bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a light tan head. Smoke and yeast aroma with light citrus and light caramel. Smoke and yeast flavor with citrus. Medium bodied. Citrus and yeast linger with light smoke.
BelgianBeerGal (3018) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Surprise find bottle from Fairfield JJ’s. Nice dark brown pour with a medium tan head. Pretty nice aroma that definitely leans more towards the saison style with a hit of hops. Not really getting any big smoke but a hint of charcoal and ash. Kinda muted flavor that is saison-esque but also a touch of green hops. Honestly, not getting much smoke at all; maybe a little char in the finish. Dry and hoppy like Stone described it. Okay but certainly a style bender.
ttoadee (550) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, tan head that does not stay around long. Nose is light Belgian yeast, lightly smoked malt, and and dark fruit. Very interesting. Starts sweet on the tongue, but goes nicely bitter. Licorice, hops, and smoke on the way out. Dry and somewhat bitter finish. Different, and good
AxlLives (286) - Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle - pours deep, dark chocolate color with creamy tan head, medium lasting, slight lacing. Aromas of figs, spice and pepper, sweet malt. Taste is almost a 180. Very subdued and subtle flavors of roasted malts, creamy vanilla and pepper, silky nuts (that sounds dirty) with a wonderful long finish. Really pretty good. Well put together, integrated, and balanced.
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown and crystal clear, medium head. Saison aromas with a hint of roast. Crisp apple flavors with light chocolate.
kevinator (717) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was again another Stone-spin on a particular style. I think it worked. The aroma was fruity and malty and spicy. The color was a cloudy brown with minimal head. The flavors defied expectation and are difficult to explain. Fruity tartness, smoked, woody, spicy and some hops at the end. Not necessarily refreshing. Kudos for not giving a crap about style, just not sure this would be something to revisit.
thooper41 (546) - Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle: Appearance is deep dark brown with minimal light town head. Aroma is of roasted malt. Taste is of roasted malt, tastes like a basic porter with no notes of a saison.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle - Pours a clear brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is esters, yeast, and floral hops. Flavor is lightly roasted malt, pine and herbal hops, esters, and light yeast. The finish is dry and has a good dose of hop bitterness. Medium body. A nice beer, but where’s the smoke?
luttonm (2069) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle in Seattle. Very interesting project, strange style but it seems to work alright. Pretty pour, deep slightly funky malts, sweetness, peat. Medium body, black saison style all the way, some wet smoked fish/meat flavors in the back. Doesn’t get better as it warms, but tasty and smart. Balanced beer, maybe not exactly a style to aim for though. Worth a taste.
legion242 (2100) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
These hybrids are getting out of control. Nothing like a saison, not even a hint, but what did expect? More like a light porter.