ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a WTF IS THIS. Dark ruby body, two finger khaki head - there was literally no warning of this being a dark saison. None. Anyways, the head doesnít have very good retention, but does leave a bit of lacing behind. Iím not docking points because of the look, though.
S: The aroma should have thrown me a curveball about the look. Itís quite high in both caramel malts and sweetness. A bit of oatmeal presence, also. Not very yeasty at all, thereís little sense this is even a dark saison rather than a simple session porter. And I havenít even got to the unpleasantly smoky, rotting meat notes Iím picking up! : The dog food quality tanks the nose utterly - in fact, I kind of donít want to drink this now...
T/M: It tastes like itís trying so hard to be a dark saison. It has the (somewhat) lively feel, and it has the dry finish. But the unpleasant melange of roast, caramel, smokiness (not the good smokiness you get out of Schlenkerlaís rauchbiers, either), and wateriness ruins any chances of this being remotely good. Despite the high sweetness, the feel is okay for the style. Otherwise? Bah, who cares.
O: The drizzling shits, plain and simple. I normally avoid Magic Hat, and this brew reminded me exactly why I do so...
JPDIPSO (6001) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown liquid with a taller, stable tan head. Toasted to roasted grainy nose. Simple light flavors, earthy malt, lightly toasted and roasted malt, and just a hint of yeast. Little bits of fruit in the finish and linger. Seems a bit watery. Donít drink this one very cold! 1/14
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy yellowish/gold color. Aromas of tart fruit, bread, hint of citrus. Flavor is malty/citrus. Leaves a yeasty orange aftertaste.
katrinaez (1664) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I liked it and donít remember much since I had it years ago. Just updating that I had it.
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mobbed at home. Time to turn it around. Great matchup and great overall taste.
dlovell2 (1969) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Sweet fruity malt aroma with with yeasty spiciness. Flavor is roasted sweet malt with dark dried fruits and spicy yeast finish.
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2015
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as bad as a lot of the ratings but nothing special either. Normal Magic Hat that has to make the beer not really a saison but something entirely different that has fruit and rind esters and the Magic Hat taste.
tgncc (3118) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: fruity, floral
Appearance: deep brown
Flavor: like aroma
Finish: floral hops
Weak, but drinkable
Fredis23 (564) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Almost Black, Opaque Brown, Huge Foamy Head, Lots of Lacing. No Aroma. Lightly Toasted, Reminds Me Of Guinness. That impression is reaffirmed by the looks and taste. Taste is also more like a stout. Toasted Malt and Bitter. Makes me Wonder if this is misclassified in wrong style. Drinkable. Just OK for Me.
glennmastrange (2764) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Moderate toasted, dark chocolate and mild coffee for the malt, herbs for the hops, light leather for the yeast, with a hint of smoke. Head is large, fizzy/frothy tan with excellent yet slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts slightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is on the lighter side of medium, watery with a fizzy carbonation. A drinkable beer, not much of a Saison though.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a good amount of head. Bitter spicy flavor with a lingering aftertaste.