fraternie (848) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Boozy and layered, with initial notes of funky wild yeast, honey, orange peel and stone fruit that show an underbelly of subtle smoke, pickly hops and lively heat through the crisp, hoppy finish.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2516) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am finally getting around to trying this Imperial Cherrywood Smoked Saison. First glass I served in a snifter as I wasn’t too sure which way to classify it - strong beer? saison? smoked? It poured a gleaming copper gold, very much like an IPA but the nose while full of fruity hops is blessed with that subtle smokiness from the cherrywood. Soft and fragant best describes this aroma. The body is spritzy like seltzer water but you get a hearty dose of saison funk(much more than I ever got in their Stone Saison) counterbalanced by cherries and smoke like a campfire BBQ. I am not sure how this was fresh but right now the flavors are superbly balanced and I am getting the saison, cherry & smoke in perfect harmony. Top Knotch, one of the better Stone beers I’ve had. Plus you’d honestly never think this was 10.5%!
mbgrayson (572) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy light orange, with white head. Aroma of a Belgian, with notes of cherries. Taste is slightly sour, still a good saison. Wood notes on the palate, a very original beer. Thumbs up.
AgentAle (830) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is sweet malts, apple, pear and light smoked cask wood and caramel. Taste is sweet malts, rose pedals, honey, clove and a sweet roasty wood chips.slight tartiness and light bitter finish which is well balanced. For 10.5% it is quite smooth. Appearance is a lightly clouded orange/gold body with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.
RumRunner101 (824) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy deep gold pour with white head. Banana everywhere. Spicy yeast notes, big and boozy.
maekchu (2346) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared by Nate. Belgian yeast nose, big fruitiness, then some smoke, and light fumes. Thick dark straw color. Complex range of fruits, some dark notes from smoke, fruit thickens in mid and becomes mildy tart, sweet finish. Medium-heavy body. One-year old. Complex and lightly warming. Hides the alcohol well. Very nice.
jinroh (493) - ESTONIA - DEC 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this months ago. Pours golden clear, bit of foam. Aroma is spicy, Belgian’ish. Taste is intense, sweet and sticky. Bitter and the finish feels quite dry and lingering. Interesting strong-boned saison that is expanding the idea of saison as a style for me. Interesting experience.
zvikar (3881) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks Ariel. Pours orange to yellow with a medium head, aroma of spices, chocolate, cherry and wood, flavor of cherries, chocolate, wood and spices, medium bodied.
CopterScott (161) - Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
thick hazy yellow color with a thin white head. aroma is farmhouse yeast. Flavor is barnyard, spice, sweet, and some smoke.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[6229-20140321] Bottle. Floral grains aroma. Clear, bright orange body with a quick foamy white head. Bitter orange flowers and boozy tart fruity apple flavour. Medium-full body. Average. (7/3/6/3/13) 3.2
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, Greg Clow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "You missed the nuts in the face."
fluffy (1824) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice simple smoked beer, well balanced and just enough smokiness. Job well done on this one.
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