Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.33/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
01-19-2013 08:31:24 | More by TMoney2591
3.6/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured into my snifter it comes out with a similar color to root beer. Not a whole lot of foam and was not being gentle. Straight pour into the glass and not tipping the glass. I must say I am surprised. Not a whole lot of lacing but overall its dark and looks good. In the smell it smells good. To compare to other black saisons, it does not have the same scent. Maybe its too fresh but compared to pepe nero it lacks that saison like scents. There is a bit of a belgian yeast character that stands out. Where is the smoke? Well its in the flavor. Its not strong but its there. In regards to saison flavors, they are there but the tartness or dank flavors you may get in a traditional one are really not there. Its not bad. There is not a roasty character for the black malts that is nice and not over bearing. The smoke actually lingers in the back. Nothing extrordinary but its good. I like it but I like the other saison in the Collaboration series better. The hops, as advertised are hard to find in the flavor. There is an earthyness in the taste. Perhaps that is it but for someone that really enjoys beer its hard to find. The mouthfeel is average. Its a saison. But one thing is for sure, its not bad its just not doing it for me. I rarely give an average score for beer. I normally really enjoy beer and can find some positive traits. I am not sure where these guys were going with this. Is it bad? Heck no. Its a really good beer. I must admit I am being critical based on the hype, the names on the bottle and the fact that I have really liked the collaboration series. For transparency I am really not into smoked beers but this is a very mild smoked beer and if I was someone who was wanting to enter this category of beer this is a good start. I would totally say get this beer. For a smoked beer lover, this will be a let down. For a saison fan, give it a shot. Its good but there are better ones out there (if you are a beer nerd like me).
01-19-2013 05:19:41 | More by Vancoubeer
3.24/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
01-18-2013 20:50:37 | More by oberon
3.41/5 rDev -2.6%
12oz bottle to my Sierra Nevada balloon glass
A: Pours a thin dark almond brown color that settles to more of a dark cola body in the glass. Dark khaki head is formatted with some larger bubbles that struggle to retain only to finally subside out to a crown. Some thin sticky ribbons of lace here and there but otherwise rather clean on the glass.
S: Smells a bit tangy with some Saison yeast character. I am getting those signature spices paired with some smoky meats. Clove, star anise, and bubblegum. Kind of subtle aromas overall. Interesting mix too.
T: Tastes like spiced ham. Has a subtle meat smoke flavor throughout with infusions of clove, peppercorn, and more star anise. A sort of weird mix of licorice and garden herbs with hints of charcoal from the black malts. Little sharp tang and burnt ashy aftertaste too. There is a rather low perceived bitterness to the beer and the alcohol is definitely well hidden. Unique brew but not quite working for me.
M: The mouth feel is thin and a mostly watery. There is a high level of spritzy carbonation that helps the texture but this is still pretty wet and rather light in body.
D: Not a terrible beer and the balancing subtle approach of flavors is it’s saving grace. I can almost see myself getting into the direction of this style blender with the spicy meat combination but in the end this one just does not work for me.
At least I can now say I have tried a smoked black saison so I have got that going for me.
01-18-2013 18:37:16 | More by Nugganooch
3.34/5 rDev -4.6%
12 oz bottle into a Stone "Saison du BUFF" stubby tulip snifter
A - Deep dark brown. Practically black, nearly opaque. Decent amount of dark tan foam. Not your classic saison look.
S - Nice minty yeast esters, coriander. Somewhat faint, but pleasant. Gets smokier as it warms.
T - Like a smoky dunkelweizen. Smoke hits you up front, but fades into the background where it lingers pleasantly. Smoke and dark roasted malts become more prominent as it warms. Get it too warm and the coriander starts to become ham-like. You should keep it on the cold side.
M - Nice mouthfeel. Not unlike a dunkelweizen. Pretty smooth.
O - Enjoyable until it gets warm. Would be best, IMO, for food pairing. i had it with a falafel sandwich and they went great together. i imagine this would be really good with braised lamb shank. Overall impression is that this is a pleasantly smokey dunkelweizen that you should drink cold. Not for saison lovers - not really a saison. But, if you like smoky beers or dunkelweizens, you might enjoy it. As for me, I will probably only have it again if I have a food pairing in mind.
01-18-2013 04:35:23 | More by olfolxholme
2.96/5 rDev -15.4%
12 ounce bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Just a few shades shy of black with a head that's disappointing in terms of volume, but is tightly formed and leaves a fair amount of lacing up top.
The nose on this is like Exhibit A of why I haven't been a huge fan of the black saisons I've run into so far. It's pleasant enough but roast and light chocolate notes blunt any notions of the typical saison stuff. Dark fruit, mild spicing, bready. I dunno, pleasant but not what I'm expecting. It has to warm up plenty before the smoky notes begin to amount to much
The smoky flavor is more pronounced, and there's a sharp roast bite to this stuff. Oddly it's kinda thickish and creamy. It's yeasty, but without the crisp and bright spicy/fruity/lively goodness you want in a saison. A rare dud from Escondido.
01-17-2013 23:31:47 | More by PDXHops
3.24/5 rDev -7.4%
A - Pours pretty black, like a dark porter. Tan one finger head with a little lacing.
S - Pepper, grass, funk, smokey... Pretty unique.
T - Smoked porter meets a saison. Roasted malts, white pepper & yeast. Some hoppiness peaks through.
M - Lighter body, high carbonation.
O - I'm not wild about the mixing of these two styles. I love a black IPA, just not a black saison. The only perfect crime is that they stole my money.
01-17-2013 00:50:54 | More by cvm4
3.56/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours a mostly clear dark brown with one finger of offwhite colored head settling to a thin ring, with a few splotches of lace left on the glass. Smell: roasty and slightly burnt upfront, dark brown sugar, notes of chocolate, grass, hazelnut. Taste: sweet throughout, with mild acidity and grainy twang hitting midsip. Mild roast, spicy and grassy hopping, nut-related tannins, a suggestion of funk that doesn't deliver. Finishes drying with some residual sweetness. Black saison, this one does not evoke a particularly good saison, but it's not a bad beer, just a bit scattershot... higher marks if it was labeled as a rando Belgo-hybrid.
01-15-2013 08:15:58 | More by babaracas
3.56/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured from a bottle into a tulip
A- pours an extremely dark brown, bordering on black, a small one finger off white head appears and quickly dissipates down to pretty much nothing, spotty lace
S- spicy and floral although you really have to get your nose into the glass to get it, a little peppery, slightly bready malt, also a little roasty as well, really not a lot going on with the nose to be honest
T- bizzare, you get a tiny bit of the floral aspects of a saison real early but it goes away almost immediately, roasted malt and an aggressive hop back really take over, it almost takes on a porter taste, not sure how I feel about this
M- medium body, nice balance of carbonation, flavor gets all over the palate, nothing to complain about here
O- I wouldn't call this a bad beer, but I feel like the taste didn't take on enough saison characteristics, maybe if they backed off the roastiness it would have worked a little better, I've had better collabs from stone
01-15-2013 01:00:40 | More by nova009
3.2/5 rDev -8.6%
I am not one to crap on Stone's collabos, but this one was subpar. Not a bad beer, but as I review my notes I find a beer that looked black w/ lace rings and mostly a malty aroma w/ very lil in the hop or yeast department. Taste is more of the same as the beer's malts of weet and dryness overpower the noticeable hops and the not at all noticeable saison qualities. I wouldn't call this a black saison at al but more like a porter or stou w/ some belgian characteristics. Not bad, but not worth trying if you haven't already.
01-12-2013 18:02:00 | More by clayrock81
3.74/5 rDev +6.9%
The Beers of California
Bottled Date: 2012
A: Black and opaque with a thin khaki film of head.
S: Mostly burnt barnyard funk with an acidic edge, dark grain, chocolate and earthy bitterness.
T: The funky bite is there built on a dark grain, bread and brown sugar malt foundation. The malt is predominately grainy with a dash of liquid smoke adding a char edge. There is also some banana yeast esters, bittersweet dark chocolate presence, along with an earthy, leafy hop bitterness which also has tinges of citrus peel. The finish is mildly dry with a spicy, acidic bite.
M: The feel is medium to full with a graIny chewiness and a good amount of carbonation adding another layer of interest to the experience.
O: A truly unique brew which is the product of a collaboration between Evil Twin, Stillwater and Stone. Very interesting with layers and layers of complexity which mostly works. With all things new, this brew is difficult to review but the originality found here ultimately succeeds.
01-12-2013 04:00:23 | More by ElSid
Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing Co.
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