Metalhead (621) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting tho not stellar. Aroma and taste was of an earthy Belgian sour. It was not bad but no way could I drink a 750ml of this. Tried at Di Carlos beer taste. I’ll give em an E for effort tho.
thegreenrooster (3056) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is a dark black but a little light shines through. Aroma is nice. Starts out very yeasty, spicy and pepper like a saison but it also has some dark chocolate malts that show up. Flavor is lots of tart fruit with some roasted malts. Points for trying something new but nothing really puts this over the top.
WisconsinBeer (699) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mildly sour and fruity but also somewhat dry. The flavors of this beer are intiriguing but the palate is somewhat watery and flat. Hints of oak and roasted malts. Seems to posess a little bit of Belgian tartness to it, maybe that is the brett. Overall, seemingly decent.
Tmoney99 (9977) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured dark brown color with a minimal frothy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Heavy tart fruit, citrus, licorice and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Medium complex balanced flavor with a medium sour finish of long duration. Interesting once.
TerryR (383) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown with virtually no head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit and some sour notes. Flavor has roasted malt, coffee and a distict sourness. Thin body. Interesting take on the style, but it did not do it for me.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2006
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours dark brown with a weak tan head. My first impression of the nose was that of a hamper of dirty laundry. Faint notes of malt, dough, maybe fennel, dried fruit, coffee. None very appealing. Weak and watery. The flavor was weak coffee and diluted Flemish sour. Just didn’t do it for me.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle bought from Riversbend. Pours dark brown, almost black in color. Light brown head that dissipated quickly. Smells like it has a bit of roasty malt that seems to be hiding some other smells. As I explore deeper into the smell, it seems there is some dark fruit that is hidden under that roasted malt smell, but I cannot place it. Logic tells me it might be some sort of blackberry, or something similar. As I begin to explore the flavor, I notice a hint of that roasty malt I smelled, but more of a light sourness to the beer. I also taste just a hint of fruitiness, possible some citrus involved here. Carbonation seems to be mild, but fits with this beer very well. Everything melds together in this very delicious beer.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color with a chestnut rim when held to the light. Only a few bubbles that circle the rim of the glass. Sour dough bread and lightly roasted malt in the aroma. Really not much in the nose that entices me to continue. Tart and roasty flavors. Light berry and nouveau qualities. Hints of oak and a mild attic dust. A poorman’s Panil.
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Pours black with a reddish hue when put to the light. It has a tan soapy head that goes away fairly quick. The aroma is spicy and earthy like a saison, but there are roasted malt and anise characteritics that are odd. Medium body with light carbonation. The taste is unique to say the least. Starts fruity (grape / smooth citrus) and sharp, but with some roasted malt. The finish has a semi-sharp yeasty spice bite and still has the roasty qualities that’s odd for the style. There are also hints of anise and coffee on the finish. This is a different attempt on the style that worked for me.
shigadeyo (2959) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013
Tasted on 9/29/2006 from 22 oz bottle (2006 vintage) at River’s Bend - Thanks Matt!
Deep mahogany/chesnut color. Aroma is of roasted barley, wood, and a hint of smoke. Flavors of cherry, chicory, roasted barley, pepper, and yeast. There is also some sourness to it - probably from the Brett. More and more flavors surface and interact as this beer warms up some. Moderate carbonation and medium body.
This is truly an interesting beer that will leave you scratching your head. I think it will take some time for this beer to meld and really come together. Right now there are a lot of competing flavors that generally don’t usually go together (e.g. fruit/citrus and coffee). I grabbed a bomber of this to put in the cellar for 6 months to a year so that I can revisit this intriguing beer again.
22 oz bottle, $5.99 at River’s Bend.
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11/15/2010: Two Brothers Philosopher’s Stone... Aroma: Red wine, cranberry. Appearance: Hazy purple-brown with a creamy, dense tan-colored head. Flavor: Tast; red wine; cranberry; notes of dry roasted malts; tangy finish. Palate: Medium-light to medium-body; generous carbonation. Overall: Interesting offering and style (Black Saison); drier than when fresh; better melded, but still nothing special.
22 fl. oz. bottle (18.3° Plato, 24 IBU, 8.5% ALC/VOL) from River’s Bend Wine and Spirits in Maineville, Ohio.