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RATINGS: 395   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Aroma of dry floral, slight coffee and perfumey grape. Pours black with a small sudsy head. Taste is a neat mix of floral bread and a nice smokey aftertaste. Very neat combination of tastes. Almost tastes like a black belgian ipa (a la Iron Hill Ironfish).

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2715) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Cola brown color with an aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and wood with hint of smoke. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, wood and some smoke.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (5196) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Draft at capones with Vinny, Alan and Bill. Pours a deep brown with white bubbles, no lacing or head. Aroma is faint roast and hop. Mouthfeel is medium with roast, light hop and spice.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2012
From memory: bottle. Pours nearly black, though not opaque. First whiff, smells simply of classic Belgium yeast. Clean and focused. Palate is also clean, round and smooth. Classic saison flavors, though made in a very crowd-friendly manner. Not to bitter, not to sour, and not to funky... I was hard-pressed to find much smoke in this beer.. Maybe a hint of ash.. Which wasn't disappointing, as I was enjoying the beer just as it was... I would simply consider this a "Black Saison", as the smoke is not prominent. A good beer. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chuckaduck (624) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Pours black with a fluffy off-tan head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, cocoa, spicy, earthy, some funk (brett?), pine, brown sugar. Taste is interesting and somewhat complex with that signature Stone bitterness. Crisp and refreshing with some fruity notes at the start, quickly becomes grassy and herbal with bitterness and some acidity, rounds off with something I can’t quite place (caramel or toffee?) and a bitter finish of lemon peel with a touch of cocoa. Some nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Nice full mouth feel. Overall, different but not bad. I would drink more of these, absolutely.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalekliz (854) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep black with an off-white head that lingers and leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma of burnt, toasted malt, wood, grass, chocolate. Taste has a lot going on, dry toasted malt, wood, spices and finishes with sweeter tart fruits and hops. Lingering crisp toasted malt and underripe fruits that ends a bit watery. Kind of weird but it works pretty well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (3799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 21, 2012
12 oz bottle from BevMo Valencia. Nose is lightly farmhouse funk, light amounts of chocolate, and a little smoke. Clear very dark brown with a medium, heavy lacing, tan head. Flavor is lightly tart and funky with some light bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skmikeg (824) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Pours pitch black a small tan head which does not last long. Aroma is of smoke, roasted malts, wet hay funk, some bakers coco, some wood, and Belgian spices. Taste is smoked wood, roasted malts, citrus, some floral hops, some coco, faint espresso, and some saison spices. Has medium body with a slighty creamy, well carbonated mouthfeel and a dry, semi bitter, slightly funky, smokey finish. overall, a interesting and pretty tasty hybrid of a rachbier and saison.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (2791) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with light brown head. Some hops, yeast and funky Belgian tones, nice saison notes. Flavor is a by more subtle, but not lacking by any means.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steview (1016) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Mmm, nah. Like a porter blended with a light sour. I would have preferred them to be separated, or at least reworked. It’s not a crime. It shouldn’t be discouraged though. Maybe I’m not ready for this: Haute...


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