JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 31, 2016 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 doesn’t have very good retention, but does leave a bit of lacing behind. I’m not docking points because of the look, though.
S: The aroma should have thrown me a curveball about the look. It’s quite high in both caramel malts and sweetness. A bit of oatmeal presence, also. Not very yeasty at all, there’s little sense this is even a dark saison rather than a simple session porter. And I haven’t even got to the unpleasantly smoky, rotting meat notes I’m picking up! : The dog food quality tanks the nose utterly - in fact, I kind of don’t want to drink this now...
T/M: It tastes like it’s 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 Schlenkerla’s 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...
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. Don’t drink this one very cold! 1/14
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
Pours a hazy yellowish/gold color. Aromas of tart fruit, bread, hint of citrus. Flavor is malty/citrus. Leaves a yeasty orange aftertaste. katrinaez (2239) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2015
I liked it and don’t remember much since I had it years ago. Just updating that I had it. aumentm (750) - North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2015
Mobbed at home. Time to turn it around. Great matchup and great overall taste. dlovell2 (2283) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2015
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
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 (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Aroma: fruity, floral
Appearance: deep brown
Flavor: like aroma
Finish: floral hops
Weak, but drinkable
Fredis23 (568) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2014
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 (2917) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2014
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 (3082) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2014
From a bottle poured a brown color with a good amount of head. Bitter spicy flavor with a lingering aftertaste.