DocLock (8532) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours burnt sienna with 1-finger splotchy off-tan head. Nose is nice; apple, cacao, spicy peppery, hops, a combo that shouldn’t work but does. Tastes medium as far as complexity and palate heft, with dark malt, cacao, black pepper, spicy florals, slight funk, and hops. Altogether works as well as any dark saison or dark hoppy beer of any style that I have yet quaffed. Well done.
dnstone (2364) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown-black in color with a tan head that settles quickly. Roasty porter-like aroma. Roasty with a belgian yeast note and hint of the pepper corns...interesting.
jtclockwork (10892) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Victor at Paul’s. Pours dark brown. Off white head. Nose/taste of dark fruits, yeast, caramel and sweet malts and grapefruit rinds. Medium body.
RasmusOtt (1593) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is belgian saison yeast, dark dried berries, ripe plums, caramel and some fruity notes. Taste add some hops, grapefruit and light metallic..
jcr (2346) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep brown, cola colored body. Pillowy beige head. Aroma is smokey with notes of char, tobacco, toasted grain. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and tart. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Taste of roast and char. Dry finish. I had this a twice, a couple of months apart. First round left me with the impression of a strange, overly smokey saison. Second time was an improvement. Seemed more balanced and more interesting.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pepe nero @ pap 4/14/11
Dark brown small tannish head.
A is slightly smoky, bananas, spice, moist/damp, malt, a touch sour, red grape juice.
F shares the same with a weird sourness and too much malt sweetness. Straw notes and a dry herby at... A bit too sweet...odd
Crisp but a little sludgy sweet.
natejgood (423) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a very large belgium head. Aroma of sweet molasses and spice. Flavor is a bit boring. Very drinkable but not a lot of flavor. Not the best offering from Goose Island but by no means a bad beer.
jkwood04 (4787) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours deep brown with a thick, beige head. Aroma of spicy yeast, some roasted malts, and a hint of hops. A little light on the palate, but a nice roasted flavor that’s rare for this style of beer. A pretty interesting beer.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first reaction was, "What the hell, I thought this was a saison." Pours dark brown with a dense creamy light brown head that seems to last forever while continuously building in my New Belgium globe glass. Aroma is hard to find in all that foam but I do get light spice, toasty malts, after it fades I get more tobacco and ripe dark fruits. The taste is excellent crisp and yet insanely rich and dense feeling in the mouth from the creamy carbonation. Very nice beer.
tgncc (3014) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is chocolate, yeasty, peppery. The appearance is deep brown, tan head, like a stout. The flavor is chocolate, spicy. Medium in body. The finish is piney hops. Quite good.