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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2007
This is pretty good. I think it has something to do with the fact that it is a year old. It is ia little vegetal. It pours slightly dark and dark malty, but not a very good head. Apparently, it smells like a little dirty puss- but actually, it is just a nice, sour brett smell. The brett has really come out on this beer and made it much more palatable than the original- which is kind of like Ommegeddon fresh. Anyway, the beer tastes sour and refreshing. Not much to this beer complexity-wise, but it is pretty good. Finishes clean and nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2007
22 oz purchased at discount liqour. Almost opaque dark brown with some ruby glow and little to no head. Nice fruity, yeasty aroma. NIce brett, sour flavor with oaky-woody taste. Med body with light carb. Very nice, I find that the different times that I have tried this beer that I have liked it more than others.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1849) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 25, 2007
22oz bottle with at least 7 months of age. The pour is very dark almost black, but the red appears when it is held up to the light. The head consists of a white ring of tight white bubbles and some tiny wisps on the glass and on the surface of the beer. The first thing I notice in the aroma is the obvious presence of the brett. Iím having a tough time picking out other elements, perhaps some milk chocolate and maybe some fruitiness also from the brett. Unfortunately I think the "black" nature of this saison hides the true funkiness that brett can impart and all that is left is the fruity sourness. Tasting it actually provides quite a bit more to the experience. The initial hit is the sourness but there is also some oak, some of the chocolate, more of the fruit, and more of a sweet malt that I donít expect nor appreciate in a beer that is trying to be a saison. The finish is dry, but there isnít that refreshing funkiness or the appropriate wheat character. Iím intrigued but a little disappointed. Iím not entirely sure what I was expecting. Iíd say this is more like an abbey dubbel with some brett character that has had time to dry out.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3281) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Thanks Chuck. Pours to a dark cola colored body with a thin gray/tan head. The aroma is quite interesting with nice notes of oak, chocolate, saison yeasts, and tart Brettanomyces. The flavor is very saison-like with tart cherries and oak up front with a dry wood and saison yeast and malt on the backend. Almost a bit musty at times but thatís barely noticeable. The palate is dry and viscous with notes of sweetness at times. I liked this one.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Pours a dark brown color w/ a small whispy tan head and not much lacing. Aroma has the lightly tart fruits to it you expect from brett but it is a bit overwhelmed by the roast character some light leather and vanilla aromas come through as well. Palate is tart & well coated lacks any real thickness though. Flavor is a bit of tart fruitiness some dry oak hints of raisen and a small amoutn of dry roasty coffee. Itís ok.. not stellar by any means.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2007 Bomber. Clear medium ruby-brown color with a small head. Aroma is medium to dark malt with funky barnyard (brett). Taste is sour brett, medium malt, raisins, oak and spiciness. Saisons usually arenít my favorite style, but I liked this a lot better than average in itís class. Iíve got to try more black saisonís.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Bottle and served in my Duval glass: Deep brown hue with a thin frothy head that left good lace upon the glass, The aroma has notes of light brett induced funk and sourness, cherry, mineral essence, wood, smoky malts and dark breads. The taste is sour has expect but hardly over-the-top and works well within the framework of the brew with a malts more a backdrop. Again, much like the sourness, the funk is very much kept in check and adds a nice depth. The finish is dry, woody, and a touch burnt. The mouth feel is lively and refreshing. This beer is greater as a whole that the parts let on and is vastly underrated IMO. If you are a fan of Flemish Sours it should be a must try.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2007
The aroma is vinuous with some malts detectable, and a hint of sour. Almost black in apperance with thin head. Medium palate. The flavor starts with a tangy malt, some sour green apples, fruits and light wood. Very complex taste, and enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2007
I really like Two Bros as a brewery; they do a lot of different things. This beer does not strike me as very saison-ish. Rather, it is much more like a kriek in its flavor...with a good amount of roastiness. I would compare to Central Waters Brewerís Reserve Cherry Stout. It is more interesting than my rating would indicate. Recommended. Color is black and opaque. Head is almost nonexistent; by heavily pouring into my glass, I was able to generate a little bit of very loose head. Aroma is lightly roasty but mostly sour. Flavor is of dark roast, but mostly a very heavy bitter cherry flavor. Mouthfeel is unremarkable, but not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Pours a deep brown color with a white head. Aroma is of banana, cloves. Flavor is tart fruit, with woody notes.


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