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The City Never Sleeps - Gigantic Brewing Company

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very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.54%
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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Photo of unclekeith
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

unclekeith, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces t oa thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, clove, pepper, coffee, caramel, raisin, light smoke, and earthy yeast esters. Damn nice aromas with nice balance, strength, and complexity of roasted malt and yeast notes; very roasted malt forward. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, pepper, coffee, caramel, clove, raisin, herbal, light smoke, and earthy yeast esters. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, pepper, toffee, clove, raisin, herbal, light smoke, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance, robustness, and complexity; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is and damn nice black saison. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted flavors and yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of MCDub
4/5  rDev +4.2%

MCDub, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of sliverX
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

sliverX, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of PEBKAC
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

PEBKAC, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mendvicdog, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Beerenauslese, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

scottfrie, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

nmann08, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Cookeeman
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Cookeeman, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +4.2%

imperialking, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Gerasimos
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Gerasimos, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

bluckbeyes, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

BeerOps, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of SatlyMalty
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

SatlyMalty, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of seabass07
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

seabass07, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of iKrystin
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

iKrystin, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Butterworth
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Butterworth, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

chickenm, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

strongaf, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

CheapBeerBuzz, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.


JohnGalt1, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, dark, hazy brown hue with little light let through. Head pours a couple thick fingers of frothy tan foam and head retention is pretty darn good. Not bad at all.

Smell: medium chocolate character with a light spiciness and an interesting vegetal hop character. Not bad, but a bit of a muddled mess.

Taste: light chocolate character and a light fruitiness combine with a mildly funky saison character. There's a hint of tartness here as well, which could be acidity from the roasted malts. Subtle but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, smooth creaminess. I like it.

Overall: an interesting and nicely drinkable beer. I haven't had a lot of dark-colored saisons, but if this is indicative of what's out there then I look forward to trying more. The only drawback for me here is the vegetal character which is not well hidden in the mix.

flagmantho, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mactrail, Aug 09, 2012
The City Never Sleeps from Gigantic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.