brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle @ 10K + OT. Thanks, GT. Dark brown pour with a massive tan head that fills the glass. Aroma is ashy, acidic, and overly roasty. Tart berry and raisin, wood, and toasted malt. A hint of banana and some chocolate/cocoa powder. Taste is bitter and quite acidic...very carbonic and overcarbonated. Sour blackberry, raisin, and plum. Woody dryness. Quite a bit of roast and some ash. Hints of sweet malt and fruit esters. Disappointing. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
> Infection transforms this into a black saison hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2014
[ Bottle ][ savnac ][ 22oz ][ 10K+OT Tasting ][ Stemless Wine Taster ][ 5/3/14 ]
>> This is known to be infected, but Ira and I kept this beer always fridge to stymy infection perhaps. Didn’t work. Pours a dark black with massive black saison type of rocky mocha foam. Nose is bright barrel, cocoa, lemon, blackberry. Taste is aerated, ashy, cocoa powdery, super dry and tannic. Essentially this is a black saison. Palate is aerated, dry, powdery. Odd one.
>!< It’s Belgian style, but not barleywine
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2014 Bottle... darkguardian’s & biggsbowler’s West Palm Beach Birthday Bash!... Pours dark brown (practically black) with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Sweet chocolate and bittersweet fudge are the highlights of both the bouquet and the flavor. Finishes acrid, bittersweet and roasty. Great stuff. In five or six years, this will be as sought-after as M currently is. Muchos kudos to newcigarz for sharing this bottle! Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle shared at the 11k/7k/5k. Aroma of a candy bar. Toffee, caramel, vanilla and chocolate. Pours sticky brown with a small white film. Taste is brown sugar, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and a tart vinegar oak finish. Very sticky and very boozy tasting. Kick in the face. jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2014
shared @jts 7/5/11k jt/jredmond/jcw Gathering trade with SHIG--750 bottle-retaining thin lt brown-mahogany. A-roasty, vinuous, med/dk malt. T-vinuous, roasty-med/dk malt, earthy hops.
jtclockwork (17655) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle from Shig. Shared by Jcwattsrugger at 11k/7K/5K. Pours very dark brown. Nose and taste of vanilla, whiskey, oak, caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Rich. Full bodied. jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle at clocks. Pours a deep brownish black. Aroma is deep roast with light chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium to full with notes of full roast and sweet chocolate. vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Chocolate, vanilla, oak and light bourbon aromas. Sweet chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon influences. Big beer. PhillyCraft (8202) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle shared by Eric with a bunch of brahs. Pours reddish brown with smaller head, notes of molasses, sticky toffee, dark malts, sweet fruit. Very rich just needed a little more butter complexity. Nice brew but certainly no M. Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Pours black with a tan head.
Smell boozy prune, vanilla, big strong and sweet
Taste is much the same, sweet strong and boozy. Raisin, vanilla, oak, caramel
I thought this was pretty nice, the tasting group didn’t agree.