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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (2857) - FINLAND - AUG 30, 2013
Bottled. Pours dark brown in color with a small tan head. Bit of slightky smoked wood and bacon in aroma. Later on these turn into moro chocolatey notes though. Perhaps some peppery notes too and notes of dark malts as well. Sweetish taste, some burnt rubber and smoked fruits. A bit weird combination, but seems to work quite well though. Fruity and slightly smoky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2404) - New York, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Last bottle of evening at Blanca. Pours very dark with light spicy nose. tastes of smoked wheat, light pepper, banana, grass, cocoa powder, hoppy, and woody. subtle and a touch thin on palate. ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (21544) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 26, 2013
Bottled@Rotterdam, Helsinki. Deep brown colour, close to black, with a small off-white head. Aroma is chocolate, some farmyard, mild citrus as well as some smoked wet wood and mild spicy notes as well. Flavour is fruity, mildly earthy along with some yeast, spices and mild toasted notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2187) - California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Deep black in color with tannish head... Aroma is smoky, earthy notes... Flavor is roasted malts, notes of charcoal and dank herb on the finish... Nice beer, I feel good, ready for burrito ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (7456) - Tel Aviv, - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks kerenmk. Dark brown to black with a beige head. Aroma of roastiness, yeast, a smoked hint, some overripe fruits and a bit of coffee. Slightly sweetish flavor, roasty, with some coffee, a bit of yeast, light fruitiness, a faint acidic notes and a drier, somewhat bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Aroma: Smoke, very slight hint of a tart aroma.
Appearance: Opaque black with good creamy off-white head.
Taste: Smoke, licorice, subtle bitter chocolate. A unique, slightly sweet saison undertone
Palate: Medium mouthfeel, some bitterness toward the finish. Slightly dry, bitter, smokey aftertaste.
Overall: Interesting, relatively complex beer. Mostly well integrated elements.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
john_henry (119) - - AUG 18, 2013
I really don’t get the hype. I have great respect for each of the collaborating breweries, but just don’t think this is up to much. Way overrated in my opinion. Aroma is barely there, looks bellow average, and taste mediocre. So you did a (mediocre at best) black saison, woopdido. This is really nothing to get excited about, I can think of main stream beers I would rather drink, and I don’t say that lightly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1634) - 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 (6300) - 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 (3067) - 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.

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