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RATINGS: 114   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2007
22oz bottle pours dark brown with a short tan head. Aromas of bread, brett, a touch of chocolate, and some cherry. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, brett, cherry, some spice, and some overall funk. Medium body with lively carbonation and a slightly acidic mouthfeel. Interesting and complex but something just wasnít there..

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2007
from a shared bomber. Aroma is tart fruit, horsehair like funk, and some dark malts. Taste is more reserved than the aroma, but still pleasant enough with light funkyness, tart fruits, a touch of dark/sweet malts. lingering slight astringent grains and tart fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
this was very much a dark saison, with some chocolate, coffee, strawberry, raspberry, and some crazy funk

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Poured brown with golden highlites. Aroma of sour cherries with some saison spiciness. Flavor has a bit of horseblanket funk, mild tartness, a balanced sweetness, and some dark fruits. Nice smooth flavor, though I found myself wishing the taste could have been as potent and complex as the aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2089) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 8, 2007
pours black w/a thin grayish head that rings the glass. Decidedly bretty nose with a touch of roasted marshmallow. Honeyed sour flavor, a floral spice note I canít place. A blueberry sourness lingers. 4 7 7 3 15

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a dark mahogany body with a small off-white head. Aroma of plum, grape juice, and woodiness. Flavor of oak, brett, dark malts, and spices. Much better than expected.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2006
22 oz bottle: Deep brown w/a lasting light beige, thin white head. Initial aroma is brett! I thought it was a mistake until I read the description! Why the Brett:? Iíll answer that one shortly! Barnyardy, horsey brett character dominates at first, then second, and as the afternoon DJís @ WMMS say... "and cut"! Grainy malt w/ a hint of roast is the only saving grace in aroma beyond the brett! The flavor is well balanced, which includes the brett tartness, hint of roasty nutty malt, and bit of late herbal hop flavor. Beyond that, the semi dry finish is rather boring but earthy. Aftertaste is tart malt and brett. Medium carbonation, medium thin m/f, well hidden alcohol, dry m/f. Wow, Iíd asked why the brett? Because w/o it, this would probably be a fairly lifeless beer! Sorry 2 Bros, but this is the first one of your beers Iíve really not cared for! And, not to beat a dead horse, but a saison should have some of itís own characteristics with yeast, and not be brett dominant!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Bottle. Nearly opaque with red edges. Foamy thick ring of bubbles. Nose-very yeasty and bready, fruity. Smells like a sourdough starter with brett. Taste-rusty, metal, low acid, iron, tea, cherry, dark cardamom, herbal, raisin, white grape, very light funk, light oaky tannins.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bartzilla (534) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 28, 2006
What a pleasant surprise. I didnít bother to really read up about this before trying it out. Iím a fan of the bretts and while I was expecting something of a darker nature, was thrilled to get some puckering up from the bretts. A good ale, but not for everyone. Iíd definitely drink this again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 27, 2006
22 oz bottle shared with Bartzilla. Black liquid, with no head. Very little carbonation. Starts off well enough, like a spicy saison, but something in the finish didnít sit well with me. Brett flavors are pronounced, but not overbearing. Not terrible, not good. Bartzilla liked this one, I didnít.


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