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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   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


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidelis83 (2005) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Near black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of cocoa, hints of roast and fruity, earthy yeast. Flavor is toast, nutty notes, cocoa, stone fruit, wet limestone, earth, leather, and clove heavy spice. Very strange combination. Light, dry body with a medium strength, sharp and blanketing carbonation. Pretty good overall. Even though this stuff isnít really amazing or anything I kinda want to try out some Schwarzbier or Dry Stout over Saison, Black and Tan combinations.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4859) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Dark brown coloured body with lighter brown, amber and violet tints when held up to the light and a thinnish, one single centimetre tall light brown head. Aroma of alcohol, nuts, earth, caramel, grapes and toffee. Light-bodied; Sharp metallic and raisin flavours up front with a subdued yeast note, hints of grass and sour malt and a little sweetness near the end. Aftertaste shows alcohol and light sweetness with the funky yeast and sour notes. Overall, an interesting beer to say the least, but nothing too pleasant - too odd on all levels to be cohesive throughout. Overall, not a horrible option, but definitely not worth searching out for - this one is largely a reputation rating for many people. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Arrowine in Arlington, Virginia on 12-September-2013 for US$2,99 sampled at home in Washington on 24-November-2014, while the bottle was brewed on 01-July-2013. Brewed: 01-July-2013 // Purchased: 12-September-2013 // Sampled: 24-November-2014

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (4066) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Aroma is spices, citrus and a hint of dark malts. The flavor is citrus, fruit/berries, dark malts, spices and a sourish/mildly tart finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (2740) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Black Saison per the label. Pours a thick, well retained, beige head, with extensive lacing, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 30) body....nose is cocoa, chocolate, hints of coffee, hints of cola (vanilla, cinnamon), light herbs.....taste is slightly sour to start, then light roasted malts, chocolate tones, hints coffee, lemon peel, light spices, with hints allspice, with light hop bitterness on the finish...mouth feel, light body, no alcohol, low acid, carbonation adds tingle. This is an interesting melange of a Schwarzbier and a Saison. I am not sure the combination really works, because so many features of aroma and flavor are in competition that the beer becomes utterly sloppy. Not every clever idea works out well. BJCP 7/3/10/4/6

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 24, 2014
Where and how: bottle 355 ml
Aroma this is nice, mild fruit, black soil, coca, maple, black grape with dark malts, hinted with ash.
Appearance :
Top: tanned creamy cap.
Base: almost black.
Palate : mild, mid bodied.
Taste: frontal accented with mild tart black currant. Back hinted with mild smoke.
other notes nice brew

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2366) - New York, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottled. Poured dark with tan beige bubbles. Yeasty tartness then son dark malts. Interesting.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5091) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
BTLD 07/01/13, so fingers crossed. Nose is sweet and floral, dark roast, sweet, chocolate, malty. Dark brown pour with beautiful chestnut poking out from the far edges, an airy tan head. Taste airy, lightly sweet, light yeast, minerals, roast, faint fruit, strongly tart, not really any bitterness to counter the tartness or sweetness. Fullish body. Itís hard from the tartness levels to tell if this is infected as they are within saison boundaries, but the roast/Schwarzbier character is all but gone by this point, but then again, carbonation levels are appropriate. I love the idea of mashing these two styles

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (805) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Aroma of malt, wet earth, cocoa and coffee, great looking beer dark brown with a short lasting off white head. Great sour taste with traces of malt, coffee and cocoa. Watery feel with a slightly metallic.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1287) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours black, with a small, bubbly, tan head. Light caramel and chocolate notes, with a significant tangerine aroma coming forward. Some notes of walnuts and orange peels. Some light bread and esters. Sweet, with a light citrusy tartness. Light to medium body, a little oily and thin, and acidic. Overall, this is a very interesting beer, but itís a little weak, and the citrus and roasted notes donít really work that well together.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Melkart (316) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - JUL 16, 2014
The aroma is a little bit toasted malt and a little bit saison yeast. Saison tipical taste. Balanced. Light body.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mjmoen (73) - - JUL 15, 2014
Pours nearly black with brown head. Perhaps itís not fresh, because it doesnít taste that good to me. Yeast and metallic flavors.


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