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RATINGS: 395   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9454) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of smoke, roastiness, charcoal, citrus,pepper and light yeast. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of smoke, roastiness, earthiness, pepper and light yeast with a crisp dry lingering smokey finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3413) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of clove, anise, yeast, melon rind, and a hint of hops and roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, Belgian spices, and bitter hops in the finish. Roasty and tasty, I quite enjoyed it. 8/4/8/4/14 (3.8/5)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (1851) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2012
12oz bottle from "Lifesource" Salem. $3.49 Black beer with a nice tan head..lovely. Nice smokey aromas..like crispy roasted ham , a hint of saison and some light hop. Taste is more sweet grapefruit hop and a little saison dryness..the smoke for some reason is not so pleasing inn the taste as it was in the nose..more ashy. Nice juicy mouthfeel. Nice unusual beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1267) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, smoke, coffee, peppery spice, and some bittersweet chocolate. It tastes like roasted malt, earthy hops, vanilla, coffee, peppery spice, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating and has good carbonation. To me it seems more like a porter or a stout than a saison, but I’m not complaining. I thought this was a good brew overall. $3.99 a bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Completely unique beer in my experience. Has the dry grassiness of a saison as well as smoke and roast. Body is much lighter than you would expect from those flavors. Dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andyhwcinc (1426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home on a lazy Saturday afternoon while doing some errands. Appearance is a moderate, pitch black with a thin white head that laces to the glass. Aroma of smoke, chocolate, light yeast, also a touch of roasted malt. Taste is pretty good, definite smoke presence with a light yeast flavor, also a very light touch of fruit and hops. I don’t know how to classify this one, doesn’t really taste like a saison to me. Still pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Draft. Pillowy brown head, cola-black body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, pepper, roast, spicy, some funk. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, caramel, some funk, lemon, light pepper, smoke. Medium body, somewhat dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2138) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 5, 2013
12oz bottle in Seattle. Very interesting project, strange style but it seems to work alright. Pretty pour, deep slightly funky malts, sweetness, peat. Medium body, black saison style all the way, some wet smoked fish/meat flavors in the back. Doesn’t get better as it warms, but tasty and smart. Balanced beer, maybe not exactly a style to aim for though. Worth a taste.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EvanFriend (297) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Pretty cool beer. Sour/spicy yeast notes mixed in with roasted/slightly smokey notes, plus some Stone hoppiness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop: Aroma is subtle with not a lot to smell other than a minor scent of yeast, spice and charred wood log. Appearance was a dark brown that was completely opaque while a foamy head breaks down in short time. Flavor is mild with chances of dark roast malts but I was unable to find any traces of smoke or that it was even a saison for that matter. Boring and bland yet perfectly balanced and an interesting concept of blackening a saison.


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