leah2974 (453) - 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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Four Witches
Date: September 08, 2012
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
Score: **+ /4
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
1.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
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.
bigtaster (779) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
obguthr (4432) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
tricyclist (1025) - Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
shrubber85 (8772) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
mnoud (293) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.