ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Reviewed 10/06. Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 22 oz bottle poured into a beer mug.
A: Pours a extremely dark brown color that manages to be completely opaque in spite of being less than pitch black. The head is a two finger light mocha color with an almost stout like consistency and texture. Thank cripes this isn’t a total foamer the way Rayon Vert was. As the head recedes, plenty of lacing patches stick around.
S: Decently complex, with notes of peppermint, chocolate, grassiness, coriander, funk, phenols, and apples...but there’s a cherry cough syrup note that’s distractingly hard to shake. Otherwise, it’s fairly reminiscent of a fresh cut lawn in a manner.
T: Other reviews are noting this as being ’medicinal’, and I’m inclined to agree with them. Flavor-wise, it opens plasticky and slightly harsh. It isn’t horribly unpleasant, but it hurts an otherwise solid profile. On the upside, I love the finish of this (at first) - it’s full of roasty, bitter coffee.
Come to think about it, once it warms up sufficently, it goes from a 3 to about a 1.5, thanks to the emergence of some cherry flavors - combined with a mere modicum of sweetness, it makes this taste like glorified cherry cough syrup. A textbook example of a trainwreck, plain and simple.
M: Silky smooth and soft yet somehow dry, crisp, and prickly. The actual feel, carbonation, and texture is quite good, it’s just the flavor that sucks.
O: Let’s chalk this one up as a ’failed experiment’, shall we? The medicinal flavors pretty much kill any chances of this being an enjoyable drink. It was fine (but unremarkable) when drunk at a cold temperature, but became pretty nasty as it warmed up. Stay away from this one, I had to drain pour about 3/8ths of this. Maverick34 (3238) - New York, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Draught from Swift. Dark brown pour. Foamy head. Fruity floral aroma. Taste is a band aid factory with grapefruits and black pepper finish DuffMan (10421) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 18, 2012
Bottle, shared with my wife. Impressively dark brown with a mocha coloured dense head that leaves thick sheets of lace. The nose is all yeast and spice. Ginger, allspice, especially some floral mace. Lovely spicy yeasty palate, some underlying dark malts are just there for support, but there for sure. Really spicy, with a finish that is equally dry and bitter. Pleasantly creamy mouthfeel. To me, this fits the quirky identity of a black saison to a T. Very nice, very interesting, and somehow very fitting for autumn. 3fourths (9341) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2012
bottle. deep brown body with a tall-building mocha colored head, lasting retention and thick lacing. distinct cocoa powder, pumpkin spice and nutmeg in the nose with lighter touches of licorice / soy sauce / ink and baked bread / dough (a bit too yeasty in the nose). soft carbonation turning towards a powdery and rough allspice in the back. medium-light body thinning across the back; somewhat more watery than I would like. black patent char and inky chocolate malt with slightly rough roast astringency and a lingering nutmeg / cocoa spiced finish. BiddleBrau (1221) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Seemed like an interesting collaboration and it was not a bad assumption, not great but decent. This is a black brew, tan head. Sour/sweet aroma and flavor. There is some bubble gum and cocoa flavors here but it also has a bit of an oxidation flavor. I’m sure it’s not old but it just tasted a bit off on that flavor.
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2012
A new style for me, so I am not sure how it "should" taste. However, I liked it. A very complex brews. Pours a clear, deep brown looking black in the glass. Thick and enormous coffee head settled to a quarter-inch rocky cover. Heavy lacing. Nose is sharply herbal with sage, mint tea, rose, chamomile. Taste is initially lightly sweet, then delicately sour with umami notes. The finish is bitter and floral. Avg carbonation. Texture is slick. Finish is bitter and long. Overall, it was a fascinating beer. Complex and interesting. Dark and wild with an interesting spiciness and rough finish. Not at all forgettable, bur for the right reasons. slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2012
growler. Jet Black. Slightly sour taste, roasted/smoked, and bitter linger. Arayaga2 (2197) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Dark brown with 2" of tan head. Aroma is nutmeggy, like a pumpkin beer, and this translates into the finished beer with a grainy, barky, alkaline bitterness. I think they may have wrung too much from their spices, this stuff is not great. $4/500ml Seema:"That does not produce friendship in my mouth." zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
tap at Ginger Man - a tasty brew but was a little tough to get through the whole glass. Black strap molasses, chocolate roast. Some funky notes. smokey char and crystal malts, bitter astringent finish that I can still taste almost an hour later. jonno (2761) - JAPAN - OCT 14, 2012
Lovely spicy aniseed and pepper driven nose. Body is very thin and there is a huge whack of the invested additives - mainly aniseed and cracked pepper. Some dark, roasted malt and a short, spicy pepper driven finish. Seems a bit hollow and lacking (body and carbonation) for want of a better term.