phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Had this a couple times now, first time was at Goose Island in Chicago, but now itís on tap at the Malt House. Pours a dark cloudy brown with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is nice and roasted, some light cinnamon and pepper on the nose. Taste is full and creamy, well intgerated spices, slight yeastiness. Very easy to drink brew."
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours black with dark brown edges. The head is tan and puffs up nicely, before dissipating to nearly nothing.
The aroma is cola, chocolate, roasted malt, pepper and bananas. Thereís very little saison yeastiness. Itís a nice beer but not particularly compelling. It smells a bit like a bland saison mixed with a stout.
The taste is relatively sweet. Thereís more pepper and cocoa. The cola flavor creeps up a bit much in the finish.
Mouthfeel is pretty middle of the road. Itís a bit effervescent but tends to sit rather heavily on the palate for a saison.
pete4999 (961) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle, pours pitch black with a tan head....very stout looking. I found this one to be a bit lacking, something I rarely find with Goose Island beers. The appearance and mouthfeel were great, but the flavor was kinda thin, save for a bit of chocolatey finish. Reminded me a lot of Ithacaís Cold Front, although I think that oneís better.
RichardW (1336) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, mybrewerytap.com. Pours reasonably thick, with a deep ruby hue. Aroma is fairly low, but the flavour is smoky, woody, rubbery, yeasty, slightly astringent, verging on sour, but it then softens out and has a nice smooth finish. Blackcurrant aftertaste, good carbonation.
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
16oz draught, $6 at Mission Delores. Take that, RnH! Deep, deep Ruby with a one finger mocha head, coating with pretty decent retention. Spicy banana yeast in the nose, folowed by some earth and roast. Flavor has a the typical saison yeast pushing against some roast, slight vanilla, and and earthy peppery spice--not necessarily getting any peppercorns. I do agree, it is slightly smoky in the semi-dry finish, earthy bitterness peaking at a 3. Medium body with creamy light to moderate carbonation. Not overwhelming, but I feel this is par, as darkening traditional styles (IPA, saison) donít really work for me.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a creamy white head. Coffee and Belgian yeast aroma and taste with nice roasted grain notes and toffee.
3fourths (7767) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
rounded chewy and syrupy body with a watery thin mid-palate presence and finish. medium-high acid throughout with copper/wet penny metallic astringency. unpleasant notes of char and heated rubber thrive on top of spicy overblown phenols. even with the moderately high acid the beer has a surprisingly flabby body. in fact everything about this beer, from the astringent malt to the solvent-like phenols to the burnt rubber notes, comes across as lazily concocted and executed.
AshtonMcCobb (2027) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
355ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with just a little head. On the nose, there is a hint molasses or maybe treacle scones. On the taste, there is rye bread or barrabrith. The palate is at least medium in structure and has a nice medium texture and the finish drops away gently.
beerbastard (630) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Did not care for this one. First of all, where did Saison or farmhouse ale come from re this beer. I donít always judge a beer by comparing it to the style. Its not even in the ballpark. Very dark brown. Burnt and roasty nose with a slight sour dark fruit. Surprisingly thin palate. Flavors very subdued, burnt malts, earthy. Astringent mild sour and dry finish. Didnít work for me.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pitch black with large tan head. nose of some dark malt with belgian esters and tropical fruit intermixed. carbonation is medium for style. some bitterness before lemon and more tropical yeast notes prior to a smokey and likely special b malt lingering flavor. a dry finish with a long taste. i am somewhat surprised to see itís a black saison, as i thought it was a dark strong ale, but it makes sense and its a wonderful beer