drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2013
4/28/13. 22oz bomber from LOL brothery boi bitbucket (he hangs with Bangs). Deep dark brown pour, almost black, under a small tan head. Banana and esters on the aroma with caramel and a touch of roast. Sweet banana, chocolate, and caramel with a touch of roast. I’m not sure what this is, but I never would have guessed imperial black saison. Not bad. jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2013
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thick, two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, yeast, light spices and a hint of caramelised sugars. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasted malt flavour with chocolate, coffee, meat, soy sauce and a lot of nuts/earth in the mix. Aftertaste is quite pungent with the malt and earthiness really coming out, some metal, a hint of sugar and a deep roasted nuttiness. Overall, a strong beer more like a brown or perhaps a light porter and not anything like a saison at all - no herbs, no grassiness, just a hint of yeast. Not my favourite and not true to any of the styles, but it was drinkable of course. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington on 11-January-2013 for US$8.99 sampled at home in [the real] Washington on 08-April-2013 a few days before heading back to the PNW. SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2013
creeped out label .. . deep yellow .. medium head, lacing .. . talk about knocking off the cobwebs .. . clean cut grain and yeast .. . pretty good but nothing to complex, decent .. . . saw a kidnapping today. decided not to wake him up though... SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark color with a vanilla head. Nose is roasty with chocolate notes and light vanilla. Palate is slick and oily with a nice dry sticky finish. Flavors of chocolate, with light resiny hops, light vanilla.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone superspak (5591) - Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces t oa thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, clove, pepper, coffee, caramel, raisin, light smoke, and earthy yeast esters. Damn nice aromas with nice balance, strength, and complexity of roasted malt and yeast notes; very roasted malt forward. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, pepper, coffee, caramel, clove, raisin, herbal, light smoke, and earthy yeast esters. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, pepper, toffee, clove, raisin, herbal, light smoke, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance, robustness, and complexity; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is and damn nice black saison. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted flavors and yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
HenryXXX (205) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2013
Pours a nice dark black with a fluffy creamed coffee color. The nose is licorice, star anis, root beer, and brown sugar. The pallet is licorice, sassafras, cocoa nibs and musky coffee.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bready aroma, with the following flavors: coffee, chocolate, caramel, licorice. Tart, sweet and refreshing. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Black color with tan sheen. Dark fruit, vinous, chocolate, dry hay aromas. Smooth light to medium body. Nice dry chocolate, vinous dark fruit, earthy dirt, dry spice flavors--very good. Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - DEC 16, 2012
On draft. Aroma is earthy chocolate. Dark muddy brown color. Taste is very earthy. Tastes like an iced mocha laced with dirt. Medium body that feels heavier than it is. Overall: A unique concoction for sure, but really doesn’t work at all for me. UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle at BA Buffalo bottleshare. pours dark amber, tan head. nose of chocalate and floral yeast. Taste contiunes same theme. Its seems a bit off if not forced of a combination. Body is medium but chewy at times.