closey22 (1946) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Golden with lacy offwhite head; aroma is sweet and yeasty; Flava is very rich smoky and fruity sweet; feels medium and silky; finishes malty dry and bitter JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2014 Had this in the fridge for a few weeks.... decided to give it a go tonight... Poured into my HotD tulip... slightly hazed golden with a decent white head that leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is a bit lighter than I was expecting... but when I get a good read it is apple juice/pear cider and sweet wood smoke.. I guess that jives, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so clear and also one dimensional... a bit of clovey phenol with warmth so rises sharp EtOH vapors.
The smoke really blooms on the palate, but still jives with what the nose tells us... pretty big-boned estery/stone fruit... plenty of fruitiness but a pretty sharp clove bite seems IMO out of place.. Saison? Not what I would picture, but maybe a BSPA? Smoke essence combines with the phenols and get a bit "bandaid" for my liking... Boozy.
Seems too heavy on the palate to be a saison... perhaps a big-boned BSPA, but even then I don’t care for the brew too much.
Nothing but respect and my hope for peace for Matt’s family and friends. topherh (1928) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Pours golden, eggshell head. Aroma is clove, smoke, spice, and bananas. Flavor is sweet malt, spice, smoke, and light cherry. Smoke lingers in the finish. Bule (2164) - California, USA - FEB 13, 2014
On Tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a pale straw color without any head. Citrusy flavors, mild belgian yeast. Higher alcohol not noticeable.
mdindy (38) - Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2014
color is nice clear copper tint with white head and doughy aroma. strong flavors of cherry and spices, boozy/alcohol undertones. heavy malts, yeast and thick smokey taste. definitely a slow sipping beer. very strong for a saison, great beer.
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Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Draft at taps 25. Light gold with an off white head. Light cherry and funk in the aroma. Smoke, yeast and funk with a cherry aftertaste. LilBeerDoctor (3931) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet malt, floral perfume, light booze, dark fruits, cherry. Flavor of salt initially and a little wood, then the cherry sweetness, light spices, sweet malt. Very powerful and a bit sweet. Interesting though.
7/4/7/3/13 (3.4/5) Concealer (1247) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bomber. Orange gold with a frothy off white head that lasts on the sides. Aromas of spice, clove, light banana, light floral and smoke. Flavor is sweet spice and smoke, light banana and clove with some yeast. Medium bodied, lingering spicy smoke. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2014
22oz bottle. The label grabbed my attention, we share a name. After u got the bottle home, it crushed me. I remember reading the story. I live in the eastern time zone. I read about the tragic event at the brewery. I remembered how horrible the story was.
Orange color. Aroma of pale grain, yeast, smoked wood, and distant apple. Thick, heavy bodied. Strong too. Flavor is dry, sharp bitterness, pale malts, long lasting fruity esters. Lingering bitterness in the palate, fruit esters stick around for a while. Hints of smoked malt in the finish as well. Whoa, that?s a big Saison! (3969) Ed5388 (3480) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2014
22oz bomber from Crossroads Spirits. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small foamy off white head. Aroma of light funk, sour lemons, barnyard, grass, and a hint of smoke. Taste of grapefruit skins, sour citrus, grass, and smoked malt.