conway (2210) - - DEC 10, 2012
Pours black with a big off white head. Aroma is saison like yeast with a rye like note. Taste is standard saison with a small but prominent burst of smoke out front. Smooth body, but missing the pleasant lively carb I like in a saison. More interesting than good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Poured a deep brown color with a very low, filmy tan head. Aroma has a strong saison yeasty note, fruity with some light esters, mild earthy hops presence with a light citrus and pine kick coming in later. Flavor had a mild fruity note imparted by the yeast early, some toasted sweet caramel notes in the middle with some additional biscuit sneaking in. Brew finishes off with a smooth earthy hops presence and a pretty pronounced brown malt finale. Brew is overall pretty light with a mild alcohol presence and a bit lower carbonation that I would expect with a saison style. Overall a good brew but I completely missed the smoked part of the brew. The typical Stone emphasis on hops was in this brew but it really didn’t add or detract from the brews overall presence. The lack of carbonation really killed it for me as I was expecting the typical saison fizzy feel. Probably my least favorite of the Stone Collaborative brews to date. johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights when held to light, and a good sized tan head that slowly recedes before leaving a moderate amount of lace on the glass. The aroma holds a bit of smoke with a moderate amount of spice and a bit of chocolate caramel, and roast. The flavor is bready with a bit of spicy wheat, a hint of chocolate, smoke, and a heavy hand of earthy spicy hops. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation ans a spicy tart bubbly mouthfeel. This beer was ok, but not really my cup of tea. j12601 (13298) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours a nice deep brown to black with a medium sized head. Some light estery yeast and musk on the nose. I don’t really get much smoke, just smells like a nice floral saison. Medium bodied, esters and a bit of grassiness. Really no smoke or roast coming through here. Sweet wheat comes through, a bit of muskiness. Drinking this blind I’d never think this was dark in color, none of that comes through at all. Tasty but not what I was hoping for. Peacehammer (627) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
pours black, with little head. Sort of a smoky chocolate aroma, with a touch of Belgian/saison style funk. Flavor profile is similar to the aroma, all of the flavors are present, but none overwhelming. Enjoyable, and should be pretty interesting in about two years.
Pwn3d (1958) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
On tap at mugs ale house with Jenny. Pour is dark, off white head, thick lacing. Floral and herbal in the upfront taste.. Burnt caramelize malts in the finish coupled with bitter pine. Great finish RoyalFlushing (326) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle poured a pitch black with a small mocha head and notable lacing. Aroma includes funky yeast, dark fruit, slight smoke, and sweet malt. Taste begins with dark fruit and roasted malt before yeast takes over. Smoke and dark fruit flavors linger on the palate. chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Pours a very dark brown capped with a two finger foamy off white head, some wispy lacing. On the nose hints of smoke and farmhouse yeast. Opens with grassy hops, joined by musty farmhouse yeast and a hint of smoked wood. Finishes with continued yeasty notes and some mild hop bitterness and slight pear skin-tinged fruit notes. Fairly light-bodied and slick, moderately carbonated. Overall, nothing outstanding, but a solid brew. Considering this is a collaboration which as a whole tend to disappoint, that’s saying a lot.
User134089 (1644) - - DEC 9, 2012
From: Stone Brewing Company
Black with a finger (when I got it) of tan head. Good lacing - foamy and milky. Good retention.
Smelled toffee, caramel, chocolate, molasses and light dark sour fruit.
Tasted sour fruit, grape, kiwi, plum, chocolate and toffee with a slightly bitter finish.
Medium body. Oily texture. Fizzy (high) carbonation. Astringent finish.
I was a bit disappointed overall. Lots of flavors but nothing that really stood out. LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Appearance: Pours a amber hued dark brown with a white pinstripe.
Aroma: Low tide at the shore. Tripel yeast, camp fire.
Taste: Spicy dry belgian yeast, firm euro hop spice finishes woody.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied modest carbonation.
Overall: I wasn’t that excited to try this. Judging the book by it’s cover, this didn’t sound like a beer I’d dig. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I did enjoy this beer. Stone seems to have a good grip on Saisons, even though this is far from a typical Saison. I’d be curious to see what kind of barrels Stone tries to age this beer in, I’d probably go with a red wine barrel or a smokey Scotch whiskey barrel.