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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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 itís best not to even talk about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDurden24 (1664) - 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. Itís ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zizzybalubba (1645) - 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 donít think that black saisons will catch on. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (1841) - 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 (2457) - 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 (668) - 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 (621) - 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 (2089) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5633) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with a medium, dense tan head. Aroma is light smoke, roasted malt, dark fruit, yeast notes, floral hops and candied fruit. Taste is smoked malt, roasted malt, candied fruit, floral hops, spicy notes, and big yeast notes. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more funky yeast notes, dark fruit, soft smoke, roasted malt, soft hops and light coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4801) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Aroma is spicy yeast and a hint of smoked malts. The flavor is bananas, spicy yeast, an undercurrent of the smoked malts and a tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheRealMGD (552) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle from Bottleworks. Dark black pour with a short beige head leaving retreating lace. Nose is roasty and lightly smoky. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Dark roast malt, coffee, black pepper, hickory smoke, light barnyard funk. Finish is more of the same with some woody umami and lemon creeping in. Quite dry and charcoal aftertaste. Black saisons are a tough style. I canít say Iíve been enamored of any Iíve tried.

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