trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours black, with a pinkish tan head. This is an interesting one. Three separate flavors, all mild, combine in a nice balance. There’s the bittersweet roasted malts that give this brew its color, just a bit of smoke (they kept it subtle), and a crisp hoppy yeastiness that indicates a farmhouse style. After the other flavors fade, the faint smokiness remains, which is nice. Mild flavor, even milder aroma... not at all bad. Tonkun (1306) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. Dark espresso pour with a creamy tan head. Acidic, coffee bean, raisin, apricot, cola, lead. Easy to drink light to medium body with slight tannin like bitter finish.
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UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 Dark, dirty brown with thin creamy-tan head. Aroma is a farmy sap-citrus fusion. fruity juicy-fruit yeast notes. Flavor is more juicy-fruit citrus hops. Incredibly well brewed; I’m ecstatic!!! Medium body; the best session I’ve had in the better part of a year. elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 11, 2013
12/6/12 notes: bottle, $3. Pours dark brown-black with a fluffy light tan head. Aroma of crushed saltine cracker, dried herbs and flowers, white pepper. A nice blend of saison yeast and noble hops. Flavor starts carefully, revealing rather simple notes of dry, semi-sweet toasted malts, bits of smoke, a dribble of hop brightness. A mustiness pervades, characteristic of many saisons. But before anything familiar is conjured, hop and char bitternesses come to bite, a bit abruptly, leading into a dry, desolate finish. Overall, there are elements of this beer that work (the nose), that don’t match (the finish), and that get along fine (mid flavors). ccex (1366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
12 oz bottle pours a dark brown/black with small khaki head and some lacing. Aroma is a peculiar mix of Belgian yeast, dark roasted malts, raisins, cherries, spices, and smoke. Taste is initially sweet/tart fruits with an earthy/funky dry finish and lingering smoke. Body is light to medium with average carbonation. An interesting experimental mix of a saison, a black IPA, and a smoked beer.
bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2013
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of raisins, anise, smoked sausage, and dates. Flavor of pepper, anise, roasted grain, coffee, grass, dark fruit, yeast, and smoke with a dry, bitter finish. MadDogMD (215) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Not sure I’d like this, but had to try it. Nice nose of smoked malt, slight chocolate & roast, with some dark fruit Belgian yeast esters. Flavors started out the same, but took an unexpected turn with bitter, biting hops. Guess I shouldn’t have been too surprised, considering Stone was involved! Thought it was good, minus the harsh, bitter hop finish. jcos (1855) - Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on February 10th, 2013.Darwenus (1159) - Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Appearance: Pours dark black with light brown head.
Aroma: Aroma of spice and faint smoke.
Taste: Medium light bitterness, spice, some faint smoke that lingerings.
Palate:Light body, some fizz, lingering aftertaste of smoke.
Summary: Definitely an interesting beer. I am a fan of smoked beers, although for some reason this one is just okay in that department. Overall it’s a solid saison, although I guess I expect more when Stone and Stillwater are involved.
Pours very dark but very thin, with a brief head. The aroma is anise, charcoal and some hops, and the flavor presents those notes, a faint presence of banana and citrus, and a mild hop tingle at the end. PorterPounder (8296) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl. - Proof Bottle Shop - 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a sticky khaki colored head that leaves a nice coat of lacing. Aroma has a hint of spice, coriander perhaps, a touch of juicy fruit gum. Flavor is pleasant with some slight citrus bitterness, a touch of licorice, brief hints of chocolate. Thickish mouthfeel. Enjoyable - but not seeing the Saison in this one.