cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark copper. Apple, cinnamon aroma with hints of vanilla. Vanilla and bourbon notes arise and predominate the taste. Ends with a slight tartness and a hot whiskey character.
ads135 (4129) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 5, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful beer. Dark fruits, some candy sugar, dark brown appearance, and a strong Belgian yeasty finish.
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a deep mahogany body with a medium beige head. Aroma of raisins, bourbon, bubblegum, dates, and chocolate. Flavor of oak, raisins, dates, bourbon, roasted grain, and chocolate with a dry finish.
djd07 (9730) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with frothy off white head that lasts. The aroma is oak, licorice, raisin. Medium mouth, sweet roast, similar flavors to nose, hides alcohol well, very good.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A sweet Belgian-ish burgundy ale with mild barrel notes. Interesting but too sweet.
How: Bottle 750ml, not sure about the age, don’t remember when/how I acquired the bottle, probably in a trade.
The look: Cloudy burgundy body topped by a persistent medium beige head.
In long: Nose has berries-like fruitiness, Melba Toasts and a woody whisky/bourbon that works surprisingly well with the rest of the beer. In mouth the beer has a thick fluffy texture supported by a lively belgian carbonation that didn’t suffer from the barrel aging. Taste offers a wide array of flavors. There is a strong toastiness in a crunchy malt backbone that feels like toasted hay and dry bread crumbs. There is an unusual fruitiness that feels like a blend of melons and berries. Sucking on barley candies dipped in caramel. A mild presence of bourbon barrels with a certain perfumy character that feels Jack-Daniels-ish. Barrel aging is really not overdone although there is quite a bit of vanilla. There is a good complexity here but unfortunately the sweetness was just too much for me. A Dark Saison aged in bourbon barrels… and I just complained out loud "they don’t make beers like they used to" in case your grandfather is looking for someone to hang out with.
Travlr (21170) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Birch & Barley. Clear deep amber color, tan head. Aroma of vanilla, butterscotch, caramel. Taste is smooth toffee.
GarrettB (1430) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
December 19th, 2012 - Ever since I first visited their brewery up in Ft. Collins on a cold, dreary Fall day, I’ve been smitten by Funkwerks and everything they do. Their brewing mission has a laser-like focus on certain styles, and the bravery it takes to serve these styles to American consumer speaks to a degree of both bravery and skill. Funkwerks deals with light, airy and saison-esque flavors, but they do it it well. And speaking from the future (2014, though I enjoyed this beer at the end of 2012) saisons are now riding a popular wave around the country. I like to think Funkwerks pitched into that trend. But they also brew and serve more unconventional choices, like the Dark Prophet. As its namesake suggests, it is a darker beer with a head that clings dramatically to the glass, creating an upper stratum of archaeological foam and then below large pits and pockets where bubbles popped in their fleeting agonies. Wood and yeast float up from the beer, with globs of pretzel dough in the smell, and pinches of a kind of salty sea air tang and marmite. Moving the beer around a bit adds a new vapor to the cloud, bringing with it pear and light brown sugar. Most notable on the tongue is the palate, where this is likely the foamiest, softest beer I’ve had in ages. Mild chocolate flavoring permeates through this soupy fog of a brew, but it’s neither brisk nor bitter, but hints at darker flavors with a medium to heavy body. And I do see why the label proudly proclaims this brew to be a saison. It has all of that imperceptible but flavorful magic going that saisons feature, with added layers of chocolate strewn around. Ratebeer calls this a BSA, but I don’t see it - this is a far cry from the caricature of a Belgian Strong Ale, and the way it gets there produces a curiously flavorful beer, which keeps a light touch of malt, darker shades of chocolate, and a baffling mouthfeel that clears in the aftertaste almost as quickly as it descended at the beginning of the sip.
Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle to snifter. Dark copper red hue with tan creamy head. Aroma is roasted malt, biscuit, caramel, figs, ethanol, raisins, vanilla, huge tobacco, prunes. Mouthfeel is nice with medium body and zesty carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with a slight astringent following and an ethanol finish. Overall this is a great brew.
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 bottle. Bottled on 2014.01.17. Pale brown pour. Slight funk in the nose, followed by dark ripe fruits and yeasty aromas. Sweet wood with vanilla caramel flavors with some bourbon in the background. Soft and mellow, well blended. Alcohol burn in the finish. Easy to drink.
Iphonephan (6042) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle served at the Funkwerks beer dinner at Birch and Barley, DC. Pours a cloudy light cola. Vinous nose. Flavors of oak and vanilla, Light bodied with soft carbonation.
jandd1983 (3791) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at DLD 2014. It poured a hazy amber color with a tan head. The aroma was of berries, citrus and some pineapple. The taste was of pineapple, yeasty esters and some earthiness.