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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Onyx colored with deep beige foam, this Imperial Black Saison is loaded with Farmhouse superfunk and rich chocolatey malt character. Full bodied and warming.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3235) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2014
On tap at the tap room. Pours a rich very dark brown with red highlights, a thick beige head. Aroma of chocolate malt, roast, mild earth and charred tones. Herbal notes, wood notes, mild smoke and fruit notes. Flavor is bitter with a whirlwind of herbal, caramel, chocolate and coffee notes. A slight fruitiness and funkiness keep this outside the realm of a porter. Full, coating mouthfeel with a cream texture. Rich, lively carbonation. Finishes long and bitter. This is nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9728) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
A deep dark saison with a thin brown head. In aroma, smooth bitter chocolate with good coffee notes, grassy hops, curacao, wood extract, light alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a nice bitter chocolate with good grassy hops, bitter herbs, coffee grind, and light alcohol warmth. On tap at Kuma’s Too.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christpuncher (939) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2013
A very smoky tasting saison. Darker than normal and leans towards a porter. Pour a dark black inc color smells like smoke. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (2483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Chocolate and sweet taste. Dry. Slight fruit taste. Very good. Poured from draft at Monkey Paws at the Solemn Oath beer dinner. 8oz pour.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with massive, foamy, brown head / Mellow, complex nose of tobacco, banana, lemon, roast barley, chocolate / Full body, chewy, acidic, smooth and creamy, but some heat, excellent balance with some good bitterness on the finish / Flavors match nose of tobacco, banana, lemon, roast barley, chocolate, raisin, plum, pine / More good stuff from SO.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Served in 5oz taster. Pours black with tan head. Nose is fruit and belgian yeast. Taste has dried raisin and typlical belgian yeast. Not a big belgian fan but this was different. Not bad.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rhsiung (671) - USA - FEB 17, 2013
on tap @ fischman. felt accepted by the community there. the first time i went, calvin bought me a beer. / rocky, astringent, average, butterscotch, citrus, orange, cheese, ginger, floral, white

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Draft on tap at the brewery (Naperville, IL). Pours a rich deep blackish pour, dark body, not thick, with touches of brownish ruby edges and glow. A frothy tannish head dies to a firm ring, laces ok. Aromas are cocoa and chocolate, Farmhouse yeast gives dark fruit flavors, berry and straw, gentle spice, and sweet sticky malts. A bit odd. Initial is a firm bodied beer, cocoa and dryness up front, touch of roastiness moves into that Farmouse yeast quickly. Spicy and dry, some gentle dark fruit, dried fruit, and thicker sweet malts give body, some sweetness. Backend shows more Farmhouse, spice and dryness, dust and hay, straw. Yeastiness and dryness lingers as the body gives out into the back. Some lingering cocoa, roast, that yeast and a mellow dry earthy hopping hang on. Touches of medicinal and bandaid-y qualities, almost a mesquite feel at times. Not my thing, just kinda a mess for me from start to finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kseecs16 (1192) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Draught. Pours an opaque dark brown with a big creamy tan head. Aroma is richly dark, malty, chocolatey with notes of coffee and a spicy belgian yeast character. Very flavorful, surprisingly sour/tart with significant dark roast character.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is bigger, estery Belgian yeast up front before a nice chocolate and moderate roast comes out more as this warms. Touches of grass, ash, and florals as well. Flavor is similar. A nice balance between the richer chocolates, estery Belgian yeast, and roasts. A bit of a spice from the yeast with touches of grass and florals as well. Finishes dry and roasty with a good amount of yeasty fruit esters and a medium-light bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full body and a creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty enjoyable beer. Lots of contrasting flavors, but all well balanced and really easy drinking for the size. Good one.


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