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RATINGS: 393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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 it’s best not to even talk about it.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thejosko (5) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012 does not count
Pours a deep black with white head. Spicy saison on the nose. Roasty, chocolate, ample citrusy bittering. Overall a good brew but slightly oxidized even when fresh.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle. Black with a fizzy white head. Chocolate, citrus hops, roasted grain, fruit, and light horse blanket aroma and taste with a roasty dry finish and a creamy palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3049) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Tap. Pours dark brown with thin, creamy beige head; decent retention and good lacing. Aroma is roast and caramel, smoke, light fruit, earthy hops, woody notes, and faint funk. Flavor is smoke and roast malt forward, light fruit esters, and grassy hops; dry, lightly bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2416) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
12-12-12, tap. Black with foamy head. Nose is burnt chocolate. Very dark malt. Med/thin body and moderately fizzy. Very burnt toast and coffee. Decent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9097) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Tap at Max’s Taphouse. Pours clear black with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is fruity esters, spicy and earthy hops, black pepper and barnyard yeast notes. Flavor is malt dominant with earthy hops and barnyard yeast notes with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of clove, anise, yeast, melon rind, and a hint of hops and roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, Belgian spices, and bitter hops in the finish. Roasty and tasty, I quite enjoyed it. 8/4/8/4/14 (3.8/5)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
r464 (1786) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Dark, lightly smokey, hints of dark malt. A bit of bitterness in a hoppy way through the finish. Interesting and different.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
conway (1131) - - DEC 10, 2012
Pours black with a big off white head. Aroma is saison like yeast with a rye like note. Taste is standard saison with a small but prominent burst of smoke out front. Smooth body, but missing the pleasant lively carb I like in a saison. More interesting than good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Narnad (1417) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Poured a deep brown color with a very low, filmy tan head. Aroma has a strong saison yeasty note, fruity with some light esters, mild earthy hops presence with a light citrus and pine kick coming in later. Flavor had a mild fruity note imparted by the yeast early, some toasted sweet caramel notes in the middle with some additional biscuit sneaking in. Brew finishes off with a smooth earthy hops presence and a pretty pronounced brown malt finale. Brew is overall pretty light with a mild alcohol presence and a bit lower carbonation that I would expect with a saison style. Overall a good brew but I completely missed the smoked part of the brew. The typical Stone emphasis on hops was in this brew but it really didn’t add or detract from the brews overall presence. The lack of carbonation really killed it for me as I was expecting the typical saison fizzy feel. Probably my least favorite of the Stone Collaborative brews to date.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (2042) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights when held to light, and a good sized tan head that slowly recedes before leaving a moderate amount of lace on the glass. The aroma holds a bit of smoke with a moderate amount of spice and a bit of chocolate caramel, and roast. The flavor is bready with a bit of spicy wheat, a hint of chocolate, smoke, and a heavy hand of earthy spicy hops. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation ans a spicy tart bubbly mouthfeel. This beer was ok, but not really my cup of tea.


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