nickd717 (3477) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mmm BMC. Seeing "Goose Island (A-B InBev)" as the brewer brings a tear to my eye. Well not really - Iím not a crybaby, Iím a ticking champ - but itís a shame. This beer pours dark brown, or maybe light black, but either way itís a lot darker than many of this breweryís other beers (Bud Light, Bud Select 55, Budweiser Chelada, etc). Small tan head on top. Pepper and roast on the aroma, along with a very subtle level of saison funkt. The flavor is peppery roasty with toasted nuts and milk chocolate, as well as a slight saison aspect. Medium-bodied, maybe just a tad on the thin side, with average carbonation. A pretty solid beer overall, and great for BMC.
drowland (5989) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
3/18/11. Black pour with a tan film and ring. Roasted malt aroma with a hint of sour Belgian funk. Light funky flavor with a hint of sour and big lingering roast. A bit odd.
brokensail (10741) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is dark brown in color with reddish hints to it and a fairly large off-white head.
S: Not the most fragrant beer, but the aromas are mostly imparted by the yeast. Banana and hints of clove with a definite peppery quality. Touches of roasted malt and sweet wheat bread in the background.
T: A fairly similar story on the palate. This beer is decently dry with tons of banana notes to go along with some of the other spices, and itís quite peppery as well. Somewhat roasty, but more earthy than anything.
M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.
O: I wouldnít have pegged this as a saison type of beer just from drinking it. Itís not bad, but fairly uninspiring.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The smell of this beer reminds me of GABF. Dark fruits, toasted walnut shells, and maybe some kale. Itís a weird one, but I like it. Nice mouthfeel. For a dark colored beer, itís pretty refreshing.
Nephilium (1345) - Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Starts with a bit of a tart aroma, that changes to a roasted aroma quickly. Pours an opaque black, with a huge light tan head. Mild rye taste, with hints of smoke and roast. Slightly slick mouthfeel, with good level of carbonation. Very light on the palate, and very drinkable. Iíll be grabbing a couple of bottles of this to cellar and see what happens.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a fairly deep black color with a touch of brown around the edges with a finger-plus of off-white head slightly off-white head. The head has pretty good retention and laces nicely.
S - Aroma is a blend of some toffee malts and some light sweet fruit (pears). A bit of yeast also in the background.
T - Starts off with deep caramel malts and some peppery spices. Also a touch of light fruits and a bit of darker fruit flavor (plum). Through the middle some more sweet fruit flavors come through alongside some smoked tastes. Bit of yeast also. The finish is a mix of yeast, some smoky flavor, and some peppery spices that lingers a bit.
M - Medium bodied with moderate-low amount of carbonation. A touch watery, but otherwise feels fairly smooth and a touch smoky and spicy. Fairly dry finish.
D - Fairly drinkable. Taste is a bit different than most saisons with the smoky flavors. Otherwise, interesting and different and fairly tasty. Pretty decent balance.
jstraw (1913) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahogany with good, foamy, tan head / Creamy, smooth, nose of roast barley, banana / Medium body, creamy and grassy, moderate acidity, with good balance and finish / Elegant, subdued, flavors of cocoa, plum, smoke, tobacco, and banana, with spicy rye finish / A smooth, easy drinker, with a tasty, mellow, flavor profile.
madvike (2693) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours murky cola color with a small off-white head that doesnít last too long. Smells of rye, tropical fruit, light floral hopping, and just a touch of the peppery yeast from the description. Taste is light spice, rye, and a touch of floral hoppiness. Crisp and fresh, with a bit of sweetness, and a finish that has a clove spiciness throughout. Well-carbonated and smooth, I like this one.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer is black with a light tan head, ok retention, really good lacing.
The aroma is pretty light, only gives off a little floral hops thatíd you expect in a saison. The finish has a tiny bit of chocolate.
The taste is a complete reverse of the aroma, tons of sweet chocolate throughtout, youíd never guess this was a saison, more a light chocolate stout. Its really smooth and easy to drink.
This beer is really good to drink, just donít call it a saison or drink it expecting to get that.
jandd1983 (2533) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler at the W&C in Ballwin, Mo. It poured a brownish color with a nice head. The aroma was a bit chocolatey and nice fruitiness with some peppery notes that had light earthy presence. The flavor was very bready like a nice loaf of bread with some peppery flavoring. Very good overall.