radagast83 (8690) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2011
22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma was orange notes, citrus, coriander. Flavor was rich, malty, orange citrus, and spice. This was a very well constructed brew. Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Bottle from Knightly Spirits. Thumbnail of brown head that reduces to fizzle. Dark-as-night body. Tight curtains Robust plum and coffee aroma with a hint of soapy yeast. Flavors continue with more plum, subtle coffee and chocolate, soapy barnyard yeast up front with subtle pine resin in the finish. High carbonation and medium body. Slightly off-balanced but this was an enjoyable brew. ChainGangGuy (4949) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2011
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a black body with an initially tall, airy beige head, that it soon settles and condenses into a fine wisp of suds.
Smell: Tomfoolery smells winey and spicy with incorporated, restricted roasty, chocolate notes. Vaguely tart, vaguely lactic throughout. A bit more banana and clove-flavored coffee as this one warms.
Taste: Mildly sweet pale, toasty, bready malts with faint infusions of chocolate and coffee (very, very light on those two). The flavor takes on a splash of chilled mulled wine dosed with a bit more anise powder, cloves, and some ripe banana slices and small squirt of lemon juice. One iota of lactic acid. Low bitterness. More of that mulled wine on the back half joining what roastiness is present for the drying, lingering finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. There’s some softness to the mouthfeel, though it is not quite creamy.
Overall: The best of the saisons are supremely quenching and refreshing. This one is not, though I’m sure that was never Terrapin’s aim. Thankfully though, the malts are not overburdening, the booze isn’t overly noticeable, and the body is light enough to at least keep it from being unrefreshing. So, overall, not too bad. jtclockwork (17769) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours black. Tan head. Nose/taste of raisin, rye, dark fruits and alcohol covered dates. Not much of a saison. Taste falls a bit flat. Body weaker than it should be. glennmastrange (2948) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Bottle. Moderate aromas all around, with dark bread and toasted for the malt, flowers for the hops, leather for the yeast, with background notes of soured wine, wood, clove and anise. Head is average size, fizzy, light brown with some slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown, almost black. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, a little slick with lively carbonation. Outstanding and unique flavors and aromas, plus good balance makes this a Saison worth giving a second try.
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
22 oz bottle from Beerlando. Thanks! Pours a blackish hue, good haze with lighter brown edges and bottom. A huge cakey light brown head sits atop, cakes to a moderate size and laces small. Aromas are fruity esters, touches of roast, some vanilla, toast, and toffee, moving into some dryness, touches of spicy yeast. A bit muddled and unfocused. Initial is medium bodied, fruity banana and dark malts, toffee and some cocoa, light roast, vanilla, almost a creamy quality with touches of yeasty spice. Fairly sweet, fruity apple and pear with vanilla, cocoa, brown sugar, touches of spice. Too sweet and a bit unfocused for me. This beer isn’t bad, but it’s not for me. Sweet fruits and vanilla seem to out do the roast and toast. It’s a bit of a mess and doesn’t really feel like a ’Black’ Saison at all. A strange beer. It was a pretty pour though. And it didn’t necessarily taste bad, but it just didn’t work. emacgee (4721) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Pours black with rusted copper edges and one finger of frothy tan head. Nose is what I’d expect, toasted grain and popcorn with some butter and raw Belgian yeast. Kind of muddled flavor and aroma. Kind of grainy flavor with rusty notes and a mild perceived sweetness. Medium body and carbonation deyholla (12663) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Bottle thanks to Adam. Pours clear dark brown with a tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a combination of dark grains, spices and light fruits. Flavor is a bit muddled with dark grains, spices, yeast and some light fruits. Didn’t really come together for me. Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Color is pitch Black with a khakhi head that lasts a while. Aroma is almost non existent, slight burnt toast. Flavor starts nice and fruity then quickly shift to burnt roasty bread, then goes back to nice fruity after taste. This flavor is wild ride, and hard to enjoy. Palate leaves an ashy aftertaste, but still refreshing. Bottle from Flying saucer in Nashville. JaBier (8445) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Bottle shared by my brother. Black pour with a thin tan head. Roasty aroma with coffee and some peppery and spicy notes. Roasty flavor with rye malt before a spicy and somewhat herbal malty finish.