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The City Never Sleeps - Gigantic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-27-2012)
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

Blasphemy for some, creative dark juice for others, this “Imperial Black Saison” defies style. It’s all over the place and barely resembles a Saison. Style banter aside, this is a fun and flavor-packed beer that’s layered with interesting characters that might not normally come to play together.

STYLE: Imperial Black Saison
ABV: 7.6%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Black, opaque, creamy, foamy, coffee colored head

SMELL: Citric, phenolic, fruity, esters, musty, roasty, coffee

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, semi-viscous, chewy, malty, blackstrap molasses, brown sugar, coffee, cola, citric snap, fruity, vegetal, earthy, dry

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown colour, seems to have a reddish tinge to it, with cream-beige foamy head, sunk to a film of bubbles but nice clingy lace. Good.

Smells fairly roasty and dark, but wild with a slight sour edge. Hint of espresso, licorice and chocolate, with a dark cherry touch and maybe a hint of orange peel. Pleasant, but could use a bit more oomph to drive it home.

Taste is also dark: a little bit spicier with a touch of black pepper, star anise, all riding on a bitter chocolate wave. Fairly mild by the end with a touch of cola, nutmeg maybe, overall a little on the English, subtly bitter side. But pleasant, and pretty well-balanced, with sweet and spice in harmony.

Bit fizzy in the mouth, leaves a bit prickly and dry. Body is a bit vapid, so the bubbles are left unharnessed and they run wild.

Fairly straightforward, but nice spice notes keep me interesting.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Imperial black saison, enjoyed at Mondiale 2013. Something weird and interesting. Getting chocolate, sage,carrot, dill, yeast. Very unique and weird. A little funky, very weird.Black with orange peel,cloves, lemon, roast,rice, but not a blackbier. Quaffable...once.

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3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown with a thin brown head into my glass. It's supposed to be a dark saison but I can't rate the color high.

Spice, cocoa and a bit of cream are in the nose. Again, not quite what I was expecting. The label does say that it's mysterious in a sense.

Caramel, cocoa and a touch of cream represent this one. I'm not getting the saison part here. Not a bad thing. Just not to style.

Ditto on mouthfeel. It's comparable to a weak ABA with more emphasis on the malt part.

It's interesting for sure and meant to be a genre-bender. I wonder if re-categorizing it as an ABA would make more sense?

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The City Never Sleeps from Gigantic Brewing Company
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