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

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Reviews: 185
Hads: 639
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 8
Gots: 49 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chugalug06 on 11-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 185 | Hads: 639
Photo of WankelEngine
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours almost completely black with hints of brown, entirely opaque. There is a nice foamy, tan colored head of about one finger which dissipates to a very thin, oily cap over the course of a minute or two. Mild layers of lace.

S: The first thing I pick up on the nose is some bitter, roasted flavor. This roasted aroma is fairly sharp as it is backed up by the estery profile of Belgian yeast. Other Belgian flavors, bubblegum and apple, provide a counterpoint to the otherwise bitingly bitter aroma.

T: Roasted malt is still predominant, but fairly balanced between that and the Belgian profile. Bittersweet chocolate and a good deal of smoke. The saison side of things provides a little bit of funk and very light bubblegum. The finish is very bitter, all the bitterness of the roasted malt and saison rolled into a lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with low but effervescent carbonation.

O: An interesting combination of styles, but not the best execution. The aroma is good, but the flavor is too bitter. I like bitterness, but the finish is all roasted and alcohol. (1,127 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,344 characters)

Photo of acsprouse
4.19/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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. (321 characters)

Photo of Florida_SC_Trojan
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (387 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. (418 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (424 characters)

Photo of Sam21
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.  (2,089 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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. (935 characters)

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (553 characters)

Photo of cmak316
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on the upper range of the suitable scale.

Thin mouthfeel yet full aftertaste of smoky, burnt oats. Would go well with a charcoal grilled pork loin or sirloin.

I am new to the smoked beer scene but it is what I expected, light enough to appreciate and see what it was aiming for but not too heavy for ultimate rejection. A good brew I'd say for a novice palate.

WAY better than most middle of the road priced beers, that is if you're open to new tastes. (462 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.39/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black with a finger wide tan head that dispersed into thin lacing rather quickly. The scent was of licorice and black coffee, with a slight smokey character. Decent, but lacking any complex aromas. The flavor was where the beer captured my senses. It began with sour notes and slight citrus flavors, these remained throughout the sip. The taste than picked up notes of licorice and black coffee as the sip finished. Each sip left a smokey aftertaste that was present, but not overpowering. Quite a good beer in flavor profile. The mouthfeel was quite carbonated, though not enough that the beer was difficult to drink, and the carbonation seemed to compliment the flavors. Overall this is an excellent beer that provided a nice set of flavors that meld quite well together. (787 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a 1-finger light-tan head that quickly settles to 1/2-finger
S: Grass, a little tropical fruit & hints of coffee, malt & sour
T: Mild, with flavors of roasted malt, chalk, a bit of citrus & earth
M: Medium-bodied with a pleasant carbonation
O: Unique, worth trying, made me contemplate it a bit, but not a beer I would actively seek out again (398 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
3.84/5  rDev +11%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.77/5  rDev +9%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of smcnulty1981
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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 (671 characters)

Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (1,845 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - black with a half of an inch of soft, foamy, brownish head that has decent retention

S - spicy with notes from Belgian yeast which are mostly peppery, some dark malts

T - some roasted malts, chocolate, peppery, spicy, faint dark fruit, some Belgian yeast, some herbal notes, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, crisp, a tad overcarbonated

This is a decent beer. The flavor is centered around the spicy notes imparted by the yeast. The overall flavor is good but the crispness of the carbonation interferes with the palate making it hard to really enjoy all of the subtleties. This was nice to try once, but this isn't a beer I'll be buying again. (658 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Dark brown mahogany tinted cola appearance. A dainty layer of tan bubbly fast scattering head that recedes to a coral reef swirl on top.

S: Sweet hard candy and black malt. Smoked grains, burnt molasses, figs, hazelnut coffee, powdery earthy yeast pine and floral hops. Once warmed the aroma becomes similar to a grease trap at a fast food joint.

T/M: A cornucopia of earthy yeast, pine and floral hops flood the palate. A sensation of dust in my mouth. Lurking in the background rounding out the dryness are alcohol soaked figs, smoked grains and molasses with a bitter bite of coffee. The smoke really encompasses the back of the throat and surrounds the flavors slowly building it's intensity to a profile similar to burnt marshmallows. Aggressive carbonation in a medium body. Finish is dry and smoky with subtle tart apple peel. The pine/floral hops are almost too much for this beer.

O: I love collaborations and this was a success in my book. Although not a terrific creation of the style. The smoke was delicate but intensified to really pull it all together. An interesting beer to say the least. (1,114 characters)

Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.