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.
TURDFERGUSON (3874) - 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 (4866) - 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 (486) - 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 (2302) - 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 (2257) - 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
dmac (3690) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle iva 4pack from Spirits Crossroads. Poured a rather dense looking pitch black under a huge deep beige foamy head. Aroma is all over the place, initially a big spicey medicinal blast gives way to rotting flowers, Belgian yeast, candi sugars, horse blanket, cobwebs, brett, black toast. The body is far thinner than I was expecting and the carbonation is strong. Not diggin the flavor on this one at all, notes of old flowers, burnt malts, charcoal, medicine. Blah not a fan at all, pretty bummed I got stuck with a 4pack of this, looks like I will be giving these ones out.
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Aroma if extremely fragrant with heavy scents of black licorice while also delivering a steady dosage of spicy Belgian farmhouse yeast that overall comes across as one of the most unique aromas I have smelled in quite some time. Liquid is a dark shade of brown that appears black but there is a soft layer of fluffy head that looks like icing on a cupcake. The drink is quite shocking with a punch of spearmint gum and chocolate flavors and leaves behind a flavor as if I had just eaten chocolate mint ice cream. This is definitely a funky recipe that is heavily dashed with assorted spices and does taste true to how I would imagine a dark black saison to sort of taste even those this is my first experience with the hybrid beer style.
drfabulous (3565) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce from four pack. Big carbonated pour. Black. Spicy a bit. Maybe traces of chocolate, but not much like black IPAs. The overall taste, though, reminds me of Rayon Vert - that funky yeast strain.