Four Witches - New Holland Brewing Company
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3.25/5 rDev -3.6%
Neighbor brought this over for us to sample it and review it. A little hesitant about a black saison, those two things do not seem to go together. But I will give it a shot. Side poured with standard vigor into a Sam Adams glass.
Appearance - Pours like advertised, a jet black with a small half finger head that leaves the beer very quickly and leaves no lacing.
Smell - I could pick up some grains, spices, and what seemed like a metallic hint, almost like that of AAL's. Unusual. Not much in the nose to speak of, not impressive.
Taste - Even less impressive than the nose. It is so difficult to describe the taste accurately. There are spices throughout, with slight hints of yeast and grains, but not at all what a saison typically tastes like. It was a very strange flavor, and not at all in a good way.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, well carbonated. Finishes spicy
Overall - If it had not been for the fact that a good friend and neighbor had brought this over and paid money for it, I would have drain poured it. It was awful, not at all impressed. They may have tried to do too much with one beer, but if this is what a black saison is supposed to taste like I'll never drink it again. Small Paul hated it too. Not good, don't waste your money.
08-17-2014 02:54:40 | More by TheCondor
3.45/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured from the bottle a dark brown color with one finger of beige head.
Aroma of roasted caramel malts.
The taste was roasted malts, red berries and a hint of cocoa.
Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.
Really not much of a saison here. Basically roasted malts and not much else.
05-13-2014 03:02:29 | More by Monkeyknife
4.06/5 rDev +20.5%
This review is for the NEW four witches. The name should be at the very top of the label, alcohol 8.92%, 18.5 degrees Plato
A – black … looks like porter, with brown tinge to the head, which faded almost instantly.
S – caramel and coffee, wonderful smelling.
T – outstanding. This beer wow’d me. It opens soft in flavor, inviting you to take a deep chug. Reminds me of a milk stout at first, except with a taste of citrus that is likely due to the yeast autolyzing. Has smokey tastes all the way through, but then the flavor fades and it leaves a perfectly bitter aftertaste. It doesn’t have an American hop kind of bitter, it has a dry lingering bitter usually found in Barley Wine.
M – smooth and creamy. Hangs on the palette.
O – Obviously, this was a real winner for me. I’ve been trying a different fancy beer once a day for my week off, and this is the first one that I really loved. starts to soft and easy to drink, but finishes with a smokey bitterness that makes me sit and reminisce on it.
There are two batches of this beer. Buy the one that is 8.92% alcohol, and has the name at the top of the label.
05-12-2014 19:36:53 | More by burntoutphilosopher
4.28/5 rDev +27%
A: Appearance is black as coal with a tan foamy cap. If you look closely at a light you still can't believe how dark it is. the head is frothy with very tiny bubbles almost like whipped cream.
S: Aroma is of grain and spices. there are slight Coffee hints in the nose.
T: Taste is out of the park awesome, heaps of dark malts all roasty and yummy. Touches of sweet carmel and barley.
M: Mouthfeel is a medium to full body, silky , smooth and rich.
O: Overall a great balance of flavors one that makes you to come back for more you barely notice 8.9 alcohol percentag that you will soon feel instead of taste.
03-15-2014 01:19:16 | More by nukem5
Four Witches from New Holland Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.