vyvvy (6389) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Pours quite dark with a dark tan head. The aroma has roast, chocolate, saison earthiness, anise and other dry spices. It has a medium / full body with a good amount of modest carbonation. The flavor begins with dry roast, cocoa, red fruits, earthy saison notes, dry herbs and light spicy hops. The finish has dry leaves, ripe apple, leafy herbs, some stone fruit and a bit of alcohol presence. Pretty good. thb (829) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
Black black with lovely pillowy creamy head. Aromas of citrus, barnyard, roast. Interesting flavours abound in this, from a sour kick to a bitter, puckering mouthfeel, to a roasty, toasty finish. But honestly this is just really hard to drink. And hard to enjoy. jaghana (6012) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle 341ml kindly shared by Dominique. A dark beer with medium head. Nose is on dark malt, coffee and modern hops. Aroma is on roasted malt, mostly dry with low body, lot of yeast notes, unusual kind of stout, not really tasty. XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
Draught at Darby's. Very dark brown and good lacing. Roasted wood, tootsie roll, marshmallow, vanilla, cocoa nib, root. Taste is a punch of bitterness upfront, with a slightly balancing sweetness. Mouthfeel is creamy, and sticky. Very long, dry finish. pushkinwow (2781) - Ottawa, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with tan head. Lemon zest, roasted malt, some vegetable notes, soy, pepper and spicy. Moderate carbonation+ and solid body, dry, bitter, enjoyable.
neongolden (1605) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2014
(341ml bottle from Dépanneur La Duchesse d’Aiguillon, shared by my great girlfriend) Pours a very dark brown, near black, with a moderate pale brown head that lingers a bit with spotty lace. Aroma of dark, fairly heavily roasted malts with wine poached pear, soy sauce, bit of toffee sweetness, citrus note, leather, a deep, subtle spice. On the palate, lots of pretty dry, dark roast malts form a base along with some toffee/caramel sweetness. Some black coffee, and more soy sauce. along with a tart fruity middle, smoky salty soy and roast on the finish with some dry hop bitterness for emphasis. Finishes bone dry and a bit ashy. Medium mouthfeel with somewhat high carb and just a hint of alcohol. Never particularly sweet for a dark Belgian and on the drier side for imperial stouts as well. A kind of strange, interesting beer. Kind of Japanese in character, with all of the soy notes and the nature of balance of different taste types. I might be interested in pairing it with good sushi, though I had it right after an amazing omasake meal of nigiri so my mind was biased. vadie (1256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
Je suis désolé, je voulais vraiment aimer cette bière. C’est clairement une bière de très haute qualité, mais selon moi la combinaison ne marche pas. C’est très belle, noir foncé avec un col moyen marron, riche, très stable, et épais. L’arôme est du malt torréfié, les épices, un peu du chocolat et du houblon. En bouche, c’est une saison, un stout impériale et un IPA. Les saveurs se lutte contre l’un et l’autre et enfin l’amertume domine et supprime les autres saveurs. UXO (1896) - CANADA - NOV 27, 2014
Pours nearly solid black with only the faintest hint of colour around the margins, a fat finger of loose beige head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, moderate patchy lacing. (4/5) Nose is sweet dark malt, coffee, leather, citrus, soy?, faint smoke, some funk. (8/10) Taste is mild sweet, moderately strong bitter, some smoke. (8/10) Medium to full body, low carbonation and mildly warming bitter slightly funky finish. (4/5)
What. The. Hell. Is. THAT? Apparently, "Isseki Nichō” means “Two birds, one stone”, which I guess is a reference to this beer being a collaboration between DDC and Shiga Kogen (whom I had never heard of before today, but now seem to make necessary a trip to Japan so I can break my ass skiing in Shigakogen before sampling the local craft beers). Because, if it’s a reference to the style, it should be “Isseki Sanchō” (three birds, one stone) because I’ve never before seen “saison” applied to “imperial” or "dark”. I might be under-ranking this simply because it’s so utterly unlike anything I’ve tried before. I’m gonna think long and hard before I try the other one of these I have in my cellar. That being said, DDC is fast becoming one of my favourite breweries, not because everything they do is a home run, but because they’re willing to do these utterly unique variations. (16/20) Gerbeer (3674) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
341 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown - almost black - with moderate tan head that recedes quickly. Aromas of roasted malts, lemons, and soya. Flavors of sweet coffee, soya, and salty bitter chocolate. Salty/umami finish. Interesting. dslam (103) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
Poured on tap. Extremely dark brown or almost black color with off white head. Rich texture and beautifully balanced flavors. Leaves a very pleasant after taste.