Travlr (26431) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle. Totally black color, dark brown head that settles to an edge. Aroma of bitter coffee and unsweetened cocoa. Taste has burnt espresso, licorice. Very tasty. vyvvy (6857) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Pours dark nut brown with a reddish hue and tan head. The aroma has nuttiness, toasted malt, bread and light spice. The aroma has far more schwartzbier character than saison - really nice and clean. Light body with a nice crisp bite and a good amount of fairly soft carbonation. The taste begins with a sharper and drier version of the aroma notes with a bit more of the German spicy hop kick and light bits of caramel. The finish has more of the nuttiness and just a hint of saison notes that’s a bit fruity. This was more on the Schwartz side than the saison side. This is up there as one of the best of that style I’ve had. Will have to pick up a few more to see if this turns a bit more to the Belgian side after a while. Also typed in this rating to the song this was inspired by for the full experience. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2013
dark sepia, puffy off-egg head that quickly falls to a thin ring. Intensely smokey, grainy nose reminiscent of coffee grains but far more balanced. Flavor even dryer, mid palate and beyond is smokey and watery, the grain tasting heartier because of it. Very clean profile, highlights dryness. Probably the cleanest schwarz I’ve had. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Deep dark reddish brown. No head, almost completely still.
Smells of charcoal and brownies. Hazelnut and raisins, with sugary caramel. A tad on the saccharine side but not too cloying. Some seriously earthy, horsey barnyard funk, son.
The taste is more horsey, saison stuff, stone fruits (raisins/dates mostly), heavy yeast. The coffee is subdued, as is the hazelnut. The puckery sourness comes in at the end.
Chalky finish, thick and coarse. For being such a small abv, it has a ton of flavor.
blipp (9929) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Draft. Pours deep brown with an off white head. Lightly roasted malts, some nutty sweetness, faint chocolate, and wisps of spicy yeasts. Really clean and balanced. Delicious.
beerbaaron (1997) - Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Near black; Dark walnut brown. Head is off-white, small lasting ring with swirls. Fruity, yeast, earth, citrus, spice. Light to medium body. Dry peppery dusty finish. Little sour. A little zing. Smooth and tasty. nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Tap. The black saison is one of my favorite styles, in theory. Opaque black with a respectable beige head. The chocolate malt really balances out the saison yeast. Easy going, with an herbal, earthy undertone. A successful hybrid for sure. Great balance, unique flavor. Very nice. RoyalFlushing (326) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle poured a deep dark cola with a medium soapy off-white head and minimal lacing. Aroma is coffee and roasty malt with slight notes of smoke and nuttiness. Taste begins similarly with roasted malt flavor and subtle smokiness followed by spicy hop flavor leading to a nutty dry finish. First schwarzbier, albeit a hybrid, was truly enjoyable. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2013
tap at The Growler. Apparently a schwarzbier/saison hybrid is much like a black IPA. Nose is lovely hops, citrus peel on the nose. Lots of toasted malts in the body, roasted barley hulls, chocolate, vanilla, plums. Sweet bodied, finishes with some hop resins. nealblind (2022) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - AUG 13, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2013 Very dark brown pour half finger tan head. Aroma of yeast, apple cider vinegar, honey, oranges, leather. Tastes of a schwarzbier; smokey, woody, buttery. Saison comes through with some funk. yeastiness and citric acid which blends well with the lactic tang familiar to schwarz. Creamy mouthfeel, but watery finish. This could hold more alcohol with such strong flavors floating around. The flavors work well together, but I feel like complexity is held back a bit under blanketing schwarz dark roasty flavors. This is pretty mindblowing fusion though... must try.