Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of dry floral, slight coffee and perfumey grape. Pours black with a small sudsy head. Taste is a neat mix of floral bread and a nice smokey aftertaste. Very neat combination of tastes. Almost tastes like a black belgian ipa (a la Iron Hill Ironfish).
jjgmd (1979) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very deep dark color. Nose is heavy malt and chocolate with some spice. Taste is full of malt, with sweetness and smokiness.....with a myriad of spices. Finish is bitter and lingers with the same complex flavors and spices. Quaff Score 7 / 10
mikem409 (1976) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks beau! pours dark brown with a massive tan head! aroma of rye and peppercorn. taste is a little spicy and some fruity wheat little hops
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at mugs ale house with Jenny. Pour is dark, off white head, thick lacing. Floral and herbal in the upfront taste.. Burnt caramelize malts in the finish coupled with bitter pine. Great finish
jstraw (1962) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Jerry’s. Black with big, foamy, tan head / Musty, toasty nose of banana, dark fruit, smoke, cocoa, and roast barley / Medium body, mostly dry with some astringency, fruit nudged to the background, with bitter finish / Dry, mild, and bitter flavors of banana, smoke, salami, dark roast coffee, and prune / The bitterness dominates, and the potentially interesting flavors just quite aren’t up to it.
zgaier (1889) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a brown head and slight tart and roasty aroma of fruits and spices. Taste is sweet and smokey, lots of roasted malt, chocolate, fruit notes, and spices with a bitter, spicy finish. Very enjoyable, flavorful brew
mcox90 (1886) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours an opaque mahogany with a one finger khaki head. Little bit of thin,weak lace. Light smoke on the aroma with Belgian yeast, hint of bubblegum & grass. Earthy smelling. Lots of roasted malt flavor. Some dark fruit taste with a pretty substantial hop bite on the back end. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Easy to drink. Interesting brew.
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red/brown pour with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, lemon, and a light smoke. Taste is lemon, roasted malt and the smoke, which comes out at the end. Roasted malt aftertaste. OK lacing.
kevinator (1850) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was again another Stone-spin on a particular style. I think it worked. The aroma was fruity and malty and spicy. The color was a cloudy brown with minimal head. The flavors defied expectation and are difficult to explain. Fruity tartness, smoked, woody, spicy and some hops at the end. Not necessarily refreshing. Kudos for not giving a crap about style, just not sure this would be something to revisit.
andyhwcinc (1820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home on a lazy Saturday afternoon while doing some errands. Appearance is a moderate, pitch black with a thin white head that laces to the glass. Aroma of smoke, chocolate, light yeast, also a touch of roasted malt. Taste is pretty good, definite smoke presence with a light yeast flavor, also a very light touch of fruit and hops. I don’t know how to classify this one, doesn’t really taste like a saison to me. Still pretty good.