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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1535) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours an opaque mahogany with a one finger khaki head. Little bit of thin,weak lace. Light smoke on the aroma with Belgian yeast, hint of bubblegum & grass. Earthy smelling. Lots of roasted malt flavor. Some dark fruit taste with a pretty substantial hop bite on the back end. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Easy to drink. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Deep brown, moderate frothy beige head, spotty lacing.   Black Saison, really?   Pale toasted malts, slight barnish/musty notes.   More of a black malt presense.   Its like a sweet bright Black Bier.   Hard to wrap my head around this.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Soft campfire, charred grass, dust, barn, and hay on the finish.   Not bad, but not what I think of when I drink a Saison.   In this case, a Black Smoked Saison.   Not bad, but some aspects I dont know that I want to see together.   No real flaws, just an odd combination of flavors put together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (2890) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle courtesy of ericdevin. Light smoke, tart citrus, very light funk. Deep dark mahogany with a large tan head. Light smoke, roasty malt, brine, some slight funky flavor with a very subtle grassy bitter finish. Light body, moderate carbonation. An OK beer, but definitely not in keeping with the bottle marketing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (775) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 6, 2013
draught at Library Ale House. Pours a clear dark cola color. Aroma of peat, smoke, molasses, apricot, orange peel. Flavor is smoke, molasses, pine, peat, floral, touch of citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5794) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Dark brown color with tan sheen. Dry dark fruit, barnyard, dry hay, dark toast aromas. Smooth medium body with soft co2. Dark toasted grain flavors with barnyard piss and dung, dry hay, chocolate, dry bread----good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle that I have had since the release in the fridge (its really been that long?). Pours with a near black hued body and a thick deep brown head with good retention and lace. Aromas are of floral, pine, juniper and some juicy esters, pomegranate, perfumey. Low smoke. Flavors are smokey, lightly bitter, very estery, and some Stone house flavor. Lightly metallic, odd perfumey and some ester that I cant place (spice like...jasmine or something like that). Crisp apple and bartlett pear. Unique (for a saison, and I am not even trying to comment on the "black" and "smoked" characters...the ester profile of the yeast and interplay with the hops is unique). Fuller bodied, off dry, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (825) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
Pours like a cola with a foamy tan head. Light smoke aroma, some citrus. Hoppy flavour, really lacking a great saison yeast taste, some coffe flavours. Hmmm fine beer, but I’m not tasting what they’re selling.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2013
12oz bottle served in a Southern Tier Tulip A - Pours a very dark brown with red highlights when held to the light. 1.5 finger mocha head clings to the sides of the glass. The foam stays around slowly forming a clear center with a tall collar. Below average lacing. S - Roasted grain, charred wet hay, woody mushroom background, cold coffee grains. The barley runs strong throughout the aroma with notes of old burnt leather and hints of funky yeast. Notes of perfumy lavender show up as it warms. T - Roasted grains, sharp berry fruit tartness, charcoal wood, hints of acidity, A strong burnt note with the berry tartness clinging the edges of the tongue. It turns smokey toward the middle with leafy green hops showing up. Floral hops ride on top of the strong roast, while finishing earthy with a smokey but crisp finish. M - Ample carbonation makes a medium creamy body. Hop oils are left on the palate along with roasted grain and a dry finish. This is not a subtle dark Saison. The roast dominates and creates a smoky background against the berry fruit. The hops are not shy and blend well with hints of wood and campfire funk. The funk is light but adds character overall. I enjoyed exploring this beer. It’s heavy on the smoke and roast with the yeast adding delicate flavor. Thanks Hopswagger! Serving type: bottle 04-07-2013

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (2212) - Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle. Brown pour with an off white head. Bland non-descript hops, mellow yeast, and spice notes. Can’t find the smoke on this one. Average body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Bottle thanks to drew, I think. Thanks! Pours a deep brown/black with a tan head. Nose is meaty with medium smoke and subtle clove and roast. Some rose floral notes along with a tea thing. On tasting, much cleaner and better than anticipated. Smokey with some more salty meat and a balancing yeast profile from the fermentation. The roast works as well. Thought I’d hate this. Solid stuff.

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