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

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BA SCORE
79
okay

185 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 185
Hads: 639
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 8
Gots: 49 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: chugalug06 on 11-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown, appearing black in the glass. Fine two-finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Pleasant aroma of light fruit, citrus, toasted malt, licorice and saison yeast. Flavor is light toasted malt, light wild yeast, light smoke, finishing with a somewhat medicinal light hop bitterness. The taste is surprisingly flat for the variety of flavors. Nice medium body with light creaminess. This resembles a hybrid between a light porter and a saison, but not really all that well integrated. An interesting, but somewhat attenuated flavor combination. (631 characters)

Photo of albertjr21
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a snifter, brew pours a solid roasted brown color (black) under a light beige head. Interesting sweet and tart herbal aroma that hints at spicy pungent lemon peel up front over earthy notes of cocoa. Certainly carries the aroma of a saison. This may be the brightest/herbal/spiciest flavor I've ever had to so dark of an appearance. Voila! Black Saison it is...Sweet and tart citrus spice takes a sharp ride in the mouth feel at an enjoyable level. Roasted malt subtly but significantly lends itself to the palate in a dry fruity finish. Very interested to pair this with food next time... (594 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (584 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: 1/4" tan head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.

S: Smoke, yeast, sourness, flowers and grass.

T: Smoke, roasted malt, grass, flowers, biscuit, sour milk.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Not very enjoyable, the smokiness was unnecessary and the dry and dark roasted malts were too much as well. So far The City Never Sleeps from Gigantic is still the benchmark of a Black Saison for me. (432 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black, hint of brown, finger frothy tan-khaki head. Fades medium.

S - Roasted caramel malts, chocolate, smoke, vanilla, coffee, Belgian yeast, spices, pepper, earthy hops.

T - Roasted caramel and chocolate malts, earthy hops, mild bitterness, Belgian yeast, pepper, other spices, vanilla, and smoke.

M - Medium bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth with a smokey and roasty finish.

D - Nicely balanced dark saison. The smoke is a nice touch. (452 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Impressive lumpy beige head that leaves plenty of chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is deep brown where light passes through the center.

Mildly earthy aromas. The rest of the smell reminds me of a Brown Ale. Light white-pepper hop at the end. Some Saison aroma after these initial smells settle.

First impression is the thinness of the body. Nearly no flavor while the beer is on the tongue. Everything comes from the swallow, which is complex combination of pepper, astringent darker malt and a bit of alcohol. Relatively short aftertaste. High carbonation level. (569 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this is a balck smoked saison, and so far it holds true, it is black. A thin transparent blackm, as opposed to a thick viscous stout black, pours with a medium tan head and plenty of carbonation sticking to the glass

S - the aroma is surprisingly lacking, some smoked peat, earthy notes, no distinct hop profile, no spicy saison tones, just smoke and malts

T - my how things change in the taste of this beer, one of the biggest discrepancies between nose and palate that I can remember in a beer. Big spicy funky saison notes float above a great malt/hop balanced profile. Each individual element is distinguishable and of high quality.

M&D&O - among the best layered beers I have tried, a fantastic job of creating such differing and tasty elements at every level. a tasty brew! (786 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black in appearance with at least a finger of head on a 10 oz pour. Good retention and lacing. Smells malty yet fruity - maybe green apple. Almost sour style and hiding behind that you can find a bit of smoke. The flavor is malt forward, chalky with more typical Saison spices on the back end - I get celery, parsley, others. Typical Saison has a real clean finish - on this one the dark malt lingers through that and beyond. Different. (442 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of udouche
4.28/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1654th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
12oz

2012 Release
Purchased at Total Wine & More for $2.99

App- Well it is a black saison. So figured it would be very dark. Inky black and very dense in the glass with red edges. Still not sure how that works really. The head was a nice two finger, off white, almost khaki color. The cling was very amazing and thick.

Smell- Well I thought it was overly muddled. A bit too much going on. Taking into consideration a Roggenbier with a fuller rye smell, a hefe with some bubblehum and a saison with the pepper and malt. A bit bitter and floral as well. I dont get too much smoke. Do get a bit of meaty flavors behind this.

Taste- I thought it was better than average but not a great beer. It had a lot going on and got a bit muddled in the middle. Similar to the aromas the flavors were a bit off. Too many things competing with eachother. It was yeasty, doughy, dark fruits, smokey and meaty. Just didn't layer well.

Mouth- It was a pretty thick body actually. More like a liquid bread mixed with some candy. A bit sweet on the finish like a quad. Some plums and some juices. The carbonation was a bit bubbly and carried over to the finish.

Drink- Well I have reviewed all but two of the stone Collabs. Streak continues. Fairly tasty and a bit muddled but a unique take on a couple styles. Just not for me. (1,348 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours near black with a billowing dark brown head that faded into a lasting thin film. A complex network of lace was left down the glass.
S: Smokey with sweeter notes of caramel. Mild nose, pretty straightforward. Maybe a hint of yeast.
T: Follows the nose. Smokey and sweet with caramel, chocolate, dark fruits and raisins. Smokey sweet finish, mildly bitter aftertaste. Belgian yeast maybe pokes through in the finish but other than that this tastes like a full on porter.
M: Full carbonation, airy and frothy. Medium-full body, sweet and slick mouthfeel.
O: A porter if I’ve ever had one, and a pretty solid one at that. As a saison, even a knowingly “dark” saison, I’m just not feeling it. Worth a try but not their greatest. (769 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear deeply brown colored ale with a small black colored head

Smells like smoked flowers. Smoke and coriander with a flowery hop aroma. Little bit of honeysuckle in the scent. Flowers are a bit like perfume.

Starts out neutral sweet and smoky. Hint of a sourness in this. Moderate bitterness. Tastes like smoked flowers.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is tasty but not outstanding. A Strange one pretty must Irish Dry Stout mixed with Saison. Not one of the better beer combination. (486 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Deep dark pour with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Belgian yeast,dark chocolate
Taste-Belgian yeast spiciness and underlying tartness, dark baker's chocolate, dark roasted malt, and vinuous hops in a rather dry finish with just wisps of smoke. A porter/Saison mindmeld that try hard to work things out and comes pretty close. A llittle more smoked malt perhaps? All that being said, this brew cries out for a food pairing. Sechuan or spicy Thai, BBQ or braised ribs, or just a hunk of aged Gouda or Bleu cheese. (560 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights when held to light, and a good sized tan head that slowly recedes before leaving a moderate amount of lace on the glass. The aroma holds a bit of smoke with a moderate amount of spice and a bit of chocolate caramel, and roast. The flavor is bready with a bit of spicy wheat, a hint of chocolate, smoke, and a heavy hand of earthy spicy hops. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation ans a spicy tart bubbly mouthfeel. This beer was ok, but not really my cup of tea. (535 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: Draft
Glass: Tulip
From: Stone Brewing Company
Price: $6
BOD: N/A

Black with a finger (when I got it) of tan head. Good lacing - foamy and milky. Good retention.

Smelled toffee, caramel, chocolate, molasses and light dark sour fruit.

Tasted sour fruit, grape, kiwi, plum, chocolate and toffee with a slightly bitter finish.

Medium body. Oily texture. Fizzy (high) carbonation. Astringent finish.

I was a bit disappointed overall. Lots of flavors but nothing that really stood out. (493 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Arrives in an Ovila goblet.

A- Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch tan head that bears great retention before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a sheet of bubbly surface foam. Nice web trails of lacing run down the glass.

S- Slightly funky aroma with not a lot of malt presence given the color.

T- Also surprisingly light and smooth given its color. Doesn't really taste too much like a saison because the mildly roasted malt overpowers whatever yeasty wheat flavors were detected in the aroma. Alcohol is light as any saison's should be although this one's on the higher end of the ABV spectrum for the style. Mildly bitter.

M- This is the only part where it becomes a failed experiment for me. It's crisp in the start, but then there's a very chalky, grainy dryness in the afterfeel. Medium-high carbonation and a deceivingly light-ish body.

O- Certainly an interesting blend of styles. If they can just crack the code on getting that mouthfeel more appealing, this could be a whole new breed of beer. Better than the overall BA score implies. (1,072 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown with a creamy 1/2 inch head, and tons of lacing.

Smell - Smokey malts, fig, rasin, cherry, plum, some sugars, molasses. Not getting anything else.

Taste - Roasted, smokey malts, sweet grassy floral notes with belgian yeasts at first sip. Dark fruits add some bitterness with the spices and minor floral hops. Theres a sweet note of brown sugars, molasses and some chocolate. No alcohol is noticable. The funky, earth flavors are mildly present, but masked somewhat under the smokey malts.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets the smokey malts, yeasts, added sugars. Palate gets more smoke, sugars and dark fruits. Aftertaste is bitter, sweet and sour.

Overall - Very unique, a little unbalanced but is a fine drink. You get the smokey flavor first, then the saison comes in and overpowers. Enjoyable but a little thin on the smokey side, and that leads to the saison aspect being dominate. Its worth a drink since its limitied but the price sucks, as all stone colabs do. (1,013 characters)

Photo of MIA4IPA
2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I got to say I love trying the Stone Collabs but I have had very few that were great but mostly its a very average!

Pours nice finger head that dissipates relatively quickly. Nice lacing on the glass, smell is slightly yeasty and mouthfeel is thin. I get more of a spicy smoky flavor towards the end. Leaves a dry chalky taste in my mouth (not pleasant)

Overall I would expect more from these 3 great brewers, in my opinion a poor attempt at a saison! (455 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a very dark brown capped with a two finger foamy off white head, some wispy lacing. On the nose hints of smoke and farmhouse yeast. Opens with grassy hops, joined by musty farmhouse yeast and a hint of smoked wood. Finishes with continued yeasty notes and some mild hop bitterness and slight pear skin-tinged fruit notes. Fairly light-bodied and slick, moderately carbonated. Overall, nothing outstanding, but a solid brew. Considering this is a collaboration which as a whole tend to disappoint, that's saying a lot. (564 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. Stone Collaboration bottle into a large wine glass. This, The Perfect Crime, pours like no Saison I've seen before. Deep brownish black with ruby highlights and a steady cap of deep tan foam.

The aroma was interesting, particularly given the darkness of the pour. Perhaps there is a chance for this....perhaps... or perhaps not. Not..

Flavor is muddled and without nuance as for a Saison. And while this was expected given the color, it still is what it is. I think Black Saison's, like Black IPA's might well benefit from a jump off a cliff.

A decent brew, style aside. And the color here is subtle as in that it's just color as opposed to flavor. Hmmmm. (681 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, allowed to warm just slightly before being poured into my NEBCO tulip.

The Perfect Crime pours not quite solid black, with some ruby highlights. The dark khaki foam rises up and spills out of the glass a little bit, but eventually settles at two fingers in height. Head retention is decent, and more of the glass is left covered in lacing than not. The nose is alright, but there's not much of anything to suggest that the beer's a saison. There's some dark, roasty aromas, along with smoke that's definitely secondary in nature, but still present. The flavor has a bit more "saison" to it. The coffee like roasted malts lead things off, but they aren't too intense or overwhelming. A spicy yeast character that's very subtle comes in next, bridging the beer to a soft, smoky there's still not enough in the way of an ester and/or phenol profile from the yeast, but at least there actually is some here. The mouthfeel is just a miss from the style. It's noticeably too heavy body-wise, and the carbonation just doesn't have much life to it. I think there's a great beer in this idea, and some aspects of it are already dialed in (particularly the subtle smoke presence). However, this has to be one of the more disappointing Stone collaborations I've had. (1,271 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (800 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep black with reddish edges and an off-white head. Saison aroma of apple skins, pepper, sauerkraut. Sweet and tangy mustard. Tastes of apple skins, sauerkraut, tangy with spicy mustard powder. Almost no smoke, thin beer. Light body with light carbonation. A Perfect Crime against the public at $7.99 for a 12 oz. bottle. It's allright but not worth the money. (361 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Usually the Stone collaborations sell out really quickly. I just happened to get lucky that they had a bottle of this on the shelf at my local store.

The nose on this beer provides a little sour note as well as a light coffee touch. I also pick up a decent amount of malt there.

The flavor is really unbalanced. I don't know what to pick up. This beer is really all over the place. I am really not happy with what is in that glass. (434 characters)

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