ttoadee (785) - 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 (288) - 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 (1113) - 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 (549) - BELGIUM - 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 (2773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - 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 (2299) - 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.
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a foamy dense tan head. Fruity musty yeasty and tart aroma. Flavor is like a beer suicide. Chocolate, sourness, wild yeasty notes and an insane bitterness all wrapped up in one with a touch of dark fruit. The end.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Toasted malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.