CaptainCougar (7133) - 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 (5666) - 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. It’s 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 haven’t had a “Black” Saison that I really liked yet. Don’t spend your money on this one.
jordinc (105) - 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 (131) - 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 (2454) - 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 (8035) - 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 (5263) - Staunton, 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.
Arayaga2 (2048) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, even ruby brown with a cm of tan head. Aroma is slightly burnt caramel with light phenolics. First taste is bitter chocolate with burnt, herby, lemony acridness that punches in as a totally separate note and finishes in slightly smokey sulfur. Meh. $4/12oz
NachlamSie (3171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Marczyk. Pours a lovely ebony with a dense tan head. Aroma is complex with cheese, smoke, bubblegum, papery hops. The palate is very creamy. The yeast is potent in the flavor, about as intense as it can get without being unpleasant. Strong spiced notes are in the flavor and plenty of bubblegum. The finish calms things down with chocolate and smoke. This is very different and complex. I like it.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks, Moll. Faint roast and a touch of spice. Moderate roast in the flavor. Touch of chocolate. Faint pepper. Could use more yeast.