savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Dark reddish brown with a thick, tan head. Aroma of cocoa, spicy peppercorn, toast and caramel. Flavor is bitter roasty malt, spice and some sweet caramel. Medium to full body with active carbonation. This is a great Belgian style stout, it has a lot going on but all the flavors come together excellently.
bhensonb (13995) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours very dark brown with a foamy/creamy dark tan head. Aroma of earthy chocolate. Med body more or less. Flavor is earthy chocolate. A chocolate saison? It sort of fits. It’s dry, dark, tasty. Definitely close to the edge.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. thanks ruddbud! notes of graham crackers, bitter roast, cream, molasses, pineapple hops. touch of grainy milk dud sweetness. nice body. good.
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Looks like a stout; black beer with a brown head. Chocolate malt aroma with some backing spice peaking out from the dark curtain. Flavour is indeed dark with a soapy plastic quality. Spice does seem to dance on the dark malt which redeems an odd experiment.
GothGargoyle (2319) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark cola black with a large beige head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is malt, molasses, cocoa, hint of citrus, and grass. Creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied, slightly grassy finish with a very subtle bitterness. Taste is molasses, chocolate pudding, hint of pepper and spice. Interesting.
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2012 Tap @ Parkway, bomber from Pint Defiance. Black pour with a short beige head leaving heavy lace. Nose is malty, smoky and roasty. Medium body with light carbonation. Toffee, charcoal, chocolate, ham, salty licorice and a trace of barnyard funk underneath it all, but not enough to make it a saison. Finish is dry and charcoal-ish, with some soy (?oxidation). Very different, as their beers can be IME, but still enjoyable if not quite to style.
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of cocoa, black licorice, dark fruits. Flavours of dark chocolate, dark fruits - quite roasted. The finish is some spice and licorice. Nicely rounded with good flavours.
luttonm (4527) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at The Pine Box, Seattle. Another of this odd new dark saison style. Black-brown, light brown head. Sweet yeasty nose, interesting. Light fruity body before bigger malt, chocolate and coffee finish. interesting mashup, pretty tasty and interesting.
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Purchased at Cook Street. Pouts a mild tan head atop a black body. Nose is covered with coffee notes, medicinal and slight fig. Don't know about the 'Saison' description as this is über flavorful and covers the yeast. Good malt base but lacks depth. I still prefer my local Lighthouse Belgian Black to this.
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Gerbeer (3083) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with light tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of dry dark chocolate and malts. Similar stronger flavor with sweet sharp fruity notes. Very dry finish. Very nice.