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RATINGS: 393   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooter520 (185) - - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle. Appearance: very dark brown with ruby tints and a foamy tan head. Aroma: roasted malts, some yeast funk, some smoke, some lemon and some overripe banana. Taste: bright lemon and some banana and roasted malts up front, some funky yeast and pepper in the middle, ending with a dry smoky flavor. Mouthfeel: fairly thin with medium carbonation. Overall: interesting take on a Saison. I'm not a huge Saison fan, but this adds an extra level of complexity with the smoked and roasted malts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Keyes88 (60) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Pouts a near black body with reddish hued edges. Smells of dulled smoke with some faint funk. Very bread and malt flavor with a nice blend of smoke and spice. Great mouthfeel with the flavor. Interesting take on Saison. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1464) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Wow, this is a dark saison. It looks more like a stout, with a solid, black color and a cream-colored head that produces some fabulous lacing. The nose provides some smooth, gentle smoked malts atop a roasty saison yeastiness. The flavor is less desirable but still very nice and not overly roasted to be bunking with the obviously saisonish yeast. It’s bright and spicy in the mouth, full and tasty, and reminiscent of fresh, unmolested oak. The roasted malts seem well-hidden in the finish and offers a very nice, clean, charred, soft, woody impression on the palate and a smoky sweetness in the finish. This is my kind of saison!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (881) - Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Pours dark mahogany with a small tan head. Smells both of funk and smoke. Taste is smoky with some funkiness. Light-to-medium bodied with a wet texture and light fizzy mouth-carbonation, Evil Twin/Stillwater/Stone The Perfect Crime Black Smoked Saison finishes with a touch of smoked funk.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop: Aroma is subtle with not a lot to smell other than a minor scent of yeast, spice and charred wood log. Appearance was a dark brown that was completely opaque while a foamy head breaks down in short time. Flavor is mild with chances of dark roast malts but I was unable to find any traces of smoke or that it was even a saison for that matter. Boring and bland yet perfectly balanced and an interesting concept of blackening a saison.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GMCC2181 (1495) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle via SL. Light black in color... small head that faded fast. Nose is light toasted malts, slight smoke and some earthy spices. Taste is just mehhh. Light toasted malt, light smoke, spices, earthy. No one flavor standing out. Blended well together but kind of boring to me. Medium to high carbonation. Overall: Nothing to write home about. Kind of expected more with three big names brewing this together

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (1983) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Pours a translucent black from the bottle with foamy off-white head and light lacing as it dissipates. Aroma of roasted malts, faint dark chocolate, dirt, ash, and a slight funky yeast note on the back end. Taste is odd, but complex; starts bitter and ashy, sweet and malty in the middle, then a kind of acetone ester on the back end. Good stuff, just really weird.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpersinger (336) - , California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
From draft in a tulip at Monk’s Kettle, murky slate with a moussey of-white 2" head. The aroma is sweetly with a hint of vanilla & smoke. Malt flavors of cereal and toast lead, body is medium-lean in the mouth, then the smoke blends in with cereal notes. A floral bittering charge from the hops noted in finish. On alternate sips, a Belgian saison yeast character noted in finish, with slight drying. Intriguing and balanced; ambitious to make these various elements all pull together.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rbrazell (1452) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle from Fermentation Market. Black pour with a creamy beige head with some lacing. Nose is chocolate malts, ashy smoke, pepper, hints of yeast and some earthy hops. Restrained, uninteresting entry with notes of roasted malts, ash, smoke, peppery yeast with a spicy, earthy hop finish. Not bad and pretty interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle. Big, brooding pour of pitch black darkness and towering, boiling tan foam. The aroma is certainly smoky, yet restrained and comforting. The smoke is evident in the initial quaff, but settles in quickly behind some sweet malitiness and an almost tart finish. Rings hollow to me, unfortunately. It’s an enjoyable enough drink, but doesn’t warrant the $4/bottle retail. (#4899, 1/13/2013)


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