gendv138 (232) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler poured into a wine-style tasting glass. Pours black with brown hues and an off-white head. Aromas of roast, light funk, subtle wine. Tastes of roast, funk, dark fruit, and wine. Medium body with a dry finish.
nimbleprop (4146) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz pour at the brewery. Pours a clear black with some filmy head. Noise has some toast, some malt, some dried fruit, a little red grape, lightly vegetal. Flavor is similar, malty, toasted bread crust, some dark fruit, plum, raisin. Medium bodied finish. Cool idea.
BeerandBlues2 (8984) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by Terry. Pours clear black with a large, creamy tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast, chocolate, and coffee malt with prunes, earthy hops, dates and figs. Flavor is malt forward with spices, dark fruits, medium dark malt, earthy and herbal hops. Full body and medium carbonation.
bierkitty (147) - Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black and yummy with a little hop bite. Really good drinking beer. The barrel aging gives a nice added dimension.
orangesol (600) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden.
A - Pours pitch black with a nice one finger tall off white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky webs of lace down the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of mild saison funk, light must, wine grapes, oak and dark roasted malt. Nice balance all things considered.
T - Starts off with the saison funk and light must quickly giving way to some grapes, oak wine barrel and lots of dark roasted malts. Finish is really roasty with a bit of funk thrown in, lingering long after the finish. A bit too much roast perhaps.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, roasty/funky feel from start to finish. Strong roasty note really began to wear me down over the course of the glass.
O - An interesting saison. I liked the addition of the wine barrel aging, I feel like it added another dimension to the mix. It is just a little too roasty for my tastes but still worth a shot.