JohnnyJ (4306) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Stone. Bubbly black pour, off-white to tannish head. Dry grain, sweet stone fruit, spice, peppery, peach, rotting grass, and light smoke (kind of harsh lighter fluid). This beer is pretty rough, sure its trying to be unique, but it doesn’t really work.
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours chestnut with transient head. nose is rich with apricot and cherry. Nice tart fruit bite leads to a sweet brown malty ride. Finishes with toast, jam, and a smoky hue. Nice beer.
notalush (4823) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
How the hell is Colorado the first place to get this? - anyway, I am not sure why I am such a sucker for these Stone collaborations, but as soon as I saw Stillwater was involved in this, I new I needed to try it - besides, it’s a smoked black saison - how could I NOT try that? - sure, it’ll probably be a train wreck, but probably an interesting one - anyway, pours dark brown, nearly black - fizzy head that rapidly shrinks and almost completely disappears - nose is quite smoky and woody, with some mild phenolics that play off of that well and remind you that this is supposed to be a saison of some sort - there isn’t much else to the nose, but I like the smokiness so much that I do not really mind this - moderate carbonation - slightly slick mouthfeel - a slight bit of dark malt sweetness at first, but the beer dries out fast, just as the char and roast of the malt kicks in - a nice mineral note through the middle compliments the dryness - mild smoke arrives late - the tail end remains dry, but also gets rather spicy/peppery - finish is moderate bitterness and a light woody char - only a hint of phenols throughout remind you of the yeast used here - given the nose, I would have liked more smoke in the flavor - this beer is pretty interesting, but it doesn’t quite all come together in the end.
arminjewell (6151) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle into tulip, thick black pour, nice cream tan head, dissipates but leaves a nice half finger of tan head, laces fairly well. Aroma brings notes of grass, slight orange peel, chocolate, smoke, hints of caramel, toffee, almost a grape like, fruity quality in there as well, hints of coriander and light spice. Interesting. Taste is a mix of sweet grape, orange, some pear, peach hidden in there go into some sweet caramel, cocoa nib, dark chocolate, roast, slight earthy grass notes as well, leading into a fairly bitter, roasted, and smoky finish that helps it to dry out in the end. It is very interesting, kind of grows on me as it warms but overall seems a bit messy.