drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft. pours brown with off white head. aroma is yeasty, pepper. flavors of pepper, yeasty, and brown sugar finish. thin body. i still haven’t gotten into the dark saisons.
OldGrowth (2484) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from trade with ughsmash. bottled 01/03/11. Real good aroma, sweet & spice. fig, date. clove, pepper. little red berry. Dark orangy brown color, good head and lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet dry finish. Very nice. good range in aroma. easy to drink, went down fast. thanks ughsmash
dwyerpg (4356) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a pretty good beer. Nice appearance. It’s a bit spicy, but mostly this is pretty indistinct. On par then for a saison, but I thought this could’ve been a bit more unique and interesting.
vikingguy (761) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Attractive pour...dark murky brown with brown head. Aroma is spicy caramel malt. Nice taste...big belgian malt; notes of caramel, spice, dark fruit, clove and black pepper. Oily & creamy texture but dry aftertaste. Mellow yet full flavor. Very good.
bhiner41 (177) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like a porter crossed with a smokey thin stout. Pours rootbeer brown with a thin head. Subtle notes of coffee and spice. Malty smell and lingering aftertaste of malt and barley.
wlajwl (3565) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell is rather spicy, the appearance is dark brown/amber and cloudy. The taste is rather unique, dark malt mixed with Belgian yeast mixed with rather spicy hops. Very good ale overall.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brownish black with 4 fingers of sticky light brown head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, yeasts, spicy hops candi sugar, esthers. Flavor is spicy grassy floral hops, roast, chocolate. Interesting take on a Saison, but ultimately i’d rather just have a regular saison than a black one.
DuffMan (6167) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Dark brown with mahogany highlights and a creamy tan head. Musty dark fruit, lightly smoky, lightly yeasty. Lighter mouthfeel with fairly high carbonation. Leans toward a Baltic porter style, but the lighter body, the carbonation, and the yeast steer it away. Interesting.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a rich white head. Aroma is mild slightly sour with a mild roasted malt aroma. Very nice great body. Very porter like flavour with a nice slightly sour funky flavour. This is a very nice brew. Very nice.
after4ever (5940) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22. Pours an opaque dark brown with a dense and creamy burnt tan head. Looks very stouty. Big tangy bread dough nose, bits of aluminum and molasses along with caramel. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Cola, molasses, brown bread, and a bit of aluminum on the mid palate. Mild tangy sweet finish. Not bad. A bit cloying and metallic.