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RATINGS: 395   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 itís best not to even talk about it.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (756) - 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 (806) - 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; Iím ecstatic!!! Medium body; the best session Iíve 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 donít 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 (903) - 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 (11933) - 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 Iíd 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 shouldnít have been too surprised, considering Stone was involved! Thought it was good, minus the harsh, bitter hop finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1520) - Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on February 10th, 2013.

Appearance: Pours dark black with light brown head.
Aroma: Aroma of spice and faint smoke.
Taste: Medium light bitterness, spice, some faint smoke that lingerings.
Palate:Light body, some fizz, lingering aftertaste of smoke.

Summary: Definitely an interesting beer. I am a fan of smoked beers, although for some reason this one is just okay in that department. Overall itís a solid saison, although I guess I expect more when Stone and Stillwater are involved.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Darwenus (528) - Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Pours very dark but very thin, with a brief head. The aroma is anise, charcoal and some hops, and the flavor presents those notes, a faint presence of banana and citrus, and a mild hop tingle at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5340) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl. - Proof Bottle Shop - 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a sticky khaki colored head that leaves a nice coat of lacing. Aroma has a hint of spice, coriander perhaps, a touch of juicy fruit gum. Flavor is pleasant with some slight citrus bitterness, a touch of licorice, brief hints of chocolate. Thickish mouthfeel. Enjoyable - but not seeing the Saison in this one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmikolich (1427) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2013
12oz bottle, a saison which is smoked and highly hopped? weirdness. Its like a black IPA used with Saison yeast and the smoked part gets stomped out by the hops, surprisingly okay with me.


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