Imaena (1691) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. The nose is roasted malts and old basement. The pour is a full dark black. The taste is bitter hops and skunkiness. The full package is nothing ot be excited about.
thegreenrooster (3060) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is some char and roasted malt but very faint. Flavor is more char and sweetness with some sourness also there. Finish has some black licorice and more sourness. I agree with most on here. This thing is just a muddled mess. No Belgian yeastiness and way sour and mostly a burnt malt.
ellolovey (423) - Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark brown almost black color with a frothy mocha head. A little lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and licorice. Taste is just like the nose. Sweet malts, a hint of bitterness, licorice, wet dog, and a little rye tingle. Skunky dry finish.
Mittenator (1051) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Really wanted to like this but really didn't. Overpowering licorice taste just ruined it. Weird beer.
jtw (1074) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 12 oz bottle, pours a surprising dark with a deep fluffy tan head. aroma of acidity, toast and caramel, and roasted barley. not as much "tang" as i expected from something labeled saison, but perhaps the dark malts are overpowering it somewhat. flavor is toffee and straw and peppery rye, and strawberries and licorice. an interesting beer to be sure, but kind of lacking direction.
Nate (3531) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Knick. Roasted malt and biscuit, toffee and Twizzlers. A bit of licorice. Sweet nose. Dark brown-black opaque with thin light tan lacing head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts sweet with molasses and Twizzlers, light licorice, and mild fruity notes. A bit of alcohol. Nutty sweet bitterness at finish with a little bit of sweet tang. Smooth sweet after.
Sammy (8032) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Unique, but something I could not drink much of. Black, very dry. Like the base for something that had to be added. Aroma was OK. FlandersNed.
Iphonephan (2609) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 bottle. Pours black with a hick billowy head. Fruit wnd candy sugar aroma. Flavors of pears.
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color, eggshell head. Nose is light perfumed fruit with a roasty flavor. Juicy flavor that doesnít match the appearance.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
12oz bottle from Samís, Durham. Black saisons can certainly be satisfying and interesting, though itís admittedly tough to pull off. This one, alas, isnít even close to either mark (you could, I suppose, make a case for interestingly awful). Dark brown cola pour, excessive carbonation for sure. Strong, sharp anise in the nose, along with root beer, something burnt, and generic spice. Mouthfeel? Sure Iíll give the beer that one. But the taste is pretty awful, with the best moments coming when the beer is merely one-dimensional licorice. Beyond that, we have ash cola, burnt fruitbread, and lozenge. Oof.