SirADNielsen (8949) - 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.
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour with a voluminous, foamy brown head. Aroma is rather spicy and herbal with soft toasted grains, roasted malt, flowers and yeast notes. Taste is very herbal with spice notes, dusty yeast, earthy hops, flowers, roasted malt, toasted grains, dark bread and faint fruit. Body is light-medium and soft with a moderate, creamy carbonation. Ends with more herbals notes, faint medicinal flavors, spices, roasted malt, toasted dark bead, dried flowers, fruit notes and dusty yeast.
jbruner (2167) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an opaque brownish black on tap with thick, frothy, brown head and light lacing. Aroma of belgian funky yeast, grainy dirt, and zesty spice. Taste is like christmas, interesting spice blend, notes of coriander, pepper, dark fruits. A lot better than the last black saison I had.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Completely taken back and surprised by this one’s appearance. Picked up the bottle and expected light and refreshing but received dark and ominous. Guess I should have taken a closer look at the label. The appearance for the style was spot on: obsidian pour with a small khaki head. Aroma and flavor are filled with a myriad of spices. Coriander, cardamom, black licorice, anise and peppery hops don’t meld well. Too herbaceous. Lots of evergreen as well. Just not good.
alexsdad06 (5338) - Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Dutchs. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. The nose is big spicy herbal notes focusing on anise. Flavors are much of the same. Very unbalanced. Not much malt, hops, anything other than herbs and spices. Not my thing.
Phillies08Champs (680) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours charcoal colored with slight head that lingers, nose is anise and mild roasted malt, firs sip is similar with slight yeast notes . finish is nice with blance of malt and mild hps. not bad.
jeremytoni (2950) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown/black color with a lot of head. Bitter peppery hoppy flavor with a lasting aftertaste.
Damico (2508) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours rich coffee dark amber with a big creamy beige head. Soft creamy caramel and light spices. The body is lighter, but thicker like a saison. Flavors bring light spices, tea like malts, and a bit of tanginess.
AxlLives (286) - Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz pour - jet black with medium fluffy tan head. Lots of cool aromatic spices and round malt on the nose. Dark malts. Finishes with a slightly bitter chocolate note. Long smooth finish, medium bodied. White pepper. Tasty.
jstraw (1906) - 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 Jerry’s. 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.