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brewed in collaboration with Brooklyn based indie band, Small Black.. ***a schwarzbier / saison hybrid*** .. www.stillwatersensory.com

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2128) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2014
12 oz bottle, date stamped on neck as bottled in July 2013, served in a Belgian snifter. This hybrid ale poured wth a minimal tan head over a clear, very dark brown body. A number of odd hybrid coming out lately, some of which seem questionnable or prove to be less attractive than the conventional components. This "schwarzbier / saison hybrid" sounds like it might fall in this group, but Stillwater succeeds in making a compelling case for this particular innovation. The saison side, being a more powerful variety anyway, does dominate the black beer, but doesnít enitrely mask its sweet dark roasted character. I found the result to be less challenging and easier drinking than an average saison. Certainly more complex and interesting than the average schwarzbier. Feel: medium+, lively carbonation in a medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1272) - Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle from Champanes, this beer had a dark brown-black pour with a two to three finger light tan and tan colored head, the cover receded to a very thin layer with a ring, this drink was a very clear dark red-ruby when I held the glass up to a light, there were aromas of roasted and toasted malt, some chocolate, toasted bread and a little caramel, faint coffee and cola like notes, there was some malt and caramel sweetness, the flavors were roasted malt, coffee and faint chocolate, some faint caramel in the background, there was some earthy malt and faint spice, the finish had some roasted malt bitterness and a little malt and molasses sweetness, it had a light mouth feel that was a little creamy and had average carbonation, this was a nice beer with a good nose and a flavor that was a little bigger.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Nice dark brown with foamy tan head. Smells of chocolate malt but has that banana smell too. Smokey but very tinny. Good bitter finish. A little coffee to end it. Lighter body here

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (4474) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Not bad, but components donít come together super well. Why ruin a saison by mixing it with a schwarzbier? Pours black with ok head and lacing. Some hay, citrus. Sour finish. A little roast. Average carbonation. Bottle from Premier Gourmet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2014
> A thin, tart cherry soda

[ Bottle ][ Maxís BBF ][ 330mL ][ Mini Imperial Pint ][ Free ][ 2/15/14 ]
>> Thanks ajax for the share. Fizzing out soda foam above clear cola brown pour. Nose is vanilla, candied maraschino cherry. Taste is tangy, heavy lemon, quite tart. Bubbly, soda type finish. Not much to it.

<!> acidic, thin, soda carbonation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Experiment_Ale (1043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2014
At my place with Taylor on a Saturday night. We are staying in because I gotta work in the morning. Aroma is thin light earthy holiness, smooth hay. Taste is soft hoppiness, hay, milt maltiness. This beer is blank slate, itís alcoholic water that tastes more like nothing than water. Incredibly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (11824) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle at home in Salisbury, CT - picked up in MA. Pours brown with a large, frothy khaki head that quickly settles into a cream. Pleasant aroma, some yeast, dark bread, dried dark fruits, earth. The flavor, though, isnít awesome. Minimal sweetness, some tangy dark fruits, charred malts, dirt. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Further mild tangy, dark fruits onthe finish, bittle charred wood, grains, earth, faint baking cocoa. Meh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
hman43 (397) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2014
The aroma has a slight astringent smell to it. There are weak hints of spices with maybe a bit of licorice. It does have a powerful head that is medium brown that is black. The combination of cherry and other ingredients is weak, with a watered down taste. The combination of flavors isnít strong, nor do they compliment each other.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Imaena (1881) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle. The pour is deep black brown with a thin head. The Aroma is a of wet wood and sauteed greens. The taste is vegetal, dry, and slightly funky. I like saisons but this one tastes infected.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SrSilliGose (3269) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 29, 2014
bottle. aroma of doughy cocoa dusted playdough. stale nutty coffee. chalkboard. taste is lightly tart doughy cherries. metallic roast. somewhat vinous red grape. a bit off. slightly better as it warms.

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