Philosopher's Stone - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I haven't been biting on Two Brothers' anniversary series, but there aren't many dark saisons around, so I couldn't pass this one up. Tasted 23 November 2012, reviewed from notes.
Pours dark brown in the glass, but light behind it reveas some reddish tones. Clear from the top of the bottle (though dark enough that that's only apparent when backlit), cloudy from the bottom as the yeast got stirred up. One finger of light tan head, fades pretty quickly, but some decent lacing.
Smell is spicy saison yeast. Definitely darker than the average saison, with slightly more roasty flavors, and lacking the fruity buoyancy that the pale malts give so many beers in this style. Spice is difficult to describe; something along the lines of cumin, but that's not really it.
Taste is kinda dull, and lacking any real character. I just don't have a whole lot to say about it. Peppery spice, a little bitter. The malts are almost there, but just when I go looking for them, they vanish.
Medium-bodied, tingly carbonation that fades out a little too fast. Okay, not great.
An interesting beer. I like their take, and I like the way the spice works with the darker malts. But I want more from it, especially in the taste. Finished a bomber no problem, so I can't really complain.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2012 07:01:35 | More by zeledonia
2.95/5 rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle, found in stores
Glass: Standard US pint glass
Two Brothers' black saison is a fairly subdued version of the style, lacking the complexity and depth I've normally come to expect. While some of the Brett character is there, it's not particularly strong, reducing the dimensions of spice and fruit that could be found in the style. One I wouldn't seek out again.
Pours a 1cm head of light tan foam. This quickly recedes to a thick ring around the glass and a few wispy islands of residual foam. Modest lacing, a few large spots/clumps along the sides of the glass. Body is semi-hazy, amber with orange tints; light brings out orange-brown colors. Carbonation is visible through the body, appearing fairly active.
Aroma is slightly sweet, a bit of white pepper, composting hay, and Brett character. Overall, fairly mild, not very inspiring.
Front of the palate features Brett character and palstic resin, slight caramel, and slight toasted malts. Mid-palate features continued plastic resin, slight caramel malt, and mineral chraracter. Back of palate showcases ethanol, plastic resin/Brett, mild caramel and toated malts, and a bit of ethanol. Aftertaste is grainy, a bit of caramel sweetness, and a bit of Brett character.
Beer is medium to medium-light bodied, and not entirely appropriate for the ethanol level. Carbonation is a bit high, fizzy for the weight, leading to a slightly prickly mouthfeel, then creamy and smooth later. Finish is not dry.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2012 05:05:56 | More by falloutsnow
Philosopher's Stone from Two Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.