Sammer (1048) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A little bit of everything in this one. Burnt wood, coffee, grass and funk. A bit of sour cherries thrown in. All over the map but decent.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
TURDFERGUSON (3961) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
QuezXLV (398) - Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I just finished a Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla, so this rating is probably screwed. Def a smooth beer and good hoppy flavor.
Theis (13588) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Ølbaren. Almost black - offwhite head. Herbal. Roasted. Coffee notes. Peppery. Crispy. Sparkling feeling. Clean. Light hoppy. Nice.
beersearcher (2342) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
AirForceHops (3315) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
freeofthoughts (661) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.