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RATINGS: 776   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Bottle… Pours dark brown with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The aromatics provide deeply roasted malts, caramel malt and a clove-like phenol. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and timid carbonation. The flavor is well-balanced and quite roasty, but there is not much else going on. Finishes lightly minerally and fairly bland. Is that Dupont’s saison yeast, I detect? Maybe not. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2967) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Excited to see these on the shelves. Dark mahogany that nears ebony with a 1/2 inch latte head. Lots of ash, char, and smoke accompanying dark fruit like raisin, plum, and grape. Spicy...including cracked pepper. Little bit of yeast and even a bit of banana sweetness with the lemongrass, citrus rind, and pith. Earthy. Overall good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2011
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 I’m picking up some chilies that give the beer some heat in the finish. It’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 14, 2011
12oz Bottle. I don’t know why, but I’m often skeptical and dubious about dark Saisons. I do appreciate some more complex malt depth to examples of the style, but there’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (13379) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2011
Bottle from Kris Wines. Amber beer with a big beige head. Yeasty and fruity aroma, banana notes. Malty yeasty flavor with some sweet fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2011
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. It’s not a Saison for me at all but regardless, I quite like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7998) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6688) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2011
draft. pours brown with off white head. aroma is yeasty, pepper. flavors of pepper, yeasty, and brown sugar finish. thin body. i still haven’t gotten into the dark saisons.

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