mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Bottle from BevMo. Pours a deep ruby color. Nose is yeasty with a little earthiness. A little bit of roast as well. Flavor is saison up front with a little roastiness creeping in. Some subdued smoke. Finish is fairly bitter. Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Pours a deep brown with a finger and a half of rocky tan head, settles in minutes with some lacing. Aromas of sweet grass/hay, slightly roasted, smoky, and fruity like belgian yeast. Flavor is roasted malt up front with noticeable hops, then sweeter with nutty and almost fruity tones. Hints of herbal notes. Finish is mildly bitter and lingers. Strong carbonation and medium body without a slightly oily mouthfeel. An interesting saison, but not as memorable as some of the other Stone collaborations. PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
12 oz. Bottle. A decent saison of a strange nature. Malty roasty scent. Pitch black pour with a tan head to ring. Med/light body, frothy feel. Clove, spice fronted taste, subtle, with a big malty roasty finish and a smoky aftertaste. Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2012
12oz bottle 11/28/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-42° in Tulip. Pours a dar brown almost balck with ruby hues. Aroma of yeast, smoke, chocolate, and hops. Taste of yeast, chocolate, smoke, and hops. This medium bodied brew is a different take but it comes across well balanced and tasty. 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.
AWISLguy (3109) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle from Antioch Fine Wine. Pours dark brown with reddish tints in the bottom, and a tan head leaving some drops of lace. Aroma is a bit bizarre - combination of sweet malts, fruit, spices and salty meat smoke. With peat. Taste has sweet fruits and syrupy sugar, meat and some caramel. Not very saison-y. Somewhat smoke-y, so that would have been my category for this. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2012
12oz bottle I think that I picked up while in NY. Aromas of light smoke, some bready yeast, some light roast and chocolate too. Flavors of chocolate, roast, bread, fair amount of yeast, and light smoke. Body seemed a touch thin. Solid beer like almost everything else in this series. Chudwick (3205) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2012
UPDATED: APR 8, 2013 12oz bottle compliments of AndyReynolds - pours deep amber with beige head and decent lacing. Nose is yeast and hay. Flavor adds bread, spices, slight booze, roasty and light smoke. Nothing like the last experience. Odd but yet interesting.
Draft - pours dark amber with tan head and great lacing. Nose is cancelled by andyreynolds’ fruity pumpkin pie soap and the scented candles here at dutch’s. I’m getting smoky vanilla. Flavor adds smoke, citrus and yeast. Dry. Moderate bitterness. Not like any saison I’ve ever had. 12/19/2012 8/4/8/4/15 or 3.9. timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Confused and muddled, not really getting any ’home base’ feeling of any style. Looks fantastic though. Smells toasted and very slightly smoked malt, belgian yeast, some brown suggar sweetness. Tastes kind of like all that with no proper balance. However, regardless of all the negative factors, it was still an enjoyable beer TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a small fizzy tan head . Nose is roasted malt, light spice,grass, and earth. Flavor shows more of the smoke, notes of cocoa, coffee, and a grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin and for the brewers involved, this is slightly underwhelming.