Ibrew2or3 (6450) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours dark brown with some deep ruby red colored hues and a thin tan head of foam. The aroma is full and offers up a mix of lime, funky yeast and soured molding grapefruit. Interesting taste where modest roasted malts and maltiness meet lime and grapefruit and a bit of moldy funk. This creates a fairly pleasing combination of flavors for me.
crossovert (6134) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin and watery, not much smoke, not much spice, not much hoppiness. Not sure what they were going for.
Ernest (6015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cocoa powder, roasted grain), with strong notes of peppercorn, lemon juice, eucalyptus/menthol, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean, slightly husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Smoked, seriously? There ain’t a gol-durn trace of smoke in my bottle. Roasted grain, sure. But no smoke. Pretty much all it smells like is choco-roast malt, peppercorns, and a medicinal Vicks VapoRub sorta thing. Sour and dirty in the mouth. Amazing that this was considered successful enough to bottle. Sad.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled, poured black with frothy tan foam, aroma and flavor has some smoke, peppery note, yeasty with some oreo cookies thrown in, nice balance finished
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Deep brown, moderate frothy beige head, spotty lacing.   Black Saison, really?   Pale toasted malts, slight barnish/musty notes.   More of a black malt presense.   Its like a sweet bright Black Bier.
Hard to wrap my head around this.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Soft campfire, charred grass, dust, barn, and hay on the finish.   Not bad, but not what I think of when I drink a Saison.   In this case, a
Black Smoked Saison.   Not bad, but some aspects I dont know that I want to see together.   No real flaws, just an odd combination of flavors put together.
rosenbergh (5977) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. Rotterdam, Helsinki, Finland.
Dark reddish brown almost black colour with a small creamy off-white head.
Brown ale aroma with malt, mild caramel sweetness, soy sauce and mild hoppiness. The flavour is roasted malt, dry stout elements and dry liquorice.
There's nothing Saison in this, black it is and it's mildly smoked. So Black Smoked Saison is as far as it is as a beer style.
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deyholla (5917) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at SmallBar. Pours a dark amber brown with a tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a good amount of roasted malt with a hint of smoke and dark grain. Flavor has dark grains and a hint of smoke that grow to bitter chocolate and roasted malts.
marcus (5890) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a disappearing dark beige head and an earthy anise aroma. There is a somewhat bitter chocolate and burnt treacle flavor. Interesting and very tasty. Tastes nothing like a saison aside from a faint yeasty fruitiness at the finish.
after4ever (5861) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12-oz. Pours black with a dense and creamy dark tan head. Not much lace. Big smoke sweet nose, smells like smoked black liquorice jerky. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Campfire, ash, and black liquorice on the mid-palate. Ashy salty campfire finish.
KyotoLefty (5802) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smoky nose, chocolate, coffee, light spice. Slightly cloudy black with a low, fine tan head. Flavor of spicy yeast, light smoke, coffee, licorice, a bit of dark cocoa. Dry and a bit raw. Bitter finish, though not exactly hoppy. A bit metallic, with some dark fruits and spicy astringency. Somewhat thin body. Very dry, herbal finish. OK, but not what I want in a saison.