BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle that I have had since the release in the fridge (its really been that long?). Pours with a near black hued body and a thick deep brown head with good retention and lace. Aromas are of floral, pine, juniper and some juicy esters, pomegranate, perfumey. Low smoke. Flavors are smokey, lightly bitter, very estery, and some Stone house flavor. Lightly metallic, odd perfumey and some ester that I cant place (spice like...jasmine or something like that). Crisp apple and bartlett pear. Unique (for a saison, and I am not even trying to comment on the "black" and "smoked" characters...the ester profile of the yeast and interplay with the hops is unique). Fuller bodied, off dry, medium carbonation.
dresden (725) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours like a cola with a foamy tan head. Light smoke aroma, some citrus. Hoppy flavour, really lacking a great saison yeast taste, some coffe flavours. Hmmm fine beer, but I’m not tasting what they’re selling.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle served in a Southern Tier Tulip
A - Pours a very dark brown with red highlights when held to the light. 1.5 finger mocha head clings to the sides of the glass. The foam stays around slowly forming a clear center with a tall collar. Below average lacing.
S - Roasted grain, charred wet hay, woody mushroom background, cold coffee grains. The barley runs strong throughout the aroma with notes of old burnt leather and hints of funky yeast. Notes of perfumy lavender show up as it warms.
T - Roasted grains, sharp berry fruit tartness, charcoal wood, hints of acidity, A strong burnt note with the berry tartness clinging the edges of the tongue. It turns smokey toward the middle with leafy green hops showing up. Floral hops ride on top of the strong roast, while finishing earthy with a smokey but crisp finish.
M - Ample carbonation makes a medium creamy body. Hop oils are left on the palate along with roasted grain and a dry finish.
This is not a subtle dark Saison. The roast dominates and creates a smoky background against the berry fruit. The hops are not shy and blend well with hints of wood and campfire funk. The funk is light but adds character overall. I enjoyed exploring this beer. It’s heavy on the smoke and roast with the yeast adding delicate flavor. Thanks Hopswagger!
Serving type: bottle
50belair (1822) - Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown pour with an off white head. Bland non-descript hops, mellow yeast, and spice notes. Can’t find the smoke on this one. Average body and mouthfeel.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to drew, I think. Thanks! Pours a deep brown/black with a tan head. Nose is meaty with medium smoke and subtle clove and roast. Some rose floral notes along with a tea thing. On tasting, much cleaner and better than anticipated. Smokey with some more salty meat and a balancing yeast profile from the fermentation. The roast works as well. Thought I’d hate this. Solid stuff.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oily black pour with a thin brown head. This beer smells exactly like grilled mushrooms. Smokey, vegetal, fungal, slight pepper on the nose. Flavor is lightly smoked and peppery, but kind of thin and weird. Not very good.
Miksu (4801) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
0.355 l bottle at Angleterre, Helsinki. Pours black. Aromas and flavors of coffeish and chocolatey roasted malts, citrus, smoke, licorice, clove, pepper and firm bitterness. Several of these elements do not pair well, quite messy brew.
ads135 (2539) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Three absolutely stellar brewers, you would think, would produce something memorable. Sadly, this beer has a strangely unbalanced smokiness, is weak-bodied, with an unassertive sweetness that lingers unpleasantly.
wildbeercat (322) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 fl oz / 355mL bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Served cool.
Aroma: Smoky, kind of roasty, a little chocolate maybe. I want to say there’s a little herb in there too.
Appearance: Almost opaque dark ruby body, light, dissipating tan head.
Taste: Wow I’m going to have trouble describing this. I’m getting some tart fruit, kind of. Definitely some smoke. It is pretty dry. Pretty unique.
Palate: Long, mildly bitter finish. Medium-full bodied.
Overall: I’m not sure if this is one of my favorites, but it is a pretty interesting brew.
BREWMUSKCLES (2143) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
some hops and dry. some smoke and a little funky fish. full foamy body though little head evident. nice.