ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
11 ounce pour - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Brought to my dark, dank corner of the bar a very dark brown body with infinitesimally small bubbles arising from the sides of the glass. Smallish, khaki-colored head depositing a fair amount of lace on the way down.
Smell: Florals that crank the scent dial towards heavily herbal atop astringent burnt, blackened malts and licorice root. Smells like Ricola cough drops.
Taste: Roasted maltiness leaning towards touches of burnt black malt. Near nil sweetness. Then, that rather curious St. Feuillien spice mix that again just screams Ricola (though I guess honking Ricola through one of those long-ass alphorns is more appropriate). Charred prune skins. It’s warming, heavily spiced, with coarse burnt malts.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: It’s all well and good to have a collaboration but one best ens--hey, hold up a sec, my cough... it’s gone! Thanks, Green Flash/St. Feuillien!
weihenweizen (1383) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. bottle from JStax poured into a shaker. Pours opaque black with small light brown head. Thin small bubble lacing, medium carbonation, and anise aroma. Taste is roasted malt, herbal hops, and anise. Too much anise for me.
jzzbassman (1414) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Saucer. Pours black with thick foam. Smells herbal, some lemongrass and coffee. Interesting, wit bubblegum, funk, and star anise. Finishes dry
Theis (12131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Black - brown head. Bitterness, burned malts, ok hoppy, red berries, spicy, roasted ,alts, ryebread, soapy, light leather, dry bitterness, licorice, solid malty, fruity notes, nice bitterness, a bit wierd.
VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black with a thick mocha head. Smells anise. Tastes very spicy...end of the taste is a bit bitter and a little dirty.
scarletfire65 (827) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Gingerman. Aroma is roasted malt, pine, band aids, medicinal. The flavor is roasted, smokey, spicy yeast, leather, Brett, funk. Lean and well attenuated. Excellent.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A perfectly black colored brew with a light brown head. The nose has some anise and pears. There is also some black pepper spice. The taste is strong anise with notes of tobacco and some green grass. There is also some bread crust and notes of dark chocolate. A nice smooth brew with hints of coffee in the finish. The carbonation is a little high, but that is expected for a saison.
JStax (2344) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown with a dark grey head of foam. The aroma is grassy and resinous with some roast coming through. The taste is much more appealing. It has roasty chocolates and coffee.
CV8Mate (4) - Alabama, USA - NOV 3, 2012 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma - Soft fruity arroma with a spicy hop note with hits of licorice.
Appearance- Pitch black in color with a thick frothy tan head
Taste- Dark fruits with a spicy slightly bitter coriander taste and a roasted malt backbone.
Palate- Medium-Full Body with average carbonation with a bitter finish
Overall- I haven’t had many black saisons to compare this up to so I didn’t know what to expect. It was an enjoyable beer, but I don’t think I will be running out for another pack of it.
adnielsen (7581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a full, fluffy brown head. Spicy, minty, burnt, a touch smoky, winter spicy aroma. Cool minty, smoky chocolate, somewhat spicy yeasty, sprucey, burnt toffee flavor. Kind of interesting but not my favorite.