Matt's Burning Rosids - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 205
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rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 14
Gots: 149 | FT: 4
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: DerrickW on 01-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.54/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a tumbler.

It's been a while since I've had a nice smoked beer, so let's go after one from Stone, eh? It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises determined-yet-mild cherrywood smoke, vague Belgian yeast, straw, light toffee, and a few twists of lemon. The taste derails things significantly. I like the fact that the smoke is all up in your face and such, but it's combined with Stone's characteristically crappy Belgian yeast strain, which adds some muddled spices, tangerine juice, mild earth, and almost Brett-like straw to the proceedings. Suffice it to say, this is unwelcome by itself and downright intolerable when provided with a heaping helping of smoke. There's clashing, and then there's CLASHING. Take a stab which one I experienced here... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this beer shows why Stone needs to ditch its awful Belgian yeast. It ruined what could have been a perfectly decent beer, especially given the thickness and quality of the smoke (when taken alone, it was pretty damn good). I'm likely gonna be skipping Stone's next few Belgian-inspired recipes just in case... (1,218 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
2.57/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$6.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo. 10.5%per the bottle. No ingredients or specs per the bottle or website.

Pours out to a slightly hazy orange, forming a voluminous peaking light yellow head with superior retention and lacing, owing to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.25 carbs or so. The nose has the spicy phenolics one would expect for a saison, although the smoke is quite subtle. Pineapple, pear and apricot esters with a little grass and moderate yeast character. Mouthfeel, even at this rate of carbonation is cloying, not quite attenuated enough with a dense, syrupy body. The taste is a recap of the nose, however the smoke is much more noticeable in flavor than in aroma. Hovering in there is a medium firm bitterness. Tart throughout, but more so in the really bad finish. Plenty of bitterness lingers into the aftertaste, which is also pretty bad. A little hot and a little harsh.

This is an interesting beer, but it's just not very palatable. I love rauchbiers and saisons, but this just doesn't work. The smoke, bitterness, phenolics and esters and the crummy mouthfeel just don't sit well together. Perhaps if this were a quality saison with 10% smoked malt, it would work. (1,182 characters)

Photo of WettNutz
2.64/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden yellow with a red hue, no head, but very pretty
S - Could smell the cherry better than I could taste, smelled of cherry alcohol
T - Initial cherry wood flavor, but a vomit-like finish, not very enjoyable
M - The faster I drank it, the better it tasted, as it wouldn't linger on my palate as long. Could taste a little floral and cherry blossom to it, but again, just reminded me of vomit towards the back of my tongue.
O - I wouldn't drink this beer again. RIP Matt C, but I think if he would have lived long enough to try the finished product, he would have made some adjustments. Or maybe he just liked beer that tasted like this. Too much imperial, and not nearly enough cherry. (692 characters)

Photo of pants678
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden orange body with a white head.

Wood on the nose is not hidden, still nothing I can pick out as cherry.

I wouldn't call this a saison if I tasted it blind. Not earthy, not floral nor spicy. Fairly hot but the cherry does start to surface. The finish is a little astringent, pretty medicinal. Though the style's misplaced, it's not in anyway muted.

Carbonation seems right. (381 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle, SC).

Pours with a good white head over a medium amber body. Excellent clarity.

Aroma:herbal; too musty/ wet wood.

Flavor: mildly bitter and slightly sour. Aftertaste is a bit unpleasant. Hint of bad wine.

Feel: Good medium-low carbonation. Smooth.

O: weakest of about 12 beers sampled at this Stone event. (377 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden peach orange. Tiny bright-white collar with a tiny wispy cap. Moderate carbonation. Slight chill haze drops out as it warms.

Smell: Solid smoke, but it's not acrid. A touch of sweet pulpy wood with some underlying saison yeast. Some clove, a vague peppery element, and some mild earthy notes. Cherry wood offers some sweet smokiness with a mild fruity undercurrent. Banana, a touch of grass. Nicely balanced. Malts run on the sweeter side with some mild bready elements and a touch of cooked and caramelized malt. A touch of stone fruit and gummi candy.

Taste: Smoke pushes a bit harder than the nose and dominates up front. Slightly acrid and sweet. Very woody. A touch of grass, a solid herbal presence. Saison yeast throws some fruity esters coupled with some solid spice notes. Clove dominates the spice profile. Malts are slightly sweet. Some restrained pale malt sweetness with some bready elements. Slightly caramelized. Smoke builds a bit as it warms but clashes in the long run. So much cherry wood smoke. A really odd blend.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Decent astringency with a juicy sip up front. Finishes a touch dry.

Overall: Matt's burning something.

Just odd. It's not bad, but the weird saison and smoke combo falls short. Everything competes and nothing settles. (1,335 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours out a hazy orange with a thin, white head. Smells faintly of Belgian yeast, toast, pale malts, and, if I really strain my brain and let the bottle descriptor influence me, a TINY bit of smoke. Tastes of sweet, toasty, and grainy malts, estery (while lacking finesse) yeast, dull bitterness, and the faintest hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is kind of sticky and needs more bubbles. Overall, like every other Belgian made by Stone, this is a huge letdown. Won't they just stop making these weak stabs at Belgians? (511 characters)

Photo of charlzm
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Consumed march 22nd, 2014. Poured at 50 degrees F into a long-stemmed tulip.

Beer is a brilliantly clear light-to-medium brass color. A nice two-finger white head forms from a slightly-stronger-than moderate pour and quickly dissolves to a thing skin of bubble foam. Negligible sheeting. For a saison to be this clear is an anomaly.

Aromas: mild peppery saison yeast and beneath it smoke, like a campfire. Also a touch of floral sweetness. Very mild fruitiness.

Flavor begins with a boozy sweet note that reminds me of a wood-aged spirit. A dash of smoke and then a lingering, woody bitterness all out of proportion to the finish of traditional saisons. No earthy or funky notes. It would be one thing to enhance or replace traditional saison flavor elements with wood, smoke and hops, but I'm not sure what Stone were actually going for here. It seems more a strong ale that happens to be fermented with saison yeast than a real saison. Even taken outside of the style guidelines, this beer is a hot mess of flavors that doesn't integrate well or work well together.

Mouthfeel is slightly thicker and more oily than I would have expected for the style. Barely acceptable carbonation level for a saison. Also, alcohol heat is inappropriate for style and unwelcome, style or not.

Overall, I think this is a failure as a drinkable beer but succeeds as a novelty. For the record, I homebrew and made an "imperial saison" once (as Stone bills this beer as well) and realized it didn't work; a good saison is light, refreshing and easy to drink with well-integrated and modulated flavors. To make an extreme version of it sort of ruins the character of the base style and adds nothing greater than it takes away.

Low overall ratings based on style guidelines, but even without them, this is not a very pleasing drinking experience. May not finish the bomber. (1,859 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A rare miss from the folks at Stone...at least for me...

Love the idea of this but the execution didn't hit the mark... the smokiness works in the aromas but it shifts this seriously in the taste dept and I didn't get it... the smoke battles with the funkiness of the base beer and muddles everything together...

I wanted to like this beer as its everywhere around here right now... but I wont be getting this one again.... I don't see how age will affect this to the positive at all... (489 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bomber split between me and Scott. Got this as a birthday gift from Melissa. Thanks!

A - Pours to a tulip glass a nice hazy orange color with a white head.

S - Huuuge smoked ham and wood, salty peppery woody smoky ham. Some dirty citrus, banana, funky straw, bread. Kinda rubbery and boozy.

T - Smoke feels less intense here, but also a little more generic smoke rather than a salty meat thing, which probably works better here actually. Variety of tart fruit, spice, grapes and earthiness. Bread and farmy yeasts.

M - Kind of wild with the alcohol presence but a decent feel otherwise. Lightish and somewhat crisp body with medium-high carbonation.

O - Glad this beer exists and that it supports a good cause, can't say I'm a huge fan of it though. The smoke+saison never really harmonize, both sides seem alright by themselves but just clash, the 10.5% alcohol seems like overkill for this as well. (908 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in an accidental half-litre glass (lol).

A: Hazy gold.

S: Sour and smoky. Lemons?

T/M: I don't really care for it. Way too weird. It's initially overpowering -- wood, smoke, meat, sweet-strong booze, artificial maraschino -- before quickly fading into a kinda sour-sticky bitterness than lingers. I hate to make the comparison, but...bile.

O: Not to my taste. After about a dozen sips, I pawned it off on a friend. NOT recommended. (442 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I openly admit, I didn't get this beer. I think it has two parts to it that don't work for me. They might (and given rating, do) work for others, but the point is, in my opinion, this isn't a straightforward beer, so I think it will hit and miss with people.

A: the appearance is a very clear gold-colored beer, with nicely sustaining head
S: floral - with a bit of meadow-like background, citrus - kinda sour (lemony). I do get the smoke notes as well, but the almost seem to interfere than enhance the smell. Regardless, in my opinion, it's a complex nose, but maybe not all to the good.
T/M: The beginning taste start towards a lighter beer, with a bit more dry bitterness than a normal "light" beer. The sour notes from the smell come it subtly from there. There is a funkiness that I have noticed in the few sours I have had, but it is fleeting.

The smokiness comes in to take over, and this is where, in my opinion, the beer falls apart. If it had continued on the path towards sour, I think I would've enjoyed it more. The smokey flavor is actually decent, but paired with the opening flavors of this beer, it's akin to orange and toothpaste, to me (but not THAT bad).

O: to me, a bad match of two independently decent flavor profiles. (1,245 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650ml bomber poured into tulip 28/6/15

A murky orange and even after a hard dump down the middle of the glass I only get a short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace

S kinda smells like smoked meat and burnt band aids, I get some fruity notes and yeast, burnt marshmallow, bruised banana, some pepper and booze, but I can't get over the burnt band aids

T not the same level of band aid but still just not doing it for me, reminds me of a smoked malt hefe then a saison, the yeast profiles strange and overwhelmed by smoke

M thick, a little flat, some heat and its pretty big for a saison, fruity smoke lingers for a while

O its not awful but it leaves something to be desired at every point, I'm not having any problems finishing the bottle but ones enough

Saisons are a pretty loose style but this one misses the mark, points for being original but I'm not really feeling this one (901 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with unappealing label and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local Texas bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery - whose work tends to disappoint and who may well be the most overrated brewery period.

When news of Matt's death hit the forums, many were outraged when I predicted on the spot that Stone - more marketing company than brewery - would find a way to capitalize on it (and I even predicted it'd be a smoked beer, ironically). Well, here it is. All dressed up under the auspices of tribute. (They're "contributing funds" to charities, but are they contributing ALL funds? See Framboise For A Cure for an example of how legitimate beer for charity is done). And no one seems outraged except me that this actually happened!

Reviewed as a smoked saison because the label identifies it as such (we'll ignored that "imperial" marketing nonsense). 10.5% ABV.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. Okay frothiness. Average retention - about 2 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent semitransparent orange-copper of above average vibrance. Clean; no floating yeast particles are visible - not quite what you'd expect from a traditional saison. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's pretty average for the style and seems a bit too filtered. Far from unique or special.

Sm: Way overhopped for a saison. Floral hop character, mango, bubblegum.

I do pick up on the cherrywood smoke, which is delightfully subtle and well-integrated, but does still run against the saison character.

Speaking of which, where is it? No subtle white pepper, no milky notes, no intricate Belgian yeast, no funky brettanomyces...this doesn't smell like a saison. Outright. It does feature some unsuitable pale malt, caramalt, and seemingly some honey?

A pleasant aroma of mild strength, but a poor one for its purported style. Alcohol is noticeable.

No yeast character or off-notes are detectable.

The cherrywood is nice.

T: I'm making the call - from the first sip - to continue reviewing this as a rauchbier. The cherrywood is lovely, with just a hint of smoke. It's not as harsh or ashy as many rauchbieren, and the cherrywood is an excellent complement to the Belgian pale malt build. It's hopped fairly aggressively for a rauchbier or saison, with plenty of floral character. Still, the malty sweetness helps keep a decent balance and cohesion, though the flavour profile never feels very intricate or complex. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour (though the intensity is below average for a rauchbier)

I like it in a general sense, but nothing about this suggests it's a saison.

No yeast character or off-flavours come through, though it does have some mild alcohol warmth.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Clean. Decent thickness. Medium body. Unrefreshing. Has a nice presence on the palate, with a pretty good weight for a rauchbier.

Not astringent, harsh, oily, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Overall, this texture suits the taste well in a general sense, but doesn't truly complement it or coax out its nuances.

Dr: A drinkable rauchbier and a failure of a saison, Burning Rosids is an enjoyable brew when taken outside of style conventions and features some impressively subtle cherrywood smoking. I'll have no trouble finishing this bottle alone, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners.

I do think it's regrettable (and frankly reprehensible) Stone released this beer the way they did (and notice how they cranked it out so quickly after Matt's death - which leads to other more disturbing questions).

Stone's deplorable marketing tendencies aside, this is an above average beer worth trying, but I wouldn't get it again - there are superior rauchbieren available at or below this price point, and they don't pretend to be saisons.

C+ (4,086 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: slight haze; copper colored; less than a 1 finger white head that receded o a thin collar; no lacing;

S: Belgian yeast for a moment, then hickory;

T: fruity up front, but the hickory smoke takes over by mid-palate and dominates to the long lasting finish;

M: light to medium bodied; lightly carbonation;

O: almost no trace of anything saison like; hickory overwhelmed everything else; bottle was 9 months old, which may have altered the flavor profile; (460 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Attractive orange-tinged golden color in the Duvel tulip. Eye-opening aroma of brisket marinade. One of the smokiest brews I've had.

Major house on fire here. At least it's a sweet smoke, but I can't help thinking this is some kind of barbecue sauce. Bitter finish that doesn't go away. Light body with maybe some malt but it's hard to tell. Intriguing, (like why would they bottle this) but barely drinkable.

This seems like another of Stone's wretched excess series. I'm serious, just a dose of this in an old school malt liquor would be the bomb. Call it Devil Night, the whiff of abandoned houses burning all over the hood. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach. (698 characters)

Photo of thezach
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: golden amber
S: Peppery, earth, very nice saison spiciness and the faint aroma of smoked malt was excellent. Made me eager to taste.
T: Somewhat hot & boozy, not sweet, but not dry either, and with a fairly heavy feel, combined with the alcohol, which I think contributed to the sweet perception
M: Big, a little much for a saison, me thinks
O: Loved the aroma and what they were going for. I think a smoked saison will work yet, however this one seemed to lack follow through with the palate. Maybe going imperial isn't always the best decision. (549 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, orange-gold body with a couple inches of whitish foam.

Smell: Sweet-scented, honeyed nose atop pilsner malts, not altogether much in the smoke or wood department, citrus and orchard fruits, spiciness from alcohol, clove-scented phenols, and other peppery elements.

Taste: Pils and graciously bready malts given a thick, shimmering coating of candy syrup and honey for a full sweetness. Apple, zestful orange, clove-spiked pear, and a little banana give a melange of tangy fruitiness. Light wooden, light smoke accent. Peppery, earthy, herbal tone perks up midway and carries along until the finish. Growing alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. There's a noted fullness, heaviness to the beverage.

Overall: While I didn't dig the beer, the tribute was welcome and fitting. Felt more akin to a big, beefy BSPA than a saison. (893 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear, a bit more gold than orange, with a thin skim of fine white bubbles coating the beer and forming a collar. Decent staying power for what's there, with the support of a constant stream of bubbles rising through the beer. A bit sticky on the sides of the glass too. Spicy aroma, peppery with some bubblegum and fruity sweetness, smoke and sour graininess. The flavour was a bit harsh. The combination of bitterness with the spice from the Belgian yeast and slight sourness didn't quite work for me. Sweetness balanced things a bit better in the finish, and everything came together a bit better as I worked my way through the bottle. A bit of warmth in the finish too, slight alcohol and floral character. Medium body, some slickness - texture didn't blow me away. Overall, a fair beer, but not one that I'd be excited to revisit. (835 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a stamped on bottling date of 12/20/13 that had almost rubbed off. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - So far, pretty standard, with a hazy orange body with tangelo highlights where the light refracts through the the liquid. Some tarnished brass shadows also lurk right beneath the one-finger beige head. Retention is solid, hanging out for several minutes before slinking to a thick film and leaving just a bit of lacing.

Smell - I wasn't quite sure what to expect since I'm finally getting around to opening this almost six months after it was bottled. That said, the smokiness is still present--notes of applewood-smoked bacon, hints of spices--allspice, cumin--sit atop a more traditional base of peppery spice and hints of generic fruity esters from the saison base--likely the yeast. Interesting, but has me a bit tentative, as I like my smoked beers to be a little more subtle.

Taste - The smoke isn't as up front on the palate as it was on the nose, allowing the fruity esters--notes of apple, nectarine and even dried apricot--to come through up front. However, there is a twinge of sourness (not puckering or tart, just sourish) followed by more aggressive smoke profiles. BBQ dry rub and smoked cherrywood as well as some more generic woodiness and leather. Unfortunately, while the taste in and of itself isn't bad, cumulative drinks really are hard to do. I'm not going to be able to finish this entire 22 oz bomber.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, and sort of an oppressive feel, like I get with many smoked beers. The opposite of refreshing.

Overall, an interesting beer and certainly unique, as I've not had or even heard of other smoked saisons. And while I respect the imagination and craft that went into it, it's just not a beer that appeals to my taste. The smoke needs a little better counterpoint. (1,918 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden copper color with an offwhite cap 2+ fingers strong that fades back to a thin film. Stringy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma opens strangely fruity and tropical to herbal with a firm smokiness. Under the fruited quality is a touch of clove and yeastiness. The fruit plus sweetness coupled with smoke makes for a unique combo that is very atypical of a saison.

The taste is fruity with almost a woody quality before the smokiness sets in. Herbal to fruity bitterness is there with a bold alcohol aspect. The flavors are not terrible, they just dont mingle well together. The phenolics are mild compared to what I was expecting.

This is quite a mishmosh clashing brew. Very boozy and strangely sweet/tropical with a lot of smokiness. As it warms, some phenolic plastic notes come out taking this in an even stranger bad direction. I really wanted to like this but the "imperialized" aspect of it was sadly focused too much on characteristics I dont like (plastic, sweetness, etc.) (1,046 characters)

Photo of jjh19
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bubbly, large bubbles, bright yellow.

Smell: Peppery and spicy.

Taste: Odd. Odd. Odd. Smokey, sweet, not particularly balanced. Some fruit and heavy-handed finish. This is all over the place. Bluh.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: Not my cup of Saison. (274 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Stone's Matt's Burning Rosids last month for $6.99 at The Lager Mill. This one seems like a pretty interesting beer and I don't think I've ever had a smoked Saison before and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The bottle looks pretty nice, I think the look of the bottle goes well with the name. It poured a yellow orange color that took on a darker golden and orange color when held to the light with three fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the smoke being the first to show up and it's almost on the border of being medium smokey and it's followed by some sweet malt aroma. Up next comes the Belgian yeast with some citrus rind and banana like aromas coming through. Towards the end comes a little more fruity aromas with some green apple coming through and there's a little bit of spicy and earthy hop aromas. This beer has a decent aroma, I like the smokey aspect, but the Saison aromas were a little dull and sweet.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the sweet malts being the first to show up and their followed by that Belgian yeast that imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with citrus rinds showing up the most this time and the banana shows up a little in the background along with a slight green apple flavor. Up next comes the same amount of smoke that I got in the aroma with a slightly boozy flavor that's a little warming and it's followed by the hops that impart a spicy flavor and a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a sweet fruity, lightly smokey and Belgian yeast like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but I thought the sweetness and the alcohol showed up a little more then they needed to.

M- Not the smoothest, a little boozy, a little cloying, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but it was a little too thick and sticky for me.

Overall I thought this was decent beer and a decent example of a Saison and a pretty unique example of the style, but it's not really how I prefer my Saisons, they call it a Imperial Saison and I would say that's what I would call it too, it reminds me a little of Brewery Vivant Zaison with the higher sweetness and noticeable alcohol. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't too smooth, it was a little thick, a little boozy, little cloying, a little filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, I think half the bottle is a good amount for me, I think the whole bottle would start to wear on me after awhile. I think this would be a good beer to enjoy in the fall time. What I like the most about this beer was the smoke aspect, it worked well with this beer and it wasn't overpowering. What I like the least about this beer was the sweetness and alcohol, they were both a little too high and I felt like they both held this beer back. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it's priced nicely, but I just don't feel the need revisit it again. I can't say I would recommend this beer. Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer, I did like the smoke aspect, but the imperial Saison base wasn't as good as I thought it might be and left me wanting more flavor and less sweetness and alcohol. It's not my favorite Stone beer and it's for sure my not my favorite Saison and when it comes to imperial Saisons I would rather have Brewery Vivant Zaison instead. Better luck next time guys, this one just wasn't for me. (3,905 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a crystal clear dark golden color. Fizzy white head.

Nose: Pepper, earth, yeast, bread. The cherrywood smoke comes in at the end.

Taste: Pepper and some lingering maltiness. There is a well hidden alcohol heat in the back. The foamy maltiness sticks around for a while giving you a complete mouthfeel.

Notes: i do not know who Matt was, but he created something cool here. (389 characters)

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3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/31/13 at 45 degrees into a tulip glass
Faint aroma of smoke
Head small (1.5cm), white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to a broken layer 1 – 2 mm thick
Lacing good – small bubbles covering the surface
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor is primarily smoke and alcohol – no distinct hops, no malt, no diacetyl, a hint of saison fruitiness and yeast as the beer warms up.
Palate is medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Not sure why so many people gave this such reviews on BA. To me this is just another alcohol-heavy beer with little other flavor. The smokiness detracts from the essential characteristics of a saison. (625 characters)

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86 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.