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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Tomfoolery “Black Saison” is the latest addition to our Side Project series of beers. Number 14 on the list, this ale boasts an uncharacteristic black color for a traditional Saison, but is just untraditional enough for our experimental mentality. Made with a silly amount of rye, wheat and black malts, this dark spicy beverage will quench the thirst of any court jester in the land. We hope you enjoy our light hearted attempt at making this traditional style with foolish brewing behavior. Spike’s Brewing Words of Wisdom: Beer is serious business…what you do after consumption often times is not.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (4447) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2012
Bottle at Akkurat, April 2012. Black with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, yeast and some light fruity notes. The taste was quite interesting with roasted notes, some smoke, yeast and a touch of funk. Descent stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2248) - Connecticut, USA - APR 10, 2012
Thin fizzy black saison. Taste is boring a watery with light esters. I dont know about this one. I want to like it but its just dull and bland. Light spice of rye save this one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (3611) - Connecticut, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bomber, smokey saison here. Some rye flavors. Saison yeast subtle here. Not fucking bad.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alex5 (7) - USA - MAR 18, 2012 does not count
Almost black in apperance. Smell is almost soap like. This is an OK brew. Not terrible, but not great. Paid $4.99 at Total Wine.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
While not horrible, it’s something I would never go back to again. I hope they never make this beer into a regular lineup brew. Roasted malt, earthiness, and chocolate mixed in with what I love about Saisons. Funk, spice, and citrus. It just doesn’t work. Add a slight metallic taste here and you have something that I drank but didn’t love. I soldiered through it.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8406) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
Above average mouthfeel. A good blackbier with some spices, pepper that makes drinkability interesting. Doug’s bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: SP 14 Tomfoolery
Date: February 17, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: black, fine beige head with frothy edges
Aroma: sweet spicy aroma, touch of banana sweetness, phenolic spicyness
Flavor: dry spicy flavor, touch of roasted, phenolic spicyness, bready sweetness, light bitter finish

Name: SP 14 Tomfoolery
Date: February 25, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: green’s
Appearance: black, creamy beige head, spidery lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with a spicy edge, touch of banana and pepper
Flavor: rich malt flavor, dry and spicy, touch of roasted, long spicy bitter finish

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Atheist_Peace (928) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2011
650ml bottle. Very dark with a pink/purple edge and very little head. Super malty nose. Lots of molasses and stewed fruit with a brandy edge. A little licorice too. There’s a touch of funk but mostly it’s the same as the nose on the palate. A little thick.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bendrixian (1071) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2011
Laced. black colour. Aroma: hops, molasses, cooked fruit, malted, raste fruit cake.taste: almost sour fruity, caramel, syrup, . Interesting brew.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Pours a dark chocolate brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with a 1.5 finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Slightly smokey malt aroma with a strong anise/licorice presence along with dark roasted malts, peppery spice and earthy funk. Just a really odd combination for the style, resulting in a nose that fails for the style but is still somewhat interesting. Medium bodied with a strong spice character up front that lingers over the sweet malty backbone and saison yeast into a slightly dry finish. Lots of peppery spices along with some anise/licorice flavor dominate the flavor but are countered mid-palate by a silky chocolate malt backbone. The malt profile is also very strong and along with the spices take away almost any trace of this beer tasting like a saison. This sounded like an interesting experiment in theory but in execution it falls flat.


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