superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy fairly pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char, pear, pepper, clove, apple, caramel, toffee, herbal, earth, and light yeast spices. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char, caramel, pepper, toast, clove, tobacco, earth, apple, raisin, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char, apple, caramel, toffee, pepper, herbal, clove, earth, tobacco, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor complexity and balance; nice roasted malt/peppery spice balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, lightly chalky, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent black saison! Great robust roasted flavors with nice yeast spice balance; very smooth and lush to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1338) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Dig Bar Stillwater Event. The brewer himself foudn it hard to categorize this beer but I’d say it is a blend of a robust porter & a saison. It pours a beautiful clear ruby brown. The aroma is nutty & mild at first but over time grows to become more pronounced. Medium bodied, chocolate, nuts and wine notes are present in the taste. This is a subtle beer that like the other Stillwater beers really open up & evolve as they warm up. One of my favorites of the night.
Renobob (452) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bue à la pression. Belle couleur brun foncé. Malts, caramel et café sont prédominants. Équilibrée et assez forte. Finale persistante.
bubblehouse (229) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours really dark with lots of sediment. Very mild aroma but a nice smooth taste. Really good.
BLADT (199) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From tap. Very dark in glass. Nose is dark fruit, tobacco, and English muffin. Taste is similar to a brown ale. Cracker jack, raisons, and some tartness.
islay (890) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour from a 12 oz. bottle, consumed on 4-9-14. Tart aroma features scents of cherry, tobacco, mint, and roasted malt. The smell could stand to be stronger and more complex. Pours dark brown with an amber/copper/red hue. Small amount of short-lasting beige head. I wish the head were better. Looks almost like a porter. Tastes like a brown ale. Pumpernickel bagel, toast, and toffee flavors. Slightly mineral-y. Tart and slightly sour in the finish. Simple but pleasant. Roasted malt dry aftertaste. Medium body. Reasonably easy to drink. Unremarkable and unmemorable palate effects. Overall, pleasant enough but totally forgettable.
jmikolich (1399) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Republic, sold as a saison, derp. I’m getting a ton of heavy raisin flavor here, which maybe is okay given the belgian-ness of it, i don’t think its dry and definitely not bitter. earthy is a good way to describe it. and sweet. sweet dirt. yeah.
rumproasts (2586) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Brown with small head. Darker and far maltier than I was expecting for a farmhouse. Seems like a light bodied brown ale with just a touch of yeasty funk. Slightly above average. Would like more funk.
Petrucci914 (902) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?"
Fritz123 (783) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, MA. Snifter. Dark brown, opaque pour with a one finger tan head. Snifter, Interesting aroma of Belgian yeasts, peat, earth, cocoa, and dark sugars. Taste is similar with Belgian yeasts, dark sugars, some hop resins, and roasted malts. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter and roasted malts. Odd style but not bad.
Lowe1983 (1342) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with a team head. Aroma is some roasted malts, a hint of hops, some yeast, and some candied sugar. Flavor is also sweet with the candied sugar, some roasted malts, and not much on the finish. Still a pretty good brew.