maekchu (1090) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Whole Foods El Segundo. Sugary, yeasty aroma, with a slight bit of funkiness. Dark brown with a thick creamy head. Quite balanced between the saison and the black. Some smoke, yes. Good bitterness in final. Medium body. The smoke and the saison character tend to cancel each other. Okay.
tomciccateri (885) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12-ounce brown bottle. Pours an opaque black with lasting, frothy , fine-bubble tan head. Smokey aroma with confounding complexities. Full body, rich texture mouthfeel. Even dry/sweet dark malt flavor balance. Late Belgian yeast character. Slight coffee notes. Hint of roastiness. Uncategorizable. OKAY.
JStax (1671) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dense black with a lighter khaki colored head of foam. Good Retention. Difficult to pick up much in the way of aroma, but I do pick up on some grassy and resinous hop profile. In the taste I get that grassy bitterness alongside a fruity sweetness. The smoke seems to have disappeared from this beer as it is pretty much undetectable. This isnít a bad beer at all, itís just not quite what I expected of it.
jonno (2001) - JAPAN - FEB 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rather simple and straight forward considering the 3 involved. Very soft chocolate malt and hint of smoke on the nose. Simple malt grain flavours, with some slight smokiness and a it of hops on the back end. Missing any kind of quality to stand out from the pack.
Sledutah (3192) - Utah, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Country wine and spirits
Appearance: Pours black with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, saison yeast, esters, mild smoke and chocolate
Taste: Spices, yeasty, wet blanket and chocolate
Nice and tasty, I enjoyed this one.
trevor211 (1187) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black, with a pinkish tan head. This is an interesting one. Three separate flavors, all mild, combine in a nice balance. Thereís the bittersweet roasted malts that give this brew its color, just a bit of smoke (they kept it subtle), and a crisp hoppy yeastiness that indicates a farmhouse style. After the other flavors fade, the faint smokiness remains, which is nice. Mild flavor, even milder aroma... not at all bad.
Tonkun (319) - New York, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark espresso pour with a creamy tan head. Acidic, coffee bean, raisin, apricot, cola, lead. Easy to drink light to medium body with slight tannin like bitter finish.
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PapaSkeetSkeet (676) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 Dark, dirty brown with thin creamy-tan head. Aroma is a farmy sap-citrus fusion. fruity juicy-fruit yeast notes. Flavor is more juicy-fruit citrus hops. Incredibly well brewed; Iím ecstatic!!! Medium body; the best session Iíve had in the better part of a year.
elihapa (1487) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12/6/12 notes: bottle, $3. Pours dark brown-black with a fluffy light tan head. Aroma of crushed saltine cracker, dried herbs and flowers, white pepper. A nice blend of saison yeast and noble hops. Flavor starts carefully, revealing rather simple notes of dry, semi-sweet toasted malts, bits of smoke, a dribble of hop brightness. A mustiness pervades, characteristic of many saisons. But before anything familiar is conjured, hop and char bitternesses come to bite, a bit abruptly, leading into a dry, desolate finish. Overall, there are elements of this beer that work (the nose), that donít match (the finish), and that get along fine (mid flavors).
ccex (795) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours a dark brown/black with small khaki head and some lacing. Aroma is a peculiar mix of Belgian yeast, dark roasted malts, raisins, cherries, spices, and smoke. Taste is initially sweet/tart fruits with an earthy/funky dry finish and lingering smoke. Body is light to medium with average carbonation. An interesting experimental mix of a saison, a black IPA, and a smoked beer.