ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a WTF IS THIS. Dark ruby body, two finger khaki head - there was literally no warning of this being a dark saison. None. Anyways, the head doesnít have very good retention, but does leave a bit of lacing behind. Iím not docking points because of the look, though.
S: The aroma should have thrown me a curveball about the look. Itís quite high in both caramel malts and sweetness. A bit of oatmeal presence, also. Not very yeasty at all, thereís little sense this is even a dark saison rather than a simple session porter. And I havenít even got to the unpleasantly smoky, rotting meat notes Iím picking up! : The dog food quality tanks the nose utterly - in fact, I kind of donít want to drink this now...
T/M: It tastes like itís trying so hard to be a dark saison. It has the (somewhat) lively feel, and it has the dry finish. But the unpleasant melange of roast, caramel, smokiness (not the good smokiness you get out of Schlenkerlaís rauchbiers, either), and wateriness ruins any chances of this being remotely good. Despite the high sweetness, the feel is okay for the style. Otherwise? Bah, who cares.
O: The drizzling shits, plain and simple. I normally avoid Magic Hat, and this brew reminded me exactly why I do so...
TomDecapolis (4340) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep ruby brown with a smaller bubbly tan head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, dark fruits and light peppery saison notes. Flavor of tart cherries, toasted malt, pepper and caramel.
decaturstevo (4416) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is burnt brown sugar and musty. Flavor is light dried fruit with a bito flat bitter. Medium body with ok carbonation. Not so much for me. Not really bad.
shadey (1823) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Black pour, diminishing spotty head of off white cream. Aroma is a light grassy hops and some sweetness. Flavors are an odd mix of saison and light porter. Ggrassy hops, malt sweetness, and a mild roasty finish. Interesting.
lmatos (1) - San Juan, Alabama, USA - DEC 15, 2013 does not count
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
To bitter taste. Nice aroma and appearance. Has an ending aroma of coffe and chocolate but starts very bitter.
anthony850 (91) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
It seems a bit too bitter for me.
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boozedude (1496) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared with pals a club dub, aroma is wine and some chocolate, taste is similar, pretty decent saison
mcox90 (1377) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from a 12 pack. Pours dark mahogany brown with a one finger tan head. Aroma is peaty and earthy with a sour tartness. Flavor hints at dirt, old leather work gloves, nuts and chocolate. Same undertone of sour tartness. Canít quite put my finger on it. Medium bodied with average carbonation. No real notable finish. Just ok.
Panzuriel (1225) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Seance pours a reddish brown liquid with a full head of tan foam. Nose is earthy and a bit musty but mostly belgian esters. Taste is dry with roasted dark coffee presence. the body is a bit creamy with little carbonation. finish is roasty and just a touch of good bitters.
thornecb (3987) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep mahogany into a Sam glass. Tan head with excellent retention recedes leaving creamy spider lacing. Dusty caramel and chocolate aromas. Dry and thin with dark chocolate and pit fruit upfront. Turning to mild bitter earth in the abrupt finish.
DrinkinWell (67) - - NOV 30, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with light head. Itís like someone raised the dead in your mouth--starts off tart, then the earthy oak notes kick in, followed by bitter, mildly hoppy aftertaste. Average beer.