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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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brewed in collaboration with Brooklyn based indie band, Small Black.. ***a schwarzbier / saison hybrid*** .. www.stillwatersensory.com

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (8499) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4309) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmrmwel (1231) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2577) - New York, USA - SEP 27, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (1940) - - SEP 26, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshmcg000 (369) - Iowa, USA - SEP 24, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12173) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2013
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbaaron (1609) - Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ron (2917) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2013
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.

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