New Holland Four Witches Black Saison
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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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As we kick off our Summer seasonal, Golden Cap saison, weíre excited to roll out a single-batch seasonal, ďFour WitchesĒ black saison. Itís an opportunity to explore flavor within a remarkably interpretive style. Saisons are intriguing beers as they have traditional roots, yet are a delicious forum for variation and development.

The Four Witches art, illustrated by Kyle Bice, develops on Golden Capís theme, with a nod to Wizard of Oz, as L. Frank Baum wrote the book while summering in Holland, MI. White and dark roasted wheat provide deceptively delicious body, and a playful reference to Ozís contrast between good and wicked witches. Caramel rye and barley continue the story, along with a unique yeast character and mild spicing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Black color, eggshell head. Nose is light perfumed fruit with a roasty flavor. Juicy flavor that doesnít match the appearance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012

Name: Four Witches
Date: September 08, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Appachelian Vinters, Asheville
Appearance: black, fine tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, sweet licorice, plenty of spicyness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich spicy flavor, light sweetness relative to the aroma, plenty of phenolic spicyness, licorice, just a touch of bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Had a 5 oz taster on draft. Dark colored but very light in the body. Smelled good but didnít taste that way. Fruity and anise. Couldnít finish the 5oz. Not to happy with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bigtaster (779) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Dark brown/black beer with decent amount of carbonation and large heard that hangs around for a while. Head is light brown in color. Nose has a funk to it combined with a bit of rye malt and licorice. Taste is pure anise, just too much, lacking complexity. Some darker malts come through at the very end. Underwhelmed by this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (4432) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Cherry, currant, and candi aroma with caramel overtones. Dark mahogany, thick tan head. Black currant flavor, mild coffee notes. Tart overall. Ashy finish. This beer lacks direction and cohesiveness. It just isnít very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Pours a black coffee like color with a light brown head. Fairly thin. Smells of coffee and caramel. Slight fruityness with some pears maybe? Weird that there are fruity flavors.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
tricyclist (1025) - Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Sample pour... Aroma is full anise, light cherries, dry. Flavor is mild, full anise, berry sweetness, not really pleasant. Lighter body, but thatís the only positive note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (8772) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Bottle. Musty yeast and light toffee malt aroma. Dark brown with large tan head. Dry musty chocolate toffee malt flavor. Nice body and blending. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnoud (293) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
2012.09.08 - 12oz bottle in pint glass. Pours dark brown to black, opaque. Caramel colored head is moderate, subsides quickly leaving a bit of a cap. Aroma... I can get a bit of the black licorice as mentioned, and roasted malt, maybe a trace of breadiness. Taste is, at core, roast and burnt grains balanced with some tart to sweet favors, licorice on the back end. Alcohol pretty much non-detectable to me. Body and mouthfeel is medium, a bit of creaminess. Not being that much into Saisons thus far (I've drank quite a bit of Weyerbacher Seventeen, that's mostly it) I am not bothered by how well this does or does not represent the style. I take it for what it is, and it's a tasty unusual beer. Shout out to /r/beer. Saw this mentioned there and happened to see it the next day so I bought a 4 pack.

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