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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 its best not to even talk about it.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Dark brown pour at Papago. I really enjoy the play of the hops, smoke and saison yeasty goodness! The hops hit first, then a nutty, yeasty flavor followed by some really well integrated smoke. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 29, 2013
Botella. Clear like deep dark brown-reddish colour. Off-white medium head. Sweet fruity dark fruity tart like dark malty smokey like aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet fruity tart dark fruity malty flavour with some smoke to it too.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (10142) - 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 (10138) - 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 (9994) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (9564) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Thin and watery, not much smoke, not much spice, not much hoppiness. Not sure what they were going for.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9410) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (8704) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2012
12oz bottle. As a fan of smoked beers, and generally all things blackened, this is the most excited Ive been for a Stone collab since the Mint Chocolate imperial stout. Estery spicy nose, light smoke. Black color, thin tan head, good lace. Yes, Im really liking the smoked malts here... Work well with the estery saisony notes. Not too smokey, though. Its light. Maybe Id 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 Id say that this is marginally better than that was

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (8690) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 28, 2013
330 ml bottle. Rotterdam, Helsinki, Finland. Dark reddish brown almost black colour with a small creamy off-white head. Brown ale aroma with malt, mild caramel sweetness, soy sauce and mild hoppiness. The flavour is roasted malt, dry stout elements and dry liquorice. There's nothing Saison in this, black it is and it's mildly smoked. So Black Smoked Saison is as far as it is as a beer style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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.


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