onceblind (5175) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Bristol Brewing. Black with a thin laceful light khaki head. Aroma is great and intriguing. There is a touch of chocolate, but also of Scottish peat, grainy caramel, and some subtle yeast spiciness...not quite clove, but perhaps vaguely of cinnamon? Also a touch of red rose when warmed up. The taste is much the same and a joy to quaff. Dark malts combine with a touch of wheat and some pale Belgian malt, with some fruitiness like cherry and apple, with a sweet but herbal yeastiness. Finishes malty dry with a roasted dark malt tone and subtle spiciness.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Bristol Brewing: poured into a tulip a dark brown with a large tan head. Moderate aroma of roasted malts. Taste is mostly roasted malts, very dry and prickly carbonation. Surprised at the dryness. I didn’t taste any choclate or cherry but did get a small hit of chile in the finish. Was expecting something a bit sweeter.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draft 11/10/10). Black color. Small tan head. Light cherry and chile pepper aroma, with very light chocolate. Moderate spicy chile flavor, with light cherry and chocolate. Long duration. Light spicy finish. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.
drjay44 (2866) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a lasting light mocha head, with a bit of lacing, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 35) body....nose is coffee, chocolate, light cinnamon, toffee/caramel....taste is light chocolate initially then light cherry, cinnamon, bit of licorice finishing with medium lingering chili heat.....mouth feel is light of medium, carbonation creates a lingering creaminess. This is nicely balanced, with the chili, chocolate and cinnamon done with a light hand. It is, unfortunately, not as complex as expected, but does open up as it warms. This is a very unusual Saison. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at ACBF. Pours a dark brown with medium brown foam. Smells of ginger snaps. Tastes sweet with roasty malts, hints of cinnamon and chocolate and ends with a vaguely zippy cayenne pepper.
Ratman197 (10710) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Falling Rock poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cinnamon, light cherry and light cayenne. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry warming finish. Flavors of dark chocoplate, cinnamon, pie cherries and cayenne with a crisp dry warming lingering chocolate cheery finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10541) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours black with an average, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, chocolate), light hops (woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of cherry and pepper. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, chocolate), light hops (woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of cherry and pepper. Medium body, carbonation, and creaminess, low warmth with a medium dry finish.