j12601 (10871) - 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 donít 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 Iíd never think this was dark in color, none of that comes through at all. Tasty but not what I was hoping for. faroeviking (10821) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 29, 2013
Botella. Clear like deep dark brown-reddish colour. Off-white medium head. Sweet fruity dark fruity tart like dark malty smokey like aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet fruity tart dark fruity malty flavour with some smoke to it too. DocLock (10647) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Tap at Caponeís. Dark blackish pour with minimal tan head. Nose was roasty malt, some funk, mild rauch, acidic notes. Tasted malty, somewhat funky, with some floral dryness, and hopcitrus. A lot going on here, but perhaps too much. adnielsen (10601) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle @ Exira Beer Summit III. Pours a deep brown appearance with a small, cream colored head. Minty spicy, a bit woody smoky, lightly peppery aroma. Burnt chocolate malty, sprucey, slight smoky/tar, light black peppery flavor. Kind of interesting but not my favorite. alexsdad06 (10262) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown to black color with a small beige head. The aroma has light roast and smoke, herbal notes, anise, floral and earthy notes with some yeast. The flavor is dry, light smoke and roast, herbal, earthy, anise hints, and a splash of dark chocolate. I was interested to try this and feel like it landed a bit short for me.
KyotoLefty (10193) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2013
Smoky nose, chocolate, coffee, light spice. Slightly cloudy black with a low, fine tan head. Flavor of spicy yeast, light smoke, coffee, licorice, a bit of dark cocoa. Dry and a bit raw. Bitter finish, though not exactly hoppy. A bit metallic, with some dark fruits and spicy astringency. Somewhat thin body. Very dry, herbal finish. OK, but not what I want in a saison.
marcus (10138) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a disappearing dark beige head and an earthy anise aroma. There is a somewhat bitter chocolate and burnt treacle flavor. Interesting and very tasty. Tastes nothing like a saison aside from a faint yeasty fruitiness at the finish. phaleslu (10098) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Market Wines. The guy who cashed me out said this was awesome; it was the last bottle and I knew it was a collaboration Iíd missed, but didnít notice the í2012í on the neck. Sheesh. Anyway, it pours a dark cocoa brown with a small beige head that lasts as a ring and some wisps of film. Aroma of mild smoked malts, chocolate, caramel, mild spice, leather, toast, roast, earth, cardboard, and a little salt. Flavor of earth, roast, bakerís chocolate, mellow smoke, roots, dark fruit, and slightly burnt toast. Light-medium bodied, with carbonation that starts low before opening up and bubbling on the palate. Lingering roast and mellow smoke. The Belgian influence can be detected, but itís minimal here. Definitely showing its age after two years. 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. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2012
12oz bottle. As a fan of smoked beers, and generally all things blackened, this is the most excited Iíve been for a Stone collab since the Mint Chocolate imperial stout. Estery spicy nose, light smoke. Black color, thin tan head, good lace. Yes, Iím really liking the smoked malts here... Work well with the estery saisony notes. Not too smokey, though. Itís light. Maybe Iíd 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 Iíd say that this is marginally better than that was