kevinator (1105) - 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.
skmikeg (1077) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black a small tan head which does not last long. Aroma is of smoke, roasted malts, wet hay funk, some bakers coco, some wood, and Belgian spices. Taste is smoked wood, roasted malts, citrus, some floral hops, some coco, faint espresso, and some saison spices. Has medium body with a slighty creamy, well carbonated mouthfeel and a dry, semi bitter, slightly funky, smokey finish. overall, a interesting and pretty tasty hybrid of a rachbier and saison.
Beerheart65 (1065) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light brown head is thin and short, dark brown/black. Light arome has licorice, coffee, caramel, ash, slightly roasted. Crisp round, bitter, dry, highly roasted nearly burned, long roastrd bitter finish, berry also. Tasty but quite much roasted. Would not drink many of these.
mnmike (1052) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I actually had this one from a bottle pour into an empty soda cup at a Del Taco... had to drink before getting to the airport
steview (1034) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mmm, nah. Like a porter blended with a light sour. I would have preferred them to be separated, or at least reworked. It’s not a crime. It shouldn’t be discouraged though. Maybe I’m not ready for this: Haute...
tomciccateri (1027) - 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.
dresden (1027) - 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.
SPDickerman (1012) - Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark mahogany with a small tan head. Smells both of funk and smoke. Taste is smoky with some funkiness. Light-to-medium bodied with a wet texture and light fizzy mouth-carbonation, Evil Twin/Stillwater/Stone The Perfect Crime Black Smoked Saison finishes with a touch of smoked funk.
ccex (995) - 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.
cmonster (994) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours dark brown with a large tan head. Good retention and nice foamy residue. Aroma has saison esters quickly followed by a nice campfire ash, roast, and then earth. I’m liking this. Medium sweet attack followed by a light roasty finish that grows bitter. Another attempt at a black saison and this one is a success. Maybe the current style list should be amended.