Drake (9953) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber shared at a tasting. Pours a clear dark copper with a thin fizzy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of spice, bread. nuts, caramel, dark fruits, hints of bubblegum. The taste is toffee, dark fruits, spice, nuts, caramel, yeast. Medium bodied, lingering spice.
DedicatedToFun (3534) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap, gold pour, white head, nose is lemon, taste is lemon, some spices, pepper
Enwiebe (183) - - MAR 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
3/22/14. Draft at Fullsteam. Pours with a one finger head the dissipates fast. Very dark going on black. Strong roasty malts with hops deep behind the malt. Saison yeast lends interesting finish. Not sure I'd call it wine. Definitely somewhat an acquired taste. Interesting.
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Suttree (5355) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 I’m never sure what the goal is with black saisons Porter like? Dunkel? This has dark malt flavors like coffee and chocolate mixed with funky, peppery flavors. Plus some red wine and oak. Not bad, but some of the roasty flavors seem a little out of place...
Re-rate, 05/02/14 - The roasty notes in this batch are much more subdued. Fruitier and lighter. Much more enjoyable.
emacgee (4243) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer Study. Clean soft black with one finger of tan head. Roasty nose, burnt popcorn and toasted grain. Some cracked pepper and earthy/yeasty notes. Medium light bodied.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Beer Study, Chapel Hill. Nice, effervescent dark brown pour with a firm, medium head. Slightly astringent notes in the nose, sharp and bitter herbs along with dark chocolate malts and mild vinous qualities. To me, it came across almost more like a modified schwarzbier - perhaps with some additional spice and yeast added - than a black saison, since the characteristics I associate with that style tended to be a bit muted, in favor of mild char and vinous flavors. Not bad, but seems like it’s just started down the path of self-realization.
maxwelldeux (4033) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Growler. Pours a near-black color with a moderate off-white head. Nose has some sour notes with hints of licorice in there. Taste is a bit sour with some of the licorice elements. Odd.
TURDFERGUSON (4004) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blackish brown with a light tan head. Nose is fairly dry, light roast, oats, bakers chocolate, light pepper. Flavor is similar, very easy drinking, could maybe use more saison yeast but its tasty. Pretty well done. :)