Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Farmer’s Cabinet. Pours near-black with a tan head. A bit of lacing. The nose is quite spicy and has a bit of anise character to go along with some pepper. Flavor adds in a bit from the sweet potatoes and pumpkin, though still faint. Pepper and a touch of black licorice. Roasted malt there as well. Medium body; quite dry. Tasty, but a bit too spicy, whether from additions or from the yeast.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a 1.5 finger light beige head that very slowly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind.
Spicy, earthy aroma that is much different than I expected. Lots of zesty pepper and funky yeast along with a strange vegetal presence and sweet dark malt notes. Like a spicy chocolate covered sweet potato pie. I’m definitely picking up the sweet potatoes but only faint pumpkin. They were subtle in the Autumn Saison/Pumpkin-Riot and the results are the same here. Unique and complex nose. The dark malts are strong as well with lots of cocoa, toffee and caramel.
Medium bodied with a balance of zesty spice, earthy saison yeast, dark malt and sweet, vegetal notes. Soo odd but the flavors work together really well. Lots of peppery spice up front followed by earthy, grassy yeast before the dark malts come in. More sweet than roasty with some dark chocolate and subtle coffe bean. Finishes with a sweet yet earthy vegetal presence with lots of sweet potato and some pumpkin. Just a weird, spicy, earthy, malty fall/holiday beer hybrid. The abv is very well masked and although it is so odd, it is very drinkable.