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 (3315) - 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 (3439) - 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 (1575) - 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 (5047) - 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 (4060) - Omaha, Nebraska, 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 (356) - 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 (2538) - 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.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
February 2013. Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Lemon aromas with spice and dark malts. Very unique and creative brew that have the proper carbonation, complexity and balance.
Beerathon (1682) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I always enjoy trying a unique beer and this was certainly of that ilk. Subtle smoke, a bit peppery, surprising hop note, light mouth feel, black in color, with think khaki head.