radagast83 (3997) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Rustico. Poured a pretty dark, mostly opaque color with a tan head. Aroma was dark, caramel/molasses, notes of sweetness, dark malts. Flavor was dark malt character, notes of nice hoppy characteristics to it. Liked it.
nearbeer (3373) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
US Green Flash version, on tap. Ebony with a lasting cream on top. Nose is cocoa, roast, caramel and a light earthy funk. Taste is the same. Medium body is soft and well balanced, with medium carbonation.
beernovice39 (3075) - Montana, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a jet black color with a massive tan head. Scent is spices and yeast. Taste is piney with black coffee. Not what I expect from a Saison at all. Black ipa maybe. I do like it.
argo0 (11163) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Black body, brown edge, beige head, nice creamy lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, pepper, caramel, light anise, bittersweet chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some pepper, roast. Medium body, slightly creamy.
StefanSD (1985) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
650 ml bottle from bev4less. pours an opaque black-brown color with a big fluffy khaki colored head that has great retention. The aroma is has some brett along with sour fruits and dusty mochas. The taste is an odd combination of sour cherries and dark bitter chocolates. The palate is full and creamy smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and astringent with lingering bitter chocolats. Overall: This will take some getting used to, its just a bit to experimental to buy again. Nice try guys.
emacgee (3796) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Inky black pour with more viscosity than I would expect from Saison. Two fingers of charred brown head. Nose is very spicy, lots of juniper/sage/mint/evergreen character with some charred wood and coffee. Flavor is very sharp, astringent and bitter. Spruce/evergreen needles and black coffee/bitter chocolate Man this is rough.
SSSteve (3630) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle. black pour with a large, creamy, brown head. minty with chocolate in aroma. flavor is a mess of mint, basil, dark chocolate, brett, nuts. creamy palate is probably the best thing about this one. don’t like it.
b3shine (4154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster. Looks decent; cola black light beige lacing. Smells yeasty,doughy, and a little peppery and malty. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Decent.
OldGrowth (2412) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint at Tylers Apex. Good aroma, smokey spicy. Deep smokey, chocolate with yeasty clove, strong aroma. Brownish black color. Good initial head. Faded quickly to a ring. Bitter flavor. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel bitter finish. Good, real strong roasty, smoky malts. Bitter spice from yeast. Not one I’d have a lot.of, but solid .
RoyalFlushing (321) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a dark brown/black with a thin tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma includes black cherry, lemon and orange zest, and peppery notes. Taste also includes notes of cherry and citrus with more pronounced roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Unfortunately, the flavors are somewhat muddled and this definitely did not meet my expectations.