bhiner41 (188) - Darien, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like a porter crossed with a smokey thin stout. Pours rootbeer brown with a thin head. Subtle notes of coffee and spice. Malty smell and lingering aftertaste of malt and barley.
wlajwl (5394) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell is rather spicy, the appearance is dark brown/amber and cloudy. The taste is rather unique, dark malt mixed with Belgian yeast mixed with rather spicy hops. Very good ale overall.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brownish black with 4 fingers of sticky light brown head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, yeasts, spicy hops candi sugar, esthers. Flavor is spicy grassy floral hops, roast, chocolate. Interesting take on a Saison, but ultimately i’d rather just have a regular saison than a black one.
bb (7987) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a tan head. Yeast and light citrus aroma with light spice. Malt and caramel flavor with light citrus, yeast, and light spice. Medium bodied. Malt and caramel lingers with spice and yeast.
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty tasty stuff, pour was from a growler and it was quite herbal, the colour is dark as night, Tastes right a long the lines of what you would expect from a belgian beer. Pretty tasty stuff
TAR (2583) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Mahogany black. Gentle pour raises a two-finger grayish head which eventually disperses. Unsweetened chocolate, green banana, rum-soaked plums, clove, and bubblegum comprise the nose. Mild notes of smoke, banana taffy and cola. Firm carbonation expands as it hits the tongue. Initially soft with a floral Saaz punch and prominent bubblegum. Quickly relinquishes its brightness to the yeast which contributes unpleasant notes of damp cellar and concrete. A smidgeon of cola and medicine exudes strongly enough to exacerbate the subtle presence of alcohol. Flash of peppery spice remains potent enough to withstand the sturdy base of roasted-nut-tinged malt, yet behaves with admirable grace. Downhill from there as the malt takes on a peculiar slickness reminiscent of chamomile and Red Delicious apples. Black malt produces a smoke and burnt cookie effect, counterbalancing some of the slickness. Closes with a a semi-dry flourish capped with floral and grassy hops, plum, and red licorice. Despite this not being quite as wet, sweet, and banana-laden as many American-brewed Saisons tend to be, this still comes off as a fairly generic rendition. Has that slippery texture and wet pavement thing going on which happens to plague many of the Goose Island Belgians. Not very clean.
bu11zeye (12567) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle, 2011 vintage, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a deep amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, pepper, and pineapple. Flavor of stewed tomatoes, citrus, light pepper, nuts, and yeast.
JRock72 (605) - - MAY 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Dark Lord Day. Thanks for the share. Dark malts with some floral and lighter notes up front. Very yeasty. Would like to try again since my sample was tiny.
cgarvieuk (19772) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at jens ... dark brown ... thin tan lacing ... yeasty spicy lemon ... and roast toffee malt nose ... bubbly gum bananana ... toffee malt ... hint of chocollate
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted 4/29/11. 12oz bottle. Bottled on 01/03/11 2147. Sedimented yet somewhat filtered with a deep reddish brown hue. Finger width of dense bone white head. Aromas of caramel and burnt sugar. Spicy and peppery with a candy, floral yeast character. Subtle cocoa undertone with a bit of grassy hops. Medium to full bodied with a great complexity and a barrage of flavors. Wow! Sticky body with hints of tea and dark fruits. Good citrus and floral character. Dry bitter peppery spices that mix nicely with both the yeast and the hops. The malts are surprisingly toasty with a good cocoa undertone. Faint cola sweetness with a grape soda nuance. This hits all the aspects of the palate and still leaves a cloying finish. Goose Island has always done a superb job on its Belgian styles and this is no exception! Well done!