SSSteve (3661) - - 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 (4412) - 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 (2478) - 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 (322) - 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.
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown shade of black with a frothy tan head, lots of sticky webby lace. Nose is quite spicy indeed, lemon vebena, orange peel, allspice. As it warms, tarter black cherry notes are more pronounced with a light vinegar/acetic character. Glad I let it warm a bit as the nose is more complex than originally noted. Flavor has a more roasty, bitter cherry skin character, lots of bakers chocolate, tartness is more subtle than nose. Very dry, lightly tannic finish. An interesting beer. Drinks more in the old English porter style in my opinion with a little spice thrown in.
Suttree (4902) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I kinda wanted to like this more than I did. Smells a bit spicy, a bit nutty. Flavor is a bit muddled. I got some traditional saison flavors, but nothing really stood out.
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark black color with a tan head Aroma was light, a bit grainy with hints of straw, some sweet estery notes, some clove and anise as well, not very "up front" however. Flavors were much more pronounced. Lots of lightly sweet and slightly fruity Saison flavors, but with a heavy dose of bitterness imparted by the hops. Some definite nuttiness from the darker malts, perhaps a bit of coffee, clove, and anise. A pretty interesting experience. Definitely a solid, easy to drink, well-made beer.
gripweed57 (508) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle. Nearly opague brown, black color topped by a big rocky tan head. Aroma is medicinal-like. Notes of iodine, molasses, licorice, nutmeg, charcoal, black pepper and cardamom. Flavor is charcoal malt, leather, dark fruits and cola. Some barnyard here, too. Certainly is different. Not easy to like. but unique enough to try.
vtafro (2450) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Dark spices, some licorice, and anise aromas. Herbal flavor with some spice and fresh herbs and a light cooling like tone.
Ontbeertaster (2269) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours a nice black, aroma is very spicy, the flavour is not too spicy, it kind of has a little roastiness to it, it finishes with a nice spiciness maybe some sage, overall very nice offering