zach8270 (3439) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 750 ml) Dark brown pour with an incredibly thick tan head. More than half of the glass was the foam. Nice roasted aroma with some notes of sugar, coffee, burnt malts and some fruit at the finish. Very complex aroma. Chocolate and coffee at the start of the flavor that turns sweet and fruity near the end. Finishes dry and lightly roasty. Really tasty actually.
johnnnniee (2293) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours the darkest of browns with very faint brown highlights when held to light, a spirited level of carbonation produces a head that fills half the glass no matter how it is poured. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, roasted grains, burnt sugar, dark fruits, yeasty phenols, there’s a lot going on here and so far its all good. Taste is dark malts, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, prunes, plums. This is very complex lots of stuff going on here. Medium to thick body, quite a bit of carbonation, maybe too much, sweet saison-esque mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this beer. The carbonation might be a touch on the high side, but the flavors and aromas are fantastic. I would say this is more of a Belgian strong dark than a stout, but when a beer is done this well who needs labels really?
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a fairly large foamy brown head. Nose is chocolatey cocoa with light notes of dark fruits and roasted malts. Palate is fairly full and somewhat chewy but finishes almost dry. Flavors of chocolate, light roasted malt notes and some raisins.
Chaseman (50) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle and was surprised by a massive head. Sweet aromas come from the lingering head, mostly molasses and toasted malts. A subtly- sweet taste with that roasted malt flavor lingering around. A very good beer. I look forward to trying another batch.
thornecb (4367) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black into a tulip. Mocha head with excellent retention pancakes as it recedes leaving chunky lacing. Sweet toasted nuts and chocolate aromas. Dry and sweet with tootsie roll and milk chocolate upfront turning to sour resin in the lasting finish.
egajdzis (5312) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, cherry, cocoa, smoke, and molasses. Taste of roast, tobacco, some cherry, molasses, and a dry finish.
Damico (2564) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours dark coffee brown with a caramel head. The aroma is light sweet candy, almost like a biscuit with that potent molasses hitting the palate hard- very unique. The flavors of the funky saison yeast blend with the dry stout to give such a unique flavor. The yeast brings the body to a funky unique flavor that I really enjoy.
Ernesto987 (3687) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2 oz pour at julios beer fest, big sweet molasses flavors. Big toasted malts in there too, I really dont taste too much of the saison. A larger sample will be needed to really evaluate fairly. I’ll be back!
BroSpud (1684) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Julio’s during a beer tasting festival. Unfortunately this was one of many samples today and I do not remember the particulars of this one other than it was damn good and had it’s own unique character. Could be that I have never tasted a dark saison before but I gotta say it works. Will be picking up some bottles for further study.