ARH (861) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Port barrel aged version at tap room. The aroma is a warm, strong port wine with notes of chocolate cherries, a light wood, undertones of caramel, and a hints of nuts with plenty of alcohol wafting in and out. Itís a dark, muddy brown hue, but clear, with a big tan, foamy, soap head that retains and laces well. The beer is highly sweet and a medium bitter. Itís viscous with foamy carbonation, and a full body thatís warm on the palate with flavors of cherry, dark chocolate, alcohol, and wood that finishes crisp and warm, with notes of cherry and alcohol that turns to rich dark chocolate in the strong and lingering aftertaste. Very much like port wine.
drdisque (655) - Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured into a snifter. Slight stale coffee aroma. Initial taste is smooth spice but transitions to a bit more of a bitter coffee grounds finish. Hides abv well but I find the aftertaste to be unpleasant.
notalush (5393) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber - label says 9% abv - more like a Belgian stout than anything else - I really dispute this being listed as a saison - anyway - nose of light tartness, smoke, plum and other dark fruit, cherry skins, dough - quite a nice depth to the nose - texture is a little watery - flavor is kind of sweet, a little alcoholic - somewhat imperial stout-ish in character - chocolate, dark fruit - some spicy phenolics late - finish has some coffee-ish roast and is fairly spicy - itís okay, but Iíve really got to ignore the fact that it is supposed to be a "saison."
crossovert (9575) - Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Black pour. This one has very few stout characteristics despite looking like one. Huge lemongrass ans spice in the flavor, took a few drinks to acclimate but not bad.
whitehotg8 (82) - Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a tulip. Looks like a stout, khaki head and all. Smells funky and roasty with some herbal tea notes. Taste is complex; chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, yeasty bread, spices. Iím really kinda impressed by this beer, interesting and full bodied. If youíre any type of saison fan, gotta try it. Cheers SOB!
Mainuh_man (258) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 Oz bottle. Black with a brown head. Plastic hop, funky and anice aromas. Cloying sugars, anice, rose and coffee flavors. Full body with a thick mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Overall, lots of complexity across the board.
Headbanger (3542) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 1/17/15 (Courtesy of friend)-Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, and spices. Taste of the same. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and is outright tasty.
jtclockwork (11057) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of chocolate, citrus, lemongrass, roast coffee, resin and earthy malt. Medium body.
AirForceHops (4692) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle, purchased at Binnyís Lincoln Park location for a decent price. Pitch black color with small bubbly head, aroma is roasted malts, weak chocolate and spicy yeast with notes of dried hay.
Flavor is like a porter made with Belgian yeast. Good amount of roast throughout with the rustic farmhouse yeast giving a spicy after taste. Pretty decent balance of roasted, ashy, sweet malts and yeast. The texture is dry and spicy. This hybrid "black " saison normally is a miss for me. But this brew is different. The yeast and malt has married well together. Really enjoy all the brews I have sample from this brewery. Hope I can try more in the future, keep up the top notch brewing!
HonkeyBra (3798) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.