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 Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - an 'Imperial Black Saison', which is not a new thing to me, but rare enough that I'm mildly trepidatious about it.

This beer pours a fairly solid black hole, with very subtle orange cola basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky beige head, which leaves some decent tiered mitochondrial lace around the glass as it slowly but surely abates.

It smells of roasted wheaten malt, a mildly estery yeastiness, bittersweet cocoa powder, some lesser caramel/toffee sweetness, ethereal anise and mixed peppercorn spice, and very faint earthy, leafy, and dead floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, kind of phenolic yeast, muddled citrus/pome fruity notes, medium-dark chocolate, still hard to pin down spices (maybe some clove, maybe some black pepper dust), and more rather weak leafy, weedy, and gently perfumed floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back in its insouciant-seeming frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a bit of yeasty interference making unwelcome waves here. It finishes off-dry, in a yeasty, charred, and fruity malt manner.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough blackened Saison, with a well-integrated 'Imperial' wowee sauce measure. Easy to put back, even if it does touch on a number of my least favourite parts of the beer spectrum - so that's really saying something, yeah?

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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 superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a porter/brown than a Saison! Molasses, plums, toasted barley, chocolate Taste is brown sugar, cherries, plums, coffee, vanilla, cocoa, herbal.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 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 flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.


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Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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 CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brad007
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

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?

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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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