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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2012
22oz bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Pours a lightly hazed, glowing deep ruby-brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is really interesting. Some bretty funk, a lightly sweetened bready malt backing, an array of fruits with plums, pears, and somewhat tart cherries, a moderate oak, a touch of roast, a light peppery spicing, and some hibiscus flowers. Flavor is similar. Light funk and fruit notes with plums and pears up front before a lightly sweetened, bready malt backing comes in. Some flowers, oak, a bit of a peppery yeast spicing, and a light cheesiness in the middle before this finishes dry and lightly bitter with a light cherry tartness, some funk, a light roast, wood, a light cocoa, pepper, and a light malt sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and a moderately lively carbonation. Overall, a really interesting and unique beer with a lot going on. Some funk, barrel notes, yeasty pepper, bready malts, cocoa, dark fruits with a bit of a tartness, roast, and flowers all balanced really well with nothing being too prominent. Dry and pretty clean with a light sweetness keeping this easy drinking and enjoyable. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Pours chestnut brown with a 1 finger, rocky beige head that has good retention. Aroma is brett basement funk, green wood, dried leaves, toast, light woody notes, under ripe fruitlight tartness and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is toasty and nutty, then some fruity sweetness comes, berries and stone fruit, then some mild bretty funk, caramel, light woody notes, peppery spice, more nutty notes and a little cheese toward the finish. Palate is surprisingly ligh in body, fairly dry throughout and has a medium, blanketing and lightly sharp carbonation. Pretty good overall, pretty much a saison+nutty brown ale+a little barrel+brett, it’s a bit of an awkward combination, but it works well enough. At fridge temp the alcohol is extremely well hidden, but somewhere probably ~50F it starts to get a little boozy, but even at near room temperature it isn’t terribly strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
andyhwcinc (1853) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Enjoyed from bottle at home while watching opening week football after running a half marathon earlier in the day. Appearance is a dark, murky brown with a thin white frothy head. Aroma of sour notes, stinky cheese, intense pepper, oak, bit of cherry. Taste isn’t very sour, pepper comes out more, maybe a bit bitter in the back end. It’s decent, not bad but nothing particularly great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Pours dark brown with notes of sour Brett that drives into a yeast filled earthy complex mouthfeel with a lingering sweeter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmohno (1533) - Iowa, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Clearish brown purple ruby.MIld head. Aroma of spice clove sweet berry.Slight mint-menthol(BenGay). Taste is about the same but more in the fruit like zone.Some mild tart oakiness.Kind of peppery,dry finish.Sweet malt berry pepper taste somewhat citrus in there. Its Ok,Im not to into it but its decent. I like the oakiness it gets bigger but it doesnt seem to do much for the rest of the beer.Not much funk going on ,oak seemed to dominate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Draft at Jerry’s. Clear, dark brown with poor (but then barrel-aged), creamy, beige head / Delicate, dark, lightly sour nose of brett, orchard fruit, cherry, rose petal, and chocolate / Medium body, somewhat malty but sour and acidic, very low carbonation, with smooth, mostly dry, finish / Lightly sour flavors of chocolate, cherry, prune, oak, and with very funk-forward brett flavors of horse blanket, manure, and hay / An interesting sour ale. The manure flavor can be a bit overpowering, and certainly not the light and bright green apple style, but dark, deep, and musty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Deep ruby red - musty yeast aroma, sour and bitter - follows the nose, very sour - light mouthfeel with active carbonation. Really enjoy this beer, best of the series I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2012
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color witha medium tan head. Aroma of cereal grains, husks, solid funkiness. Chocolate, I get peanut butter cups too. Some barnyard and earth funkiness. Nice oak barrel notes. Flavor is quite funky. Strong earth, barnyward tones, mild tartness. Dry, some powdered chocolate towards the back of the throat. Some pepper as well. The barrel was nice with this one, imparting lots of flavor. Yeah, this is one of Two Brother’s best. Glad I tracked down a bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crossovert (11406) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2012
A pretty weak one in this series. First of all an 8.5% saison? 2nd a black one? And the brett doesn’t add anything, this one falls flat on its face.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Draft on tap at the Two Brothers Tap Room (Warrenville, IL). Pours a richer dark hue, brownish ruby with glow that is deep and dark ruby midnight. Slight haze but you can really see the ruby glow and deep light on the bottom and body. A frothy small offwhite head dies to a small ring, laces small. Aromas are a melange of fruit, touches of plum and raisin, pear and apple, mixing with a mellow yet sufficient funky brett element. Straw, dust, and barnyard elements mix with some toffee, biscuits, and bready malts. Lots of fruit, some sour cherry, and a kiss of cocoa. A lot going on in the nose here, offering gentle yet growing yeasty spice, funky brett, tart dark fruits and mellow darker malts. Really inviting and opens up as it warms. Initial is medium bodied, a bit on the lighter side though pushing dust, gentle darker malts, biscuits and gentle kiss of cocoa, moving quickly into some tart dark fruit, mellow plum and raisin, pears. A bit fizzy and effervescent on the palate for the style at times, but kinda fun. Funky brett hits into the middle and keeps stronger into the backend and finish. Funky and dry, horseblanket and straw, cobwebs and some yeasty elements catch the palate and linger. Dark malts help provide some resistance with fruit, touches of tartness. Finish is crisp maltiness, dry and cereal, seemingly far away from the darker hue the beer presents. Bready, cereal, straw. A beer that certainly offers some good flavors, a good wild yeast element, and overall I enjoyed quite a bit. Some time in the bottle will funk this up more and some barrel time would make it really interesting. Nice beer, a bit thin at times but well balanced, really nice nose, and solid flavors.

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