A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours a clear deep brown with garnet highlights and a frothy khaki head that dissipates to nothing.
Initial aroma is bubblegum, chocolate, and flowers. I get the rose hips, but hibiscus is a stretch. There's a bit of funk.
One of the drier saisons I can recall, likely accentuated by dark malt. More bubblegum, a little funk, floral notes, and a light tartness. Mint emerges late.
Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.
I like the sour notes and funk, but that dark malt doesn't jive well for me as it warms. One of few beers I'd advise drinking on the cold side. Very intriguing.
06-25-2014 21:18:52 | More by barczar
3.74/5 rDev -4.3%
12.7oz/375mL bottle purchased at the Total Wine on the northside of Spokane. I forget what I paid for it. Unlike the example pictured on Beer Advocate, this bottle's label does not feature a batch number or any boilerplate about it being part of an "Import Series," but does state that this was “brewed & bottled by Twelve Percent, Westminster, MD.”
Poured a dark brown color that looked black once it was settled in a St. Bernardus glass. Big, creamy light tan head that stuck around for a while. A goodly amount of sticky lace was left on the sides of the glass.
Aroma was of raisin-like dark fruits, initially. As it warmed, some fruity esters and a muted spiciness reminiscent of a Belgian yeast made their presence known, but it seemed a bit low key.
The taste starts out with some dark fruit flavors, but are quickly mated to a modest, dry grassiness and some low intensity cocoa notes that increase in the fadeout. There’s also some fruity flavors floating about in the background that remind me of pears and Granny Smith apples.
Good carbonation, but a little too full-bodied for the style, in my humble opinion – but not to a crippling degree. Mouthfeel is where so many ersatz Belgians come up short, and this is no exception.
This is an interesting “dark” saison – my second of this unofficial style (the other being Selkirk Abby’s St. Thomas), and it’s more fruity and full bodied, but I think it loses a little in drinkability. I can’t see myself having more than one, though at 8% abv, that’s probably a good thing. At the right price I would drink this again.
04-27-2014 22:48:09 | More by woemad
4.25/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
02-06-2014 05:14:03 | More by WhiskeyMax
3.7/5 rDev -5.4%
375ml bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip. Not freshness info.
Pours out almost black, actually a dark ruby red in the light. Small layer of light tan colored head with some average retention. No real lacing. A decent amount of streaming carbonation bubbles.
Aroma is a bit lackluster. Lots of fruity and yeasty esters, some plum/ sugar plum, the slightest hint of alcohol. As it's warmed up you get a slight hint of a creaminess typically associated with the French saison strain of yeast.
Kind of comes together a bit more in the taste. Lots of sugar plum. Fruity yeast esters, a bit phenolic, a bit of a brown sugar sweetness, the tiniest hints of spice on the back of the palate. Finishes clean.
Has a nice effervescence and a strong carbonation, a touch of a sweet sticky feel that let's you know this is a dark saison. Feels like you would expect a Belgian dark ale to feel.
A pretty good beer, not really sure if I would buy this again, mostly due to the price tag, but it's worth one try. This could easily pass for a Belgian dark ale.
12-28-2013 20:28:24 | More by dogfishandi
British Columbia (Canada)
3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
Big thanks to Alpineclimber for this and many other great beers.
Appearance. Pours a deep brown with a massive frothy, khaki head.
Smell. Funky and spicy saison yeast, chocolate and a bit of dark berries.
Taste. Lots of creamy milk chocolate with that funky saison yeast, a little bit of dark berries and fruit in there and a very subtle floral quality.
Mouthfeel. Medium plus body, low amount of soft carbonation.
Overall. Interesting stuff for sure, haven't tasted a beer quite like it. Good flavours and a cool twist on the saison. Thanks again Alpineclimber!
11-24-2013 02:17:49 | More by Rutager
A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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