rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown, almost black pour with a frothy tan head. Aroma of blackberries, blueberries, floral notes, burned sugars and a spiced background. Berries and burnt candi sugar up front on the flavor along with flowers and a spicy herbal ending. Medium carbonation and a pretty dry body. Not bad.
onceblind (7473) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy deep brown hue, nearly black, under a foamy ivory head that leaves great lacing. Interesting nose of red grape and funky herbal saison notes, dark malts and a touch of roast and fruity sweetness to juxtapose. Flavor is he same, there’s a bit of herbal and fruity sweetness like fig and tart cherry, mixed with saison esters and medium-dark roasted malt. Cool and different, complex and estery and earthy and berry’d to compliment a earthy saison base.
Bulk_Carrier (3864) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - AUG 6, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Treated as a saison, this was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin white to off white foamy head quickly dissipating and leaving some messy lacing.
The smell started off with floral sweet notes rolling over some white bread. Delicate sweet rye, and some sweet berries.
The flavor leans to the sweet floral side with a crisp breadiness about it. Wet dark-like bready aftertaste leading into a quick sweet finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation rides fairly low and easy on my tongue.
Overall, nice saison, I believe it to be one. And I’d have this again.
johnnymusky (933) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from local store...dark ass pour with huge head...reminds me of black butte porter...really solid brew
Fatehunter (2274) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours two finger of head on a dark brown body.
Aroma is brown sugar, cinnamon and cookies.
Taste starts with burnt malt, then brown sugar, and a little burnt wood.
Texture is crisp.
Mr_Pink_152 (3902) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from beers of Europe. Dark rich almost black colour with a nice compact tan head. Aroma yeasty fruit, and light toasted malt, lots of berry fruit. Taste slight saison sour, combined with a subtle roasted malty bitterness. Really nice beer a real star.
MetalNHopHead (1456) - 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.
Dorkenstein (433) - - MAR 31, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of malted barley, balsamic vinegar, and berries. Taste is malted barley, subtle balsamic vinegar, berries; then rose water, honey, and bready malts in the finish.
daje (4123) - NORWAY - MAR 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, february 20th 2015. Dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of tart berries, roasted malt and spices. Taste is herbal with licorice, sweet, with a tart ending. Perfumes aftertaste. A strange one, not bad but doesn’t quite secure a place amongst the best Stillwaters.
Ferris (12892) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft - Toffee and dark candy sugar. Deep maroon with a cream beige head. Tastes much like it smells with some spicy notes as well. OK, but nothing great.
bastarda (433) - Freiburg, GERMANY - FEB 11, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
@IPA Bar Berlin; beautiful very dark red colour; aromas of cherry liqueur with dark chocolate, hints of blackcurrants. More chocolate, in a dry and light body, nicely balanced by those cherry notes and also some aspects of wood, sweet spices. Dryish aftertaste of canned sweet cherries. Great experimental brew.