SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark color with a vanilla head. Nose is roasty with chocolate notes and light vanilla. Palate is slick and oily with a nice dry sticky finish. Flavors of chocolate, with light resiny hops, light vanilla.
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superspak (2110) - Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces t oa thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, clove, pepper, coffee, caramel, raisin, light smoke, and earthy yeast esters. Damn nice aromas with nice balance, strength, and complexity of roasted malt and yeast notes; very roasted malt forward. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, pepper, coffee, caramel, clove, raisin, herbal, light smoke, and earthy yeast esters. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, pepper, toffee, clove, raisin, herbal, light smoke, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance, robustness, and complexity; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is and damn nice black saison. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted flavors and yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
HenryXXX (201) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice dark black with a fluffy creamed coffee color. The nose is licorice, star anis, root beer, and brown sugar. The pallet is licorice, sassafras, cocoa nibs and musky coffee.
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DubC5000 (303) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bready aroma, with the following flavors: coffee, chocolate, caramel, licorice. Tart, sweet and refreshing.
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with tan sheen. Dark fruit, vinous, chocolate, dry hay aromas. Smooth light to medium body. Nice dry chocolate, vinous dark fruit, earthy dirt, dry spice flavors--very good.
Prufrockstar (621) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On draft. Aroma is earthy chocolate. Dark muddy brown color. Taste is very earthy. Tastes like an iced mocha laced with dirt. Medium body that feels heavier than it is. Overall: A unique concoction for sure, but really doesnít work at all for me.
UDBeernut (1405) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at BA Buffalo bottleshare. pours dark amber, tan head. nose of chocalate and floral yeast. Taste contiunes same theme. Its seems a bit off if not forced of a combination. Body is medium but chewy at times.
Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber pours a nice and dark brown with mahogany edges and tan head. The modest aroma is sort of cola notes, earthy, sweet malts and a touch of molasses. The taste seems similar with thick maltiness, spicy black licorice and earthy notes. It then slides into a bit of molasses as the finish approaches. Cool stuff.
Shiva109 (2) - USA - NOV 20, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like Gigantic so I drank this. This is a battle beer: chocolate and darkness vs Saison and floral citrus things. Who wins? You.
I like the immediate look as it flows in the glass. Itís not a violent pour. Coloríís dark, as a black Saison should be. The foam holds on to the side of the glass while the head slowly dissipates into fortune teller symbols. I happened to get Gollum from the Hobbit cartoon this time around. Iíd be happy to see a glass of this anywhere.
When I stick my schnozz in it, thereís some chocolaty/nutty thing going on. I refuse to believe chocolate drops its E for the adjective form, but spell check is always right so I look back down at my keyboard in shame.
Aroma. The chocolaty/nutty gives way to the Saison that pushes through like a bully. The next few times re re-stuck my schnozz in the glass, I couldnít smell the chocolates anymore. The Saison has taken my noseís lunch money with its florality. These flowers are what youíd expect to see at a Slayer concert though: dark flowers. Iím not sure why anyone would see flowers at a Slayer concert. The nuts and chocolates donít give up entirely, but toward the end of the pint (I know! It should have been a snifter, lay off) they do and the farmhouse smell is quite strong.
Taste. Can I end at delicious? Someone posted about the apprehension of the black IPA bleeding into an apprehension for the black Saison, and I was guilty of that too. Looking at my fridge, and Pecan Porter would have been much easier to say yes to, but I do not have a Pecan Porter so I opened this. Plus, Gigantic is rarely wrong. Anyway. The chocolaty/nutty comes out pretty strong in the first rounds. They throw some good weight around, then the bottom drops out and our friend the Farm comes out. The end is kind of dirty like the floor of a barn. Iíve had cheeses that remind me of it. Oh, thereís the nutty chocolate again. Okay, saved.
Palate. Itís not a heavy beer though it looks to be. It reminds me soda pop with too much syrup. The texture, not the flavor. Itís good. The lingering after feeling on my tongue is pleasant like a thin syrup. Itís like that feeling of eating a chocolate square.
Overall, itís not something I would immediately jump to. After hanging out with it though I realize it has some brains, and thereís quite a bit more excitement than a silky black or a summertime Saison. After completing this bottle, the 7.6% may have crept up on me.
swoopjones (5219) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour. Roast with floral yeast; contraction ? Weird combo. Roasted malts, floral yeast, slight sweet dried fruits. Contrasting a bit but strangely seems to work here. Good to try