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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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (1877) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2014
At 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle,SC) Pours black and opaque, with a very good head. Flavor: very floral, a bit ’wild’, with Belgian yeast and light and medium roast malts. Medium+ strength. A bit sweet up front; clightly funky and slightly bitter aftertaste. O: interesting and moderately complex but not my cup of tea.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (4211) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle - Slight soy, dar malts and some grass. Jet brown with a thin beige head. Smoke, peat, hop bitterness, and dark malt. I think this works.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
evilcougar (66) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Well done. The smoke is very subtle. Much lighter of a flavor than I expected upon seeing this dark almost black ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2384) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2014
I like this collaboration. Bottle gift from SJ. Nice blend of Earth, citrus, mild wood and smoke. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HIGHB4LL (530) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Appearance: slight light brown head, deep copper to brown color, clear. Aroma: chocolate, cherry, light roasted malt,Palate: light body, lively carbonation, dry finish, light texture. Taste: medium sweetness, both of maltiness and of fruit, very light tartness, light-medium bitter finish. Overall, very unique, good balance too.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (2543) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Tap at Stone, awesome beer, Escondido, very nice easy drinking saison to start your day

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (761) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopswagger (197) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
P: Dark brown mahogany tinted cola appearance. A dainty layer of tan bubbly fast scattering head that recedes to a coral reef swirl on top. S: Sweet hard candy and black malt. Smoked grains, burnt molasses, figs, hazelnut coffee, powdery earthy yeast pine and floral hops. Once warmed the aroma becomes similar to a grease trap at a fast food joint. T/M: A cornucopia of earthy yeast, pine and floral hops flood the palate. A sensation of dust in my mouth. Lurking in the background rounding out the dryness are alcohol soaked figs, smoked grains and molasses with a bitter bite of coffee. The smoke really encompasses the back of the throat and surrounds the flavors slowly building it’s intensity to a profile similar to burnt marshmallows. Aggressive carbonation in a medium body. Finish is dry and smoky with subtle tart apple peel. The pine/floral hops are almost too much for this beer. O: I love collaborations and this was a success in my book. Although not a terrific creation of the style. The smoke was delicate but intensified to really pull it all together. An interesting beer to say the least.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davhgbrew (940) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Dry, sour, and burnt malt flavors dominate. The bartender at bambinos in queen anne said this collaboration was not well received. I could see that...I would not describe this dry and dark beer as a saison.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Salmoniform (652) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Dark black with tan head. Aroma is estery, barnyard, pepper, earthy, sweet, slight smokiness. Mouthfeel is nice with a light body and good carbonation level. Taste is dry but slightly sweet initially with a dry slightly astringent bitterness following and a clean finish. Overall, this is ok...not as smoky as I would have expected and not as funky either...but a nice refreshing beer nonetheless.


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