johnnnniee (4440) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 16, 2012 AirForceHops (7913) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Real dark brown nearly black with some retention. Nose is roasted malt and chocolate. This tastes like a German Schwarzbier, really it does. The roasted malts with the addition of light smoke. Light bitterness in the finish. Slightly lingering roast. Where a saison comes from in this beer is WAY beyond me. But it does have nice flavor. This works nice as a black lager.
Pours a pretty solid black color with a decent sized tan head that persists for a while leaving spotty lace on the way down. Smells of dark chocolate, caramel, spicy wheat, and a hint of pepper and other spices. The flavor definitely holds a lot of roast and chocolate along with a bready and caramel malt sweetness. Light spice and a hint of tart fruit cuts through the malt quite nicely. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet fruity tart mouthfeel going on. That’s a nice beer. Kind of like a fruity Belgian stout or a roasted saison. Travlr (26299) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Bottle at Belgian Beer Fest Boston. Almost black, brown head. Aroma of roasty coffee grounds. Taste is smooth chocolate, coffee, subtle barnyard. Decent.