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Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

625 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 49 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chugalug06 on 11-13-2012)
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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -14.3%

t0rin0, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, herbs, adhesive bandages, and some smoked wood aromas. Taste is slightly sour with some dark roasted malt, char, and smoke flavors. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness and a tart twang with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with some odd aromas and flavors that don't meld together very well. Unfortunately, this will go down as another miss in the Stone collaboration series in my book.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -14.3%

djrn2, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Thorpe429, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

acurtis, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

nmann08, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of Belgian yeast and dark roasted malts in the nose. Some notes of smoke become evident as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a little less flavors of roasted malts but added flavors of smoke. There are also some hints of oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is dry and a little chalky.
O: This is a nice black saison that is easy to drink and has some nice roasted flavors; the smoke definitely makes this beer unique. It is very flavorful given its light body.

metter98, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Texasfan549, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate head that leaves a lot of stringy lacing behind

Smell: Vaguely woodsy and cakey; really odd for what is in the beer

Taste: The malt flavor is very unusual here - the closest I can get is that it tastes a bit like chocolate mole sauce, with vague hints of spice, chocolate and charred chipotle peppers; rather chalky and woodsy, after the swallow, with just a bit of smoke lingering into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I seem to like this beer better than others who have reviewed it, though it lacks flavor development; perhaps it being so tough to figure out is why they named it "The Perfect Crime"

brentk56, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When subscribing to saisons, the blueprint reads with dry grainy sweetness, pepper, fruit and high effervescence. Any complement of dark grain should accent the dryness with an almost-roast character. But boy-howdy- that notion is rammed home in the perfect crime.

With nearly porter-like proportions, the ale pours a dark, bark-brown color with a yeasty haze that refutes light. Where its body appears dense, the billow of foam and the streams of bubbles suggest lightness. Capped by a soft sandy head, the froth is spritzy and airy and reduces quickly but regenerates with a simple swirl of the glass. Light speckled lace decorates the glass in the wake.

Aromas are all about wood as the balance of saisons are ignored and the scent of char and perfume are preferred. Spicy coriander, paradise seed, star anise and a plethora of exotic botanicals fuse with soft char for a fragrant yet powerful "holiday" scent.

The taste of campfire char, burnt embers, and freshly sawn oak give bold first impressions, and then the spicy taste of pepper, burnt toast, bitter orange peel, white pepper, and coriander are sharp and deliver a pang of sharpness to the palate. Spices turn smoky and medicine-like in finish, and close with a touch of ash.

Incredibly dry, roasty, and tannin, there's absolutely no sweetness to the beer. It's bone dry texture makes the flavors evaporate on the palate and reveals a lot of harsh wood, char, ash, and smoke notes that deserve any semblance of balance. The beer finishes before it begins with only a memory of taste even in its early palate. Spicy, warm, and dry throughout, the beer oddly compelling in mouthfeel but seems harsh nevertheless.

I rather appreciate the dry malt flavor and body, but the roasted character is overbearing and dictates the balance in rather bullying fashion. There's very little resemblance of saison as the beer would be much more identifiable with an off-balanced robust porter instead.

BEERchitect, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

GRG1313, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a deep brown color with a very minimal head on top. The retention and lacing were gone before I took a first sip. The smell of the beer has some light fruity aromas with a touch of roasted malt and bread. The taste was yeasty, more bread a touch of roasted malt and some fresh grapes in the mix. The finish had a decent bitterness to it. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, not overly exciting. Overall this beer was nice too try but a little bit of a disappointment in my opinion. I feel it just lacks some qualities that this style of beer should have. Perhaps it would be better from a bottle.

Knapp85, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip glass jet black with a nice looking large fluffy tannish colored head that stuck like glue leaving multiple globs of lace as it settled slowly.Aromas were dry and very earthy...almost dirty,light spiced phenols and mild smoke rounded out the nose.The palate was dry as well with earthy notes and phenols mainly,the earthiness was to big for my lining,the smoke comes into play more in the aftertaste.Not overly impressed with this offering sad to say.

oberon, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev 0%

JAHMUR, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Ah, the perfect crime. I remember it well... ...Wait! No, forget I said anything! Anyway, this stuff pours a deep garnet-brown topped by a finger of dusty tan foam. The nose comprises light hickory smoke, light soy sauce, mild Belgian yeast, light ruby red grapefruit peeking out from the background, and a few pinches of black pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, with the now-even-lighter smoke duking it out with the yeasty spices and the rindy grapefruit, culminating in a slightly muddled and definitely noisy flavor-din. It almost works, but ultimately falls quite short. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, though smoked beers are usually my bag, this one just didn't do it for me. The flavors never meshed well at all, and the smoke seems almost like an afterthought in the "Oops, this black saison isn't quite there, so let's add some smoke to try to cover things up" kind of way.

TMoney2591, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

SocalKicks, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$3.49 a single is a fair price for this, although i think a saison is too delicate of a style (when done properly) to handle much smoke. and while this one didnt obliterate it, i like the yeast, not the malt, to be the star of my saison. this isnt offensive though. it pours a pretty thick black color, darker than any saison ive come across. fluffy off white head lasts forever. the nose is quite spicy, combined with the smoky malt it feels like fall to me. nice burn malt profile just a litte too big for the yeast though. quite drinkable, sturdy abv, and some nice peppery funk on the back end before the charcoal hits. a good fall seasonal type beer for sure, but not one ill buy again. its just a style that i think doesnt really work, altough this would be textbook if it did. like nothing else, a more than passable beer.

StonedTrippin, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Complete darkness, tight tiny bubble lacing, good stickage

SMELL: Chalky, gummy, carob, dried grass, subtle smoke, dried dark fruit, mild esters, slightly medicinal, spicy

TASTE: Smooth, roasty, bity yeast character, a little creamy, molasses taffy, medicinal herbs, balanced hoppiness, vague smoke, hint of black berries, cocoa nibs, mildly warming alcohol

Was hoping for a bit more crispness or snap, smoke is pretty hard to find and so is the "Saison" traits ... somewhat Belgian-y and that is about it. Missing the point of this beer, at the bottom of all of the Stone collab brews. Nothing bad, just does nothing for me.

Jason, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10/26/12, a trifecta of great brewers came together with one being pretty much the master of the American Saison right now...all three have the collaborative fortitude to do a black beer together considering they all make some of the best dark beers available in craft brewing today. This one pours with a black body jet black with a light fine bubbled creamy tan head, leaves fine lacing down the sides of my tulip shaped chalice. Dry hopping comes thru in terms of earthy pine and mild citrus peels with a dark roasted malts surrounding the hop accents, spicy Belgian yeast gives why to alcoholic phenols and black peppercorns. A pleasant caramel drizzled toast brings out a nuttiness in there as well, all in all chalk full of malt and hops. Flavors collide with the bittering hops here, dark roasted malt bitterness potentiates the pine earthy resinous hops riding the waves of carbonation in my first few sips...as the palate adjusts it's still satisfies with a slightly warming effect of the booze. The dry hopping probably makes and breaks this beer, the strong lingering bitterness really Americanizes this black saison into the hybrid known as the "Perfect Crime" The mouthfeel also welcomes the light smoked meat aspect in the back of the nares, not really dominant against the big hops and dark malts utilized but well played nonetheless. Dry hints of cherry tartness and other vine ripened fruit additions start to explode as the beer warms a bit, complex ale in 12 ounces, I'm guessing this beer keeps getting better considering it's 4/25/13.

WVbeergeek, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Kegatron, May 08, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This. Is gross. Really. What the hell is this? When I first took a sniff of this, I wondered what precisely it was reminding me of. I can't pinpont it, but it's somewhere in the ballpark of turpentine. The beer tastes saison-esqe. I can certainly grab the basic elements of what I should be tasting. But the smoked tones with this odd yeast thing going on just do not work at all. As it warms a bit, it gets more tolerable. But there is just something here that is lacking. And that's putting it nicely. For the price, this beer should be at least good. Considering the three breweries that are involved, it should really be well above average.

RblWthACoz, Nov 29, 2012
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Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.