3fourths (8464) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Licorice and peppercorn-spiced black malt. Burnt grains, crackers and breads; nicely toasty; notes of cocoa, licorice, ink, char. Highly carbonated, seemingly sweet, tasting of saccharin and burnt cola / caramel with an astringent, lean sweet-and-sour cookie finish. Twangy and a bit thin in the body. After some great batches from Two Roads for Stillwater and Evil Twin, I’m sad to say this is the first let down I’ve had out of the Stratford, CT brewery.
emacgee (4277) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clean and dark charred wood black with one finger of mocha tan head. Nose is nice, shows a round subtle sweetness and bready malt notes with a touch of burnt toast and earthy/bubblegumy yeast notes. Dry and peppery on the flavor. Not sure that I feel that the ’black’ aspect of the Saison really improves the recipe. Some burnt toast notes come through. Very dry. Light bodied.
tmrmwel (1159) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Proletariat, New York. Pours black with a creamy finger thick mocha head. Aroma is roasted malts and caramel. Normal body with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet with leather, as well as some sour burned notes.
Jow (2493) - New York, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with thin head. Light nose of chocolate. Tastes lightly grassy, of chocolate, resin, dark fruits, smoke, and some yeast. Touch thin but pretty tasty.
conway (1894) - - SEP 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a light tan head. Aroma and taste are traditional Saison. Spelt, clove and yeast. Creamy palate. Solid but not much going on out of the ordinary besides the color.
joshmcg000 (369) - Iowa, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a little red around the edges and a tan head. Aroma is spicy yeast. Spicy pepper up front, little bit of metallic taste also, just enough to be unpleasant. Little bit of dark chocolate on themalt profile, I don’t really like how it blends with the yeast and the spice. Not really my cup of tea.
bhensonb (12014) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours very dark brown with a slight tan head. Aroma is mildly earthy with a hint of sour. Maybe. Med body. Flavor is touch of sour with following earthiness and some chocolaty malt. It’s much better than I make it sound. This is really good stuff, and the flavor profile is very unusual. Good!
beerbaaron (1546) - Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black; Dark walnut brown. Head is off-white, small lasting ring with swirls. Fruity, yeast, earth, citrus, spice. Light to medium body. Dry peppery dusty finish. Little sour. A little zing. Smooth and tasty.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into nonic pint. Pours black, slight tan head. Vegetal, spicy, roasted aroma. Taste is veggies, vinegar, roast, a bit metallic. Definitely interesting but nothing great. Would be better if it chose one style instead of trying to straddle some line.
Ron (2879) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with little head that left quickly, thin off white lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, yeast, light wheat and faint roast. Mouthfeel is thin with notes of sweet malt, yeast, spice, cocoa, roast, and a sweet finish.