yngwie (16529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A really dark brown beer topped by a dense, finger-thick dark beige head. The aroma is pretty roasted, with some bonfire and dried fruits. Pine cones and resins too, some grass. Notes of molasses and licorice. The flavor has the same bonfire and licorice hints found in the aroma, with a faint peppery touch, pine cones and grass. Full body, semi-dry and quite carbonated,. with a nice bitterness towards the end. Grass, pine cones and a touch of black pepper and licorice. Unusual, but nice indeed. 140315
Meilby (10971) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 330ml @ home
Slow gusher. Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and floral. Taste is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a slightly roasted and floral finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
chrisv10 (15525) - DENMARK - MAR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 6.4%. Very dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is light roasted malt, yeast, hop and spices, Flavour is light roasted malt, yeast, pepper, spices, chocolate, little sweet, little dry, little over carbonated, little earthy, coffee and medium bitter.
bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle 22 /02-2014) medium light brown head, black color, light seison yeast taste, soft co2, fit body.
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery and drunk at home on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Black dark brown beer with a lasting tan head. Chocolate and lime/lemon on the aroma. But mostly chocolate but lovely chocolate. Again it’s just full and clean and fautless in the mouth. Roasty chocolate flavour. Hoppy chocolate lime. Strange but quite nice at the same time.
Benzai (14294) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle [thanks to jmgreenuk] @ home. Opaque pitch black color, full sized light brown head. Smell d taste malts, dark malts, lightly metallic, hops, bitter hops, bitter, slightly roasty. Well balanced, medium bodied, soft carbonation.
spacecube (1562) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle, pours black with a bubbly white head, aroma is roasty, chocolate, cherry, with spicy saiaon yeast working through to a rounded gentle bitter finish. Light bodied, lively carbonation. Nice.
BeerViking (4220) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the brewery, pours black with a big beige head and a dusty, faintly lemony nose. roasty treacle with hints of coffee, spicy yeast and peppery hops, delicious.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Short: A properly executed black saison focusing on dark bread
Origin: Bottle Size: 330ml Glass: Tired Hands oversized stemware Price: Gift Date: 1/9/14
Long: Thank you Leighton for this one! A clear, deep cola pour generates a mega, rocky coffee beige foam. Excellent formation and retention. Nose is dusty, farmy, cocoa powder, deep pumpernickel bread, torched sugar, really fresh dark bread, vanilla. Taste is bitter, dark bread, unsweetened cocoa powder. Quite the dusty mouthfeel with higher aeration as expected for style but feeling a bit too chalky. Still, a well done black saison which is asking for trouble.
Flaws: Overly chalky mouthfeel
Skill Level: High, proficiency at difficult styles
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - JAN 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from Ales By Mail, served in a Teku. Bottled on 07-10-2013. Pours a dark brown colour, no light passing through, with a huge and persistently fluffy dark beige head. Great lacing retention. Looks pitch black in the glass. Less roasted/chocolaty aroma than I was expecting, with the earthy and spicey presence still dominating. Saison yeast notes, a bit of liquorice and just a hint of smoke/ash. Much more roasted in the mouth, with some vanilla and dark chocolate qualities. A bit of hops resin and pine needles as well. Glorious texture, with a velvety and luscious mouthfeel. Quite dry, medium body and lively carbonation. Damn fine!