Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.5/5 rDev 0%
12oz bottle served in a Southern Tier Tulip
A - Pours a very dark brown with red highlights when held to the light. 1.5 finger mocha head clings to the sides of the glass. The foam stays around slowly forming a clear center with a tall collar. Below average lacing.
S - Roasted grain, charred wet hay, woody mushroom background, cold coffee grains. The barley runs strong throughout the aroma with notes of old burnt leather and hints of funky yeast. Notes of perfumy lavender show up as it warms.
T - Roasted grains, sharp berry fruit tartness, charcoal wood, hints of acidity, A strong burnt note with the berry tartness clinging the edges of the tongue. It turns smokey toward the middle with leafy green hops showing up. Floral hops ride on top of the strong roast, while finishing earthy with a smokey but crisp finish.
M - Ample carbonation makes a medium creamy body. Hop oils are left on the palate along with roasted grain and a dry finish.
This is not a subtle dark Saison. The roast dominates and creates a smoky background against the berry fruit. The hops are not shy and blend well with hints of wood and campfire funk. The funk is light but adds character overall. I enjoyed exploring this beer. It's heavy on the smoke and roast with the yeast adding delicate flavor. Thanks Hopswagger!
04-07-2013 01:47:00 | More by StaveHooks
3.84/5 rDev +9.7%
A black beer with slightly reddish tones when held to light. Tan head. Subtle smokey aroma...slightly fruity and spicy in its smell. The taste is tart, and the smoke really comes it. The beer takes on a little toasted spice flavor (think peppercorns in an oven). Very mild, though....and the tartness gives a beautiful balance. Medium body and moderately high carbonation. Very good.
04-06-2013 21:26:04 | More by Suds
3.41/5 rDev -2.6%
12oz bottle into tulip.
A - Dark brown, almost black, with a deep mahogany hue when held to the light. Small light tan head.
S - Sweet bready malt, smoked wood, Belgian yeast, light fruit, herbal spice.
T - Lots of burnt grains and roasty flavors up front, followed by lemon citrus and earthy Belgian yeast. A hint of smokiness and sweet caramel comes through. A tad bitter on the finish with more graininess and a little spice.
M - Light-medium body, high carbonation, creamy. Dry finish.
O - There is a lot going on in this beer, but unfortunately nothing sticks out and is not very memorable. The saison elements are a bit subdued, and there isn't that much smoked flavor in the taste. It's very porter-esque with a touch of Belgian yeast. Good drinkability though.
04-06-2013 00:03:11 | More by mooseo
3.29/5 rDev -6%
A- Black body small tan ring of head.
A- Clean malt aroma. Not really much going on here, pretty plain. Slight roast and dark sweet malts.
T- Very clean dry flavor. Some roasted malt upfront with a sweetness and finishes dry and spicy. The simplicity is nice, but I expected something more complex from this. Smoke isn't pronounced at all. Warming alcohol.
M- Medium-light body clean and dry contributed to with the moderate carbonation.
D- Enjoyable beer. A bit on the pricey side though. It is a very clean simple saison. I did expect more though.
04-04-2013 03:10:48 | More by gpogo
3.34/5 rDev -4.6%
The color is a very dark brown, lighter brown creeping in at the edges. A tan head reaches one finger and displays good retention. It sticks around as a tight, creamy foam for as long as there's beer in the glass. Some mixture of patchy and sticky lacing with legs remains.
Smoke is in moderation on the nose, and with it comes a slightly woody note along with a very gently tangy hint, a bit of chalkiness, a spicy nip, and some dark fruits. Not too much changes in the flavor, with the sweetness becoming more distinctive and strong and turning char into a tangy/biting sort of finish. The overall character of this beer makes it impossible to identify as a saison. When a little bit of a yeasty and earthy element is discovered underneath, it at least becomes identifiable as a possibility.
The body is adequate at a solid medium. A crisp bite starts it off and remains strong, though it overtakes the smoothness that comes out a bit. The chalky dryness hits the palate pretty hard. With the tang, the char and the wood, the feel is extremely dry all the way.
04-03-2013 13:34:03 | More by Brenden
3.19/5 rDev -8.9%
A: Dark brown and opaque. Brown head about one finger that slowly died in a minute. Some lacing
S: Subtle sweetness that isn't distinct. Saison spiciness. Subtle roast.
T: Low citrus hops up front with some sweetness. Light saison spice. Nice roast all the way through.. Slight bitter end with a light smoke coming through. Finishes out pretty dry.
M: Light body. Medium-high carbonation.
O: Was worth the try but would not buy again. They accomplished brewing a black saison but just not a style I like.
04-03-2013 04:01:28 | More by DiscGolfRobot
3.51/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a lighter fizzy but brownish colored head covering, nice lacing though, super dark cola brown color faintest hint of mahogany light sneaking through.
Nose light smoked malt, like bbq smoke but nothing huge in that department, a light grainy straw malt, hint of earthy saison, and a bit of caramel and darker malt. Also a faint leafy hop.
Taste starts with a light farmhouse but yeasty kinda flavor, with grainy hay malts. Then a blend of a weird citrus almost lime lemon like with a gale or other leafy spice, and some light bitter roasty malt and darker caramel malt. Hops bring a faint mint and leafy vegetal thing with some bitterness. Smoke is light and more like liquid smoke than actual smoked malts, almost fake tasting, it's kinda weird. Finish is more bitter, sticky malt residue, light smoke, light saison and leafy herbal spices lingering.
Mouth is med bodied, plenty of carb.
Overall didn't really do it for me, too many things going on that just don't play well.
04-03-2013 01:50:43 | More by jlindros
4.03/5 rDev +15.1%
Served from a 12oz bottle into an Allagash chalice.
Appearance- Beautiful black with 2 finger off white fluffy head that shows no sign of leaving. Good lacing
Smell- Belgian bready yeast, apple, cherry, vanilla, very light smoke, light hops.
Taste- Funky yeast up front, roasted malts, very light smoke. Mostly hops. Hoppier than expected.
Mouthfeel- Light, ample carbonation, clean finish.
Overall- Not bad at all. I wouldnt call this a saison. Reasonably hoppy.
04-02-2013 02:30:37 | More by Seanniek91
3.61/5 rDev +3.1%
Picked up a single bottle, one of the more interesting options available.
Pours a dark brown color, nearly black, slightly hazed with a tight head. Dots of lace coat the glass. Noticable saison like aromas to start, with spiciness and other fruit and floral notes. Smokiness doesn't really come out until the aftertaste.
Taste has lots going on, not sure I could pick out all the elements. Did get some pepper notes, bitter fruit, sharp spices, some oak-like wood, and the smoky charred grain. Alcohol is well hidden. Dry mouthfeel, body is light despite its dark color. No real sweetness or hoppy character, so fits the style and expectations.
03-31-2013 03:38:37 | More by BigBry
Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing Co.
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