robforbes (2199) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a clear amber with a large of-white head and very good lacing.
smell is caramel, nuts, malt, and some spice.
taste is creamy, caramel, a touch of spice, a wee bit sour, some yeast, and malt hidden in the back. ends smooth with a slightly sour aftertaste.
bth122 (1523) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a dark copper color. A nice film of head remained in glass. Aroma is peppery, with some faint caramel, and grass, and faint hops. Lite bitter, lite sweet. Lighter bodied. Starts off with promise with some caramel and Belgium candy notes and hops, then ends with a bit of a grassy hay taste. Not bad.
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Strong wheat aroma with some sweetness. Really pleasant nose. Has a farmhouse quality. Clear, dark amber body. Thin white head. A little dryer taste than the aroma would suggest. Solid brew. Quite a bit of flavor for the abv.
Travlr (21974) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at GABBF. Bright amber color, small tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of bitter and peppery caramel. Taste is similar with light chocolate. Not bad.
notalush (5743) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I decided to buy this because 1. It’s a dark saison and 2. I was a fan of last Year’s imperial stout - clear amber - small, fizzy, quickly diminishing head - nose is moderately peppery, with other light spiciness (grains of paradise, coriander), light phenols, lmildly tangy, citric qualities - light bodied, mildly tart up front, with some moderate peppery spiciness - malts are fairly crisp, but there is a lightly sweet caramel malt note through the middle that doesn’t quite work with the lighter, crisper characteristics of the beer - finish of light citrus, very mild phenols, citrus - a little bit metallic on the tail end - it’s not bad, but would probably be a lot better if they didn’t throw in a few dashes of darker malt - if you’re going to do a "black saison," you should go whole hog and not do it half-assed like this.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber brown color with a small blonde head. Very yeasty, Bready nose. Yeast and bread dough dominates taste. Ok
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Kudos to Widmer for making an unusual style their annual release. Cear dark amber with a short head. Decent retention and lace. Light belgian and fruity nose and an approachable palate. Drinkable but i cant see this becoming a commercial success nor achieving a top score by style. My third favorite black saison out of the three i’ve tried.
SudsMcDuff (8142) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Specs- sixer .. 1/16/12, M.A is in Mississippi .. . Pours a medium ruby tan ,, medium foam , light lacing . .. light molasses, bark, brown wheat and a touch of yeast . .. smooth, light sweetness .. . a good beer, i enjoyed it .. . .
What a load of crappy crap crap
Quiet, boy. I have a feeling some bad stuff is going to go down..
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a crystal clear mahogany color with a one and a quarter thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is esters and spice. Flavor is spice, esters, herbal hops, and yeast. Light to medium body. A decent beer.
Livid (49) - - JAN 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Ventis. Dark amber/red color with a white head that laces nicely. Sugary, slightly spicy aroma. Medium bodied with a rich, spicy malt flavor, hints of clove and cinnamon. ’Dark’ is misleading here - it’s not a dark beer and doesn’t have any toasty flavors, which wouldn’t really go with the style.