kseecs16 (1207) - 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.
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, 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.
AirForceHops (3509) - 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 Binny’s 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 (3519) - 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.
rhsiung (830) - 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
Lubiere (10438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jstraw (1937) - 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.
kaser (3113) - 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.
Christpuncher (1389) - 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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Imperial_Scout (363) - 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.