yngwie (13617) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 12oz. Itís a clear-looking dark brown beer topped by a dense, light beige head. The aroma is rather weak, with some sourish berry notes and a little dark malty touch. A bit low on flavor too, but not bad considering the style. Not that it is very much to style though. Some berry notes and a little bitterness too. The body is medium to full, with a pleasant level of carbonation. Style set as Schwarzbier for this one, strange I think as itís made with Saison yeast. But anyway, it drinks easy and is quite tasteful too, although a tad ordinary. In a way. 130810
Travlr (11981) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Totally black color, dark brown head that settles to an edge. Aroma of bitter coffee and unsweetened cocoa. Taste has burnt espresso, licorice. Very tasty.
argo0 (11555) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Clear dark brown body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, light anise. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some roast, spicy. Medium body, low carbonation, light stickiness.
bhensonb (11137) - 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. Itís much better than I make it sound. This is really good stuff, and the flavor profile is very unusual. Good!
Leighton (11123) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Lubiere (10094) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A clear dark brown saison with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with dark fruits, herbaceous character, wild weed and molasses. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity chocolate malt with light grassy character, licorice, light curacao. Overall, interesting. Sampler at Battle of the Belgians at Jimmys 43.
Ratman197 (9874) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of cocoa, coffee, fruittiness, yeast and spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, tobacco, licorice, yeast and light spice with a crisp dry lingering licorice finish.
adnielsen (9123) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburís Fort Collins. Pours a deep brown, a bit hazy appearance with a light brown head. Anise, roasted malty, a bit spicy, a bit earthy aroma. Kind of tangy, cherry dark fruity, plum, grape, big licorice, light chocolate flavor. Kind of an odd ball but not bad per se.
Sammy (8678) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Recent find, black saison. Comes across like a lighter blackbier, with some pepper. Decent enough beer to try, though nothing to grab me.
Drake (8613) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with a large dark brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of spice, roast, earth, anise, stone fruits. The taste is roast, chocolate, herbal notes, spice, earth, anise. Medium bodied. Interesting.