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Free State Black Heart Saison

Free State Black Heart Saison
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 2.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   ABV: -
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This blend of Coeur d’Saison and our flagship Oatmeal Stout results in a slightly softer, yet no less complex Saison. Roast and caramel notes bring out flavors of ginger snap and root beer in the resulting blend. O.G. - 16.25ºP/1.065 Hops - Spiced with Cardamom, Star Anise, Black Tellicherry Pepper, and Juniper berries- 25 IBUs


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 31, 2013
On draft at the brewpub. Spicy, estery aroma, plenty of yeast character up front with notes of licorice, black cherry, pepper, toffee and raisin -- a rather odd melange overall. Murky copper-brown color, with a lasting, fine head and lacing. Flavor is oddly sweet, tart, spicy, tangy and fruity, more licorice and spice here, some dried fruit, root beer, vanilla and cotton candy as well. A bit syrupy on the palate and low in effervescence. Just...weird. I can’t really say I was a fan.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RobertDale (3270) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Comes a darker gold with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, malt, and spice. Taste is similar, but very spicy. Not sure about this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2013
Certainly not the best Free State beer, but this is certainly a step above the Coeur de Saison. A tad bit richer, somewhat more sweet, and more generally drinkable than the original.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
beastiefan2k (2357) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 11, 2013
10oz tulip at the brewpub. I think Free State is great but this is about the worst beer I have ever drank from them. While drinking it I was trying to figure out what the heck was going on. I came up with bug spray or just overly phenolicy. Now that I read the description maybe it was horribly spiced even though I would enjoy these spices (not sure exactly what Black Tellicherry Pepper is). Something was seriously amiss about this beer. Could not even drink half the 10z glass.


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