TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown and crystal clear, medium head. Saison aromas with a hint of roast. Crisp apple flavors with light chocolate.
AxlLives (280) - Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle - pours deep, dark chocolate color with creamy tan head, medium lasting, slight lacing. Aromas of figs, spice and pepper, sweet malt. Taste is almost a 180. Very subdued and subtle flavors of roasted malts, creamy vanilla and pepper, silky nuts (that sounds dirty) with a wonderful long finish. Really pretty good. Well put together, integrated, and balanced.
mpersinger (327) - , California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From draft in a tulip at Monk’s Kettle, murky slate with a moussey of-white 2" head. The aroma is sweetly with a hint of vanilla & smoke. Malt flavors of cereal and toast lead, body is medium-lean in the mouth, then the smoke blends in with cereal notes. A floral bittering charge from the hops noted in finish. On alternate sips, a Belgian saison yeast character noted in finish, with slight drying. Intriguing and balanced; ambitious to make these various elements all pull together.
ansermadide (1408) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this is a dark saison. It looks more like a stout, with a solid, black color and a cream-colored head that produces some fabulous lacing. The nose provides some smooth, gentle smoked malts atop a roasty saison yeastiness. The flavor is less desirable but still very nice and not overly roasted to be bunking with the obviously saisonish yeast. It’s bright and spicy in the mouth, full and tasty, and reminiscent of fresh, unmolested oak. The roasted malts seem well-hidden in the finish and offers a very nice, clean, charred, soft, woody impression on the palate and a smoky sweetness in the finish. This is my kind of saison!
DMLINAZ (236) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strange, interesting; I’ll try this again. Flavor is strong - smokey, malty, yeast and spices. Complex.
Alphadelic (1730) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lightly sweet and milky aroma with more than a dash of smoke to it. An insanely wonderful texture, thick and smooth, a long smoky burst, a little more sweet malt and then a light roasty bitterness with plenty of spicy yeast in the finish.
CaveSpider (20) - - NOV 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
smells smoky and chocolaty with a nice fruity backbone. Dark black color with a hint of ruby. Nice thin tan head. Taste is wonderfully unique like a smoked ported mixed with great saison. Smokey yet light and fruity. I think this beer is great
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out almost black with a big tan head. Aroma is of smoked malts, light dark dried fruits, some yeasty/earthy Saison notes, roast and a decent amount of hop bitterness coming through. Taste is much like the aroma; lots going on. Complex smoked malts, chocolate, light roast, dried dark fruits, light pepper, some earth, yeast and a solid punch of hop bitterness throughout that becomes more apparent in the finish. Well done!
pablothirteen (38) - - DEC 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours jet black with a nice full head. Drinks smooth, mildly bitter.
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badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a fizzy white head. Chocolate, citrus hops, roasted grain, fruit, and light horse blanket aroma and taste with a roasty dry finish and a creamy palate.