hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BigMilly8 (383) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
DiarmaidBHK (3064) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
swoopjones (4940) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
PhillyBeer2112 (2474) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
EithCubes (4420) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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)
Ratman197 (8518) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of Craftbeerdesign (thanks Geoff!) poure a clear dark reddish brown with a large lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, fruittiness, yeast, light charcoal and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, fruittiness, yeast , light rootbeer and light spice with a crisp dry lingering spiced finish.