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

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BA SCORE
80
good

631 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 51 | 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 jnikkel
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ChitownEddy
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of PDXHops
2.96/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of marct
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of cvm4
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of mseidens
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of babaracas
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nova009
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of WritersBlock
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Brewsed
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of clayrock81
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of kmahe
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of ElSid
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Beers of California

#48

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.

Photo of BTHU
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of andthevolcano
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of pkalix
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very dark, cant see through it; nice creamy tan head on top which diminsihes to nothing in the time it takes to urinate.
smells... like hops foremost, but a little something malty too....
dang, anything stone is hops, aint it? even a stinking saisson... tastes like al the rest. why does everyone think their beer is so good?
okay, so overall, it's supposed to be a creation among breweries to be a saisson but it tastes like a mellowed ipa. just my opinion. i get the smoked malts, but it just seems that we have to have an overpowering amount of hop to be called stone. am i wrong? my experience of a saisson is a taste of fields. grass, maybe, but not pine. malts, to be certain, but not roasted to the point of being the only way you can taste them...
but it looks nice in the glass . . . .

Photo of TexIndy
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but it's new release so it's fresh. It poured black with ruby edges. It had a good sized head that settled into a thick collar and covering film. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was interesting. The saison elements were pretty hidden with the dark malts and smoke leading the way. Can't pinpoint it exactly but something about it just didn't hit me right. Not bad but not good either. The taste was again more dark malts and smoke than saison which isn't a knock since it's a smoked saison. But I really couldn't find any saison elements in it so if you'd told me smoked {insert style here} then I wouldn't have argued with you. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and smoky aftertaste.

Overall, an interesting sounding beer and while I love smoked beers and saisons this one just misses the mark for me. Avail here in TX. Rotation: glad I tried it but one is enough.

Photo of sevenarts
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours dark black with a moderate sized tan head and some lacing.

S: Grass, lots of citrus, especially lemon. Very pungent and funky.

T/M: Really wild and hard to pin down. Very hoppy, with big floral and citrus flavors along with a strong piney, grassy element. Somewhat bitter up front, with some funky, yeasty notes, and then a sweeter finish. The malt base is subtle but present, and provides some stout-like hints of caramel and chocolate.

O: A very odd beer, but it's certainly meant to be odd. Big hops,funky saison yeast, and stout notes are combined and never quite blend together. It's very unique and interesting, and works about as well as this crazy idea ever could.

Photo of mbs11
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of grittybrews
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured near-black with a finger of light tan head. Weak aroma of roasty cocoa with a hint of smoke.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Dark, roasty chocolate up front followed by some fruity esters, a touch of mesquite, and a coffee-like bitterness on the tail end.

Strong flavors that don't quite meld, but that's half the fun. Pretty nice!

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours is a nearly black color, with a dark tan head. Had decent retention, and left a nice trail of foamy lacing down the side.

The aroma comprised of pepper, some herbal notes, yeast eaters, grass, and mild backing smoky char note. The smoke was subtle, not over done and lender a nice uniqueness to the aroma.

The more I sipped it the more I enjoyed it. It started a bit more smoky and meaty than the aroma entailed. Then moved to a white pepper and spice note, quaffs of yeast esters, with a smoky, somewhat bitter and herbal finishing note.

The feel was good, was light in body, but was a litter undercarbonated and didn't have that crispness that I enjoy with a good refreshing Saison. Still, it was nice overall.

I love smoked beers and Saison, so I had to try this...and I like it. It's a well executed mashing of of the two, not over done, but kept within the Saison realm. I can however see how this could rub some the wrong way so, if you're open enough to it, keep an open mind.

Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.