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

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BA SCORE
80
good

632 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 52 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chugalug06 on 11-13-2012)
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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Black in the glass, clear amber when pouring, one finger off white head that doesn't last.

S-Spice, grass, like you'd expect from a saison. Along with a tad bit of smoke and coffee.

T-Starts with spices and grassy notes, roasted malt, coffee, smoke. Balance ins't quite there though.

M- Medium bodied with some carbonation.

O-I like the idea, but the execution wasn't up to snuff.

Photo of mattkoon
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like trying these collaboration beer, although some havnt been that great, however this perfect crime black smoked saison is a good one. the smell is very mild, bland even. the look is very dark, black golden. i do like the taste. its very mild not too smokey, if i wasnt seeing it i would believe this beer is black. it is very drinkable holding true to most saisons, but there is enough flavor that still deserves respect. i really like this.

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DavidST
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours a dark brown color with a large brown head which has good retention. The smells are of belgian yeast esters, nice amount of hops, caramel malts. The feel is medium. The taste is like it smells, nice amount of hops, some funk and caramel.

Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Dark mahogany color in the Saxo tall tulip with a modest foam. Average carbonation. Very thin body but a decent sudsiness. I would call this a black Cascadian IPA, but then it is flushed with a whole lot of the Belgian dry yeastiness. A hint of apples and burnt oatmeal.

This stuff is quite sharp and bitter. Not hardly like a Saison, even stretching the style, but I'll rate it as such. Seems like the collaboration yields Stillwater's excess of the dry yeast flavors, along with Stone's prediliction for turning everything into an IPA, plus Evil Twin's murky silliness. Seems like a perfect crime to me.

Sourish aftertaste is even less appealing after all the harsh bitterness. And then it dries out from there and leaves a film on the teeth and the sensation of cardboard. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of barnzy78
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, poured into a chalice, the ale is near black with a bubbly tan head, decent retention and some spotty lace. Aromas are spicy, fruity Belgian yeast, ashy smoke, faint anise. Odd flavors, burnt sugar, spice, pungent orange peel, smoke, balsamic vinegar. Mouth-feel is on the thinner side of medium, nice carbonation. Overall, I wasn't crazy over this one. The balsamic vinegar taste was unappealing, and the flavors had a hard time melding on the palate for me.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of virinow
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BigTrubble
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a dark brown, almost black with a finger of creme colored head, good retention. smells of farmhouse yeast, toasted grains, chocolate, lemongrass. oh hell yeah, band aids, wet hay, lemongrass, toasted grains.. a tart yet smoky flavor profile. now it's all coming together! medium body but drinks like a light beer. nicely carbonated and has a very refreshing mouthfeel even though the flavors are all over your palate!

a great collaboration, but what would you expect?! it's some damn great world wide brewing all brewing an excellent style, and adding a nice dark twist to it.

Photo of dc4three
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Dark red-brown (but still translucent) with very little head.

S: Pleasant funky-sour Belgian(?) yeast. Grainy, almost like a tripel. Gingerbread? Rather faint, but still interesting. Ever so faintly metallic.

T: Interesting. This is a pretty nice saison, just wild/funky enough for my tastes, with an interesting complexity and bitterness. Herbal-citric hops and dryish endtaste. The aftertaste is a bit barnyardy, but I am more than prepared to live with that in my saisons. The alleged smokiness is virtually undetectable except at the very, very end.

M: No complaints here. Moving on...

O: I enjoyed it, and I suppose I'd recommend it, but I probably wouldn't have another. Interesting and well-made.

Photo of avalon07
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A slightly strange aroma of chocolate (not something you expect from a saison), malt, fruit, and the funkiness typical of the style.

T: Tasted of dark fruits, a little bit of malt, light hops, a hint of chocolate, and the aforementioned funkiness. There's something a bit out of whack here. The flavors don't seem to gel very well. Not bad, but not as good as others.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth, silky finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't a bad beer, but it isn't as well-formed as other Stone collaborations. Not necessarily undrinkable, but not something I would buy twice.

Photo of smcnulty1981
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours with a nice black color when held to the light there is a brown hue with about 2 fingers of a light brown kahki head with some lacing

S: some chocolate and coffee notes with a hint of a smokey hickory

T: hint of chocolate and coffee again on the taste

M: the body was a lot lighter than the color would indicate there was a fairly thin body with not the carbonation level that is expected of a saison

O: this was tough to rate being that its a unique style I tired to compare to other smoked beers however this collaboration fell a little short of the markof description and having had beers from all three breweries this was not the best from all of them

Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of yossarian14
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of illeagle05
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Pitch black body, hints of ruby. Tan colored, one finger head.

Aroma had some typical saison funk aromas. A bit estery. Light smoke aroma.

Taste was a bit chocolately upfront with some estery flavors. Slightly spicey. Subtle hints of smoke. Finished a bit bitter and earthy.

Mouthfeel was medium body, thin mouthfeel and dry finish.

Overall a unique twist on a saison. Still had some traditional flavors with a nice addition of chocoalte flavors.

Photo of ThirdEyePA
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of prototypic
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The Perfect Crime is a darker mahogany color. It’s dark, but not opaque. Backlighting reveals quite a few burgundy highlights throughout. It’s topped with a soft, tan head. It’s modest, rising to less than a finger in height. It’s rather quick to dissipate. Lacing was a little sticky, but definitely on the lighter side. Looks alright.

The nose is very weak and disappointing. It’s not very aromatic at all. It needs a big boost of strength in a bad way. There are some light spicy and earthy notes. Belgian yeast is noted. It brings a little clove and pepper to the mix. It is a bit earthy and grassy throughout. There might be some noble hops here. Tough to say. I’m not getting anything to suggest it’s smoky. Alcohol isn’t all that strong. There’s a little here, but not much. Needs work.

The flavor is a bit better. It starts out with a mix of earthy and grassy flavors. They resonate throughout. Noble hops are almost certainly responsible for the grassy flavor. There are some dark malty notes. Tastes mostly like bittersweet dark chocolate. No sweetness at all. Belgian yeast is noted and adds some pepper and clove flavors. I like that. There’s a very light charred or smoky flavor, but it’s extremely subtle. I was expecting much more in that department. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor. Finishes earthy, grassy, and very dry.

The Perfect Crime has a light-medium body. Carbonation is active, but doesn’t feel buzzy. Honestly, it feels too thin. Definitely too thin to be smooth. I guess it goes down alright. It’d go down even better if I liked it more.

The Perfect Crime is hardly perfect. It’s not even close. The nose is weak and needs a lot of work. The flavor seems a little jumbled and lacks focus. It’s not a terrible beer by any means, but it’s not very good either. It’s worth a try.

Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.