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The City Never Sleeps - Gigantic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 9
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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Butterworth


4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

09-07-2012 04:26:35 | More by Butterworth
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man I love that label. Maybe my favourite beer label of all time. I bought this bottle at The Beermongers in Portland, then brought it back to Sydney, Australia to drink with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a surprisingly deep and rather opaque brown, with a filmy, but solidly fine head of mocha-brown foam. Speckled lacing form as it goes down. Body is quite fluid and light. Overall, looks pretty good.

Nose is roasted, but with a lightness or freshness to it—in this case it's almost certainly the Saison yeast, but I could believe a similar effect would come from a nice black lager. Here, we just get a touch more organics, a little coconut, and a touch of citrus. Not bad at all.

Taste is very, very smooth. In fact, I took a sip and thought it must have fallen out of my mouth. The roast flavour is there, but there's absolutely no bite or astringency to it at all. Instead, there's a creamy, slick, soft and supple sweetness and a faint caramelised nut character. Feel is beautifully matched with this. Holy crap: I have literally no idea how they achieved this with that aroma and that weight in the body. I'm fascinated.

Overall, mildness aside, this is a captivating brew. It's really mellow and light, but so coherent and integrated. I'm still a little bit wowed by it.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 04:33:15 | More by lacqueredmouse
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: 3/4" light brown head with great retention over black liquid.

S: Sourness, barnyard funk, chocolate and caramel.

T: Sour, bitter chocolate, sweet caramel and nuts. Grassy and earthy hop flavours are also present in the finish.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and fine carbonation.

O: Nothing really to compare it to, but this strange brew is a beauty. Very complex and drinkable, the sourness and funk taste is just enough to compliment the malt flavours and not enough to pull the beer away in a completely different direction (such as a wet horse blanket in February kind of direction).

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 02:08:23 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Hobbit

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

08-02-2013 02:48:03 | More by Hobbit
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kmeyer45

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

08-02-2013 15:25:57 | More by kmeyer45
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iKrystin

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

09-17-2012 05:07:23 | More by iKrystin
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours pitch black with a nice fine two finger light brown head with good retention. Looks nice. Aroma dominated by toasted malt with only a hint of saison yeast. Interesting flavor, dominated by roasted malt and coffee with a bit of chocolate; then a lighter saison, almost Belgian yeast flavor presents itself, finishing toasty and malty with a hint of smoke. Most resembles an export stout crossed with a Belgian pale or saison. The saison yeast is present, but overwhelmed by the dark malts. Different, but works quite nicely. I liked the flavor combination better than most export stouts. Nice medium body with creaminess. This ale pushes the envelope in a very successful way. I will try this again and this makes me want to try other Gigantic beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 03:48:55 | More by LiquidAmber
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

09-06-2012 02:49:26 | More by chickenm
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Cookeeman

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-28-2012 04:01:16 | More by Cookeeman
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sjstraub

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

04-10-2013 03:12:38 | More by sjstraub
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-18-2013 01:17:21 | More by LampertLand
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drgonzo2k2

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

04-21-2013 17:50:24 | More by drgonzo2k2
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SatlyMalty

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

09-21-2012 21:44:16 | More by SatlyMalty
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

08-29-2012 05:58:31 | More by strongaf
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mrandypandy

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-23-2012 20:38:18 | More by mrandypandy
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BeerOps

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-08-2012 00:23:17 | More by BeerOps
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Beerenauslese

California

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is dark brown. Ample tan head dissipates into a ring of pancake bubbles and a film. Minimal lacing.

Smells of dark malt, chocolate syrup, raisin fruit, and hops. A lot going on already.

Tastes delightful, with notes of cola, chocolate, roasted chestnuts, charred malt, raisins, and spice. Very rich and complex flavor. Nice long chocolate, bitter, dry finish. A very smooth beer with no harsh notes.

Body is light for a saison, but enough to coat the tongue with a pleasant light stickiness. Has a saison level of carbonation that persists.

I think this has more similarities to a brown ale than a saison, but in that respect, more substance than usual. This is a very smooth and well balanced beer with just the right level of sweetness matching the bitterness from charred malt and hops. I am delightfully surprised by this, and will certainly get more when I see it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 02:53:45 | More by Beerenauslese
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seabass07

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, stout like appearance.

Smells fruity. Some stone fruit, a bit of molasses, some fruity esters from the belgian yeast.

I taste a bit of molasses and just a little roast (despite the extremely dark color). A considerable amount of dark crystal malt giving a pronounced sweetness and stone fruit flavor. Hop flavors and bitterness are nearly non existent.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin (as it should be for the style). Highly attenuated with body coming from the crystal malts.

Overall a very good beer. As it warms up, the roasty sweetness become more pronounced. I'd consider this more of a borderline Belgian Dark Strong Ale with a bit of roast than an "imperial black saison". It is enjoyable. Will drink again while I can get my hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 06:54:48 | More by seabass07
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cmadd

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Tar black and just as opaque. One finger of head with fantastic retention and lacing.

S: Chocolate and saison yeast and roasted malt and the slightest coffee.

T: Light figs and plums and burnt sugar with a hint of bitter chocolate, finishing with a dry yeast astringency.

M: Round and creamy while light and refreshing – a fantastic accomplishment. Somehow balances the fullness of a stout with the dryness of a saison.

O: This beer approaches an uncommon style and executes it masterfully.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 05:04:55 | More by cmadd
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with close to three fingers of creamy tan head with good retention.

Smell. Chocolate, light belgian yeast, some floral hops.

Taste. Sweet chocolate and roasty malts, some dark fruits and maybe some oranges.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with just below medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice new beer. Fairly big, but easy to drink and enough going on to keep you interested. Works well and for the overall score, the sum is greater than the parts.

Looking forward to something sour from that big ass barrel I read about, Gigantic!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 01:35:08 | More by Rutager
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium to dark brown with a fairly large medium brown head consisting of small and large bubbles. Good retention.

S - Subtle roasted malt with a hoppy background.

T - Light roasted chocolate and a subtle hoppy earthiness.

D - Good carbonation and a thin, light body.

O - Good chocolate and roasty saison. I like what I have seen from Gigantic so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 04:24:38 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Gerasimos

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-21-2012 21:57:01 | More by Gerasimos
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MCDub

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-04-2013 20:44:54 | More by MCDub
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-30-2012 00:41:18 | More by nmann08
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-17-2013 04:05:35 | More by fizzyted
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The City Never Sleeps from Gigantic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.