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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Pours black with a small head for the style. Smell is smoke, yeast funk, black currant, bit of spice, and some candy sweet smell. Medium mouthfeel and flat for a saison. Fruity flavor, spice, not a lot of smoke. A little funky with some oaky taste and a strange musty bitterness. Finishes dry. Pretty unique, but not blown away by this. Not a bad beer, but not one I would order again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
letsgetstoked (15) - Hyattsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2012
I knew going into this it I probably wouldn't like it, but these collab bottles are so intriguing I couldn't pass it up. Smell is smoky, peppery saison smell. Appearance is very nice--dark, almost black but ruby red when held up to the light with a one inch velvety head. Taste is where it goes bad for me. Tastes like it smell, but big on the pepper and barbecue smoke. There's saison there too, and a slight malt sweetness in the background to smooth out the hops and smoke. Almost could be mistaken for a scotch ale cause of the peat like smoke. It's an interesting beer I am glad I tried it, but I wouldn't drink it again. That said, I'm not a rauchbier kinda guy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bwa5879 (899) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2012
12oz bottle from Schaumberg Binnys. Very dark brown pour with a red hue. Half inch beige head. Aroma had a campfire smokiness to it. Also the common Belgian scents - soapy sweetness clove backbone with lots of fragrant perfume-y herb/flowers (lavender, jasmine, etc.). Taste is indicative of a well balanced Belgian-yeasty overall, flavors of cloves, banana, and some tart floral hops. Finish is reminiscent of slow roasted barbecue, like smoky brisket or ribs. Somewhat subtle finish overall, not too dry but certainly clean. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2012
From the bottle, dark brown, almost black pour with roast and minor smoke in the aroma. Taste has a decent amount of smoke, some pepper, not a lot of saison qualities. It’s ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zizzybalubba (1795) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC. Cola-like dark brown pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma of light smoke and licorice resembling a stout much more than anything close to a saison. The flavor does have some similarities to a saison, bitterness from the hops and yeast, barnyard and leather, and yet there is the presence of the licorice and smoke from the darker roasted malt. This is much better than my previous attempt at this style but I still don’t think that black saisons will catch on. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (2415) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
Reddish brown with a small pale head. Aroma is peppercorns, citrus, dark fruit. Light on the palate with a slightly astringent finish. Taste is dates, pepper, roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
About a 1 cm thick head of fine and creamy bubbles. Reduces slowly with nice lacing. Mild roasted grains and smoke in the aroma. Not a whole lot to pick out but what is there is very pleasing. Very dark crimson brown in color. Mostly roasted grains in the flavor, light crusty and biscuity malts and some sprucy hops bitterness late swallow. A bit on the earthy side. An ok brew but one that seems all over the place in style. But I guess that is expected based on what they were trying to achieve. Not sure if it quite got there though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2012
pours very dark brown, pushes black, nice beige head and it leaves good lacing. Aroma smells like a nice funky saison, farmhouse notes, no smoke hints, smells refreshing like i expect a saison to be. Taste is standard saison at first with good funky yeast notes, then the roastiness comes in from the dark malt and it has a very dry floral bitter finish, not getting any smoke. Interesting beer, very refreshing , i got what i expected from these 3 awesome breweries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
odinstyr (741) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a ruby glow. Smells of musky basement, hay, bread, floral, citrus. Taste is sour, mildly sweet and bitter - belgian yeast, mild spiciness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2181) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2012
pours black with a slight ruby tint, a very small tan head that goes away quickly, and no lacing. smell is of cocoa, spice, nuts, roasted malt, and a little smoke. taste is sour, cocoa, yeast, a little bit of fruit, and hops. ends dry and somewhat bitter.

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