ExpendableHero (770) - Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cola colored beer with an off-white head. Aromas of smoke and raisins. Tastes of raisins, some coffee, roasted barley and other earthy flavors. There is even a hint of peanuts mixing in as well. There are also some subtle hints of spruce hops thrown in. Finish is semi-bitter and smoky. Oily mouth feel, full bodied beer. Easy to drink and tasty.
dfinney23 (2087) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured nearly black but didn’t seem all that smokey or saison-y. Quite bitter in a grassy/herbal way.
jstraw (1942) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Jerry’s. Black with big, foamy, tan head / Musty, toasty nose of banana, dark fruit, smoke, cocoa, and roast barley / Medium body, mostly dry with some astringency, fruit nudged to the background, with bitter finish / Dry, mild, and bitter flavors of banana, smoke, salami, dark roast coffee, and prune / The bitterness dominates, and the potentially interesting flavors just quite aren’t up to it.
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark but fairly transparent brown with little head. Aromas are of dank leaves, earthy malt and a little smoke. Flavor is sharply bitter and peat-driven... almost a tannin like edge to it. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and it seems a bit watery. The beer seems to have a bit of a herbal edge to it... almost rosemary or something.
Syzzer (605) - Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best black saison I?ve had. Dark brown, clear color. Sticky light tan head that remains. Interesting malty herb taste. Sourish finish. Smoky malt nose. 9.2bd. 9.3joek
jsquire (3669) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown beer with a foamy tan head. Cereal grain nose with some spice and roasted grain notes. Spicy flavor with some yeast, banana, dark caramel and bitter citrus in the finish. I don’t get much smoke, but I’ll say it comes out in the finish. Interesting take on a saison.
mjs (5043) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle, 0,355 l - BBE was almost completely scratched off, at Kittys, 20130301) The beer poured very dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had cowhouse, roasted malts, molasses and sweetness. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were spices, smoke, sourness, sweetness, molasses and bitterness. Aftertaste was mildly sour and bitter. Not a good brew. I do like saisons but this one was just a weird mess.
VastActiv (3494) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 0.355 at Kittys, Helsinki. Colour is dark brown with medium brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, smoke, sourness, yeast and hops.
brokensail (12359) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown colored beer with a khaki head. Moderate smoke aroma, dark fruits, and a fair amount of roast. A bit of metal, some grass, coffee, yeast, and black pepper. The flavor is lightly sweet with some fruit and bread notes. Heavy roasted malt, a fair amount of smoke, and a touch of metal. Light coffee and chocolate notes, spicy black pepper, grass, and yeast.
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz from bev4less. Pours dark mahogany hue with a thin, but lacy off-white foam head. Straight away the nose is of dark malt and hops. Lots of dark bittering hops. Chocolate and coffee notes are also present. Even more coffee in the first sip, very roasty malty flavor on this one... the hop bitterness from the nose has settled into the background a bit. Is it a saison? Not so much... a black IPA? Maybe... but, of course, I’m sure the recipe grain bill and yeast would prove me wrong. Still, something about this one screams black ipa, or even robust porter. Mouthfeel is a little thin on this one, in spite of the richness of the flavor package. Clings decently well to the tongue, but on the underside. Anyway, it’s good... but not as interesting as the description made out.