bytemesis (6614) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear black ruby with a small brown head and some lacing. Aroma is yeast, apple, lemon, wheat and wood. Flavor is smoky, wheat, very lightly sweet, light grassy bitter with a dry finish. Medium body with prickly carbonation.
reggiedunlop (3651) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma has black pepper and rye notes. Flavor follows suit and adds just a touch of roastiness and a touch of smoke...some earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is peppery/roasty and dry. Not much smoke really.
HonkeyBra (4034) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Black pour with a thick light tan color head. Aroma of smoke, mild earthiness and funk. Lots of fruit notes, in the form of grape, plums. Flavor is hoppy and mildly bitter with tons of fruit and smoke. Quite dry, some chocolate and dark bread notes peak out. Full body, nice big carbonation. Finishes on a bitter and dry note. Nice beer. One of the better collaborations from Stone.
DocLock (9905) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Caponeís. Dark blackish pour with minimal tan head. Nose was roasty malt, some funk, mild rauch, acidic notes. Tasted malty, somewhat funky, with some floral dryness, and hopcitrus. A lot going on here, but perhaps too much.
Ernest (7286) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cocoa powder, roasted grain), with strong notes of peppercorn, lemon juice, eucalyptus/menthol, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean, slightly husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Smoked, seriously? There ainít a gol-durn trace of smoke in my bottle. Roasted grain, sure. But no smoke. Pretty much all it smells like is choco-roast malt, peppercorns, and a medicinal Vicks VapoRub sorta thing. Sour and dirty in the mouth. Amazing that this was considered successful enough to bottle. Sad.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into glass. I donít really have too much to say about this beer. Saison...? I guess itís a pretty hoppy saison then. I didnít really enjoy it, but I didnít hate it either. Itís just sort of meh.
Ratman197 (13112) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of smoke, roastiness, charcoal, citrus,pepper and light yeast. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of smoke, roastiness, earthiness, pepper and light yeast with a crisp dry lingering smokey finish.
ben4321 (5646) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Oak Tree, 11/30/12
Aroma: Roasted malts, Belgian yeast, smoked malts, chocolate, a little funk, and some hop notes
Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color with a small beige head and some drippy lace-work
Flavor: Tastes similar, a little sweet, roasty, mild smoke, and with a light-medium bitterness finish
Palate: Medium bodied, decent feel, a tingly carbonation, and a somewhat dry, mildly smokey finish
First beer of 11/30, shout out to jcos! Finally I actually saw one of these Stone collaborations in a store, Iíve missed out on most of the recent ones. Anyway, this was a fairly interesting one, but it didnít totally work. It is basically a Dark Saison with a little bit of smoke, but unfortunately it is really just a mediocre example of a Dark Saison, and the little bit of smoke didnít add that much. This beer is fine, but it doesnít totally come together.
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is smoke, bit of roast coffee, and subtle clove, florals. Appearance is see through brown with thin head. Taste is sweet then smoky, mixed with belgian esters kinda odd. palate is too thick for a saison and falls strongly on the side of the smoked element. overall itís a mish mash and worse for it.
dmac (5483) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Spirits Crossroads. Poured a good looking medium/thinner density dark black body with an average sized foamy beige head. Aroma was interesting and nice, notes of light smoke, roastiness, touch of chocolate from the dark malts, wet bread, saison spiceyness, wet white pepper, older citrus rinds. Medium/fuller body with average to stronger carbonation that leaves a creamy feel that is well balanced by the carbonation and an aveage aftertaste that is dry...just normally dry not "unexplainably dry". Flavor is a tad short of the aroma. Notes of wet burnt bread crusts, slight white pepper, citrus rinds, earthy, older fruits and some solid chocolate notes towards the end. I wasnít expecting much from this but am very pleasantly surprised.