krumbum (946) - truckee, California, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A cold wet coffee berry roasted aroma. A dark beer that can be seen through until a point. Smooth roast grows to a dry bitter. It grows big but keeps ballanced. Leaves a lasting dry roasted bitter coating.
miclip (4) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent beer, the molasses adds a nice subtle sweetness, not too dry, great color albeit a little cloudy
johnnnniee (3743) - 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?
Shanebrews (284) - Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is a hearty warmer on a cool night. The molasses tones are present, noticeable, but balanced. The beer is properly hopped but not overly bitter. A very good and somewhat unique brew.
BroSpud (2040) - , 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.
Damico (3140) - 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.
jimhilt (2552) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Will pour a five+ finger cream head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a thick lace. Black color, no highlights. Strong carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted malt nose and flavor is malty, bready, fairly smooth. The 7% ABV is totally hidden. $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
puboflyons (3065) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the corked, caged, 750 ml. bottle. Batch #006. Served about 50 degrees as recommended. Very dark brown pour with a tremendous, fluffy tan head that floats on top like a milk shake for the whole time. The aroma is of coffee, mild chocolate, and dark fruit like cherry or currant. Yeast and bread esters too. The body is medium and a tad astringent. The taste is mildly sweet, dark, and bitter and the end. I liked it a lot.
ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours deep brown with a lasting tan head. Bread and esthers on the nose. Drinks smoothly with a mild hop bite on the back of the tongue. Tastes of bread with a touch of smoke. Finishes very nicely.
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 750ml. corked.
[ As Mystic Descendant ].
Clear dark brown color with a large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, dusty malt - roasted, chocolate, funky. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate, funky, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.