Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle; Pour is murky brown with a fine bubbled khaki head into this glass. Its a one/two finger head and it does retain fairly well here. The nose is bready, roast, fruit esters, with a smokiness present here. The flavor profile is robust roast initial moving to cocoa, modest dark fruits, some minerals, and a touch of chalk. It lacks belgian elements you would want out of the style, with the malt side dominating. It’s not bad per se, and it is a little different, but its not impressive by any means. chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2014
At 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle,SC)
Pours black and opaque, with a very good head.
Flavor: very floral, a bit ’wild’, with Belgian yeast and light and medium roast malts. Medium+ strength. A bit sweet up front; clightly funky and slightly bitter aftertaste.
O: interesting and moderately complex but not my cup of tea. Ferris (16274) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle - Slight soy, dar malts and some grass. Jet brown with a thin beige head. Smoke, peat, hop bitterness, and dark malt. I think this works. evilcougar (66) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Well done. The smoke is very subtle. Much lighter of a flavor than I expected upon seeing this dark almost black ale. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2014
I like this collaboration. Bottle gift from SJ. Nice blend of Earth, citrus, mild wood and smoke. Very good.
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Appearance: slight light brown head, deep copper to brown color, clear. Aroma: chocolate, cherry, light roasted malt,Palate: light body, lively carbonation, dry finish, light texture. Taste: medium sweetness, both of maltiness and of fruit, very light tartness, light-medium bitter finish. Overall, very unique, good balance too. DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Tap at Stone, awesome beer, Escondido, very nice easy drinking saison to start your day nealblind (1965) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Super dark brown pour some tan head. Aroma of leather, soy sauce, lactic, caramel. Tastes leather, soy, sauce, smoke, raspberries, licorice, peas. Tangy feel and dry. Has aged well. Seek these out. Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
P: Dark brown mahogany tinted cola appearance. A dainty layer of tan bubbly fast scattering head that recedes to a coral reef swirl on top.
S: Sweet hard candy and black malt. Smoked grains, burnt molasses, figs, hazelnut coffee, powdery earthy yeast pine and floral hops. Once warmed the aroma becomes similar to a grease trap at a fast food joint.
T/M: A cornucopia of earthy yeast, pine and floral hops flood the palate. A sensation of dust in my mouth. Lurking in the background rounding out the dryness are alcohol soaked figs, smoked grains and molasses with a bitter bite of coffee. The smoke really encompasses the back of the throat and surrounds the flavors slowly building it’s intensity to a profile similar to burnt marshmallows. Aggressive carbonation in a medium body. Finish is dry and smoky with subtle tart apple peel. The pine/floral hops are almost too much for this beer.
O: I love collaborations and this was a success in my book. Although not a terrific creation of the style. The smoke was delicate but intensified to really pull it all together. An interesting beer to say the least. Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Dry, sour, and burnt malt flavors dominate. The bartender at bambinos in queen anne said this collaboration was not well received. I could see that...I would not describe this dry and dark beer as a saison.