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

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A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2)A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2)

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stillwater A Saison Darkly - 8% ABV Imperial Black Saison - Consumed November 26, 2014.

A: Very dark brown, bordering on black, with ruby edges, a thin ring of beige foam, and some strands of lacing on the tulip glass. Head retains for the duration of the beer but lace subsides midway through. Above average appearance.

S: Big spicy yeastiness, black pepper, berry fruit, floral notes (almost perfumey in character), red grape, clove, hint of cherry, grainy malt (rye?), light phenols, and earthy hops. Boldly aromatic and complex nose that hits the style extremely well.

T: Berry fruit, spicy yeast, black pepper, slight roastiness, grapey-plummy notes, burnt sugar sweetness with some alcoholic warmth to end. More dark fruit, yeast, and alcohol esters in the aftertaste. Clean, solid flavours, and exactly what I expect from a black saison.

M: Full side of medium bodied, spicy-peppery carbonation, creamy and somewhat silky middle precedes a long, drying finish with more dark fruit, yeast, and alcohol on the cough (estery).

O: A truly outstanding black saison, and easily one of the best examples that I've tried. Great beer.

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4.11/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 18 October 2014.

Pours a deep rusty brown. Little head, okay lacing. Fine.

Smell is unusual for a stout, though so is the darkness. Smells more like a porter, with woody dark roasted malts. There's a bit of ambiguous saison yeast character behind it.

Taste is much more interesting. The roast blends well with saison spice and some juicy Belgian stuff that's tough for me to describe. Varied and tasty. Yum.

Feel is fine, though nothing special. Medium body, medium-low carbonation. Slow steady fade out.

A tasty, unique saison. Though I don't think I'd have pegged it as one without the label. Complex flavor, with lots of fun stuff going on.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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