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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 14/20
DocLock (8526) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Tap at Caponeís. 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 (6723) - 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 ainít 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2012
12oz bottle poured into glass. I donít really have too much to say about this beer. Saison...? I guess itís a pretty hoppy saison then. I didnít really enjoy it, but I didnít hate it either. Itís just sort of meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11222) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of smoke, roastiness, charcoal, citrus,pepper and light yeast. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of smoke, roastiness, earthiness, pepper and light yeast with a crisp dry lingering smokey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4744) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from Oak Tree, 11/30/12

Aroma: Roasted malts, Belgian yeast, smoked malts, chocolate, a little funk, and some hop notes
Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color with a small beige head and some drippy lace-work
Flavor: Tastes similar, a little sweet, roasty, mild smoke, and with a light-medium bitterness finish
Palate: Medium bodied, decent feel, a tingly carbonation, and a somewhat dry, mildly smokey finish
Overall Impression: First beer of 11/30, shout out to jcos! Finally I actually saw one of these Stone collaborations in a store, Iíve missed out on most of the recent ones. Anyway, this was a fairly interesting one, but it didnít totally work. It is basically a Dark Saison with a little bit of smoke, but unfortunately it is really just a mediocre example of a Dark Saison, and the little bit of smoke didnít add that much. This beer is fine, but it doesnít totally come together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Aroma is smoke, bit of roast coffee, and subtle clove, florals. Appearance is see through brown with thin head. Taste is sweet then smoky, mixed with belgian esters kinda odd. palate is too thick for a saison and falls strongly on the side of the smoked element. overall itís a mish mash and worse for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4677) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2012
12 oz bottle from Spirits Crossroads. Poured a good looking medium/thinner density dark black body with an average sized foamy beige head. Aroma was interesting and nice, notes of light smoke, roastiness, touch of chocolate from the dark malts, wet bread, saison spiceyness, wet white pepper, older citrus rinds. Medium/fuller body with average to stronger carbonation that leaves a creamy feel that is well balanced by the carbonation and an aveage aftertaste that is dry...just normally dry not "unexplainably dry". Flavor is a tad short of the aroma. Notes of wet burnt bread crusts, slight white pepper, citrus rinds, earthy, older fruits and some solid chocolate notes towards the end. I wasnít expecting much from this but am very pleasantly surprised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3536) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2012
12oz bottle 11/28/12 (Binnyís Downers Grove)-42į in Tulip. Pours a dar brown almost balck with ruby hues. Aroma of yeast, smoke, chocolate, and hops. Taste of yeast, chocolate, smoke, and hops. This medium bodied brew is a different take but it comes across well balanced and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2012
The pour is a rusty, deep garnet with a creamy, pillowy, pale tan, moderate head which settles to a thin froth and leaves similar lace. The nose is a bit scattered but still very pleasant; lighter fruit (passionfruit, blood orange), leather, faint smoke, cocoa, some light roast, some floral, and molasses. The flavor is more smoked with light campfire, very earthy roast, still leathery, some caramel underneath, still floral, and orangey. The palate is lively, less than medium, very dry, and somewhat coating. The finish is long and dry with leather, smoke, earthy roast, and faint orange. The smoke and roast matched nice leather and bitterness, but the fruity esters really held the beer together. Truly something different and smoke beers are not my thing, but this was nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gripweed57 (973) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours an opague black color with a thick, bubbly taupe head. Faint roasted malt aroma hints at cocoa, yeast and burnt wood. Rather dry and yeasty upfront. Subtle bittersweet chocolate with an underlying smokiness. Spicy, peppery hops in the finish. Silky mouthfeel and medium bodied. Unique and interesting; definitely worth seeking out.

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