PapaSkeetSkeet (808) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 Dark, dirty brown with thin creamy-tan head. Aroma is a farmy sap-citrus fusion. fruity juicy-fruit yeast notes. Flavor is more juicy-fruit citrus hops. Incredibly well brewed; Iím ecstatic!!! Medium body; the best session Iíve had in the better part of a year.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12/6/12 notes: bottle, $3. Pours dark brown-black with a fluffy light tan head. Aroma of crushed saltine cracker, dried herbs and flowers, white pepper. A nice blend of saison yeast and noble hops. Flavor starts carefully, revealing rather simple notes of dry, semi-sweet toasted malts, bits of smoke, a dribble of hop brightness. A mustiness pervades, characteristic of many saisons. But before anything familiar is conjured, hop and char bitternesses come to bite, a bit abruptly, leading into a dry, desolate finish. Overall, there are elements of this beer that work (the nose), that donít match (the finish), and that get along fine (mid flavors).
ccex (921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours a dark brown/black with small khaki head and some lacing. Aroma is a peculiar mix of Belgian yeast, dark roasted malts, raisins, cherries, spices, and smoke. Taste is initially sweet/tart fruits with an earthy/funky dry finish and lingering smoke. Body is light to medium with average carbonation. An interesting experimental mix of a saison, a black IPA, and a smoked beer.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of raisins, anise, smoked sausage, and dates. Flavor of pepper, anise, roasted grain, coffee, grass, dark fruit, yeast, and smoke with a dry, bitter finish.
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not sure Iíd like this, but had to try it. Nice nose of smoked malt, slight chocolate & roast, with some dark fruit Belgian yeast esters. Flavors started out the same, but took an unexpected turn with bitter, biting hops. Guess I shouldnít have been too surprised, considering Stone was involved! Thought it was good, minus the harsh, bitter hop finish.
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location/Date:Bottle on February 10th, 2013.
Appearance: Pours dark black with light brown head.
Aroma: Aroma of spice and faint smoke.
Taste: Medium light bitterness, spice, some faint smoke that lingerings.
Palate:Light body, some fizz, lingering aftertaste of smoke.
Summary: Definitely an interesting beer. I am a fan of smoked beers, although for some reason this one is just okay in that department. Overall itís a solid saison, although I guess I expect more when Stone and Stillwater are involved.
Darwenus (546) - Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours very dark but very thin, with a brief head. The aroma is anise, charcoal and some hops, and the flavor presents those notes, a faint presence of banana and citrus, and a mild hop tingle at the end.
PorterPounder (5446) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Proof Bottle Shop - 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a sticky khaki colored head that leaves a nice coat of lacing. Aroma has a hint of spice, coriander perhaps, a touch of juicy fruit gum. Flavor is pleasant with some slight citrus bitterness, a touch of licorice, brief hints of chocolate. Thickish mouthfeel. Enjoyable - but not seeing the Saison in this one.
jmikolich (1446) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, a saison which is smoked and highly hopped? weirdness. Its like a black IPA used with Saison yeast and the smoked part gets stomped out by the hops, surprisingly okay with me.
AndresTM (306) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is a blend of green, herbal (and, to a lesser extent, floral) hops, Belgian yeast, and hints of smoked malt. Not too strong a smoky character, though. The taste is smooth, herbal, and a little piney up front, with spicy yeast esters and some malt following. Hops are protagonists here, not the smokiness.