jgb9348 (5609) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with only the slightest bit of light coming through at the very bottom of the glass, all with a nice, two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of yeast, bread, grass, plastic/petroleum, hay and a hint of light herbal hops. Medium-bodied; Assertive grassy and herbal hops up front with a distinct yeast strain, some light roasted malt notes and a perceived bready flavour. Aftertaste shows a large grassy and herbal note with some hop bitterness, a little roasty flavour and the smallest amount of sweetness. Overall, an interesting and relatively unique beer - even amongst black saisons - the yeast is distinct and the grassy and herbal notes are well defined, just not amazingly flavoured themselves. Interesting to try and I’d recommend it to all, however the price stands in the way. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 24-October-2012 for US$3.99 sampled at home in Washington on 02-April-2013.
rejtable (2302) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Kinsale Public House, Boston. Big foamy head with lots of lacing. Pours black. Nose is roasted and yeast. Aromas of burnt malt, yeast, and lemon. Bitter tasting with some fruity sweetness in the background. Reasonably low carbonation. Nice beer.
mar (5229) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Black pour, cream head. Nose is cinnamon, spice, yeast, dry, and fruits. Very smooth on the palate, spiced gum drops, light yeast, earth, and an easy finish.
Hansen (8390) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Almost black coloured, has an off-white head, lasting. Spicy aroma, peppermint, toothpaste-like, upleasent. Spicy, malty and unpleasent flavor. Creamy texture.
EithCubes (5551) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Black Saison bottled 08/07/12. Nose loaded with herbs and spices, a veil that can’t be penetrated by any hops or malt. Main offender is toothpaste mint, but there are strong clove, anise-y licorice, and rose hip components. Some Brett and actual horse blanket. Deep brown-black with a jiggly, dense light brown head. Taste has a strong initial burst of extremely rubbery bitterness, the aforementioned spices/herbs are there but diminished, more black pepper instead, some mingled citrus peel and super-heavy horse blanket and pretty distinct footy/socky flavor. Paper, faint grain. Drybone scrape of the tongue (scrimshaw?) with some musky aftertones, sage and even some basil, chocolate and light roast, dash of coriander, pleasant black patent. Has a faint gruit component, maybe some myrtle/gale? Relatively smooth feel, full body. Super strange and love the complexity, a good and rather didactic pint but I’m sure it’ll be a one-time thing for me.
omikr0n (867) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with nice thick brown head. Aroma is yeast, spices, hops and a bit roasty. Flavor is malt, licorice, spices, mint, hops, roasty. Slightly roasty dry aftertaste.
HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a dark black with a burgundy hue. Aroma is fruity but also possesses a peppery/soapy element. Flavour was like a dark peppery barnyard yeast. Pretty dry and medium body finish. Interesting and challenging combination, but not as good as their other stuff.
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Black beer with a creamy big beige head. Floral, soapy, spicy aroma. Spicy, dark chocolate, leather a bit sourish flavour.
gringo332 (604) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours quite dark with a nice tanned head. Smells of yeast, fruity esters, brett and malts. Moderate sweet, nice touch of brett and a fruity character from the yeasts. Moderate bitter finish. A very nice saison; of this black kind i don’t know much, but i know i liked this one
Maris (1365) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 355ml bottle on 24/3/2013. Pours close to balck with a medium head. Has a curious aroma which is dominated by licorice with a touch of spice. The flavour is curious as well, with bitter roasty notes, some sweet dark fruit, more licorice, and a lingering spicy finish. An unusual and quite interesting brew without quite hitting the bullseye.