Beersiveknown (2397) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 10, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at home from brewdog online
Very dark brown black with fluffy openocha head which hangs about for ages. Fantastic light citrus and complex pepper and nutmeg yeast esters on nose, touch of sweaty feet and peach juice. Medium body, light carbonation, initial touch of sourness, peppery, barnyard, building roast barley/chocolate with some astringent notes on tip of the tongue, some silage. Long roast barley and coffee. Orangey hop notes right at the end.Fab
jstraw (1880) - 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.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: A very different take on a saison in general, but even different for a balck saison. Very interesting and extremely different. Bonus points for lacing.
TECHNICAL: Poured a very dark brown that was basically opaque, black with a large, off-white head that mostly, but very slowly diminished, leaving excellent lacing and then some. The aroma had moderate roasted and burnt malts; moderate piney hops; slight vanilla; licorice; cola; anise; and maybe mint. The initial flavor was slightly sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and moderately bitter with a fairly long duration. There was roasted malt, burnt malt, slight chocolate, coffee, caramel, licorice, anise, slight vanilla, citrus and earthy hops; pine hops. The medium body was oily and then dry with very fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly metallic finish.
ads135 (2539) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2013 This is one of the stranger beers I’ve had in awhile. Incredibly spicy, almost like a Christmas beer. Tastes heavily of cloves, pepper, and nutmeg. Nicely bitter, with a dark appearance and a ton of head.
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma on this was really special. Smelled like tart fruits and really confused me into thunking I was about to drink a lambic or sour brew. Poured dark and allostnlooked porter like. The taste aroma were so different it was so cool. Taste was yeast and dry hops. Dark fruit and balancing malts. A strange yet fantastic beer.
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islay (864) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 4-20-13. Refreshing, sweet, fruity, yeasty, tangy, juicy aroma features chocolate-covered strawberries, mango, raspberry-flavored dark chocolate candy bar, caramel, and watermelon bubblegum scents. Unique, powerful, appetizing, very good smell. Pours dark brown with an amber hue. Streaks of very small bubbles that rise at moderate speed. Large amount of fluffy taupe head. Produces very good lacing. A strong 4 for appearance. Bitter taste features taffy, licorice, coffee with cream, lemon, and minerals flavors. There’s an orange tang in the taste. A touch of booze in the flavor. The same watermelon bubblegum element that’s in the aroma is also in the flavor. Salt, especially in the finish. Some noticeable spices, especially black pepper. Long, dry, bitter, strong, roasted coffee aftertaste. Medium body. Soft in the palate. The palate rating of 4 is due to the strong aftertaste; the other palate effects are unremarkable. Overall, way more interesting and better than I expected. Unique, aromatic, and dare I say delicious? Underrated. It’s hard to believe it has this much flavor with such a low alcohol content. 9/4/8/4/17=>4.2
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.
shoulderbroken (1668) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Watering Hole. Dark brown/black colour, golden bubbly thin head. Aroma is strange and nice, very herbal, big floral, brown sauce (!), aniseed. Taste is equally strange and nice. Brown sauce again! Fruity, aniseed, dark maltiness too. Really strange. Some vegetable elements and liquorice too. Bit of everything. Maybe even bit of smoke. Really weird. Really great. Little bit slick too. Lovely.
EdInSaltLake (510) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tart, earthy Saison yeast, light roasted aroma. Flavor is spicy, earthy/barnyard, berry fruit, sweetish malt, a little roasted malt.
shrubber85 (6811) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Yeast, cinnamon/coriander, and malt aroma. Dark brown with nice tan head. Dry musty lemon, malt and spicy bitter flavor. Nice body. Very good.