corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz, 2011 vintage received as an extra in a recent trade with lurchingbeast. Thanks again Frank!
Pours a very dark chestnut brown color that appears near black in the glass and completely opaque with a one finger frothy yellowish beige head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that streaks the glass with rings and splotches of soapy lacing.
Slightly earthy vinous aroma with an interesting combination of roasted malt, dark fruit and zesty spice. A touch funky with a slight vegetal character as well as hints of grape, raisin and plum. Maybe some candy sugar along with some zesty pepper. A bit of chocolate and chili in the nose.
Medium bodied and a bit creamier/fuller than expected with some tight carbonation up front that fades toward the end of the swallow. The spicy/peppery presence from the aroma is very powerful and dominates the flavor, lingering throughout into a spicy dry finish. In addition to black pepper Iím picking up some chilies that give the beer some heat in the finish. Itís also slightly earthy and funky but not as much as the aroma suggests. A good balance of roasted malt, dark fruit and spice. Hints of roasted chocolate, toast, grape, fig, raisin and plum. Slightly sweet and vinous but the dark malt notes and spicy peppers even things out. It could be to heavy on the spice for some but I enjoyed it.
auerbrau (3152) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle. I donít know why, but Iím often skeptical and dubious about dark Saisons. I do appreciate some more complex malt depth to examples of the style, but thereís a darkness threshold, in my humble opinion. This one noses in the fruitier raisin and Dubbel-like tones. Flavors same too, except heavier banana and clove esters and phenols. Solid dryness, slight toasted complexity. A good spring sipper, I think, but departs from the base style a bit too much for my tastes, without a farmhouse-like rustic quality.
rlgk (10082) - GŲteborg/JŲnkŲping, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Kris Wines. Amber beer with a big beige head. Yeasty and fruity aroma, banana notes. Malty yeasty flavor with some sweet fruits.
blankboy (5957) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle [650ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a dark brown with ruby-red hues and a large lasting frothy tan head. Aroma is yeasty along with lightly roasted dark malt, some light spices, coffee and a hint of herbs. Flavour is malty and yeasty along with light spices, mainly pepper, and some citrus fruit. Medium bodied. Itís not a Saison for me at all but regardless, I quite like it.
DuffMan (6501) - 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 (6068) - 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.
drewbeerme (3879) - 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 havenít gotten into the dark saisons.
OldGrowth (2610) - 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 (4507) - 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. Itís a bit spicy, but mostly this is pretty indistinct. On par then for a saison, but I thought this couldíve been a bit more unique and interesting.