bu11zeye (12367) - 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 (18564) - 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!
Fantomasus (289) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep dark brown that I wasn’t expecting with a nice head that shortly dissipates. Faint aroma of cocoa and caramel. Malty sweetness gives way to bitter/sour... more cocoa and cola. Cleans up quick with lingering cocoa and tobacco ash. It’s an okay beer that I won’t be trying again.
MrSoto (2) - PUERTO RICO - APR 29, 2011 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice pour with a tan head. Good aroma you can almost smell the pepper and some nice funkiness. Beatiful lacing the bubbles seemed to shine, nice dark color.
Headbanger (3578) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle 4/27/11 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-40° in Snifter-Pours a deep brown with a big tan head. Aroma of yeast, banana, pepper, and spices. Taste of the same with smoke added in. This full bodied brew is well balanced and is different but definitely worth a try.
thornecb (5019) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to skim rim. Honey, nutmeg and smoky pepper aromas. Sweet honey and spiced nutmeg from front to back. Lasting smoked resin pepper finish.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 Bottled 03-11. The beer pours a muddy, dark brown color with an average, foamy, dark beige head which is mostly lasting leaving a thin foam throughout and similar lace. The nose is seemingly simple for a saison but quite enticing with peppery notes from the rye and phenols, smoky and roasty notes you might expect from grilled meat but without the meaty notes (like you would get from a smoked beer), some dark breads, and maybe a raisin-like tartness; come to think of it, I do not get much saisonish notes. The flavor is similar with lots of smoky grill notes (think of how a prime rib might smell if slow roasted on a charcoal grill...), dark breads, still black pepper all over, a slight raisin note with a moderate acidity, and maybe a bit of toasted caramel in there somewhere. The palate is seemingly bigger than most lighter, more typical ’saisons’ but still fitting to this beer; medium to full, lively, and both quenching and dry. The beer finishes dry with the smoky/roasty notes diminishing slightly allowing the pepper to balance and the quenching acidity to present itself. Not your everyday saison... I usually find that dark saisons dry out to much and taste ashy or chalky but these one was neither. And the way the smoky notes were used was quite interesting to me; tasting like notes you would expect from grilled meat but not meaty tasting, if that makes any sense. I have not been a fan of Goose Island’s Belgian beers but this one was a pleasant surprise, especially if you are looking for something out of the ordinary.
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle split with McBerko. Pours a jet black tan head. Burnt tar aroma. Taste is burnt malt, rye, dried leaves, certainly a peppery note near the end. Alcohol seems hot for 6.0%. While black IPA’s seem to work in general a black saison doesn’t (unless there are better examples of one).