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RATINGS: 401   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (7778) - 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 (6149) - 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 (2130) - 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 (2319) - 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 (5188) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3967) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear black ruby with a small brown head and some lacing. Aroma is yeast, apple, lemon, wheat and wood. Flavor is smoky, wheat, very lightly sweet, light grassy bitter with a dry finish. Medium body with prickly carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3378) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma has black pepper and rye notes. Flavor follows suit and adds just a touch of roastiness and a touch of smoke...some earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is peppery/roasty and dry. Not much smoke really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3622) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Black pour with a thick light tan color head. Aroma of smoke, mild earthiness and funk. Lots of fruit notes, in the form of grape, plums. Flavor is hoppy and mildly bitter with tons of fruit and smoke. Quite dry, some chocolate and dark bread notes peak out. Full body, nice big carbonation. Finishes on a bitter and dry note. Nice beer. One of the better collaborations from Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Tap at Capone’s. Dark blackish pour with minimal tan head. Nose was roasty malt, some funk, mild rauch, acidic notes. Tasted malty, somewhat funky, with some floral dryness, and hopcitrus. A lot going on here, but perhaps too much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6514) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cocoa powder, roasted grain), with strong notes of peppercorn, lemon juice, eucalyptus/menthol, alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Smoked, seriously? There ain’t a gol-durn trace of smoke in my bottle. Roasted grain, sure. But no smoke. Pretty much all it smells like is choco-roast malt, peppercorns, and a medicinal Vicks VapoRub sorta thing. Sour and dirty in the mouth. Amazing that this was considered successful enough to bottle. Sad.

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