djd07 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2016 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Careful pour from a 750ml bottle yields a slightly hazed light chestnut brown body with a rich textured tan head. Pour less carefully and you’ll end up with a chunky chocolate milk-like muddy brown and the nose will suffer immensely. The aroma is extremely quiet and understated, and when first poured (slightly chilled but not cold) there are blueberries, raspberries and blackberry fruit qualities, along with a nutty wood note as well (I called it twigs and berries). When warmer it begins to open up (again, still understated and soft) there are prickly and festive notes of tannic red grapes and dark chocolate, with the vanilla character only showing itself well after the beer reaches room temperature. Texture is soft and mellow, becoming just a small bit of "prickly" or acidic (more like acidic in terms of wine rather than beer) towards the end. The saison character is mostly lost - had this on the same night as the saison noire - but what this beer is is a unique and interesting experiment. It works well, though it may not be the best beer Bullfrog has made recently.
Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a dark brown with medium beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is dark fruit, cocoa, wood. Medium body, cocoa, oak, vanilla, boozy finish. jtclockwork (17634) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle at Astoria share. Pours dark brown white head. Nose/taste of white chocolate, coffee, oak, dark fruit, vanilla and green pepper. Medium body. tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours cloudy brown with a small head. Aroma is fruity malty sour tart, flavor similar to aroma. Finish sour and fruity. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle from kramer. This pours a murky brown color with a thin to moderate sized off-white head. Some spotty lacing clings to the side of the glass. This smells rather funky, with berries, weeds, dirt, vanilla, and wood. The flavors are funky and tart; wild berries really standing out again here. There’s a mild peanut note, with wild weeds, and some lactic funk. I’m not really picking up any vanilla here but there’s a soft milk chocolate flavor in the finish. A bit astringent. I’m actually a tad surprised by the low scores here. This is a pretty good beer. I’m guessing some time in the bottle did it some good. nimbleprop (8924) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2011
750ml pours a clear copper with some creamy, white head. Nose is cocoa pods, spanish peanuts, earthy, brown sugar. Flavor is very nutty, dried and ground peanuts, dark chocolate, toasted bread. Finishes dry.
oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Thanks MrChopin. Garnet orange pour with a small offwhite head. Graham cracker and biscuit followed by caramel and toffee, finishing with earthen poo, veggies, and hints of cocoa nib. Ehhh... Not good. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Thanks to MrChopin for bringing this one! Hazy brown pour. Nose holds vegetal notes, mushrooms, spinach, manure, and a touch of fruit. The flavor brings more sweet cherry out, but it’s really tough to get past that bizarre okra-like presence. Ehhh. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle shared by MrChopin. Pours clear tawny with a medium, fizzy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is spices, peppers, light coffee, caramel and toast malt, and light lactic notes. Flavor is malty, sour, dates, light alcohol, peppers, earthy coffee, and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2011
translucent chestnut, thin tan head with decent ring. Vegetal tang in nose, heavy cocoa and light celery, bit rooty. Flavor is less green, light acrid burn in finish, celery, nearing bloody mary, peanut. Decent carbonation, astringent malt and chocolate finish. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
750mL thanks to MrChopin. Pours a clear amber to red with a thicker, tan head. Sticky lace. Nose is dark fruits, small vegetal character like bell peppers. Very green. Sticky grenadine comes through. Taste is gritty, ashy, small booze character. Very odd. Not the biggest fan.