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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 14/20
Headbanger (3578) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2012
12oz bottle 11/28/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-42° 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 (1110) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2012
decent saison with malty flavor, light black color. manageable amount of carbonation for a saison, with just a hint of smoke. intriguing style, but in the end, rather unremarkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5013) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Pours black into a Sam glass. Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving scant sheets. Dark caramel and earthy spruce aromas. Sweet spruce upfront turning chocolaty and dry in the lasting woody finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smaynard6000 (839) - Apopka, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is citrusy. Citrusy lemon flavor with some smokiness. Mildly bitter finish and surprisingly drinkable. Quite unique and equally good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2771) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle shared at Exira Beer Summit 2012. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing. Pours a deep brown color with white head. Smoky, bacon, malty aromas. Roasted, malty, slight floral flavors. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle @ Exira Beer Summit III. Pours a deep brown appearance with a small, cream colored head. Minty spicy, a bit woody smoky, lightly peppery aroma. Burnt chocolate malty, sprucey, slight smoky/tar, light black peppery flavor. Kind of interesting but not my favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
12 oz. Bottle. A decent saison of a strange nature. Malty roasty scent. Pitch black pour with a tan head to ring. Med/light body, frothy feel. Clove, spice fronted taste, subtle, with a big malty roasty finish and a smoky aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2833) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Pours out almost black with a big tan head. Aroma is of smoked malts, light dark dried fruits, some yeasty/earthy Saison notes, roast and a decent amount of hop bitterness coming through. Taste is much like the aroma; lots going on. Complex smoked malts, chocolate, light roast, dried dark fruits, light pepper, some earth, yeast and a solid punch of hop bitterness throughout that becomes more apparent in the finish. Well done!

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