GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at The Salted Pig. Poured a deep near black with medium coffee foam. Good lacing. Nose is sage, black pepper, herbal, mild smoke. Taste is dusty, dry, herbal, toasty, black peppercorn. Lemon tea finish. Interesting black saison. Muted to almost no smoke character makes it past the herbal onslaught.
rangerred (843) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle into a pint glas
Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Really good rocky head retention and awesome lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aroma has the trademark Belgian yeastyness that I expect from a Saison but also a nice curveball of roasted malt with a hint of smoke. The roast and smoke are subtle but enough is there to let you know that this is not your average Saison.
This uniqueness carries over into the flavor where once again, there is a little something extra happening. Belgian yeast up front with the typical fruity flavors common in this style but there are subtle hints of caramel and burnt toast. I also pick up coffee and dark chocolate along with very faint smoke. Quite nice but then comes the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is is full and slick with a sticky finish. Now I wonder if this is really a Saison. Where is the light crisp mouthfeel and bone dry finish? This really ruins the whole experience.
Overall, a great idea but it just doesnít work. I wonder if all the specialty malts made bone dry attenuation simply impossible? I think this might be the case but if so, then why even attempt a "smoked saison"? Nonetheless an interesting take on a classic style and worth picking up if you come across it.
Ontbeertaster (2257) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, very nice aroma, it very spicey, the pour is black and a bit see through, the flavour is spicey and a very light smoke, overall, this one is very flavourful and nice.
Slipstream (1928) - USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Caponeís terrific (and crowded) day after Thanksgiving event. Who decided that day has to be called Black Friday? Iím not calling it that. Anyway, this was a really interesting brew! It is a little confusing because there is a brewery called Perfect Crime, but they apparently were not involved in committing this particular legal violation. But there is no infringement here concerning the statutes of good taste! This perfect crime was amazingly well-balanced, yet it seems like a blend. Smoky, sweet, a touch sour, seems like it could have a little peat in it too. It is not like anything else I can think of. Is it an old ale? A new ale? RB calls it a saison - whatever, I call it excellent.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Black, scant beige gead. Aroma of chicolatey coffee grounds. Taste is oily Italian coffee soda. Tasty.
BOLTZ7555 (2658) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Was kind of hoping for a little more from this one. Nice dark mahogany pour with a small mocha head that left some lacing. Nose of roasted malt, charred wood, yeast, and a touch of candied citrus. Just not as interesting as the combination of aromas would indicate. Everything is there but subtle, subdued, muddled. Wanted more burnt oak, more grapefruit pith and orange peel, more spice. Very drinkable but not entirely memorable.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine Sterling. It pours almost black with a small head. The nose is almost black IPA like with slight burnt notes but a lighter hop presence. Itís soft on the tongue with an interesting mix of floral, burnt malt, grass, and slight yeast notes. Light body with higher carbonation. Interesting brew.
BrewDad (4610) - Olympia, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark black in color, with a tan head. Light malt and Belgian yeast aroma. I was hoping for more smoke and more hops. Easy drinking and nice brew overall.
ADfan (538) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark in the glass with a small head. The nose has dark fruits like plums and cherries with a touch of smoke. The taste has smoke up front then there is some roasted malts. A touch of roasted fruits on the end. Taste falls off pretty quick.
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small fizzy tan head . Nose is roasted malt, light spice,grass, and earth. Flavor shows more of the smoke, notes of cocoa, coffee, and a grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin and for the brewers involved, this is slightly underwhelming.