shigadeyo (3560) - Cincinnati, 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.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a somewhat thin brown with almost no head. Aroma had some caramel and an almost seashorish saltiness. Palate is smoother than I expected, but the taste is almost flat. Reminds me of a cross between cider and red wine.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. I thought this had more dunkel qualities than saison.
Medium brown color small head.
No spices in aroma or taste. Mildly sweet taste with a sour bite on the back of the tongue at the finish.
Did nothing for me, perhaps if they did not use their " house yeast" as most 2 Bros beers are underwhelming.
emptytankard (36) - Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark copper color with small tan head. Aroma is sour with a hint of roast. A lighter bodied beer than I had expected. Definitely can taste the tartness with an almost coffee-like aftertaste. Overall a little bit disappointing from this brewery.