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RATINGS: 403   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 itís best not to even talk about it.


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (10036) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 7, 2013
355ml bottle (Angleterre, Helinki)
Slightly pooey aroma, a bit dodgy. Nice black, small beige head. Nicer taste thereís some pleasant bacon in the roast. Still a bit messy. Finish is quite thin and short. Some nice roast aspects, but still a bit messy generally.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with a large brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of mild smoke, chocolate, nutty notes. The taste is stone fruits, mild roast, mild smoke, citrus and a hoppy finish. Interesting.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle... Pours clear and dark with a small, fizzy, off-white head. This smells like a misguided pairing of caramel and beef jerkey. Medium to full-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. This tastes a lot like beef jerkey as well... with some herbal notes. Crisp, deeply-roasted finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (9814) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9537) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
12oz bottle. Poured a dark brown, almost black, color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of smoke, spiciness, roasty, and some chocolate. Tastes of spices, some smoke, oaky, and some caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9151) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Tap at The Salted Pig. Poured a deep near black with medium coffee foam. Good lacing. Nose is sage, black pepper, herbal, mild smoke. Taste is dusty, dry, herbal, toasty, black peppercorn. Lemon tea finish. Interesting black saison. Muted to almost no smoke character makes it past the herbal onslaught.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (8629) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Thin and watery, not much smoke, not much spice, not much hoppiness. Not sure what they were going for.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8331) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz bottle into tulip, thick black pour, nice cream tan head, dissipates but leaves a nice half finger of tan head, laces fairly well. Aroma brings notes of grass, slight orange peel, chocolate, smoke, hints of caramel, toffee, almost a grape like, fruity quality in there as well, hints of coriander and light spice. Interesting. Taste is a mix of sweet grape, orange, some pear, peach hidden in there go into some sweet caramel, cocoa nib, dark chocolate, roast, slight earthy grass notes as well, leading into a fairly bitter, roasted, and smoky finish that helps it to dry out in the end. It is very interesting, kind of grows on me as it warms but overall seems a bit messy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (7958) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2012
12oz bottle. As a fan of smoked beers, and generally all things blackened, this is the most excited Iíve been for a Stone collab since the Mint Chocolate imperial stout. Estery spicy nose, light smoke. Black color, thin tan head, good lace. Yes, Iím really liking the smoked malts here... Work well with the estery saisony notes. Not too smokey, though. Itís light. Maybe Iíd prefer even more smoke. Some earthy hops. Medium to bigger body. Softer, smooth carbonation. More dry texture overall. Bitter taste, light spice, bit of savory. Alright... So this is tasty and interesting for sure, but I was kind of hoping to be blown away by a collaboration between these heavyweights. The last black saison I had was the Friendship Brew, and Iíd say that this is marginally better than that was


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