mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darker brown pour. Mild lacing. Mild aroma of barley, caramel and chocolate. Very light but decent. Easy to drink.
mcclainc50 (217) - New York, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown with a tan head that leaves a nice lacing. Aromas of fruit, roasted barley and a a touch of tobacco. Flavors of barley, a touch of coffee and notes of frsh fruit. Similar to a light black IPA. A very pleasant easy to drink beer.
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I basically rated this like a mix between a nut brown and a porter, for a saison it surely does not seem to be. A bit sweet at times, but also somewhat earthy/nutty. This isn’t all that good, and surprisingly heavy.
keanex (1606) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled July 17, 2013.
Appearance: The body is a deep chestnut, black through the center, with a frothy tan head that sticks around only for a little. The head settles into a light coating.
Aroma: The aroma has a deep cherry presence with a touch of roast, cocoa and dried leaves. It smells like a porter more than anything, not a bad aroma at all though.
Taste: This is very mellow on the intro but it quickly gets earthy and fruity with a mild cherry presence, but it quickly becomes dry and nutty with an earthy flavor that reminds me of dried leaves with an underlying slightly peppery dough. I actually really enjoy this...
Palate: Light in bodied with high carbonation.
Overall: This is actually pretty great. I enjoy this as much as the low alcohol dark saison I had while at Stillwater. This drinks sort of like a porter, sort of like a black saison, and sort of like a nutty brown ale. Interesting and a real shock. This is a good beer.
VatMasterson (52) - Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The best thing here is this beers head, froth and foamy, lacing and head lasts throughout. Dark brown color. My mind thinks I am about to get a Porter then my Brain says this is hoppy and interesting. Well balanced. Not sweet nor bitter. Give the flowers whatever names you like but they are there. This is good with seafood.
Pershing (485) - Garland, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark brown almost black with a lively tan head that remains. Aroma of fresh roasted coffee. Thin watery taste with some roasted barley bitterness. Finishes bland and dry. Like to have never found the name on the bottle. Not sure what the marketing department was thinking. Their artwork is just to busy.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a dark brown color with a small and short lived tan head. The nose smells like roasted malt, a hint of coffee, and solvent. There is green, viney bitterness mixed with green coffee beans and roasted malt in the flavor. Dry and chalky on the palate. Overly carbonated too. What taste this has isn’t very good. How does this make it past quality control?
nearbeer (4026) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Nearly opaque molasses color with a lasting disc of creamy foam on top. Aroma is dark roast coffee with some hints of caramel, bubble gum and must. Initial flavors of prune, plum, wheat, blackberry and lactose are nice, but are nearly overpowered later by the dark roast. Some light touches of dark grape must, soy sauce and char develop in the long finish. Medium body is lightly astringent and has a bit much carbonation, but is well-balanced and has a pleasant bittersweet roasty/musty finish. Interesting brew.
PhillyCraft (3743) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2013
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle with joe. Pours reddish brown with weak head and lace. Notes of homebrew nothingness. Worst saison ever, pretty much. Cheers
FROTHINGSLOSH (5250) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a black color with a small foamy beige head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was dry, woody and smoky. The flavor was dry, wood and smoky with a hint of roast beer and vague fruity hops - odd and not in a good way. Medium length finish of dry wood and smoke. Medium body. Not good.