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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Pour is very dark tan decent white disappears quickly. Smell is kind of grapey and a little earthy. Taste is lightly tart kinda sweet not a whole lot here. Mouthfeel is really light

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2011
22oz poured into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a tan head. The aromas are of Belgian yeast and roasted malt. Taste is like a stout with sweetband funky Belgian yeast. Overall, a decent, if forgettable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2011
UPDATED: APR 18, 2012 "Black saison" sounded so cool I had to pick it up; unfortunately Terrapin couldn’t make it work. Tastes like a dry irish stout with some belgian yeast elements. Lacks depth or any special flavors. That being said, it’s not bad or anything. Better as it warms.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2011
From bottle : Pours dark and carbonated like a soda...with a monster dark two finger lacey head. Aroma is very appealing...barnyard hints with some fruits...banana and raisins being the most prominent. Very smooth on the palate with very little aftertaste. Taste is just as smooth, although it lacks the complexity of the aroma. Overall a very quality brew...and enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Pours black from tap with a thin khakI head. Nice estery notes on the nose. I get some maltiness on the tongue in addition to that peppery tang on the tongue. Clean finisher. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2011
BCTC 2011, chocolate mixed cola looking pour, if there is such a thing. light funk hidden underneath some mild roastiness in both aroma & flavor. OK

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2011
In short: A strange phenolic and tart black beer. Meh.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh the day of purchase with a few friends.
The look: Black body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is a bit like a black cake covered with band-aids and a cup of black coffee on the side. Very phenolic. Taste is a strange mix of black cake, phenols, yeast, baked fruits, ripe bananas, lime, tartness, more… This strong tartness in a black beer was strange. Basically this beer felt like a bunch of stuff thrown in together and the whole was less than the sum of its parts. A really weird beer. That beer was as strangely put together as someone who needs a vasectomy to reduce his cholesterol level.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2523) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2011
I wish there wasnt a character limit cuz yuck is all I need to say here. Honestly uts a mix of coffee, roast, and ass. Really.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (4837) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Bomber. Lightly wild and floral notes on mild chocolate. Cocoa nibs and light roast. Pours dark brown with a sudsy, tiny-bubbled light-brown head. Tastes lightly sweet, lightly tangy with a raspy, scratchy woody bitterness at first. Chocolate and cocoa nibs and powder, light red berry. Light spice and slime might indicate rye and wheat. A little burned with a Belgian yeast backdrop. Quite tasty in small doses, and worthy of a second bomber (though perhaps as a gift). Love the floral/herbal tones, though I can’t taste the saison very well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5647) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle. This is another interesting style twist from an American brewer. "Black Saison" ... OK. Well, it is black and the head is tan. The aroma’s roasty and sweet. The beer drinks with the light, wheaty, sweet character reminiscent of a saison alright. But there’s also still an underlying roast that defies the saison label. Still an enjoyable beer, if untraditional. (#4178, 7/17/2011)


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