A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
Batch #3, best before Oct 2013.
Pours with a booming, vicious but pretty dark-tan head comprised of the tiniest of bubbles. Body is an opaque, dark chocolate color. Very sticky lacing.
Aromas are full of tangy berries, with a backdrop of molasses and brown sugar. Yeast is strong.
Flavor is pretty wild. Raisins, bitter berries, rich dark chocolate (chocolate mousse pie), and some black licorice as it warms. Initial mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent, with the finish coming thru fairly sticky for a Saison. Very rich and filling.
Very much a dessert Saison, if there ever was one.
08-17-2013 18:02:51 | More by BeerImmediately
4.15/5 rDev +6.4%
A: Very dark, murky brown beer. 2 1/2 finger tan, foamy head with seemingly infinite retention.
S: Sweet, dark roasted malts, toffee. A earthy, yeasty aroma, and a whiff of alcohol. Smells more like a tripel than it does a saison, due to the heavy sweetness on the front end of the nose.
T: Taste is not what the aroma led me to expect. It is not nearly as sweet as I expected. The primary taste is that of burnt sugar, mixed with yeast and alcoholic esters. The finish is incredibly dry, with more biscuity yeast.
M: Heavy, chewy body. I have a feeling that this beer could substitute for a meal. There is a ton of carbonation, in the form of tiny bubbles that come off as a bit too much.
O: I am impressed with this beer. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but it straddles the line between traditional Belgian dubbels and tripels and the average saison. I wish the carbonation was toned back a little, but that's the only thing that drags this beer down for me. Really a great brew and worth a look.
06-16-2013 22:34:58 | More by DaveBlack
3.89/5 rDev -0.3%
375ml bottle. Spiced with rose hips, hibiscus, and Schisandra berries. More weird Asian fruit ingredients - cool.
This beer pours a hazy, very dark reddish brown colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy, fizzy pale beige head, which leaves a few upward strands of sea plume lace around the glass as things drop away.
It smells of grainy, somewhat roasted biscuity malt, medicinal dark fruits - cherry and prune - a spicy rye sweetness, mild barnyard funk, paint thinner, spent yeast, overripe apples, mildly herbal cloves, and a bit of crumbling forest-floor woodiness. The taste is lightly toasted bready, grainy malt, brown sugar, edgy yeast, softly sour red berries, a hint of stale black coffee, earthy anise, faint musty funk, a fading medicinal fruitiness, a tame floral, ethereally perfumed alcohol warming.
The bubbles are decently supportive, and a tad spritzy, the body an adequate medium weight, with a rising metallic edge that more or less precludes smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness fairly tempered by yeast, spice, and roast.
A pleasant enough experiment, the base saison pretty overwhelmed by the roasted character, as well as the fruit and floral notes. It all comes together for the most part, another step on the road to new style attainment, which seems to be a specialty of this particular gypsy brewer.
06-11-2013 01:59:53 | More by biboergosum
3.96/5 rDev +1.5%
I had this on tap at John J Jeffries served chilled in a taster.
The color is dark brown with medium brown at the base with thin light beige head and tight bead. The smell is very nice mix of cocoa, raisin and slight nutty malt esters with some spice from the yeast. The feel is moderately creamy with spice in the back and mild toasted grain texture with a low sweetness level and mild alcohol.
The flavor follows the nose - nice blend of saison yeastiness and dark toasted grain with some raisin elements and light cocoa with mild nutty flavors and the yeast adds a mild pepper quality which adds to the complexity with mostly dry flavor as it finishes. Overall I like this a lot a very fresh tasting and complex take on the dark saison style with plenty of saison character yet the drinkability of dark belgian ale mixed in .
06-05-2013 17:24:22 | More by Slatetank
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
Pours a cloudy, dark brown. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of roasted malt, hint of yeast, dark citrus, and hint of dry hops. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hint of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hop, slight dark citrus, and slight yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. This is a solid Saison with interesting notes of roasted malt.
05-30-2013 13:35:22 | More by Tone
A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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