, and a very nice sipper. Not sure of the ABV, but I'd guess it around 7-9%.

If this is a glance at the future of TH's barrel aged beer, then...hmm...they might be on to something here.

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Guillemot Nebula from Tired Hands Brewing Company
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