scooter520 (185) - - JAN 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Appearance: very dark brown with ruby tints and a foamy tan head. Aroma: roasted malts, some yeast funk, some smoke, some lemon and some overripe banana. Taste: bright lemon and some banana and roasted malts up front, some funky yeast and pepper in the middle, ending with a dry smoky flavor. Mouthfeel: fairly thin with medium carbonation. Overall: interesting take on a Saison. I'm not a huge Saison fan, but this adds an extra level of complexity with the smoked and roasted malts.
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Keyes88 (60) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouts a near black body with reddish hued edges. Smells of dulled smoke with some faint funk. Very bread and malt flavor with a nice blend of smoke and spice. Great mouthfeel with the flavor. Interesting take on Saison.
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ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this is a dark saison. It looks more like a stout, with a solid, black color and a cream-colored head that produces some fabulous lacing. The nose provides some smooth, gentle smoked malts atop a roasty saison yeastiness. The flavor is less desirable but still very nice and not overly roasted to be bunking with the obviously saisonish yeast. It’s bright and spicy in the mouth, full and tasty, and reminiscent of fresh, unmolested oak. The roasted malts seem well-hidden in the finish and offers a very nice, clean, charred, soft, woody impression on the palate and a smoky sweetness in the finish. This is my kind of saison!
SPDickerman (1056) - Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark mahogany with a small tan head. Smells both of funk and smoke. Taste is smoky with some funkiness. Light-to-medium bodied with a wet texture and light fizzy mouth-carbonation, Evil Twin/Stillwater/Stone The Perfect Crime Black Smoked Saison finishes with a touch of smoked funk.
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop: Aroma is subtle with not a lot to smell other than a minor scent of yeast, spice and charred wood log. Appearance was a dark brown that was completely opaque while a foamy head breaks down in short time. Flavor is mild with chances of dark roast malts but I was unable to find any traces of smoke or that it was even a saison for that matter. Boring and bland yet perfectly balanced and an interesting concept of blackening a saison.
GMCC2181 (1554) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via SL. Light black in color... small head that faded fast. Nose is light toasted malts, slight smoke and some earthy spices. Taste is just mehhh. Light toasted malt, light smoke, spices, earthy. No one flavor standing out. Blended well together but kind of boring to me. Medium to high carbonation. Overall: Nothing to write home about. Kind of expected more with three big names brewing this together
jbruner (2939) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a translucent black from the bottle with foamy off-white head and light lacing as it dissipates. Aroma of roasted malts, faint dark chocolate, dirt, ash, and a slight funky yeast note on the back end. Taste is odd, but complex; starts bitter and ashy, sweet and malty in the middle, then a kind of acetone ester on the back end. Good stuff, just really weird.
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From draft in a tulip at Monk’s Kettle, murky slate with a moussey of-white 2" head. The aroma is sweetly with a hint of vanilla & smoke. Malt flavors of cereal and toast lead, body is medium-lean in the mouth, then the smoke blends in with cereal notes. A floral bittering charge from the hops noted in finish. On alternate sips, a Belgian saison yeast character noted in finish, with slight drying. Intriguing and balanced; ambitious to make these various elements all pull together.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Fermentation Market. Black pour with a creamy beige head with some lacing. Nose is chocolate malts, ashy smoke, pepper, hints of yeast and some earthy hops. Restrained, uninteresting entry with notes of roasted malts, ash, smoke, peppery yeast with a spicy, earthy hop finish. Not bad and pretty interesting.
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Big, brooding pour of pitch black darkness and towering, boiling tan foam. The aroma is certainly smoky, yet restrained and comforting. The smoke is evident in the initial quaff, but settles in quickly behind some sweet malitiness and an almost tart finish. Rings hollow to me, unfortunately. It’s an enjoyable enough drink, but doesn’t warrant the $4/bottle retail. (#4899, 1/13/2013)