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RATINGS: 399   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2013
12oz bottle: pours a clear dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Has a lightly sweet dark malty nose with good smoke character and some resiny hops along with a touch of light fruity esters. Starts with good fullness and toasted malty sweetness with some coffee undertones and fresh smoke drying out slightly before a lingering bittersweet finish. Unique and enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7050) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
12oz bottle pours dark brown with some deep ruby red colored hues and a thin tan head of foam. The aroma is full and offers up a mix of lime, funky yeast and soured molding grapefruit. Interesting taste where modest roasted malts and maltiness meet lime and grapefruit and a bit of moldy funk. This creates a fairly pleasing combination of flavors for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a light tan head. Smoke and yeast aroma with light citrus and light caramel. Smoke and yeast flavor with citrus. Medium bodied. Citrus and yeast linger with light smoke.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6840) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2012
On tap at SmallBar. Pours a dark amber brown with a tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a good amount of roasted malt with a hint of smoke and dark grain. Flavor has dark grains and a hint of smoke that grow to bitter chocolate and roasted malts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6808) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6727) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours a nice deep brown to black with a medium sized head. Some light estery yeast and musk on the nose. I donít really get much smoke, just smells like a nice floral saison. Medium bodied, esters and a bit of grassiness. Really no smoke or roast coming through here. Sweet wheat comes through, a bit of muskiness. Drinking this blind Iíd never think this was dark in color, none of that comes through at all. Tasty but not what I was hoping for.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6699) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Market Wines. The guy who cashed me out said this was awesome; it was the last bottle and I knew it was a collaboration Iíd missed, but didnít notice the í2012í on the neck. Sheesh. Anyway, it pours a dark cocoa brown with a small beige head that lasts as a ring and some wisps of film. Aroma of mild smoked malts, chocolate, caramel, mild spice, leather, toast, roast, earth, cardboard, and a little salt. Flavor of earth, roast, bakerís chocolate, mellow smoke, roots, dark fruit, and slightly burnt toast. Light-medium bodied, with carbonation that starts low before opening up and bubbling on the palate. Lingering roast and mellow smoke. The Belgian influence can be detected, but itís minimal here. Definitely showing its age after two years.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6692) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a disappearing dark beige head and an earthy anise aroma. There is a somewhat bitter chocolate and burnt treacle flavor. Interesting and very tasty. Tastes nothing like a saison aside from a faint yeasty fruitiness at the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6635) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2013
Bottle. Smoky nose, chocolate, coffee, light spice. Slightly cloudy black with a low, fine tan head. Flavor of spicy yeast, light smoke, coffee, licorice, a bit of dark cocoa. Dry and a bit raw. Bitter finish, though not exactly hoppy. A bit metallic, with some dark fruits and spicy astringency. Somewhat thin body. Very dry, herbal finish. OK, but not what I want in a saison.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lusikka (6434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2013 330 ml bottle @ Kittyís, Helsinki.
Pours a dark brown colour with a white creamy head. Aroma of sour berries, smoked wood and grass. Flavour of roasted malts, yeast, pepper, sourish berries, caramel and smoked wood. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Unbalanced and messy.


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