That1Guy (2090) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle pours a clear brown with a sticky head. Very astringent at first. Once it warms, it opens up a bit. Definite Saison tendencies on the nose. Flavor is still pretty astringent, with bitter malts and smoke fighting with each other and creating a bit of a mess. Just ok.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a pitch black with fluffy, long lasting brown head, nice lacing. Aroma is somewhat yeasty, with nothing especially pronounced. Medium bodied, lower on carbonation than you would expect although not in a bad way. The flavor is a progression starting with yeasty notes, moving to soft, nuanced smoke, and then lingering dark chocolate / coffee tones on a bitter finish. Overall an interesting brew although not something I would have again.
deyholla (8573) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at SmallBar. Pours a dark amber brown with a tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a good amount of roasted malt with a hint of smoke and dark grain. Flavor has dark grains and a hint of smoke that grow to bitter chocolate and roasted malts.
Brouwerij (957) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown with a finger and a half of rocky tan head, settles in minutes with some lacing. Aromas of sweet grass/hay, slightly roasted, smoky, and fruity like belgian yeast. Flavor is roasted malt up front with noticeable hops, then sweeter with nutty and almost fruity tones. Hints of herbal notes. Finish is mildly bitter and lingers. Strong carbonation and medium body without a slightly oily mouthfeel. An interesting saison, but not as memorable as some of the other Stone collaborations.
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2012 Bottle. Dark pour which is clear held to the light with a tan head. Aroma is light smoke, herbs, clove, and some bitter hops on the finish. Smoke comes through much more in the flavor and is mixed with the clove before some hop bitterness at the end. Clean mouthfeel. The beer has all of the advertised elements in relative harmony but the saison yeast does not really play that well off the smoke IMHO. Worth a try. Note - I’m drinking this on tap day after my bottle review and the clove/yeast character is reduced which allows the smoke and hops to assert more and improves the taste. Kinda cool beer actually if you give it a chance.
JoeTheYounger (1171) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bevmo arrogant bitches. Dark brown reddish tint pour with off white head. Aroma is fruity Belgian yeast some spice, cooked dark fruits. Taste is initially fruity followed by slight roast/smoke with a ton of hops. Like an IPA mixed with a porter and a saison. Very interesting style but I enjoy it!!
drjay44 (3037) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, light beige head with moderate lacing, over a clear, reddish brown (SRM 25) body....nose is light smoke, hints of pine, citrus......taste is light smoke, light sweet fruits including pear, apple, mango, with hints of dried fruit including fig, plum, hints of barnyard, cocoa, ending with a lingering slightly sweet citrus peel bitterness....mouth feel medium, carbonation low. This is a delightfully complex and well disguised creation. It is a mixture of a black IPA, Saison, and Smoked. The smoke was done with a light hand. The malts were heavy, and the hops were dumped in. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7
mjg74 (2891) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from BevMo. Pours a deep ruby color. Nose is yeasty with a little earthiness. A little bit of roast as well. Flavor is saison up front with a little roastiness creeping in. Some subdued smoke. Finish is fairly bitter.
Alemax (16) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour: Pours a dark brown. Holding it up to the light it turns a dark red. Poured with about a finger of head. Head is tan with a slight orange
Smell: Smell is a classic Saison. Floral notes a hint of smoke. Rose water. Green Vegitable. Black Pepper. Sweet malts with just a slight hop aroma. It also has that strong yeasty smell that comes through on a good
Taste: The taste starts out with a sweet malt then builds quickly into a smoked meat taste. (Not in a bad way) After a few sips the taste calms down and mellows. It starts to let more of its hops out in the mouth then leaves a smoked salty caramel taste on the way down. After drinking the beer for a while the smoked taste dies down and you are left with a tart and hoppy Saison.
JohnnyJ (4992) - 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.