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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikesaum (596) - 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 (564) - Hamilton, 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 (2074) - 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 (5341) - 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 (4061) - 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 (551) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1414) - Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Roasted aroma with a hint of anise. Pours an opaque black with a huge light tan head. This is a strange beer, thereís the crispness and funk of a saison, with a touch of smoke and roasted notes. Very light on the palate, with lots of carbonation. Itís a good solid beer, but I think Iíll stick with the traditional saisons.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ADesenberg (630) - Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle: pours dark black with a small tan head. Aroma of yeasty fruits, smoke. Itís got a lot if deep complexities in the flavor, the smoke balances it all out very well. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monk191 (1092) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
A very good beer. Pours a thick black with a bubbly brown head. Smells of cherries, nuts and green apples. Taste is very complex, smoked and fruity, more cherries. Interesting ending, a little hoppy, but not overpowering. Overall, great. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andyhwcinc (1516) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Purchased at Binnyís in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home on a lazy Saturday afternoon while doing some errands. Appearance is a moderate, pitch black with a thin white head that laces to the glass. Aroma of smoke, chocolate, light yeast, also a touch of roasted malt. Taste is pretty good, definite smoke presence with a light yeast flavor, also a very light touch of fruit and hops. I donít know how to classify this one, doesnít really taste like a saison to me. Still pretty good.

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