BEENJAMIN (250) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 Assuming that this is Stillwaters yeast I let the bottle warm up before I poured it. Pours a deep brownish mahogany with a tan head. A compelling aroma of herbs, blueberries, a slight smokiness, and lavender impresses. The Slightly tart fruit flavor ends with a sweet and savory note. Very complex brew, I will for sure buy this one again.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour at Papago. I really enjoy the play of the hops, smoke and saison yeasty goodness! The hops hit first, then a nutty, yeasty flavor followed by some really well integrated smoke. Good stuff.
rubbishystuff (1734) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was quite yummy. Very subtle smoke appeared more at the back of the sip. Slightly sour but gave a over all winey-ness. Very pleasantly surprised. Serving: bottle
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle: pours a clear dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Has a lightly sweet dark malty nose with good smoke character and some resiny hops along with a touch of light fruity esters. Starts with good fullness and toasted malty sweetness with some coffee undertones and fresh smoke drying out slightly before a lingering bittersweet finish. Unique and enjoyable.
AirForceHops (2555) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz. bottle from Ryan and Casey Liquors Greenfield, MA. Aroma is light roasted malt and citrus hops. The flavor is really muted. Itís reminds me of a weak smoked porter. Where is the Belgian yeast? It does have a light citrus hop in the finish but overall, a bland disappointment. Medium bodied, lower on carbonation. I think some of the hybrids created recently need to die. I havenít had a ďBlackĒ Saison that I really liked yet. Donít spend your money on this one.
jordinc (102) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a rich dark brown with white head. Notes of ginger, pine, and toasted malts. Finishes crisp and clean for a dark beer.
Shooter42 (123) - California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Decent brew but not my style as taste is too bitter and mouthfeel is too thin.
dnstone (2092) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in color with a soft off-white head. Roasty but light bodied witha bit of smokiness and saison-yeast spice. Light malty, smoked aroma.
djd07 (2744) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Hay Merchant. Pours a dark ruby with small frothy off white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is a bready malt and clove. Thin mouthfeel with a dry malt with strong clove flavor. A decent saison.
obguthr (3374) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nothing on the nose. Cola brown, headless. Charcoal and prune flavor. Raisins as well. A bit didappointing.