johnnnniee (1845) - 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, thereís 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?
BroSpud (1526) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Julioís 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 itís 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 (2215) - 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 (2341) - 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 Julioís Liquors Westborough, Ma.
puboflyons (1690) - 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.
kramer (4381) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany brown body with a large frothy light brown head that left lots of lace. The nose is a mix of light roast, lightly sweet molasses, dark fruits, and an interesting yeast influence. The flavor is more stout than anything, but itís clearly not a traditional interpretation of the style. Thereís a nice combo of slightly sweet molasses and dark fruit that doesnít really fit the style for sure. Some porter like chocolate notes, but the thing that separates this beer from either style is the unique choice of the Saison yeast. Light to medium bodied with a good deal of fizzy active carbonation. Interesting beer for sure, not exactly what to call it, but it drinks pretty good.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle shared by nmann08. Thanks! Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, earth, anise and faint citrus. The taste is earth, chocolate, roasted malts, tart cherries and a slight vegetal note. Medium bodied.
egajdzis (5119) - 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.
zach8270 (3047) - 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.
AirForceHops (2379) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. English pint shows a deep brown with ruby highlights. Slow pour produced large, lasting off white head. Nose is molasses and brown sugar. Carbonation gives a massive effervesces across the tongue. Taste is dark malts, caramel, brown sugar, raisins and molasses. Has Belgian yeast that gives it a Belgian Dark Ale feel to it. The finish certainly is dry. Has an almost cottonball texture. ABV is totally hidden. This is nice, worth a try.