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

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628 Ratings

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 48 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

zaptone, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, smoke, coffee, peppery spice, and some bittersweet chocolate. It tastes like roasted malt, earthy hops, vanilla, coffee, peppery spice, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has good carbonation. To me it seems more like a porter or a stout than a saison, but I'm not complaining. I thought this was a good brew overall. $3.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of KC9LDB
3.5/5  rDev 0%

KC9LDB, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +14.3%

RichH55, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: 1/4" tan head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.

S: Smoke, yeast, sourness, flowers and grass.

T: Smoke, roasted malt, grass, flowers, biscuit, sour milk.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Not very enjoyable, the smokiness was unnecessary and the dry and dark roasted malts were too much as well. So far The City Never Sleeps from Gigantic is still the benchmark of a Black Saison for me.

DaftCaskBC, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +14.3%

ralphw56, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Tom-Peters
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Tom-Peters, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Honus1
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Honus1, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black, hint of brown, finger frothy tan-khaki head. Fades medium.

S - Roasted caramel malts, chocolate, smoke, vanilla, coffee, Belgian yeast, spices, pepper, earthy hops.

T - Roasted caramel and chocolate malts, earthy hops, mild bitterness, Belgian yeast, pepper, other spices, vanilla, and smoke.

M - Medium bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth with a smokey and roasty finish.

D - Nicely balanced dark saison. The smoke is a nice touch.

ngeunit1, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Dave_Treat, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Impressive lumpy beige head that leaves plenty of chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is deep brown where light passes through the center.

Mildly earthy aromas. The rest of the smell reminds me of a Brown Ale. Light white-pepper hop at the end. Some Saison aroma after these initial smells settle.

First impression is the thinness of the body. Nearly no flavor while the beer is on the tongue. Everything comes from the swallow, which is complex combination of pepper, astringent darker malt and a bit of alcohol. Relatively short aftertaste. High carbonation level.

smcolw, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this is a balck smoked saison, and so far it holds true, it is black. A thin transparent blackm, as opposed to a thick viscous stout black, pours with a medium tan head and plenty of carbonation sticking to the glass

S - the aroma is surprisingly lacking, some smoked peat, earthy notes, no distinct hop profile, no spicy saison tones, just smoke and malts

T - my how things change in the taste of this beer, one of the biggest discrepancies between nose and palate that I can remember in a beer. Big spicy funky saison notes float above a great malt/hop balanced profile. Each individual element is distinguishable and of high quality.

M&D&O - among the best layered beers I have tried, a fantastic job of creating such differing and tasty elements at every level. a tasty brew!

sinstaineddemon, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

RoryOMoore, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Oakenator
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black in appearance with at least a finger of head on a 10 oz pour. Good retention and lacing. Smells malty yet fruity - maybe green apple. Almost sour style and hiding behind that you can find a bit of smoke. The flavor is malt forward, chalky with more typical Saison spices on the back end - I get celery, parsley, others. Typical Saison has a real clean finish - on this one the dark malt lingers through that and beyond. Different.

Oakenator, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Listers, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

csustar001, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Complete darkness, tight tiny bubble lacing, good stickage

SMELL: Chalky, gummy, carob, dried grass, subtle smoke, dried dark fruit, mild esters, slightly medicinal, spicy

TASTE: Smooth, roasty, bity yeast character, a little creamy, molasses taffy, medicinal herbs, balanced hoppiness, vague smoke, hint of black berries, cocoa nibs, mildly warming alcohol

Was hoping for a bit more crispness or snap, smoke is pretty hard to find and so is the "Saison" traits ... somewhat Belgian-y and that is about it. Missing the point of this beer, at the bottom of all of the Stone collab brews. Nothing bad, just does nothing for me.

Jason, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Tibi81, Dec 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Garrett092112, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

beerpadawan, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

SadMachine, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of udouche
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A - Pitch black with little thin lacing. Not much head at all. Maybe 1/4 of an inch on a heavy pour.

S - Light scent of smoke that I worked to get. Smells closer to a standard black lager with a sweet carmel and toasted nut at the forefront, but difficult to pull much else. Very mild odor.

T - The first taste is pure black ale with dark fruits, carmel, & roasted malt. As it settles under the tongue I get the saison aspect of Belgian yeast with mild smoke I was looking for. Washes mildly bitter with a hint of hops, but just enough to keep it balanced.

M - Fizzy in a champagne way. Little bubbles that tickle the tongue. A dryness on the back end. Quite light in the typical feel of a saison.

O - Although the smoke that is advertised is very underwhelming when you expect it. Aside from that, it is about as balanced you could hope for in the complex style attempted. You get the some of the black, some of the smoke, and some of the saison without any of them overpowering the other.

udouche, Dec 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

HarryHood, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1654th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

2012 Release
Purchased at Total Wine & More for $2.99

App- Well it is a black saison. So figured it would be very dark. Inky black and very dense in the glass with red edges. Still not sure how that works really. The head was a nice two finger, off white, almost khaki color. The cling was very amazing and thick.

Smell- Well I thought it was overly muddled. A bit too much going on. Taking into consideration a Roggenbier with a fuller rye smell, a hefe with some bubblehum and a saison with the pepper and malt. A bit bitter and floral as well. I dont get too much smoke. Do get a bit of meaty flavors behind this.

Taste- I thought it was better than average but not a great beer. It had a lot going on and got a bit muddled in the middle. Similar to the aromas the flavors were a bit off. Too many things competing with eachother. It was yeasty, doughy, dark fruits, smokey and meaty. Just didn't layer well.

Mouth- It was a pretty thick body actually. More like a liquid bread mixed with some candy. A bit sweet on the finish like a quad. Some plums and some juices. The carbonation was a bit bubbly and carried over to the finish.

Drink- Well I have reviewed all but two of the stone Collabs. Streak continues. Fairly tasty and a bit muddled but a unique take on a couple styles. Just not for me.

FosterJM, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours near black with a billowing dark brown head that faded into a lasting thin film. A complex network of lace was left down the glass.
S: Smokey with sweeter notes of caramel. Mild nose, pretty straightforward. Maybe a hint of yeast.
T: Follows the nose. Smokey and sweet with caramel, chocolate, dark fruits and raisins. Smokey sweet finish, mildly bitter aftertaste. Belgian yeast maybe pokes through in the finish but other than that this tastes like a full on porter.
M: Full carbonation, airy and frothy. Medium-full body, sweet and slick mouthfeel.
O: A porter if I’ve ever had one, and a pretty solid one at that. As a saison, even a knowingly “dark” saison, I’m just not feeling it. Worth a try but not their greatest.

scottfrie, Dec 11, 2012
Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.