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RATINGS: 406   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpersinger (360) - , 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rbrazell (1698) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6070) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bleeng (1595) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
12 oz bottle black with a nice white head. Mild nose of yeastiness, The flavors are rather mild with pepper, yeast and some mild maltiness indicated.. Not real impressed with the collaboration..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HeadyDE (637) - Delaware, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pretty black color..active carbonation..minimal head..typical saison nose..spice present..vanilla and smoke also readily available..hard to explain since this really is an interesting brew with notes of a saison, porter..smoke and perhaps something else..mouthfeel is pretty good with the smoke winning out..not really a fan of black ipa so i think i am a bit down on this one..interesting collaboration to try..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2243) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle from Garden City. Black with lasting tan head and lace. Tart chocolate mildly smoky fruity herbal aroma. Mild fruity tart sweetness with dry herbal bitterness and lingering ashy smoke. Nice effervescent carbo. Much better than expected. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EvanFriend (449) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Pretty cool beer. Sour/spicy yeast notes mixed in with roasted/slightly smokey notes, plus some Stone hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrmartin (777) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Black pour with creamy tan head. Hoppy nose with saison yeast notes and light roasted malts. Light delicate body. toasty malts, more hops. smokey semidry finish. basically a Rausch with some saison characteristics not bad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3441) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle; poured a dark cola brown with a smallish light brown head. Aroma of must, BO, roasted malt/smoke, earth, yeast and citrus. Flavor was solid, but perhaps not as radical as expected. Spicy and yeasty, some solid hop presence; the dark elements did not shine through in that big of a way. A solid saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
12oz bottle. Black body with a thick, tan head. This was an interesting beer and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Pepper and other spices, smoke, slight funk.

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