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RATINGS: 748   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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A black rye saison that combines a roasted/smoky malt character in balance with a pepper spice from the yeast. Finishes dry with a refreshing level of carbonation.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Nice lively brown type ale. Dark brown pour with a small head. Aroma is roasted malt. Taste is a little smoky. The only pepper I get is in the description.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2011
12oz bottle shared by emacgee - thanks, Ethan! Pours like most black saisons, but there’s a really earthy dry taste, some mineral, some rye, only a hint of spice. Pepper and raw yeast in the nose. A bit underdeveloped overall, and therefore just okay, but would like to see what age does.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (3961) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle, shared by emacgee. Yeasty, light pepper, light roast, dark fruits- prune and date in particular, a little spicy from the pepper. Overall, pretty forgettable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
QuezXLV (398) - Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2011
I just finished a Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla, so this rating is probably screwed. Def a smooth beer and good hoppy flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13521) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle at Ølbaren. Almost black - offwhite head. Herbal. Roasted. Coffee notes. Peppery. Crispy. Sparkling feeling. Clean. Light hoppy.  Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Pours pitch black with espresso head. Initial burst is piney hop aromas. Tast is spicy but also watery to an extent. Some slight cherry notes. Some caramel too.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 16, 2011
12 oz bottle from a 4 pack. 2010 vintage. Malty, fruity nose with caramel, dried fruit and dark rye bread. Tastes like Malt with light citrus, yeast, and light spice (pepper mostly). Medium bodied. Malt and caramel lingers in the finish. Has an almost smoke like element in it as well. This was a interesting brew. I drank 2 bottles with ease. I would drink again. I have no idea how the 2011 version fairs.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Dark and smooth malty flavors, too smooth,there should be some kind of spice note,that pepper really not coming through in the aroma or taste,but I do feel a minor pepper like tingle in throat, pleasant enough ,but non-distinctive

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
freeofthoughts (659) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Big peppery nose with some kinda sweet saison notes. At first tasted like a regular saison but quickly dropped some soft chocolate and lighter roasted or singed flavor. Had all of the quirky spices you’d expect and a very nice yeast that sticks to your tongue, and plenty of hops. I liked it and it was very interesting to combine the flavors. Would pair well with food, by its self it is nice. When it warmed up the rye gave it a weird flavor, much better cold.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reynolds314 (2349) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 14, 2011
I was a bit dissapointed by this beer. It wasnt bad but it wasnt really good either. I love saisons and by the description this sounded amazing. The flavors were light very very light and watery. I didnt get much of the roasted/smoky malt character described in the description. It just tasted to me like a below average saison that happened to be black in color.


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