The City Never Sleeps | Gigantic Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
68 Ratings
The City Never SleepsThe City Never Sleeps
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
giganticbrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by msubulldog25 on 06-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.76%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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 papat444
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of harrymel
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of drgonzo2k2
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of sjstraub
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Brad007
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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 LampertLand
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of unclekeith
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

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Photo of MCDub
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sliverX
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of PEBKAC
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 scottfrie
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Cookeeman
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Gerasimos
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of SatlyMalty
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of seabass07
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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 iKrystin
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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The City Never Sleeps from Gigantic Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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