Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +25.7%
Poured a deep black with a finger wide tan head that dispersed into thin lacing rather quickly. The scent was of licorice and black coffee, with a slight smokey character. Decent, but lacking any complex aromas. The flavor was where the beer captured my senses. It began with sour notes and slight citrus flavors, these remained throughout the sip. The taste than picked up notes of licorice and black coffee as the sip finished. Each sip left a smokey aftertaste that was present, but not overpowering. Quite a good beer in flavor profile. The mouthfeel was quite carbonated, though not enough that the beer was difficult to drink, and the carbonation seemed to compliment the flavors. Overall this is an excellent beer that provided a nice set of flavors that meld quite well together.
02-10-2013 05:57:57 | More by Auraan
4.4/5 rDev +25.7%
A: Black with a mocha head.
S: Fruity/citric hop character dominates the nose with just a touch of smoke.
T: Fruity, orangey hops, but not bitter or harsh, with smoke in the finish that lingers in the mouth, commingling with the prior citric fruitiness.
M: Medium bodied and smoothish. Smooth for a saison.
O: Definitely worth a try if you can find it. I love the experimentation stillwater has done with their saisons. This collaboration is not unlike some of their other beers.
01-18-2014 19:49:41 | More by BierJager89
4.35/5 rDev +24.3%
Described on the bottle as a "black smoked saison", this beer looks to combine characteristics of two styles: the saison and the (presumably) American black ale (ABA).
A: center pour into a nonic pint - slightly translucent black body, tan sea foam head three fingers-thick
S: only noticed slight smoke on the nose, dark bitter roasted malt aromas were cut by slightly herbal and floral notes more typical of a pale ale
T: bitterness from the roastiness; crisp hops and bright yeasts - nicely bittered but light aftertaste
M: light and smooth, slight bitter coating on the palate - very drinkable
O: I have to say this beer probably tastes like what you'd expect if you poured a black ale into a saison. For that reason, I thought the beer very good. I thought it looked, smelled, and felt like "the kinda dame worth gettin' in dutch for"
My tasting biases:
I've had several ABAs, being fond of those that have a sweeter taste and fuller feel (like Dark Element and Dark Horse's Special Reserve) as opposed to having those with a more bitter taste and crisper feel (like a Wookey Jack) - but I liked them all, mind you. Moreover, I feel like Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale is probably a perfect middle ground for the style.
Saison wise, I've had more than a few - and really liked tham all - but Foret stands out from the rest as exemplifying what I expect in a saison. Caveat: I have never had the Saison Dupont, which some may regard as the definitive saison.
I see my review leapt way above the average... I believe this beer will improve in rating as it gets more reviews - bearing in mind that it attempts to blend of two styles - a feat I think they pulled off very well.
01-05-2013 18:06:18 | More by Greywulfken
4.35/5 rDev +24.3%
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass
A - Pitch black with little thin lacing. Not much head at all. Maybe 1/4 of an inch on a heavy pour.
S - Light scent of smoke that I worked to get. Smells closer to a standard black lager with a sweet carmel and toasted nut at the forefront, but difficult to pull much else. Very mild odor.
T - The first taste is pure black ale with dark fruits, carmel, & roasted malt. As it settles under the tongue I get the saison aspect of Belgian yeast with mild smoke I was looking for. Washes mildly bitter with a hint of hops, but just enough to keep it balanced.
M - Fizzy in a champagne way. Little bubbles that tickle the tongue. A dryness on the back end. Quite light in the typical feel of a saison.
O - Although the smoke that is advertised is very underwhelming when you expect it. Aside from that, it is about as balanced you could hope for in the complex style attempted. You get the some of the black, some of the smoke, and some of the saison without any of them overpowering the other.
12-12-2012 16:12:45 | More by udouche
4.33/5 rDev +23.7%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a jet black opaque body with a thin light tan film of head that is supported by bubbles that race out of the abyss and stick to the bottom of the head.
S- The roasted black malt is very mellow with a cold smoke note in the finish. There is a nice saison yeast ester aroma that turns a bit to new sneaker aroma as it opens, but the aroma always stays light.
T- The nice saison yeast character takes on some dry bubble gum qualities followed by a smooth black malt mellow finish. There is a club soda and cold smoke note to the after taste. As the beer opens some lemon tartness grows quite a bit in the finish. It could be hops but not really distinct, but very pleasant.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat
O- This has all the potential for a train wreck but I would say it truly is the perfect storm. All the flavors come through but they are in just the right balance that it doesn’t get ugly. Each sip made me want another sip just out of pure wonderment. The beer is light and bright even though it has some black malt and smoke flavors. Is this the holotype of a Black Saison?
01-09-2013 17:27:25 | More by rhoadsrage
4.29/5 rDev +22.6%
This is a collaboration beer with quite a pedigree—Evil Twin, Stillwater and Stone? Sign me up!
But a smoked saison?
This pours a porter roasty. It’s dark black-brown in color with a tight cap of cocoa-colored foam. The aroma is slightly smokey, like a smoked … orange? That’s the best I can come up with—if you’re a BBQ enthusiast stick an orange in your smoker and see how close it smells to this. The smoke profile is the most apparent aspect to this brew. Like smoked notes with a mild hop undertone to it. It’s an interesting aroma and an interesting flavor. Tastewise it has an upfront bitterness with the hoppy floral characteristics buried under the smoke profile. Finishes dry with a bit of pine on it. It’s not like any smoked or dark saison I’ve ever tried before. As I enjoyed this I kept thinking this was more akin to a smoked porter, as it came across more like a hoppy cousin to Stone’s own Smoked Porter. The funky, floral saison notes never emerged, at least not enough for it to speak to the style. In fact, stylistically speaking, it’s a muddled mess—but that’s no reason why I can’t enjoy it for being what it is. The finish is bitter and smokey. As it warms & opens it has a nice piney-resiny finish to it. Really tasty sipper!
01-20-2013 10:10:13 | More by elNopalero
4.28/5 rDev +22.3%
Pours dark black with a modest but respectable head.
Nose has nice roasty characteristics, smokiness, and herbs.
Palate is powerful. Roasted malt, hop bitterness yielding to very light dark fruit, and ending with mild sweetness, even though the roastiness continues thoughout the entire eperience. A longer lasting finish than most beers.
Mouthfeel is creamy with very mild carbonation.
Reminiscent of a porter. Enjoyed this one, seemingly more so than other reviewers on this site.
01-01-2013 05:44:51 | More by artdob
4.28/5 rDev +22.3%
Collaboration between Evil Twin, Stillwater and Stone.
Black color, ruby when put through the light, with a thin head with short retention.
Light aroma of roasted and smoked malts, with notes of caramels and some sourness.
Very interesting flavor of sweet smoked malts with a refreshing pine note, heavy on condiments and some nice funkyness from Breta lyke small devils, giving a special character to it. Dry, bitter and burnt long lasting aftertaste.
Medium body with perfect carbonation and a spicy feeling.
That was a very original and interesting beer, mixing several different styles that ramdomly comes out and disappears. Highly recommendable.
06-21-2013 16:34:50 | More by FLima
Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing Co.
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