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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
It is a ~8.5% ABV Black Saison. We fermented it with a Belgian saison yeast until it hit about 7% then we added our house ale yeast to finish it. Once it was done fermenting, we added it to new American oak barrels with a medium-heavy toast. Then we spiked it with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. The "Brett" is an isolated culture from Belgium that gives the classic barnyard, horse blanket character and pleasing tartness to lambic style beers. The tartness is mild but noticeable and adds a wonderful complexity to the beer. In alchemy, Philosopher’s Stone is a reference to the substance believed to be able to turn metal into gold. Similarly, we believe we have taken a normal beer style and turned it into something extraordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2006
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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2006 Vintage

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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2006
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2006
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
emptytankard (36) - Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2006
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.

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