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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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This "Imperial Dark Saison" is a collaboration between DDC and Shiga Kogen. It has the grain bill of an Imperial Stout, hops grown at Shiga Kogen and is fermented with Saison yeast.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5064) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body under a one inch frothy light brown head that had excellent retention. The nose is rather Stout-like with some roasted malt and dark chocolate, but with a fairly heavy yeast influence. Its slightly fruity and earthy with some light coffee. The flavor is interesting I guess, it almost comes off as a slightly infected homebrew Imperial Stout. Plenty of roast, some slight licorice, a slightly sour twang on the finish. Some noticeable alcohol warmth on the back end. Lighter bodied than expected with lots of fizzy prickly carbonation and a lingering roasty finish. Interesting beer, but not something Id drink with regularity.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6816) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2014
11.5oz bottle, from Party Source. Shared with friends. Code on bottle reads 0-2 (???). Black color. Thin light brown head, with good retention. Couple loose bits of lace. Some roast, tobacco, dark fruit aroma. Up front it strikes me as last than fresh, maybe oxidized. Get some metallic, big astringency. Very spicy. Hard to take more than a sip of. Some dark chocolate, cocoa nib, that part is nice. Spicy bite in the finish. Moderate sweet taste, moderate bitte. Decent, interesting stuff. Gets much better as it sits, and the soft carbonation has a chance to mellow it out. Still, a bit too spicy for my taste, though. Maybe I would have enjoyed this more without the saison yeast, as an straight up imperial stout... The malt bill is very enjoyable. Kind of makes me crave a peche mortel

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Splitenz (331) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2014
A splendid beer, with rich hoppy, stout and saison flavors. Hard to pin down then, but all the more rewarding for it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8778) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle thanks to Chad. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of unsweetened raison, saison yeast, roast chocoalte, dry coffee beans, grassy earth, rye bread and vanilla. Medium body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (2000) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
Bottle, Brew Dog.com on-line shop. Black, as night with a tan hat. Nose had notes of yeast, piney hop, choc and roast, with the flavour bearing similar traits. Some bitterness rocked up towards the finish mingled with a little tartness. What a pleasantly tasty surprise. Operates on many levels, a very classy and carefully crafted beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8765) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle from Beer Trappe, Lexington. Dark brown, thin tan head. Aroma is roast, caramel, tea, spice. Taste is roast, nuts, spice, caramel. Medium bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (744) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
Aroma is a floral character with some spiciness . Rich malt flavours and some mocha. Taste is quite rich with a full body of maltiness. Some bitterness and a slight liquor taste on tip. Body is black and has a very well retained light brown head.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3427) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Color is deep black with light tan head. Aroma is roasted nuts, malts and farmhouse yeast. Smells real nice.

Flavor has some lingering roast, old chocolate, weak coffee and some earthy bitterness in the finish. Grassy hops and some strange molasses note. Medium body with a creamy texture.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2802) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Pitch black. uber roasted nose. walnuts, pecan and bitter pineapple. Very creamy mouthfeel, very high in ash and nutty with fruits. Its not bad but hard to really drink a lot of it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2270) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 29, 2014
9.5% Shared by Mick. Black stout like pour with a huge head of tan foam. Really interesting nose citrusy hops, dark malts, & chocolatey goodness. Medium-thin bodied, sweet fruity citrus hops, rich roasty chocolate malts, zesty really good though I dont get much saison like from it. Like a soft subtle black IPA.


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