beersighted (126) - - JAN 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
574deadzone (1163) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
craftyfarmhand (2) - - DEC 19, 2014 does not count
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Ferris (6904) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Cherry tartness and dark malts. Deep brown with a decent beige head. Vinous, chocolaty notes, sweet yeasty boozy finish. Nice.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
hopdog (9580) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with thick head. Tart cherry and sour fruit standing out in the aroma. Taste of tart cherry, plum, dark chocolate with some yeasty funk. Pretty solid.
flatmatt (1211) - Northville, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz can. Pours black with a tan head. Tart chocolatey, molasses aroma. Flavor has that tart leading edge, cocoa and raisin. It’s pretty tasty, though pushing up the tartness would make it really interesting. But nothing to complain about here!
Mittenator (1523) - Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at crunchy's in east Lansing. Near black with a dark head. Incredibly smooth and rich. Slightly malt and tart cherries.