Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.15/5 rDev -10%
Appearance: Pours a deep rich brown, but settles in to the glass almost black. Head is a very light tan, bubbly, and rocky. Drops to a spotty, slightly chunky cap with a loose collar. Some splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.
Smell: Heavy banana. Ripe fruit and a touch of candy. Lingering spiciness pushes clove and a touch of pepper. Faint, very faint, smoked malt running through the back. Sweet with a solid splash of wheat. Apple skin and a touch of citrus. Mild hop influence. Some grassy, slightly musty undertones. A touch medicinal. Dried cherries.
Taste: Grain. Smoked, cracked wheat. Some pepper and clove spice. Banana takes a back seat, thankfully. Citrus and herbal hop notes run through the back. Slightly smoky. Some dark, dried cherry. Raw grain and grass. Some musty backnotes. Slightly roasted. Soft yeast. Some dark sugars, pushing into almost burnt territory. Same medicinal hint from the nose builds a bit as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel: Suprisingly dry. Almost crisp, with a lingering smooth feel. Moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy medium body.
Overall: You forgot to account for one important detail!
More Beligan than anything else. Missed the saison feel for me. Smoke was minimal, but ended up being a nice touch overall. Not the best collab, but it has potential with a real farmhouse yeast.
02-19-2013 19:29:23 | More by Goblinmunkey7
4.16/5 rDev +18.9%
A - very dark. Ruby redness coning through against the light
S: roasted malts.. chocolate, smokey
T: roasted malt and smokiness
M: Medium body nice carbonation.
O: good brew. You should give it a try, its a little different on the style that traditional but that makes it fun. Not the best beer.. but its a Good one.
02-19-2013 07:00:32 | More by acsprouse
3.48/5 rDev -0.6%
A - black with a half of an inch of soft, foamy, brownish head. This beer pours like a porter.
S: A slightly different aroma of chocolate, a rather faint smell grain.
T: Rather mild with falvors of roasted malt and suble hints of smoke.
M: Medium body with a dry finish.
Overall I liked this beer. It is completely different from any other saisons that I have had. It is worth a try.
02-18-2013 22:24:18 | More by Florida_SC_Trojan
3.94/5 rDev +12.6%
The beer pours a dark brown color with an off white head that was filmy and left a lot of lacing.
Smells slightly tangy with a hint of smoke some dark fruits and a bit of clove.
The taste is roasty and earthy with a nice citrus hop finish.
It is medium bodied with good carbonation ahd is quite refreshing.
Thought this beer was better than the reviews it's gotten so far, it's interesting without getting too crazy.
02-16-2013 21:56:51 | More by JMad
3.78/5 rDev +8%
Picked up a single in mid January from BevMo for $3.19.
Beer poured black with a decent off white head that is leaving some lacing behind.
Nose is somewhat medicinal and floral.
Taste is roasted malts, some smoke, with a citrus hop finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth from the belgian yeast strain.
Overall a pretty good beer, different conceptually but not wild and crazy. Glad i took the opportunity to try.
02-13-2013 01:34:17 | More by arizcards
3.56/5 rDev +1.7%
12oz bottle poured into tulip. Purchased for $3.99. Bottled on 10/26/12.
A- Dark brown liquor that takes on an opaqueness in the glass. Black. Creamy tan foam caps it off with decent retention and lacing.
S- Not much at first. A bit of smoke, Belgian fruit esters, and a touch of toasted malt. Bubblegum and a touch of banana add sweetness to the aroma.
T- This is a really intriguing beer. There is definitely a disconnect between my eyes and what my taste buds expect. I'm expecting the rich roast flavors and deep malt sweetness of an American stout, but am left hanging, as I should be. Sweet juicy fruit notes open up on the palate first. Bits of pineapple, lemon zest, and orange. The sweetness is very sugary and candied, but has a balancing roasty edge to it. The sweetness and fruit profile is exactly what I would expect from a quality Saison or other Belgian golden. Within the roasty edge, which appears behind the fruit, there is a light smoky backdrop. It's a mysterious turn for my taste buds. You really have to abandon all expectations and sit with this one. It finishes with a nice balanced hop bitterness that is both citrusy and slightly medicinal. Overall, this is not an extreme beer, as the flavors are all really nicely integrated and balanced.
MF- The body is light with a juicy quality to it. It's a bit lighter than I would like for a beer with Belgian roots. My preference would be for more of that soft effervescent quality of some bigger Belgians, but it definitely does not detract from the flavors. It carries the beer as it should - it's just not a standout aspect.
O- Here is my disclaimer: I love Belgian/Belgian-style beers. These brewers knew what they were doing and really crafted something special with this beer. You can taste the thought that went into it. The components are nicely structured in the flavor profile and each layer is easily peeled back. The aroma was a bit mild for me and the body could have used a boost, but neither detracted from the flavor. 6.8%? Wish my glass would refill itself. It went down far too fast.
02-13-2013 01:28:22 | More by Sam21
3.43/5 rDev -2%
12 oz brown bottle. Not seeing a freshness date. Poured into a small snifter.
Appearance: Black with a tight light tan head. About a 1/2" thick, retention is a film and crown. Lots of lace here.
Aroma: Earthy, medicinal, slight wood and smoke. Some grass and spice. Nothing complex, but nothing really straightforward.
Taste: Dry, roasted malt. Hints of citrus, grass, licorice. Definitely some farmhouse funk coming into play, medicinal with a dry, chalky and slightly smokey finish. Was disappointed at first but some subtle complexities came to light as the beer warmed. Pushing the boundaries of the term "saison"
Mouthfeel: Medium body with tight carb. dry chalky finish. Leaves a herbal medicinal taste in the mouth that I don't particular want to have lingering. Decent complexities with the flavors. Can see each brewer's influence. Brian's farmhouse, Stone's hop additions... etc. Beer kind of left me wanting more though.
02-12-2013 23:38:03 | More by nimrod979
3.75/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Tumbler. $4.00
A-Black with a nice creamy finger width beige head. Leaves some lacing.
S-smoke and sweetness, a little cocoa, some herbal notes too.
T- bittersweet cocoa, liquid smoke, roasted malts, sweetness up front, lightly bitter with herbal notes at finish.
M-Good nice creamy texture, nice carbonation, medium body feel.
O-I like this beer, would definitely have with bbq, beef dish etc..love the smoke, don't think it's really Saison though. I couldn't have more then 2-3 of these though. Would get again.
02-12-2013 22:36:20 | More by Damian74Shensky
Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.