Christpuncher (543) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very smoky tasting saison. Darker than normal and leans towards a porter. Pour a dark black inc color smells like smoke.
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kaser (1793) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate and sweet taste. Dry. Slight fruit taste. Very good. Poured from draft at Monkey Paws at the Solemn Oath beer dinner. 8oz pour.
jstraw (1846) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Imperial_Scout (297) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
rhsiung (498) - USA - FEB 17, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
kseecs16 (1175) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Professormalt (10) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a 10oz. snifter at the brewery taproom. Big fluffy coffee with cream colored head sitting on top of an inky black brew. Head dissolves with minimal lacing as the level drops, especially after the half way mark.
Predominant aromas are dark chocolate and savory herbs with a touch of wet fern forest floor. Immediate palate blast is the dry chocolate and burnt caramel buoyed up by a decent hop tartness. Really good balance between the bittersweet malt and citrusy hops.
At around 10% abv, calling this a Saison is kind of an inside joke, hence Imperial Saison, but it is dangerously drinkable without any spirity early warning signs. It is served pretty cold at the taproom, adding to the deception that belies its alcohol kick. Out of the three brews I had (Radth, Pernicieux and LG) this was without a doubt the most outstanding.
This was my first visit to the taproom, it is a fun place to enjoy a few after work brews with an interesting mix of patrons; suburban hipsters, construction workers and brokers.