Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle at home poured into a snifter. Deep brown to black in color, rather thin looking with a mild one-half finger head that was brief. Not much lacing. The aroma was raosted malts, slight smokieness (nothing like a true raushbier), bread, cereal, and dark fruits. The taste is more like mild roasted malts, not much campfire, bread, slight pine hoppiness, and some dark prune or plums. Overall the taste was fine but a little underwhelming in flavors. Thin body, easy to drink. Finish is slightly roasted malts and a little hop bitterness. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Wow, this is a dark saison. It looks more like a stout, with a solid, black color and a cream-colored head that produces some fabulous lacing. The nose provides some smooth, gentle smoked malts atop a roasty saison yeastiness. The flavor is less desirable but still very nice and not overly roasted to be bunking with the obviously saisonish yeast. It’s bright and spicy in the mouth, full and tasty, and reminiscent of fresh, unmolested oak. The roasted malts seem well-hidden in the finish and offers a very nice, clean, charred, soft, woody impression on the palate and a smoky sweetness in the finish. This is my kind of saison! 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. RABinCO (1511) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle. Lots of interesting, distinct, but mismatched things going on here. Pours nearly black with a small tan head that leaves some sheeting. Aroma is that of a lightly smoked porter. Taste is sweet, citrus bitterness, grass, dark fruits, some vanilla, some spice, a long smoky finish. There’s a weird taste that I really can’t place, like a dry chili burn that is sitting in the back of my throat. Beerheart65 (1503) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2013
Light brown head is thin and short, dark brown/black. Light arome has licorice, coffee, caramel, ash, slightly roasted. Crisp round, bitter, dry, highly roasted nearly burned, long roastrd bitter finish, berry also. Tasty but quite much roasted. Would not drink many of these.
ttoadee (1491) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Black pour, tan head that does not stay around long. Nose is light Belgian yeast, lightly smoked malt, and and dark fruit. Very interesting. Starts sweet on the tongue, but goes nicely bitter. Licorice, hops, and smoke on the way out. Dry and somewhat bitter finish. Different, and good pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2013
From bottle. Black in color. Aroma is definitely saison, with nice floral and yeast notes. Flavor is decidedly smoked, with the saison hidden beneath. Not as smokey as a rauchbier, but close. Finishes slightly bitter. 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. jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2013
12oz bottle, a saison which is smoked and highly hopped? weirdness. Its like a black IPA used with Saison yeast and the smoked part gets stomped out by the hops, surprisingly okay with me. ryanscourt (1476) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2012
12 oz pour from bottle. Fairly dark brown. Never had a dark saison before. Some maltiness followed by saison spiciness but overtaken by hop bitterness. Some lingering smokiness but aftertaste is mostly dry and bitter. Pretty good but not as unique flavors as I was expecting and a lot more bitter.