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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (1945) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Pours black with a mocha head. Aroma is earthy, pine and roast. Taste is sweet with some bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied with smooth and slick texture. Drying finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pablothirteen (38) - - DEC 7, 2012
Pours jet black with a nice full head. Drinks smooth, mildly bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
12 ounce bottle. I was expecting better things, given Stone’s strong track record on collaboration beers. Aroma is soda, mild roasted toffee, and sweet. The smell disappears quickly. Appearance is a dark, transparent brown with lots of fizz on top but only a little foam retention and practically no lacing. Flavors are toffee, esters, lots of sugar, some hops and some herbs. Unfortunately the smokiness takes a back seat, way in the back. Palate is fizz crackling through a light liquid body. Overall - sorta mundane flavor character and not worth the price. I would have liked more of a smoked presence. Pulling off a smoked saison seems a bit like an oxymoron to me though. I’d like to hear about any other beers out there that can pull it off in an exciting way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Interesting hybrid. Saison base with a black IPA overlayer. I'm not sure if I'd say the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, but it's definitely not lesser. Overall, I'm intrigued and think it's good -- can't pigeonhole it or truly compare it to saisons or black IPAs. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1640) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2012
No bottling information, one time brew.
Appearance: The body is an opaque black through the center with a dark brown barely visible through the light around the edges, there’s a thin tan head that’s puffy and soft looking, but it dissipates to a thin coating and a thin ring.
Aroma: The aroma is a light funk at first, some citrus and bubblegum, maybe a little hay, giving it a swirl reveals a light smoke and light spice.
Taste: The intro hints right away at light smoke with some earthy and lemon bitterness, there’s a light roasted taste throughout that’s paired with the smoke and a bright lemon dry finish hits with light spice. The finish lingers for a bit of slightly bitter cocoa and the smoke hangs around a bit.
Palate: A bit thin and light bodied, goes well with the style, the carbonation is a bit light, slightly fizzy.
Overall: I enjoy this beer, there’s a nice complexity to it, but it feels a bit thin throughout. The smoke is done well though with a good presence without being overbearing. I like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9108) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2012
12oz bottle. As a fan of smoked beers, and generally all things blackened, this is the most excited I’ve been for a Stone collab since the Mint Chocolate imperial stout. Estery spicy nose, light smoke. Black color, thin tan head, good lace. Yes, I’m really liking the smoked malts here... Work well with the estery saisony notes. Not too smokey, though. It’s light. Maybe I’d prefer even more smoke. Some earthy hops. Medium to bigger body. Softer, smooth carbonation. More dry texture overall. Bitter taste, light spice, bit of savory. Alright... So this is tasty and interesting for sure, but I was kind of hoping to be blown away by a collaboration between these heavyweights. The last black saison I had was the Friendship Brew, and I’d say that this is marginally better than that was

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (7140) - Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle to tulip. Looks good; black with light beige head. Smells hoppy, yeasty, and malty. Tastes like it smells with a fairly dry, average mouthfeel. A solid example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Courtesy of Nick. Black pour with a foamy tan head. Bacon and campfire lead to caramel, cherry, toffee, and assertive spicy hoppiness. Medium body with decent effervescence. Really nice, but didn’t wow me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with minimal head. The aroma has notes of smoke, some chocolate malt, and a little booze.. Minor saison yeast. The taste has mild saison notes but a little smoke taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5787) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a large foamy brown head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was dry and roasty with notes of coffee, anise and floral hops. The flavor was dry, tart, yeasty and roasty with notes of anise, coffee, wood and floral hops. Medium length dry, roasty and floral hop finish. Medium body. Disappointing.

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