Byrdman (41) - Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours porter-like, red highlights. Head runs away. Ester/banana nose. Relatively flat, lots of malt. Careful hopping but interesting finish. Very nice
topherh (1917) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Aroma is fruity sweet and roasty malt. Flavor is light roast malt, light banana, earthy, Belgian spice, and a bit of sourness.
omhper (22307) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2011
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled at Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. Black, minimal head. Careful roasty nose with some black pepper. Dryish with clean mouthfeel. Rather tinny with markes coffee-like roastiness. The clean, hard malt is surrounded by sloppy syrup. To hard malt character for any flavours to come out, making it feel unpleasantly metallic - like licking a lamp post. Fades out with low bitterness. Rock hard malt in a saison = FAIL.
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle shared with blankboy and garthicus. Deep cola red pour, huge fluffy lasting tan head. Aroma - saison? dunno, but it’s roasty, green grassy hoppy, a bit pungent. Taste - sharp, spicy, deep roast, moderate alcohol - pretty yummy. Solid body, average carbonation, decent spiciness ... can’t express it, but pretty solid, if not "on style" for saison.
garthicus (2839) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: Cola black, medium brown head. Aroma: ’Farmhouse’ , malt, Harry may have mentioned it but it "smells like Quebec" spicy too ! Flavour: malty, quite spicy, tangy, yeast with a long peppercorn flavor.
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 it’s 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 (1780) - 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. There’s very little saison yeastiness. It’s a nice beer but not particularly compelling. It smells a bit like a bland saison mixed with a stout.
The taste is relatively sweet. There’s more pepper and cocoa. The cola flavor creeps up a bit much in the finish.
Mouthfeel is pretty middle of the road. It’s a bit effervescent but tends to sit rather heavily on the palate for a saison.
pete4999 (1347) - 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 Ithaca’s Cold Front, although I think that one’s better.
RichardW (1813) - 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 (2703) - 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) don’t really work for me.