dmac (3999) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Spirits Crossroads. Poured a good looking medium/thinner density dark black body with an average sized foamy beige head. Aroma was interesting and nice, notes of light smoke, roastiness, touch of chocolate from the dark malts, wet bread, saison spiceyness, wet white pepper, older citrus rinds. Medium/fuller body with average to stronger carbonation that leaves a creamy feel that is well balanced by the carbonation and an aveage aftertaste that is dry...just normally dry not "unexplainably dry". Flavor is a tad short of the aroma. Notes of wet burnt bread crusts, slight white pepper, citrus rinds, earthy, older fruits and some solid chocolate notes towards the end. I wasn’t expecting much from this but am very pleasantly surprised.
daleharshman (903) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle purchased a little over 1.5 years ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($3.99). Pours a dark brown hue with two fingers of tan foam. AROMA of Belgian yeast, chocolate malts, mild citrus, and smoke. FLAVOR of citric hops, lemon iced tea, touch of sourness (not infected), and dark malts which lead into significant and lingering ash/smoke in the finish. Again, a roasty-bitter (rather than hoppy-bitter) and also dry finish with lesser fruity notes of citrus and dark stone fruit. Interesting concept and probably executed well (though I have to question the whole concept of a "black saison"), but there is a lot happening here and the sum is unfortunately not greater than the parts. (395, 874)
hopscotch (9120) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle... Pours clear and dark with a small, fizzy, off-white head. This smells like a misguided pairing of caramel and beef jerkey. Medium to full-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. This tastes a lot like beef jerkey as well... with some herbal notes. Crisp, deeply-roasted finish.
beer-yum (456) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Upside surprise at a recent Stone Brewery tap take-over in Wellington. First dark beer my better half says she liked - and I thought it was to die for. Deliciously different.
OPIE788 (333) - Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Black with a tan head. Aromas of burnt sugar and a hint of smoke. Bitter burnt flavor up front with smoke and roasty malt finish.
Maxbier (213) - Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour, tan head. Aroma is a hint smokey with typical but much more subtle than usual bready yeasty saison. Distinctly Belgian in flavor with a hint of smoke and a Stone style finish. Pleasure to drink very hard to describe.
dlovell2 (736) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2014 Dark brown with tan head. Smoky, roasted malt, brown sugar aroma. Sweet roasted malt start followed with some tartness with slight dark chocolate and smoke notes finished with some citrus hops flavors in finish.
Hair6a11 (1351) - Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; Pour is murky brown with a fine bubbled khaki head into this glass. Its a one/two finger head and it does retain fairly well here. The nose is bready, roast, fruit esters, with a smokiness present here. The flavor profile is robust roast initial moving to cocoa, modest dark fruits, some minerals, and a touch of chalk. It lacks belgian elements you would want out of the style, with the malt side dominating. It’s not bad per se, and it is a little different, but its not impressive by any means.
chinchill (1808) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
At 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle,SC)
Pours black and opaque, with a very good head.
Flavor: very floral, a bit ’wild’, with Belgian yeast and light and medium roast malts. Medium+ strength. A bit sweet up front; clightly funky and slightly bitter aftertaste.
O: interesting and moderately complex but not my cup of tea.
Ferris (3909) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Slight soy, dar malts and some grass. Jet brown with a thin beige head. Smoke, peat, hop bitterness, and dark malt. I think this works.
evilcougar (66) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well done. The smoke is very subtle. Much lighter of a flavor than I expected upon seeing this dark almost black ale.