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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2013
12 oz. bottle - Pours a clear brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is esters, yeast, and floral hops. Flavor is lightly roasted malt, pine and herbal hops, esters, and light yeast. The finish is dry and has a good dose of hop bitterness. Medium body. A nice beer, but where’s the smoke?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (4621) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2013
12oz bottle in Seattle. Very interesting project, strange style but it seems to work alright. Pretty pour, deep slightly funky malts, sweetness, peat. Medium body, black saison style all the way, some wet smoked fish/meat flavors in the back. Doesn’t get better as it warms, but tasty and smart. Balanced beer, maybe not exactly a style to aim for though. Worth a taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2013
These hybrids are getting out of control. Nothing like a saison, not even a hint, but what did expect? More like a light porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidmartinek (4667) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Dark brown with a foamy dense tan head. Fruity musty yeasty and tart aroma. Flavor is like a beer suicide. Chocolate, sourness, wild yeasty notes and an insane bitterness all wrapped up in one with a touch of dark fruit. The end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2013
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Toasted malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Draft. Pillowy brown head, cola-black body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, pepper, roast, spicy, some funk. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, caramel, some funk, lemon, light pepper, smoke. Medium body, somewhat dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1985) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2013
bottle thanks beau! pours dark brown with a massive tan head! aroma of rye and peppercorn. taste is a little spicy and some fruity wheat little hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2013
bottled, poured black with frothy tan foam, aroma and flavor has some smoke, peppery note, yeasty with some oreo cookies thrown in, nice balance finished

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ddemmingjr (797) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle from Chuck's: pours blackish brown, dense tan head that persists. Stillwater yeast, fruitiness, smoked malts and hints of anise on the nose. Coffee bitterness, anise and fairly dry on the finish. This is a smoked Saison that holds up pretty well but I hoped for a little bit more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
pras (577) - Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Very dark brown, verging on black in appearance with little to now head. Aroma is slightly smokey, with belgian yeast aroma typical to the style. Flavor is very smoky, with the belgian flavors coming through as well, also a slight bitterness, some oaky flavors at the end. Finishes dry and slightly astringent. Beer is rather thinm but full of flavor. Decent.

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