Shiva109 (2) - USA - NOV 20, 2012 does not count
I like Gigantic so I drank this. This is a battle beer: chocolate and darkness vs Saison and floral citrus things. Who wins? You.
I like the immediate look as it flows in the glass. It’s not a violent pour. Color’’s dark, as a black Saison should be. The foam holds on to the side of the glass while the head slowly dissipates into fortune teller symbols. I happened to get Gollum from the Hobbit cartoon this time around. I’d be happy to see a glass of this anywhere.
When I stick my schnozz in it, there’s some chocolaty/nutty thing going on. I refuse to believe chocolate drops its E for the adjective form, but spell check is always right so I look back down at my keyboard in shame.
Aroma. The chocolaty/nutty gives way to the Saison that pushes through like a bully. The next few times re re-stuck my schnozz in the glass, I couldn’t smell the chocolates anymore. The Saison has taken my nose’s lunch money with its florality. These flowers are what you’d expect to see at a Slayer concert though: dark flowers. I’m not sure why anyone would see flowers at a Slayer concert. The nuts and chocolates don’t give up entirely, but toward the end of the pint (I know! It should have been a snifter, lay off) they do and the farmhouse smell is quite strong.
Taste. Can I end at delicious? Someone posted about the apprehension of the black IPA bleeding into an apprehension for the black Saison, and I was guilty of that too. Looking at my fridge, and Pecan Porter would have been much easier to say yes to, but I do not have a Pecan Porter so I opened this. Plus, Gigantic is rarely wrong. Anyway. The chocolaty/nutty comes out pretty strong in the first rounds. They throw some good weight around, then the bottom drops out and our friend the Farm comes out. The end is kind of dirty like the floor of a barn. I’ve had cheeses that remind me of it. Oh, there’s the nutty chocolate again. Okay, saved.
Palate. It’s not a heavy beer though it looks to be. It reminds me soda pop with too much syrup. The texture, not the flavor. It’s good. The lingering after feeling on my tongue is pleasant like a thin syrup. It’s like that feeling of eating a chocolate square.
Overall, it’s not something I would immediately jump to. After hanging out with it though I realize it has some brains, and there’s quite a bit more excitement than a silky black or a summertime Saison. After completing this bottle, the 7.6% may have crept up on me. DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bready aroma, with the following flavors: coffee, chocolate, caramel, licorice. Tart, sweet and refreshing. furthur (1225) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Bottle, clear deep brown beer, brown sugar colored head. Aroma molasses, plums, toasted barley, broiled fruit. Taste is brown sugar, cherries, plums, coffee, vanilla, hint of black pepper. Palate is sorta light, yet creamy like nitro, carbonation is subdued for a saison. This is almost a stout, but just slightly sour, and I think I love it... Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2012
On tap at Gigantic with Carla. Pours deep brown/black with creamy foam. Smells warm of cedar wood and belgian yeast, or something similar. Tastes lightly sweet of coffee, smoked charcoal, Belgian yeast and something akin to grapes. mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
Pours a pitch black with a thick dark-brown head with decent retention. Black licorice aroma, prunes, pepper, light metallic note. Brown sugar and molasses. Fisherman’s friend? More prunes, raisins, what have you, light sourness, hint of alcohol, grapefruity hops. Thin but reasonably creamy body. ABV creeps up on you... very drinkable. Almost like a baltic porter rather than a black saison.
Gerbeer (3894) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2012
650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with light tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of dry dark chocolate and malts. Similar stronger flavor with sweet sharp fruity notes. Very dry finish. Very nice. RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 9, 2012
Aroma of cocoa, black licorice, dark fruits. Flavours of dark chocolate, dark fruits - quite roasted. The finish is some spice and licorice. Nicely rounded with good flavours. superspak (5874) - Waterford, 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. pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle - pours out pitch black with tan head. Nose of hot chocolate, coffee, and malt. Smooth and thick mouthfeel. Taste of chocolate, sweet malt, cherry, and slight hint of smokiness. Easy drinking though it does have somewhat of a boozy finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone MetalNHopHead (2125) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 5, 2017
Like many "Black Saisons" (if you can truly say there’s many of them), The City Never Sleeps is a dark-colored beer that doesn’t exactly fit in either the Saison or the Stout styles. It does have earthy yeast notes, but the roasted malt character is stronger. Lightly charred barley, dark fruits, and cherry. Medium carbonation, and it feels lighter than its 7.3%. Definitely not as thick and heavy as most beers on this color spectrum. This is a strange brew, but it drinks beautifully.