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A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 322
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 22
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 11-13-2010

Brewed at Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus in Deinze-Gottem, Belgium with Dr. Canarus. This black saison carries qualities similar to a stout with light roast and burnt sugar flavors, spiced with Rose Hips, Hibiscus, & Schisandra berries.
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Photo of mlazzaro
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into Pretty Things wine glass

Huge pillowy khaki colored head. Head hold fairly well. Basically the body of a stout. Black and opaque up to the light. Decent carbonation.

Smells of chocolate, oak/vanilla, and clean fermented spicey yeast. Smells good. The aromatics in general are very reserved/subtle.

Flavors of pine and resin, toast, molasses, black licorice and wood. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Caramelized sugar, like a thick stout aftertaste. Still quite refreshing. Yeast lends a spicier kick. Alcohol is well hidden. Very unique.

I'm really impressed with this beer. Superb example of a dark farmhouse. Acidic (not tart), with a soft finish. Clean, crisp, well carbonated. And most importantly delicious. (739 characters)

Photo of djt06001
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours nearly black with a light brown head. Foam is soft and retentive.

S: Smells of dark malt and spice up front with a floral, almost wine-like finish, very inviting.

T: Begins with sharp roasted notes leading into a coffee and chocolate midpoint, and ends with a dry and crisp finish.

M: Much different than what I'm used to in a dark ale, very clean and with sharp carbonation. Loved it.

D: Definitely best aspect of this ale is its supreme drink-ability, almost all of the alcohol is hidden and the stronger notes don't accumulate on the palette. The crisp, dry finish is outstanding. (596 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Malty dark dried fruit – fig to date – dominate the nose. the beer ours brilliant deep chestnut with a 1” off-white foam cap.
The palate is big and fruity with dark dried fruits predominating over background grain flavors.
The beer is very creamy with a medium full body and medium high carbonation. (307 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Import Series Vol. #2: Dark Saison Ale
brewed and bottled by Stillwater at Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus in Deinze-Gottem, Belgium.
Imported by 12 Percent, Brooklyn, NY

The "dark" saison is surprisingly dark, pouring a black body that allows no light to pass through it. Atop, a frothy head of tan drops steadily from a finger thick crown to a thin creamy cap. the head retention is amazing, and it will maintain a solid surface covering throughout the entire glass.

The aroma is also surprisingly dark, delivering an edge of roastiness and a bit of dark chocolate along with some sweet golden caramel. Some soft red fruitiness is present as well, along with a subtle touch of spice.

In the flavor the dark malt dominates, although a bit of cardamom seems to be appearing as well. There's a nice, soft dark chocolate note to it, and the sweet golden caramel note found in the nose reappears across the middle as it warms a bit. It then it becomes slightly bitter before a flash of dark chocolate roastiness leads it into a dry, short-lingering finish.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied, and the moderate natural carbonation leaves it velvety smooth across the palate.

Rather nicely done. It's not the first dark saison I've tasted (although it is the darkest), but it's certainly one of the most balanced and rounded. It's quite rich without being overdone; and I wonder what foods this would pair with. Well worth seeking out! (1,434 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, deep brown color with an enormous cocoa head on top that lasts quite a while. Moderate amount of roasted aroma. Mildly fruity with a deep, somewhat earthy spiciness. Great flavor-pleasant blend of moderate roasted grains, chocolate, a whisper of smoke and a certain spiciness. Nice lingering bitterness in the finish. Very smooth, almost sily mouthfeel against the bite on the back of the tongue. A great beer for sure-probably the best I have had from Stillwater. (470 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark is definitely the theme here... dark purplish black with a tan head that holds and leaves lots of pretty lace. nose is lots of dark stuff. dark malt, dark chocolate, dark flowers, red grapefruit, dark fruit (plum?), dark bread (semi-sweet and in the middle of cooking when you can just start to smell it), dark spice (black pepper mostly), and winter/fall countryside (like dark, wet, fallen leaves) with a dark brown sugar/molasses sweetness helping to balance. it sounds thick and syrupy, but somehow, all the "darkness" gets expressed fairly brightly and dryly in the taste. everything is lively, and a healthy hopping leads to a good amount of bitterness which seems to make me salivate and opens up my palate to all kinds of complexities i didn't notice before; one of which being a kind of burdock-like earthiness. another being a character of the roast that almost seems smoky. it tastes like chocolate covered rosehips with a smoked sea salt finishing at times. also very rustic. the herbs are perfectly cured and integrated into the mix like it is an old recipe and they are meant to be there. medium-full body that seems much lighter than it is due to lively conditioning. pleasant bitter is prominent and overrides any kind of prickliness although there is some tingle to it. spice and fruit associated with traditional saison hits in the finish too, drawing a familiar connection between this strange brew and tradition. makes you feel like you've been drinking it your whole life. dark and complex, yet extremely drinkable for an 8+%abv beer. this is a beer for food. can't wait to have one of these with dinner. hope i can find a couple of bottles!!! (1,669 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

Best before June 2012

A: Pours a murky, dark chestnut color (nearly black) with about three fingers of creamy, khaki colored foam on top. Lots of active carbonation streams help the head to retain for ages, but no lace was left behind.

S: Mildly fruity right in the beginning. Blackberry, black cherry, and lemon. Spices, grassy hops, and roasted malt round out the smell.

T: Mild dark berry, peppery bakers chocolate, earthy/grassy hops, fudge, ripe dark fruit, blackened malt, and loads of prickly spices.

M: Starts off with an amazing fullness that shows off bits of sweet and fruity. This quickly becomes very spicy and earthy during the middle before trailing off with a finish that's full of white pepper and oily hops.

D: Fantastic! This was only my second Stillwater beer and already I'm hooked. I loved how there's a bit of a spice rack thing going on here, but none of the traditional/typical Saison spices. Come to think of it, calling this a Saison is a bit of a stretch, and I loved it for that! (1,066 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a little bit of light coming through at the edges. Initially, there are three fingers of tan head. The head dissipates, but a solid layer remains throughout.

Smell: This one smells quite good. Initially I pick up some sweet roasty cocoa. There is also a bit of Belgian spice. I also pick up a dry aroma that resembles oak.

Taste: Like the smell, initially I'm picking up a roasty, chocolate sweetness. There area also some hints of dark fruit and brown sugar. In the background there are some spice/herbal hints, and a bit of alcohol. The sweet roast remans throughout, but doesn't mute the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a bit slick on the tongue. The carbonation is on the high side. My only complaint is that I would like this to be a bit more on the dry side.

Drinkability: This is a very interesting good beer. I told my wife that I think we should try to pick up a few more bottles to see how this one does with more age. I think the flavors are very well balanced. (1,064 characters)

Photo of tbrown4
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle -> Dogfish Head Chalice. Split with my buddy Greg on brewing/bottling day.

A - Pitch black, off-white head, fine bubbles. Little to no lacing.

S - Spiced dark fruit, roasty, slightly sour

T - It's an odd mix of spiced saison and dark roasted malt flavors. Somehow it works. Very enjoyable.

M - Carb pop adds a nice clean and crisp feel. Feels light to medium bodied.

D - Would get a few of these to keep on hand for when I'm in the mood for something different. Super easy to sip, not a hint of the 8%ABV. (520 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.7 Very dark pretty much black pour, light tan head. Pretty good staying power and laces ok.

Aroma, yeasty and rye like spice. Light toasted malt, chocolates, some molasses and citrus. Pretty interesting.

Taste, Toasty malt, grains, yeast, chocolate, peat. Wide array of flavors very well integrated. Christmas spiced cocoa finish. Reminded me a bit of some of the HaandBryggeriet stuff.

Medium bodied, very well coating, but very easy to put down. Good amount of carbonation but it is very fine. Alcohol is non-existent.

These dark Saisons have really been hitting the spot for me. Kind of like lighter accented stouts or some sort of opposite of barrel aging stouts.

I smell the need for a new style here... (716 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very very dark brown that is probably black but its pretty hard to tell with the lighting in the room. It did have a big 2 finger khaki colored head with good retention and left lots of bubbly lacing sticking to the head. Upfront there was lots of dark fruit notes in the nose with slight bretty funky character alongside mild apple pear, and spice. There was some chocolate flavor in the taste that I did not detect on the aroma with roasty, mild apple, slight bretty, and malty accents; real tasty. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, roasty, mild fruity, and slight dry finish. It drank better than your average saison and took the style to another level. Really tasty beer and glad I got to try it. (768 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderately aggressive pour fills half the glass with extremely delicate tan brown microfoam, so gossamer it's hard to say it has a steady dissolve. a little more lacing than you'd think given the character of the head. Dark brown colored liquid with a fair degree of murkiness to it, yellow aura, given its darkness the bubbles must be brawny and active because they are clearly visible. The nose displays a thickly constructed cocoa toast, very chocolaty, blending in orange peel, ginger spice, creamed coffee and lighter mintiness, the black cherry, blackberry, apricot fruit scents are nothing spectacular, however, there most of the time. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is tight and active from the first sip, brings a lot of energy to the show. Brings on all that cocoa, mocha, chocolate, more toast than roast so less coffee. Has a more sour side here, tart grasses as well as more biting orange, lemon citrus. Less baking spices, here more stuff like sage, basil or thyme, almost oily. Its dryness helps separate and highlight the various components. Parts fit together well, understated complexity. Just pour it way before you want to drink it. (1,154 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer poured a dark black color with a big frothy covering of chocolate head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind lots of lace.

S - The aroma is a complex mix of toasted grains, peppery spices, some earthy herbal notes, and a bit of sweet dark fruit.

T - Starts off with a healthy serving of roasted and even borderline burnt grains and malt with a bit of earthy and herbal spices coming in right behind. Through the middle, the sweet dark fruit flavors come through with some yeast and floral characters. The finish is a mix of yeast, roasted malts, and spices that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth and quite dry form the roasted flavors and spices.

D - Very drinkable. The roasted flavors are really interesting and work extremely well with the saison base. The spices also balance out the beer really well. (880 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, Best Before June 2012 on the right lower portion of the label.

Pours near black, under a larger then large and billowing medium mocha head, that stays and stays, leaving a thick collar, low sheeting and heavier bean shaped blobs of lacing.

Nose of vanilla, sweets, powdered sugar and toasted maple malts.

Delicate and complex, more lighly toated malt, maple, marshmellows, then some light chocolate shows its face and joins the party. I get some sort of a lightly perfumed or flowery note. Strawberries picked up, but not sure if I could have put my finger on this unusual taste without looking at a few earlier reviews...
Different, interesting, strangly refreshing. Well worth a try. Worth the splurge for Belgian style beer lovers. (757 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz batch 3 best before 10/2013 poured into a tulip

A- Murky brown with a four finger dark tan head.

S- Earthy spices, pepper, light fruits, some tartness, figs, some chocolate.

T- Roasted malts, pepper, earthy spices, yeast, dark fruits, some chocolate, good complexity, very enjoyable.

S- Smooth, medium body.

O- I have not had another beer like this and really enjoy the black pepper notes. Very happy that I was finally able to try this and will be getting more.

Ranking the Import Series, I would go Jaded, A Saison Darkly, Debauched, Rule of Thirds, Of Love & Regret. (583 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The initial appearance is better then the later. Black, with a puffy white head. No lacing, and only a faint rememberance of a head. Really nice aroma, yeasty, saisony, musty, basement, and faint spice, a real gem. There is also very faint roasted malt and chocolate, but just a whisper. Flavor contains lots of spicy phenols, some coriander and cinnamon, a bit of citrus, grassy hops, musty dry basement. A real treat. I can't believe an american brewery is making this saison. This is what a dark saison should taste like.
Lovely mouthfeel and drinkability. Well attenuated, dry, slightly spicy but not too much. (614 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a globe glass.

A: Pours a pitch black with a one finger tan head that sticks around for a bit.
S: Floral, spicy, and hoppy, but no detection of roasted malts.
T: The money maker. Dark fruits, chocolate, and spices blended together perfectly, bitter roasted finish.
M: Smooth as can be, great carbonation, and medium bodied.
D: This goes down well, probably too well now that I noticed the ABV on it.

This tastes exactly how a Black Saison should taste in theory, and hopefully more brewers brew beers like this one, so this can eventually be recognized as its own style. It certainly tastes nothing like a traditional saison since it is much smoother rather than spritzy and crisp, and it has a great touch of roasted malt brewed in. (769 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

333ml bottle into The Bruery tulip.

Pours deepest brown, bordering on black, with a towering, 4-finger rocky light tan head. Very nice retention as the head takes a long, long time to settle into a creamy cap, and excellent lacing as it does.

Nose is quite interesting; the lightest edge of roastiness, dry, sits on top of a nice mix of musty red fruit and a bit of a floral quality as well lending a bit of a light tartness, almost savory. There's a light sourdough yeast note as well.

Taste is really beautifully put together. Notes of light chocolate and a light, almost mead-like sweetness mix it up with a melding of spicy alcohol, floral, and tart notes. Very little in the way of bitterness. Wow, what an interesting beer - the floral qualities tend to leap out at you and dominate the finish, with the mild tartness that they bring along as well, though notes of cocoa sit underneath the entire time.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and mild, with excellent drinkability - alcohol is almost entirely hidden except for just enough spiciness to add some complexity. Floral notes may be a bit overdone, but still, beautifully done. (1,139 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle from Whole Foods into a Tulip glass winding down the weekend. Let's hope this is better than volume 1.

A- Saison Darkly pours out with a dark brown appearence kinda looking black and somewhat of a purpulish tint up towards some light. A light pour yielded about 2 1/2 fingas of bubbly suds condensing into a tight knilt bunch. Very lively looking beer but no lace at all.

S- Very malty for a saison and kinda in the BSDA category for the belgian yeast in the back as well as dark fruits, grapes, plums, slight fig etc. Some Belgian yeast creating a bready effect and some sense of flowers with warming. Not your average saison.

T- Again mix of BSDA with saison in the back. Dark fruit up front countered by belgian bread. I get grape, plums, apple. In the middle comes the saison action with yeast and lighter fruit taste with a earthy hop bite (in this fresh bottle). A light flower thing going on. After waking up three hours later after passing out, this was at room temp and some caramel slight chocolate came out.

M- Right about in the range I was expecting, this is a big medium with a somewhat robust feel with smooth maltiness. Darkly ends with a somewhat tangy finish that I of course dig. This is nice and carbed up, not dead at all.

D- I drank it and liked it. This is one of those experiments gone right and I would like to see this come out again. I would of downed another bottle of this if I had one. The bottle says this can go for two years and I can see interesting results within that time. A dark saison, whew, what's next, a purple DIPA, I'll be waiting. (1,595 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 05/19/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a lot of bubbles. About two fingers of tan head that quickly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and roasty dark Belgian style aroma with hints of chocolate and funk. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, and funk. Also some hints of the rose hips and berry. Dark roasted malt with hints of chocolate, dough, biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, and straw. Dark fruit hints of cherry, grapes, raisin, and plum. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Also some subtle earthy and floral hops. A pretty solid and interesting aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a spicy, yeasty, and roasty Belgian style taste with good notes of sweet chocolate and funk. Belgian yeast with some upfront notes of clove, black pepper, funk, cinnamon, and ginger giving a winter like spice taste. Subtle floral and fruity notes come through from the added berries and rose hips. Sweet dark roasted malt with notes of chocolate, cocoa, biscuit, dough, caramel, toffee, straw, and grains. Dark fruit notes of raisin, plum, grapes, and cherry. Background notes of earthy hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Spicy and somewhat prickly with a drying finish. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Belgian style Saison. Good mix of Belgian and winter like spices with some dark malt. (1,528 characters)

Photo of WhiskeyMax
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very Dark, I could barely see light through it. 1 finger of head lasted for 45 minutes

Smell: Dried fruits maybe a little musty wood

Taste: Nice dark ale flavor not too sour on the palate, but still noticeable.

Mouthfeel: smooth, and very easy to drink

Overall: A very good Saison that I hope my store has more of. I will definitely pick up a couple more. (371 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/19/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, berry, licorice, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, berry, licorice, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, berry, licorice, toast, dark bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome dark saison style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,429 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass

A - A mahogany body with a very thin chestnut head. Minimal lacing.

S - So complex, it's hard to describe. Light coffee, gin-like botanicals, earthy/woody aromas, and coriander. Just a hint of barnyard funk.

T - Like the nose, very complex. Artisan bread maltiness, dark fruits, and savory botanicals are prevalent. Mild toast-like roastiness and spicy esters. The finish is dry, woody, and with not a hint of booze.

M - Silky despite the dry finish, with light carbonation.

O - An intriguing, beguiling ale that grew on me the more I sipped. The botanical flavor from the rose hips, berry and hibiscus give it a taste somewhat similar to a toned-down Pimms. Certainly worth a try for any Belgian beer fan. (753 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #3 best before October 2013. This is one of the neatest labels I've ever seen.

A real light cocoa tan head very foamy and soapy quite large off the pour but settles nicely. Body color is truly darkly, very dark walnut, the few places the body gets thin it actually looks purple edged. This is neat looking. Later examining the bottom of the bottle has a huge chunk in it.

Bouquet is a real nice sense of purple grape without a big sweetness at first. THat sensation though doesn't return. Some small sugars, faint wild yeast maybe? and milk chocolate powder. Sort of reminding me of a porter saison mix.

Extremely classic crisp saison palate. Nice hot yeast feeling, and the senses on the nose come just as expected. Rolling milk chocolate with a high to medium carbonated feel that gives off a nice powdered cocoa sensation. Crisp maltyness gives a nice char, mixing in with bitter dark chocolate.

Overall, real interesting beer here, I am digging this, love this bitter dark chocolate angle hitting with saison crispness and bitterness. Real nice. (1,102 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

Pours dark, chocolate brown with ruby hints around the edges. The head is big fluffy and tan, sticks to the sides stubbornly on the way down.

The aroma actually starts with some roasted chocolate malts and hints of darker fruits like plums. The spices, clove especially, are present but accentuate the dark character more than dominate it.

The taste is excellent and unlike any saison I've ever had. It really is dominated by the dark chocolate malts throughout. There is a bit of brown sugar underneath along with the spicy yeast. Nice dry and surprisingly roasty finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice, strong carbonation. Very roasty with lots of chocolate.

This is a great saison and completely original. Love the chocolate backbone and the subtle use of the spices instead of the overpowering nature of the lavender in Of Love and Regret. (872 characters)

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A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
88 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.