thebrymanosu (38) - - AUG 13, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark pour. Very dark fir a typical saison. Classic saison aroma. Fruity character from the yeast. Touch of chocolate malt gives an interesting flavor. This just doesnít work as a saison for me at least.
ChainGangGuy (4422) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with some amber edges when held to the light. Very thin, evaporating, off-white head.
Smell: A bit tartish, a bit earthy, with a kick of spice. Slight roast, off-brand cherry cola, subtle smoke.
Taste: Wheat wrapped in ancillary, earthy dark malty touches, some darkish caramel, cola, walnut, even some light chary elements. The light sweetness lands alongside the spicy yeast character, fruity touches, and smokiness. A little aspirin, licorice. Near-crisp, tartish, spiced finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: As phoney as a seance, Iím left feeling a little bit hoodwinked and cheated. Wait. Whereís my wallet?
Sammer (1054) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Taste is watered down tobacco, dark fruit, black licorice on acid and GPS box. What? Exactly.
notalush (4999) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle bought off the singles rack - purchased because of "saison" and "4.4% abv" on the label - then it poured nearly black and I was like, "motherfucker" - but whatever - letís give it a chance - black saisons can be good - medium tart nose, with a little bit of raisin, smoke, bitter dark malts, a little bit of caramelized sugar sweetness - doesnít smell at all like any kind of saison, but actually not bad so far - full, frothy mouthfeel - flavor is dry, mildly tart, and medium bitter up front - some smoke, earthy/mushroomy character, some phenols, some of which are spicy, others are of the slightly "dirty" variety, but not too much so - finish of tartness, moderate bitterness, and char - sort of like New Belgium Belgian Black, so if you like that beer... - itís okay, just donít expect a saison.
Ironicmedic (64) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank from bottle 8/10/13. From variety pack. Taste not exactly like a siason but it still nice.
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle from the Night of the Dead mixed pack. Pours a clear dark red-brown color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of doughy malts, nuts, a bit of caramel. The taste is chocolate, nuts, spice, mild tart fruits. Thin-medium bodied, high carbonation.
scarletfire65 (981) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from the 2013 Night of The Living Dead Variety Pack. Pours a deep brown with mahogany highlights. Small head, dissipates quickly. Aroma of smoke, rubber, dirt, mushroom, soy sauce. Highly carbonated, true to style. Flavor is lightly roasted malt, funky yeast, cola, dirt. Doesnít quite come together, and not a good example of one of the most complex hybrid styles - the black saison.
novice101 (308) - - AUG 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank out of the bottle from the Night of the Living Dead 12 pack. Spells of a bit of bitter hops and a bit of spice. Starts out a bit of a tart flavor and then goes to bit of citrus from hops mixed with some spice. Finish is good, yet somehow I had a friend complain that it tasted like a permanent marker and honestly they are very similar.
jbarry1506 (28) - Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Itís good, but then again I like Saisons, but this isnít exactly a Saison. The beer definitely looks closer to a dark brown than the summery light colors that I am used to from this style. The flavor starts a little citrusy and tart and has a little spice. The finish is just a little malty or bitter, but not too much. Good beer to prime for that dark finishing porter or stout of the night.
Ed5388 (2236) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ the brewery. Pours a medium brownish/amber color with a thin off white head. Aroma is earthy, kinda smokey, with some funk, and a sweet fruitiness. Taste of tart fruit, roasty, and slightly funky.