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Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Smoked
Escondido, California USA


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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 its best not to even talk about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhamp9 (1685) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Deep dark brown with a nice light tan head. Aroma is a little barnyard, smoke, and earthy. Taste has some funk along with smoke, yeast, and grapefruit rind. Light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3595) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle-pours deep brown hue with a small fizzy brown head not much to look at really. nose has almost a burnt motor oil thing going on with some cola, some yeasty twang and lite dark chocolate. flavors exhibit the smokey qualities alongside the twangy saison yeast. has a huge burnt note on the finish with lingering undertones of subtle saison tart yeast character. I would say that this is fairly well done however, it is not a home run. I dont taste either of the "collaboration" breweries in this beer at all-this is all stone. Body is somewhat flimsy and weak, which would have put this one over the top in terms of overall enjoyment and added in the flavor qualities. has a lingering burnt nutty note long into the finish and very dry. Decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (1420) - - JAN 8, 2013
Smokey aroma, but not too strong. Pours dark brown with thin head. Tastes very smooth with a slightly smokey finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a light tan head. Smoke and yeast aroma with light citrus and light caramel. Smoke and yeast flavor with citrus. Medium bodied. Citrus and yeast linger with light smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3856) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Surprise find bottle from Fairfield JJs. Nice dark brown pour with a medium tan head. Pretty nice aroma that definitely leans more towards the saison style with a hit of hops. Not really getting any big smoke but a hint of charcoal and ash. Kinda muted flavor that is saison-esque but also a touch of green hops. Honestly, not getting much smoke at all; maybe a little char in the finish. Dry and hoppy like Stone described it. Okay but certainly a style bender.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttoadee (1296) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Black pour, tan head that does not stay around long. Nose is light Belgian yeast, lightly smoked malt, and and dark fruit. Very interesting. Starts sweet on the tongue, but goes nicely bitter. Licorice, hops, and smoke on the way out. Dry and somewhat bitter finish. Different, and good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2013
12 oz bottle - pours deep, dark chocolate color with creamy tan head, medium lasting, slight lacing. Aromas of figs, spice and pepper, sweet malt. Taste is almost a 180. Very subdued and subtle flavors of roasted malts, creamy vanilla and pepper, silky nuts (that sounds dirty) with a wonderful long finish. Really pretty good. Well put together, integrated, and balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Dark brown and crystal clear, medium head. Saison aromas with a hint of roast. Crisp apple flavors with light chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (1851) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2013
This was again another Stone-spin on a particular style. I think it worked. The aroma was fruity and malty and spicy. The color was a cloudy brown with minimal head. The flavors defied expectation and are difficult to explain. Fruity tartness, smoked, woody, spicy and some hops at the end. Not necessarily refreshing. Kudos for not giving a crap about style, just not sure this would be something to revisit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2013
12 oz bottle: Appearance is deep dark brown with minimal light town head. Aroma is of roasted malt. Taste is of roasted malt, tastes like a basic porter with no notes of a saison.

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