jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Jerryís. Black with good, creamy, brown head / Bretty, toasty nose of coffee, chocolate, banana, and dark fruit / Light to medium body, tart and lively, some chew, excellent balance and bitter finish / Flavors of chocolate, toast, banana, cherry, date, oak, horse blanket, and a nice touch of manure / Great, great stuff.
DiarmaidBHK (3161) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Shawan Liquors. Pours black with a thin khaki head. smells a bit like musty cola. Fairly hop forward with licorice vibe. So itís a combination of a Saison and Black IPA (which is a style Iím not that fond of.) and it doesnít really work. Chalk this one up to an expensive error.
pineypower (2402) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Dmac. Pours out the color of cola with a big tan head. Aroma is of burnt plastic, chocolate, odd spices and some light fruitiness. Taste is cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, chocolate, yeast, roast, hops, plastic, grains.....odd
AirForceHops (2708) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 28, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle paid $4.99 at Table and Vine, W. Springfield, MA. Black color indeed. Slow canted pour produced large thick, beige head that left sheets of lacing down the glass. Nose is a mix of spice and yeast that reminds me of black licorice. Ok, where to start with the flavor?? The spicy yeast shows up foremost then it completely collides with the roasted malts. It also has an herbal, old tea flavor. This odd herbal tea like element gives it nearly a medicinal taste. The texture is extremely dry. Before I got half way down my glass I realized this doesnít work on any level for me.
chinchill (1364) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle of "Green Flash Friendship Brew", dated July 2012, served in a Trois Pistoles snifter.
Pours very dark brown; black in the snifter; capped with a large and dense beige head; loads of lacing is left on the glass. A striking aroma of perfume rises from the glass with floral and spruce notes and traces of yeast. The remarkable aroma is complex and unusual, but does not really invite ingestion.
The flavor starts sweet, as suggested by the aroma, but soon turns bitter. The flavor has some malty underpinnings of a black ale, but this is overrun by brett/perfume/spruce resin. Hints of bitter cocoa, coffee, ginger and rose petals.
Medium body and carbonation.
O: this intense brew is the most floral and perfumed beer Iíve ever encountered. I found it quite interesting, but rather hard to rate and challenging to consume. It is not one Iíll return to.
DrSilverworm (5016) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Black but not opaque color. Light brown head leaving nice lace. Very interesting aroma. Cola nose. Roasty malts, black pepper. Earthy, spicy hops. Medium to lighter body. Very light carbonation, very smooth. Some interesting herbal aroma, maybe basil, not sure. Nice light bitter taste, kind of savory. Interesting brew.
Brouwerij (883) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into snifter (didnít have a tulip). Near black with three fingers of tan head. Beautiful retention and lacing. Smells of anise, herbs/spices with fruity and floral tones. Taste is mildy hoppy upfront then malty, herby and sweet. Having a hard time identifying the herbs/spices, reminds me of fenugreek. A mildly bitter finish that lingers. Medium to strong carbonation with a slightly oily and astringent mouthfeel. Overall an interesting and enjoyable saison.
jb (2053) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very weird, good and indescribable. Dark, hazy looking, thought it was going to be a stout from the appearance. Really had no idea what to expect. By the way had this at Tap and Mallet. This bore no similarity to any saison Iíve had before. Kinda mild, dominated by some sort of cooking spice, not sure what, mint, dill, something potent.
Steve_0 (2229) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Hops and Pie. Pour is deep brown, almost black with a big tan head and great lacing. Big herbal and medicinal characteristics in the aroma with notes of band-aid, pepper, pine, rubber, and black licorice. Taste is again very medicinal, lightly spicy, biscuit, grass, and light roast. Much better aroma than taste. Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation. Nothing really offensive, but a pretty weak beer.
bmerz (665) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep opaque brown with a huge rocky head and fully lasting sheets of lace. The aroma is strongly Brett with dry earth and citrus peal. The flavor is moderately sour, very roasty and earthy, light pepper that builds on the palate. It has dry pithy bitter end. Itís soft and full tough bit dusty and cool. Really nice.