LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Appearance: Pours a amber hued dark brown with a white pinstripe.Leafs93 (2305) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
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.
Pours black with a mocha head. Aroma is earthy, pine and roast. Taste is sweet with some bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied with smooth and slick texture. Drying finish.
pablothirteen (38) - - DEC 7, 2012
Pours jet black with a nice full head. Drinks smooth, mildly bitter.
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12 ounce bottle. I was expecting better things, given Stone’s strong track record on collaboration beers. Aroma is soda, mild roasted toffee, and sweet. The smell disappears quickly. Appearance is a dark, transparent brown with lots of fizz on top but only a little foam retention and practically no lacing. Flavors are toffee, esters, lots of sugar, some hops and some herbs. Unfortunately the smokiness takes a back seat, way in the back. Palate is fizz crackling through a light liquid body. Overall - sorta mundane flavor character and not worth the price. I would have liked more of a smoked presence. Pulling off a smoked saison seems a bit like an oxymoron to me though. I’d like to hear about any other beers out there that can pull it off in an exciting way. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Interesting hybrid. Saison base with a black IPA overlayer. I'm not sure if I'd say the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, but it's definitely not lesser. Overall, I'm intrigued and think it's good -- can't pigeonhole it or truly compare it to saisons or black IPAs.
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keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2012
No bottling information, one time brew.DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Appearance: The body is an opaque black through the center with a dark brown barely visible through the light around the edges, there’s a thin tan head that’s puffy and soft looking, but it dissipates to a thin coating and a thin ring.
Aroma: The aroma is a light funk at first, some citrus and bubblegum, maybe a little hay, giving it a swirl reveals a light smoke and light spice.
Taste: The intro hints right away at light smoke with some earthy and lemon bitterness, there’s a light roasted taste throughout that’s paired with the smoke and a bright lemon dry finish hits with light spice. The finish lingers for a bit of slightly bitter cocoa and the smoke hangs around a bit.
Palate: A bit thin and light bodied, goes well with the style, the carbonation is a bit light, slightly fizzy.
Overall: I enjoy this beer, there’s a nice complexity to it, but it feels a bit thin throughout. The smoke is done well though with a good presence without being overbearing. I like this.
12oz bottle. As a fan of smoked beers, and generally all things blackened, this is the most excited I’ve been for a Stone collab since the Mint Chocolate imperial stout. Estery spicy nose, light smoke. Black color, thin tan head, good lace. Yes, I’m really liking the smoked malts here... Work well with the estery saisony notes. Not too smokey, though. It’s light. Maybe I’d prefer even more smoke. Some earthy hops. Medium to bigger body. Softer, smooth carbonation. More dry texture overall. Bitter taste, light spice, bit of savory. Alright... So this is tasty and interesting for sure, but I was kind of hoping to be blown away by a collaboration between these heavyweights. The last black saison I had was the Friendship Brew, and I’d say that this is marginally better than that was b3shine (8875) - Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle to tulip. Looks good; black with light beige head. Smells hoppy, yeasty, and malty. Tastes like it smells with a fairly dry, average mouthfeel. A solid example of the style. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Courtesy of Nick. Black pour with a foamy tan head. Bacon and campfire lead to caramel, cherry, toffee, and assertive spicy hoppiness. Medium body with decent effervescence. Really nice, but didn’t wow me. boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with minimal head. The aroma has notes of smoke, some chocolate malt, and a little booze.. Minor saison yeast. The taste has mild saison notes but a little smoke taste.