natejgood (415) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark with almost no head. Aroma of dark fruits and wheat. Flavor is a bit smokey - not sure why. This beer has a lot of flavor, thought I’m not sure it is my favorite flavor. This beer is very smooth in the mouth though.
Darkmagus82 (1976) - - MAY 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very deep brown nearly black color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head fades relatively slowly leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of chocolate and roast with a strong showing of a yeasty and funky smell. Along with these aromas comes notes of grass and a little bit of caramel and hay.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice blend of a citrus orange flavor mixed with flavors of chocolate and caramel. The sweeter flavors start out stronger, with them fading as the taste moves on further to the end. All the while a yeasty and funky taste get stronger in nature with both becoming more potent to the end of the taste. Along with these flavors some hay and grass, and with the chocolate and caramel fading a bit but still remaining rather strong, one is left with a somewhat sweeter funked almost brownie like flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the saison style a little more carbonation may have been nice, but even with that said, the feel was rather nice and made for a nice sipping brew.
Overall – This was a nice dark saison in my opinion. It blended an almost porter like flavor with a season flavor to create an interesting and flavorful taste overall.
thirdeye11 (5771) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bomber) clear deep brown, fine tan head. Nose of chocolate malt, corn, stonefruit, mildly tart. Taste of chocolate malt, lightly tart, fruity, medium body, fine carbonation.
Travlr (15610) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pretty close to black, nice dark brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of coffee grounds with chocolate syrup dribbled over it. Huge roast flavor, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, licorice. Lots of flavor for a very drinkable abv. Not sure it’s very saisony, but it’s tasty anyway.
ha1ag (765) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From Chris, tnx! Black but transparent colo with a tan head. Alcohol in the nose. Aroma is light and fslightly roasted. Flavour is mild malty. Too watery for its kind.
JohnGalt1 (769) - , Idaho, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Made the trip out to the ’Burbs just to get a chub fill of this beer and pretty happy I did. Picked up at Brewforia for about $9 for the quart. Poured into my slim tulip.. 2 finger brownish head lingers forever producing beautiful lacing ... the brew is pretty much black with a little bit of ruby at the stem end of my glass.
Nose is dark malt prevalent... but some light fruity esters are there with warmth... a little bit of earthy hops may be there too, but I might be talking myself into it.
Flavor mirrors the nose with a little bit more of a Belgian quality.... some light spicy phenols, clove I guess and some minor raisin and possibly a little dried cherry.. dark malts are still the big player... more phenolic qualities show as the brew warms up.
Body is a light/medium... carbonation is good yet still retains a sorta creaminess on the palate.
maxwelldeux (4158) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a near-black color with almost no head on it whatsoever. Nose is very light - almost to the point of not being there. There is a slight floral element to it, but not much else. Taste is slightly sour, but definitely floral. I don’t get any of the elements that are supposed to make it dark. Only OK.
xenodius (3) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I know it may seem like I’m overrating this beer, but I really think it’s this good. The palate and flavor are an exquisitely balanced pair, velvety yet full, substantial but crisp and roasty.
beernovice39 (3247) - Montana, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Dark brown/black pour with a tan top. Nose is roasty and bready. Taste is yeast/spice with some chocolate and nuts. Nice.
IndianaRed (2803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Prefunk Boise, ID Black, of course modest but persistant tan head. Very faint light toasty aroma. Flavor is mild soft dark maltiness. Slight metallic aftertaste. Not much of the classic Saison flavor but the roasted malts may have masked or over powered that