The City Never Sleeps - Gigantic Brewing Company
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3.15/5 rDev -18%
22oz bottle into Block 15 snifter. Thanks Ayn!
A: Pours a deep cola color with a couple fingers of dense, short lived, dark brown head that faded into a faint collar. Spotty lace.
S: Earthy and yeasty smelling with notes of Belgian yeast, straw, earth and peppery spices. I get a touch of spicy herbal hops and a hint of powdery chocolate. Definitely smells interesting.
T: More dark roasted flavors come through than the nose suggested. Flavors of chocolate, Belgian yeast, peppery spices and cola come through predominantly, with notes of alcohol, hops and bitter seltzer water in the finish. The aftertaste is bitter, minerally, with a little bit of dark chocolate.
M: Medium body, tingly carbonation with hints of alcohol, and a spritzy and slightly rough mouthfeel.
O: An interesting take on the style, but one that needs more polishing. Close to the mark, but not quite there yet.
11-05-2012 02:53:42 | More by scottfrie
3.23/5 rDev -15.9%
Sweaty bottle from LetsPour.com. Been spinning for a solid month now & haven't landed on a coupon. Throw me a bone LetsPour!
Ommegang Chalice. Weak half inch of fleeting tan head. A greasy, dark brown on black color.
Smells of burnt vanilla wafer cookies. Foliage. Coffee with a whole lot of brown sugar.
Tastes of charred marshmallows & toast. Gritty/earthy dark chocolate, bitter plant parts, & ugly yeasties. Small, scotch-like note. Somehow it all remains mellow.
Initial soft/silky texture turns dry & gritty once the prickly carbonation & crackery malt kick in. Medium light body. Lightly acidic.
Tastes like a dirty brown ale to me. /shrugs
11-26-2012 09:16:04 | More by PEBKAC
3.35/5 rDev -12.8%
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?
03-03-2013 14:54:20 | More by Brad007
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
black is back, baby? The black IPA trend took off with some mixed results and now on its heels is the black saison. The style itself is the definition of an oxymoron.
on tap, bottleworks
appearance: served in an unbranded shaker pint - ebony body, light tan film. looks like your standard american stout
smell: light belgian yeast, bakers chocolate, roasty
taste: A fine tasting beer, but a style that just doesnt make sense to me. belgian yeast, light roastyness, bakers chocolate, smoke
mouthfeel: medium body, creamy with moderate carbonation
overall: meh - not a revisit for me
07-30-2012 01:24:51 | More by dirtylou
3.45/5 rDev -10.2%
Picked this up at Bier Thirty..
Pours with an okay dark brown head.... the brew is surprisingly "black" for a dark saison..
A bit fruity... char and cocoa.. some background esters and sorta spicy phenols....
Flavor is much more subdued.... dark fruit.. and light char... estery... cocoa with warmth..
Saison... no chance.. Too much body, not enough carbonaton.. aromas and tastes are sorta square, but this is a "never gels" brew. I really hoped to enjoy it more than I did... but it never comes to the starting line for the style.
08-17-2012 06:49:52 | More by JohnGalt1
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
Dark like a stout, even to the beige head. Pretty well opaque. Nicely foamy in the mouth. Fairly light body.
Just sweet enough without any cloying taste or mouthfeel. It's like a Dunkelweizen with some stray Belgian yeast. Well balanced with roasted flavors, some bitter yeastiness, but no hint of sour charcoal. Fruity with a little sharpness. A touch of hops. Hard to call this a Saison, but it's interesting just to sip and let it do its thing. Some dark plums and mango, not really raisins, a faint hint of licorice and chocolate.
Totally drinkable. From the big bottle. I'd like to try more beers from Gigantic, whoever they are. The label is outrageous, like a psychedelic Peewee's Playhouse.
08-09-2012 05:44:42 | More by mactrail
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
06-03-2013 23:12:20 | More by Sammy
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
08-04-2014 06:31:30 | More by laituegonflable
The City Never Sleeps from Gigantic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.