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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, Philosopherís 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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Bottle. Small fizzy tan head that mostly diminished with very little lacing, fast rising carbonaton, transparent, and a mahogany hue. Nose was oak, tart, fruity, lightly sour, and malty. Flavor was sweet, tart, sour, fruity, oak, vinuous but not overly done, and a dry finish. Mouthfeel was tingly and dry. Medium body. Quaffable brew, nothing outstanding about the nose or flavor IMO and there are much better to be had of this style IMO. Not a beer that left me wanting more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2008
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of finely sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a semi-opaque typically carbonated dark brown colored body and a poor lacing. The aroma was floral malty musty wheat and dark malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish. The smooth flavor contained notes of spices dark malt and tart. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2007
22 oz. bomber. A handsome beer, Iíll give it that. Deep brown/black body admits just a bit of TV screen at the narrow part of my glass. Only a thin remainder of foam. Spicy smell leads to a light brett tasteówhat is it with 2Bros and sour beers, did the brewhouse get compromised?ó First impression is tart cherry, then bit of oak, prune, and cola. Fruity saison notes still suggest a warm farmhouse ferment. Turns a bit winy after the first sips. Black beer background with some roast malts. Alcohol slowly builds up a buzz until its soured Guinness type finish. An odd and diverting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Thanks notalush for sharing. Aroma is strong on oak leafiness with light vinegar. Itís definitely funky, just a different kind of funk. Taste is a bit empty with [yes I am saying it] dill [screw you Joe] and watery chocolate roast. Itís a light beer with no real sourness in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Thanks to my better half for scoring this while in Wisconsin - dark, reddish brown beer - semi-tart, acidic aroma, with some damp wood notes - fairly acidic, with slight roasted malt - a bit thin - some chalkiness - a touch of chocolate and cherries - again, some damp woodiness - medium sour - it tastes less like an intentionally sour beer, and more like a porter or stout that got infected - still an okay experience, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle shared by goldtwins: Only a tan ring tops the deep brown pour. The aroma is somewhat bright & fruity. Has some granny smith apple hints, along with pear skin and a subtle, mild roast. The flavor offers light fruitiness upfront, borderline tart with sour apple notes. The middle give off a hint of chocolate in the mild roasted character, followed by more fruity suggestions in the late palate. Decent quality, but nothing standout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle shared by notalush. Deep brown, no tan head. Aroma is fairly fruity, lightly sour with a soft light toffeeish aroma, but there is something vaguely indistinct about it as well. A lot of oaky character, dill-like woodiness. Flavour is better than the aroma with a nice fruitiness, cherry and berry as well as a light herbal character. Soft sourness on the back.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
EithCubes (5618) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2013 Bottle. Bretty sour nose, comparison with Rodenbach would be too high a compliment but not without merit. Mahogany brown color darkens with volume and rests under a lovely tanned head - lacing and bubbly and creamy. Taste is sour and funky, a touch of twisty barnyardy tang, fainter touches of citrus and lactose. Medium body and a smooth, lightly puckering mf. Kriek-tasting at times, perhaps a bit drier and woodier; certainly dips into lambic territory, but with a different yeastiness. Then again, some of the spices aside, this is more like an oud bruin. I found this to be very refreshing and finely-tuned; lovers of sour ales and inflected saisons rejoice! [10/5/2007: 3.9]

Finally decided to crack another bottle Iíve been lustily eying in my cellar for about six years. Very little head this time, but thatís really the only visual or aromatic difference (and not a gusher). Taste is pleasantly sour rather than extreme, dried out, lovely complementary floral caresses not too far removed from Orval (this is Brett done beautifully, without any drama), gorgeous acetic and balsamic character, pungent and juicy wood, red wine fruitiness and tons of vibrant, lively funkiness. And still lots of cherry, some light peppercorn and lavender. Love that the barrel-aging isnít overdone, seems like every American BA beer released in the five years after this one was drowned in oak and vanilla; here itís just a brush stroke in the background. Alcohol well-integrated, overall clean, fresh, and classy -- itís just phenomenally drinkable. Probably the best beer this brewery ever turned out, and probably my favorite American take on anything Belgian. [11/22/2013: 4.5]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2007
This was a suprisingly good beer. Very dark in color. Not much head. Slightly malty aroma. The oak was not quite as prevalent as I thought it would be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Bomber tasted at Saarlanderís SoCal tasting with saarlander, cquiroga, dirty_martini & kittiesandbeer, JohnC and others. Dark black color. Small bubble head. Carmelized malt + melanoidin + slighty funky aroima. Prett cool aroma. Nice beer.

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