Suttree (6290) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
It’s an overly sweet brown ale with a little bit of wild yeast thrown in. I don’t know why I bother.
SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark ruby brown with a small tan head. Smells minty and herbal, like spruce. Taste is stale coffee and hints of mint. Light-to-medium bodied with a slick, wet texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Magic Hat Séance finishes with a mild roastiness.
maxwelldeux (4373) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate tan head on it. Nose is a little sour and darkly fruity with a nice little bit of funk to it. Taste is a bit sour and fruity up front, but actually finishes with chocolate in there, which is weirding me out. Very odd beer.
LilMissAle (9) - Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This girl poured with moderate lacing, and a decent head but faded quickly, bottle pour into a Duvel glass....really strong notes of coffee, chocolate and dirt from the aroma. Beautiful pour, deep and warm reminds me of the warm fuzzy feeling you get pouring a whiskey lowball in cold weather...My first taste is both unexpected and awesome! I pick up dark plums and cherry, almost like a jones black cherry soda. This is something I can really sink my teeth into, rich and a little creamy. A far cry from a true siason, but something to try for sure!!
jasonroden (6) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2013 does not count
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
I expected more from a magic hat brew. This is almost as disappointing as hicu. This should be retired now.
zacgillbanks (5001) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Publix Supermarket, Kissimmee, Florida. A very dark brown hazy beer with an initial slight sour red fruity flavour, chocolate notes followed by roasted coffee and a spicy finish.
thebrymanosu (39) - - AUG 13, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark pour. Very dark fir a typical saison. Classic saison aroma. Fruity character from the yeast. Touch of chocolate malt gives an interesting flavor. This just doesn’t work as a saison for me at least.
ChainGangGuy (4881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with some amber edges when held to the light. Very thin, evaporating, off-white head.
Smell: A bit tartish, a bit earthy, with a kick of spice. Slight roast, off-brand cherry cola, subtle smoke.
Taste: Wheat wrapped in ancillary, earthy dark malty touches, some darkish caramel, cola, walnut, even some light chary elements. The light sweetness lands alongside the spicy yeast character, fruity touches, and smokiness. A little aspirin, licorice. Near-crisp, tartish, spiced finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: As phoney as a seance, I’m left feeling a little bit hoodwinked and cheated. Wait. Where’s my wallet?
Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Taste is watered down tobacco, dark fruit, black licorice on acid and GPS box. What? Exactly.
notalush (5836) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle bought off the singles rack - purchased because of "saison" and "4.4% abv" on the label - then it poured nearly black and I was like, "motherfucker" - but whatever - let’s give it a chance - black saisons can be good - medium tart nose, with a little bit of raisin, smoke, bitter dark malts, a little bit of caramelized sugar sweetness - doesn’t smell at all like any kind of saison, but actually not bad so far - full, frothy mouthfeel - flavor is dry, mildly tart, and medium bitter up front - some smoke, earthy/mushroomy character, some phenols, some of which are spicy, others are of the slightly "dirty" variety, but not too much so - finish of tartness, moderate bitterness, and char - sort of like New Belgium Belgian Black, so if you like that beer... - it’s okay, just don’t expect a saison.