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RATINGS: 399   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (3074) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dense black with a lighter khaki colored head of foam. Good Retention. Difficult to pick up much in the way of aroma, but I do pick up on some grassy and resinous hop profile. In the taste I get that grassy bitterness alongside a fruity sweetness. The smoke seems to have disappeared from this beer as it is pretty much undetectable. This isn’t a bad beer at all, it’s just not quite what I expected of it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - FEB 19, 2013
Rather simple and straight forward considering the 3 involved. Very soft chocolate malt and hint of smoke on the nose. Simple malt grain flavours, with some slight smokiness and a it of hops on the back end. Missing any kind of quality to stand out from the pack.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4926) - Utah, USA - FEB 18, 2013
12oz bottle from Country wine and spirits
Appearance: Pours black with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, saison yeast, esters, mild smoke and chocolate
Taste: Spices, yeasty, wet blanket and chocolate
Nice and tasty, I enjoyed this one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours black, with a pinkish tan head. This is an interesting one. Three separate flavors, all mild, combine in a nice balance. There’s the bittersweet roasted malts that give this brew its color, just a bit of smoke (they kept it subtle), and a crisp hoppy yeastiness that indicates a farmhouse style. After the other flavors fade, the faint smokiness remains, which is nice. Mild flavor, even milder aroma... not at all bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (874) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. Dark espresso pour with a creamy tan head. Acidic, coffee bean, raisin, apricot, cola, lead. Easy to drink light to medium body with slight tannin like bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (817) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 Dark, dirty brown with thin creamy-tan head. Aroma is a farmy sap-citrus fusion. fruity juicy-fruit yeast notes. Flavor is more juicy-fruit citrus hops. Incredibly well brewed; I’m ecstatic!!! Medium body; the best session I’ve had in the better part of a year.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 11, 2013
12/6/12 notes: bottle, $3. Pours dark brown-black with a fluffy light tan head. Aroma of crushed saltine cracker, dried herbs and flowers, white pepper. A nice blend of saison yeast and noble hops. Flavor starts carefully, revealing rather simple notes of dry, semi-sweet toasted malts, bits of smoke, a dribble of hop brightness. A mustiness pervades, characteristic of many saisons. But before anything familiar is conjured, hop and char bitternesses come to bite, a bit abruptly, leading into a dry, desolate finish. Overall, there are elements of this beer that work (the nose), that don’t match (the finish), and that get along fine (mid flavors).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ccex (931) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
12 oz bottle pours a dark brown/black with small khaki head and some lacing. Aroma is a peculiar mix of Belgian yeast, dark roasted malts, raisins, cherries, spices, and smoke. Taste is initially sweet/tart fruits with an earthy/funky dry finish and lingering smoke. Body is light to medium with average carbonation. An interesting experimental mix of a saison, a black IPA, and a smoked beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11972) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2013
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of raisins, anise, smoked sausage, and dates. Flavor of pepper, anise, roasted grain, coffee, grass, dark fruit, yeast, and smoke with a dry, bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Not sure I’d like this, but had to try it. Nice nose of smoked malt, slight chocolate & roast, with some dark fruit Belgian yeast esters. Flavors started out the same, but took an unexpected turn with bitter, biting hops. Guess I shouldn’t have been too surprised, considering Stone was involved! Thought it was good, minus the harsh, bitter hop finish.


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