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RATINGS: 397   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 it’s best not to even talk about it.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Dark brown and crystal clear, medium head. Saison aromas with a hint of roast. Crisp apple flavors with light chocolate.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AxlLives (287) - Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2013
12 oz bottle - pours deep, dark chocolate color with creamy tan head, medium lasting, slight lacing. Aromas of figs, spice and pepper, sweet malt. Taste is almost a 180. Very subdued and subtle flavors of roasted malts, creamy vanilla and pepper, silky nuts (that sounds dirty) with a wonderful long finish. Really pretty good. Well put together, integrated, and balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpersinger (347) - , California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
From draft in a tulip at Monk’s Kettle, murky slate with a moussey of-white 2" head. The aroma is sweetly with a hint of vanilla & smoke. Malt flavors of cereal and toast lead, body is medium-lean in the mouth, then the smoke blends in with cereal notes. A floral bittering charge from the hops noted in finish. On alternate sips, a Belgian saison yeast character noted in finish, with slight drying. Intriguing and balanced; ambitious to make these various elements all pull together.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1520) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Wow, this is a dark saison. It looks more like a stout, with a solid, black color and a cream-colored head that produces some fabulous lacing. The nose provides some smooth, gentle smoked malts atop a roasty saison yeastiness. The flavor is less desirable but still very nice and not overly roasted to be bunking with the obviously saisonish yeast. It’s bright and spicy in the mouth, full and tasty, and reminiscent of fresh, unmolested oak. The roasted malts seem well-hidden in the finish and offers a very nice, clean, charred, soft, woody impression on the palate and a smoky sweetness in the finish. This is my kind of saison!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DMLINAZ (290) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Strange, interesting; I’ll try this again. Flavor is strong - smokey, malty, yeast and spices. Complex.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2013
A lightly sweet and milky aroma with more than a dash of smoke to it. An insanely wonderful texture, thick and smooth, a long smoky burst, a little more sweet malt and then a light roasty bitterness with plenty of spicy yeast in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaveSpider (26) - - NOV 6, 2013
smells smoky and chocolaty with a nice fruity backbone. Dark black color with a hint of ruby. Nice thin tan head. Taste is wonderfully unique like a smoked ported mixed with great saison. Smokey yet light and fruity. I think this beer is great

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (757) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Super dark brown pour some tan head. Aroma of leather, soy sauce, lactic, caramel. Tastes leather, soy, sauce, smoke, raspberries, licorice, peas. Tangy feel and dry. Has aged well. Seek these out.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer-yum (470) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 13, 2014
Upside surprise at a recent Stone Brewery tap take-over in Wellington. First dark beer my better half says she liked - and I thought it was to die for. Deliciously different.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Pours out almost black with a big tan head. Aroma is of smoked malts, light dark dried fruits, some yeasty/earthy Saison notes, roast and a decent amount of hop bitterness coming through. Taste is much like the aroma; lots going on. Complex smoked malts, chocolate, light roast, dried dark fruits, light pepper, some earth, yeast and a solid punch of hop bitterness throughout that becomes more apparent in the finish. Well done!


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