robforbes (2243) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2012
pours black with a slight ruby tint, a very small tan head that goes away quickly, and no lacing.
smell is of cocoa, spice, nuts, roasted malt, and a little smoke.
taste is sour, cocoa, yeast, a little bit of fruit, and hops. ends dry and somewhat bitter. TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with a medium, dense tan head. Aroma is light smoke, roasted malt, dark fruit, yeast notes, floral hops and candied fruit. Taste is smoked malt, roasted malt, candied fruit, floral hops, spicy notes, and big yeast notes. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more funky yeast notes, dark fruit, soft smoke, roasted malt, soft hops and light coffee. wlajwl (6811) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Aroma is spicy yeast and a hint of smoked malts. The flavor is bananas, spicy yeast, an undercurrent of the smoked malts and a tart finish. TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle from Bottleworks. Dark black pour with a short beige head leaving retreating lace. Nose is roasty and lightly smoky. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Dark roast malt, coffee, black pepper, hickory smoke, light barnyard funk. Finish is more of the same with some woody umami and lemon creeping in. Quite dry and charcoal aftertaste. Black saisons are a tough style. I can’t say I’ve been enamored of any I’ve tried. Nephilium (1818) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Roasted aroma with a hint of anise. Pours an opaque black with a huge light tan head. This is a strange beer, there’s the crispness and funk of a saison, with a touch of smoke and roasted notes. Very light on the palate, with lots of carbonation. It’s a good solid beer, but I think I’ll stick with the traditional saisons.
GnarlyGnome (770) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle: pours dark black with a small tan head. Aroma of yeasty fruits, smoke. It’s got a lot if deep complexities in the flavor, the smoke balances it all out very well. Good stuff. monk191 (1978) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2012
A very good beer. Pours a thick black with a bubbly brown head. Smells of cherries, nuts and green apples. Taste is very complex, smoked and fruity, more cherries. Interesting ending, a little hoppy, but not overpowering. Overall, great. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home on a lazy Saturday afternoon while doing some errands. Appearance is a moderate, pitch black with a thin white head that laces to the glass. Aroma of smoke, chocolate, light yeast, also a touch of roasted malt. Taste is pretty good, definite smoke presence with a light yeast flavor, also a very light touch of fruit and hops. I don’t know how to classify this one, doesn’t really taste like a saison to me. Still pretty good. BlackEyePA (573) - USA - DEC 29, 2012
Really nice collabo. Aroma is toffee, toasted grains. Taste is hint of coffee, caramel, and grain. Its clean bland and straightforward but nice. Its kind of a doesnt do anything well but really is good in all categories. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Tap at The Salted Pig. Poured a deep near black with medium coffee foam. Good lacing. Nose is sage, black pepper, herbal, mild smoke. Taste is dusty, dry, herbal, toasty, black peppercorn. Lemon tea finish. Interesting black saison. Muted to almost no smoke character makes it past the herbal onslaught.