The City Never Sleeps | Gigantic Brewing Company

The City Never SleepsThe City Never Sleeps
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The City Never SleepsThe City Never Sleeps

Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by msubulldog25 on 06-27-2012

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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Butterworth
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of dave_ackbar
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried a 4oz. Sample of this the other night along with a few other darks. I immediately ordered 16 more ounces of this.

The color is a rich brown with a reddish hue.

The smell was hard to describe, but amazing.

Taste was smooth, with a dry finish.

I had this on tap, but purchased two 22oz bottles on my way out.

Best beer I've had in 2017

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
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).

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of Hobbit
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of kmeyer45
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of iKrystin
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Cookeeman
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of sjstraub
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of LampertLand
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of drgonzo2k2
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of SatlyMalty
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mrandypandy
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of seabass07
4.21/5  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.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
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!

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Photo of cmadd
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a pretty nice black color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy one-finger light tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some light chocolate/toffee/licorice, very light banana/coriander. The taste is malty, yeasty, with some light chocolate/toffee/licorice. Nice little banana/coriander/spice note. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew, nice to see it back around here.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: The Saison yeast does its thing here, producing a full three fingers of sticky beige foam that impressively laces the tulip; underneath, the liquid looks like a stout, with a fudge brown color

Smell: Rustic and bready, with a toasted brown bread character; cocoa powder and a hint of licorice

Taste: Somewhat roasty, with cocoa powder and toasted brown bread, with a hint of licorice; through the middle, the Saison yeast adds a slightly phenolic tone, bringing a touch of white pepper; the finish brings a blend of the flavor progression

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Glad to get a bottle from the re-release of this one -off as I missed it the first time around; an interesting beer that I wish had a bit more Saison character; still, I enjoyed it

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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The City Never Sleeps from Gigantic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 71.8% out of 100 with 71 ratings
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