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When two gypsies team up with an arrogant bastard, there is bound to be some criminal activity...better to view this project as a conspiracy rather than a collaboration. The strengths of all involved were utilized to break the laws of style guidelines...dark with deception, mysteriously smoked, unexplainably dry, and intriguingly hoppy...maybe it’s best not to even talk about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coldbrewky (1466) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - APR 7, 2013
Bottle via beer world. Lovely sienna brown int he glass with athin head that settles to spotty foam momentarily. Intricate droopy lacing hangs about awhile. Nose of wet wood and yeast. If two gypsies team up with anyone there is bound to be a dog involved in the transaction. As fate would have it there was a dog in the beer store when I bought this. Smoky slate chalk body with a strong undertone of spices mixed with tangy yeast. Edge translucent otherwise dark as night. chalk finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2013
Pours a deep black with a nose of roasted pecans and singed hop petals. Flavor is slightly smoked hop nuts and a touch of banana charcoal in the finish. Decent mouthfeel. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (5273) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2013
12oz bottle. Poured a dark cola brown, almost black color with a large tan head. Aroam was a touch of hop, smoked notes, along with notes of roasted malts. Flavor was sweet roasted malts, Belgian yeast notes, with a touch of smoked notes. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gramoit (377) - AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2013
Pours pitch black with medium sized head. Smells like a standard Saison with some roasted malts. Initially it tasted quite similar to most saisons however further you get into the beer the roasted malts, chocolate and smokey characters become more noticeable. First black saison for me, very interesting indeed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (2366) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is slightly tart, earthy, and some smoke. Taste has an earthy tartness, some pine, with notes of smoke in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle and served in small snifter: Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights topped by a fading head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of light smoke, roast, walnuts, cardamom, clove, very light bubblegum and earthy belgian yeast character. Some herbal and resiny hop esters too. The taste is mildly smoky and earthy, some woody notes over a layer of toasted nuts. Hint of coffee and hop as well before a light non-descript spice finish. The mouth feel is sort of watery and chalky, weakest part of brew IMO. It is not bad but not what it should have or could have been. One and done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryanfolty (1944) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2013
March 31, 2013 - bottle as an extra from Dave. Dark brown pour with limited head that faded quickly. Aroma was smoky, roasted malt, hops and spice. Taste had the roasted malt and then a dry bitter finish. The smoke came in the aftertaste and comes out more as it warms. Medium bodied and some carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10286) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 29, 2013
Botella. Clear like deep dark brown-reddish colour. Off-white medium head. Sweet fruity dark fruity tart like dark malty smokey like aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet fruity tart dark fruity malty flavour with some smoke to it too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (2911) - FINLAND - MAR 27, 2013
Bottle. Black. Initially a dose of smoky roasted malts, some darker chocolate. After that, the familiar saison aromas of wheat and yeast come through. Body is med light, some sourness, not much. Saisony wheat, yeasty notes. Not that much of the darkness in the flavour (probably good so). Interesting experiment. I liking the nose more and more now.

-- bb/h(n9)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jesperhammer (3170) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2013
25-MAR-2013, bottle @Papsø tasting. Dark, dark amber with grey’ish head. Weak aroma of roast, yeast and spice. Taste the same. It is quite ceramy but otherwise somewhat disappointed.

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