DuffMan (9606) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with my wife. Impressively dark brown with a mocha coloured dense head that leaves thick sheets of lace. The nose is all yeast and spice. Ginger, allspice, especially some floral mace. Lovely spicy yeasty palate, some underlying dark malts are just there for support, but there for sure. Really spicy, with a finish that is equally dry and bitter. Pleasantly creamy mouthfeel. To me, this fits the quirky identity of a black saison to a T. Very nice, very interesting, and somehow very fitting for autumn.
3fourths (9149) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. deep brown body with a tall-building mocha colored head, lasting retention and thick lacing. distinct cocoa powder, pumpkin spice and nutmeg in the nose with lighter touches of licorice / soy sauce / ink and baked bread / dough (a bit too yeasty in the nose). soft carbonation turning towards a powdery and rough allspice in the back. medium-light body thinning across the back; somewhat more watery than I would like. black patent char and inky chocolate malt with slightly rough roast astringency and a lingering nutmeg / cocoa spiced finish.
BiddleBrau (1168) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Seemed like an interesting collaboration and it was not a bad assumption, not great but decent. This is a black brew, tan head. Sour/sweet aroma and flavor. There is some bubble gum and cocoa flavors here but it also has a bit of an oxidation flavor. I’m sure it’s not old but it just tasted a bit off on that flavor.
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A new style for me, so I am not sure how it "should" taste. However, I liked it. A very complex brews. Pours a clear, deep brown looking black in the glass. Thick and enormous coffee head settled to a quarter-inch rocky cover. Heavy lacing. Nose is sharply herbal with sage, mint tea, rose, chamomile. Taste is initially lightly sweet, then delicately sour with umami notes. The finish is bitter and floral. Avg carbonation. Texture is slick. Finish is bitter and long. Overall, it was a fascinating beer. Complex and interesting. Dark and wild with an interesting spiciness and rough finish. Not at all forgettable, bur for the right reasons.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler. Jet Black. Slightly sour taste, roasted/smoked, and bitter linger.
Arayaga2 (2130) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with 2" of tan head. Aroma is nutmeggy, like a pumpkin beer, and this translates into the finished beer with a grainy, barky, alkaline bitterness. I think they may have wrung too much from their spices, this stuff is not great. $4/500ml Seema:"That does not produce friendship in my mouth."
zdk (1871) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at Ginger Man - a tasty brew but was a little tough to get through the whole glass. Black strap molasses, chocolate roast. Some funky notes. smokey char and crystal malts, bitter astringent finish that I can still taste almost an hour later.
jonno (2524) - JAPAN - OCT 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lovely spicy aniseed and pepper driven nose. Body is very thin and there is a huge whack of the invested additives - mainly aniseed and cracked pepper. Some dark, roasted malt and a short, spicy pepper driven finish. Seems a bit hollow and lacking (body and carbonation) for want of a better term.
jw0406 (1140) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours black color with a small off white head. aromas of sweet dark malt, spice, belgian yeast. Light bodied with some sweetness and a dry spicy finish.
TimE (5091) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown color. Dry peppery, lemon zest, coriander and aniseed nose. The mouth is dry and fairly hoppy, but a bit over attenuated and a but strange. Dry roasted malt, peppery finish, but ainseed really kicks in and then just lingers, a bit too much so.