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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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One of our most anticipated and highly talked about specialty releases, This hearty dark ale is fermented with our rustic Belgian yeast strain which gives the beer a farmhouse tartness followed by big dark chocolate notes, and hints of black cherries. Fermentation temperatures often climb past 90°F which builds the distinctive flavors. No adjuncts are added to this beer-- these robust layers of flavor are yeast driven. Listen to the lunatic.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (5614) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Can @ Three Notch’d Tasting. Brown pour with a small head. Sort of soupy. Bizarre nose. Roasted grain with a strong herbal character. Bakers chocolate. Taste is pretty ashy. Tannic character. Very dry finish. More cocoa. Strange.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
2015-01-12. Black body with a modest tan head. 3+ The aroma has sort of a blackberry like fruit character, toasty dark malt notes. Flavour is similar lightly toasty and tangy throughout. Average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. Solid but doesn’t quite elevate itself to the next level. Can shared by mds.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marheb (3055) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Un paquet de petits fruits macérés dans la menthe, le charbon, le cuivre bombardés de houblons astringents.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersighted (129) - - JAN 12, 2015
This black saison pours a pitch black color with half inch beige head that dissipated quickly. Nose is boozy, pungent and acidic. Balsamic vinegar, perhaps? Sweet and tart dominate the palate. Dark, tart cherries pair with bold chocolate malts. Belgian spiciness from traditional saisons is present, as is a distinct tartness. This is a truly original farmhouse ale, but maybe just a bit out of my wheelhouse.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - DEC 24, 2014
12/24/14. Can. Pours opaque brown-black with a thin, dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate, dark fruits, earthy, some tartness, hint of funk, just a bit musty, cherries, dark roast malts. Flavor is nice, robust; roast malt, cherries, dark chocolate, spicy, creamy, oily, bread; finish is cherries, dark chocolate. Not much lacing. Medium carbonation. Oily, full mouth feel. There’s something almost porter-like about this. This is excellent. I would drink this all day.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1195) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2014
On draft. Pours a deep plum color with a decent cocoa-khaki head that settles to a thick ring and leaves a soapy wall of lace. Nose involves toasted malt, cherry, chocolate, some mineral character, raisin, fruitcake, and cocoa. Some sweetness, fairly tart, somewhat bitter. Full bodied, soft, velvetty, with a long warm toasty and tart finish. Very dessert-like, reminiscent of chocolate covered cherries.

2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
craftyfarmhand (2) - - DEC 19, 2014 does not count
Not a huge fan of the aroma but the milky head and layers of flavor were a great combo of tart, coffee, coca and a clean finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (7581) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
Draft - Cherry tartness and dark malts. Deep brown with a decent beige head. Vinous, chocolaty notes, sweet yeasty boozy finish. Nice.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Tallboy can shared at a tasting. Pours a clear dark brown with a thin fizzy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of chocolate, butter, roasted malts, mild dark fruits. The taste is nuts, chocolate, cocoa, mild citrus and dark fruits. Thin-medium bodied, the name is a bit misleading as we were expecting tartness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9735) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Pint can. Poured a black color, with brown edges and an off white head. Chocolate, dark fruits, yeast, and a bit roasty. Tart cherries .... digging the tart finish.


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