DubC5000 (302) - 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.
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.
Nikiel (790) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Gigantic with Carla. Pours deep brown/black with creamy foam. Smells warm of cedar wood and belgian yeast, or something similar. Tastes lightly sweet of coffee, smoked charcoal, Belgian yeast and something akin to grapes.
mgermani (967) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black with a thick dark-brown head with decent retention. Black licorice aroma, prunes, pepper, light metallic note. Brown sugar and molasses. Fishermanís friend? More prunes, raisins, what have you, light sourness, hint of alcohol, grapefruity hops. Thin but reasonably creamy body. ABV creeps up on you... very drinkable. Almost like a baltic porter rather than a black saison.
RumRunner101 (386) - British Columbia, 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.
Gerbeer (859) - 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.
superspak (1480) - 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.
ration (1656) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
170217. Tap at brouwers cafe, seattle. Pours dark brown/black with a high head. Aroma hint of roasted of roasted malts, belgian yeast. Slightly sweet belgian yeasty saisony taste. Weird but awesome combination. Not Bad.
neepsntatties (887) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Colour...basically black with a thick tan head. Nose...a generalized roastiness with clove chocolate essence. Palate...sweet up front with sharp tang and a bit of burnt sugar and sweet spice. Thereís a smidgen of dark
chocolate here and a somewhat milky chocolate flavour thatís reminiscent of a light ganache. A tangy/bitter flavour thatís almost peppery lands of the finish.
MarinaMarket (196) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like a sour brown from the neck. Pours very dark brown with a decent head if you work at it. Interesting flavor. Definitely some saison notes, malt backbone, and a bit of smoke on the end. Mouthfeel is fairly thick for a saison. Oxidation that helps the overall flavor, well carbonated. Very nice tasting and I have to say, I am glad after the initial hype about this brewery. Very much like a black IPA but without the bitter hops. Very well put together beer. I like it a lot! Tasted at 55.7F.