beerbaaron (1938) - Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pretty much black. Large fluffy tan head. Aroma is malty. The burnt sugar is lovely. Caramel. Some fruitiness. Dark fruity. Berries. Yeast. Mild spice. Some chocolate. Very interesting. Flavor is similar but even more complex. Great roastiness through the finish with the mild spice, fruit, and light to moderate alcohol. Quite dry, woody, cobwebs. Floral. Lighter Medium body. Sweetness to balance. I really got a kick out of this. Creative, interesting, and very enjoyable. Impressive.
MetalNHopHead (1328) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly a narc goes so far undercover he loses his own identity. Thanks to the highly addictive psychoactive drug called Substance D, Agent Fred develops an alter ego in the form of delinquent lowlife Bob Arctor. While Subtsance D has the power to divide the mind into competing personalities, Stillwater’s beer brings two competing personalities together. A Saison Darkly brings golden Saison and black Stout together. The result is complex and appropriately trippy. It’s floral, fruity, funky, spicy, and even a bit smoky. Belgian-style fruits and spices meet darkened malt richness. The feel falls somewhere between full-bodied (Stout-like) and smooth (Saison-like), almost creamy. It’s a sci-fi pairing worthy of PKD.
obguthr (5577) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Milk chocolate and prune aroma. Black, thick yellow head. Smoky initially but transitions swiftly to candied plums and returns to smoke in the finish. Well balanced, very flavorful, neat transitions. Outstanding once again. Thank you Stillwater!
MrsSwoop (11) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, dark cola pour with reddish hues, aroma is "fruity roast". Flavor is like a light crisp coffee, like a stout but lighter mouthfeel. Non complex but I think that’s why I like it. Rating #6
OldMrCrow (2376) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Big Star.
Gorgeous pour into an Orval chalice. Nearly impenetrable black with dark red-brown highlights at the margins, abundant beige head slowly settling to a fine lace. Carbonation is relatively aggressive but just right for what this beer is. The aroma is the dusty house yeast, sweat, spices, with unexpected undertones of blueberries and chocolate. The flavor is--as many other raters have noted--a delicious surprise, veering into quad territory with sweetness of plum and berries surrounded by dark semisweet chocolate rather than the expected saison profile. Long delicious finish with the sweetness flickering in and out among the hops and spice.
I’m really taken by this beer; it reminds me of Pannepot as much anything else I’ve ever had.
MarinEvelyn (799) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells a little like a wine, but heavier. Dark and fruity like a wine. Strong, rich, succulent. Rich taste, a slight bit bourbon-y. Spices, malt, a sweetness, light fruit.
hopwine (669) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Berry/cherry acidity in the nose, mild roast. Taste is same plus mild woodyness, herbs, cola.
Ernesto987 (5539) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2012 One of the most complex beers I’ve ever had, its got some much going on. It’s crazy how the aroma doesn’t match the taste.
Cybercat (5045) - Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Comes out of the bottle an opaque hazelnut brown with a fairly thick pale tan head. Aroma is malty with nutty, caramel and clove undertones. Malty flavor has a firm nutty tone plus strong hints of burnt caramel and cloves. Texture is smooth with a subtle fizz that stays long after the beer has gone down the proverbial hatch.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2011 Bottle. 12 oz. Split with Vinny after being let down by Lost Abbey at Osteria. What a crock of shit, man. Anyway, this beauty pours a dark bloody maroon with a two finger, diminishing tan head. Small bublled, slightly laced, and spotty. Aroma of figs, dark, ripe fruit esters, mashed plums, slight licorice, chocolate, bluberry funk and freshly opened vanilla yogurt. Fresh bluberry pie mouthfeel with a slight, moderaely rich body, Flavors of fresh, yeasty dough, bluberries, chocolate, and some crazy plum notes. Wow, what a saison. Thanks, VInnay! Cheer Philly Beer Week nerds.