Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.15/5 rDev -10%
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.
12-14-2012 01:40:29 | More by Jason
4.35/5 rDev +24.3%
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.
12-12-2012 16:12:45 | More by udouche
3.45/5 rDev -1.4%
1654th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
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.
12-11-2012 20:52:26 | More by FosterJM
3.28/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
12-11-2012 03:00:23 | More by scottfrie
3.48/5 rDev -0.6%
Clear deeply brown colored ale with a small black colored head
Smells like smoked flowers. Smoke and coriander with a flowery hop aroma. Little bit of honeysuckle in the scent. Flowers are a bit like perfume.
Starts out neutral sweet and smoky. Hint of a sourness in this. Moderate bitterness. Tastes like smoked flowers.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall it is tasty but not outstanding. A Strange one pretty must Irish Dry Stout mixed with Saison. Not one of the better beer combination.
12-11-2012 02:51:59 | More by Zorro
3.83/5 rDev +9.4%
Poured from 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Deep dark pour with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Belgian yeast,dark chocolate
Taste-Belgian yeast spiciness and underlying tartness, dark baker's chocolate, dark roasted malt, and vinuous hops in a rather dry finish with just wisps of smoke. A porter/Saison mindmeld that try hard to work things out and comes pretty close. A llittle more smoked malt perhaps? All that being said, this brew cries out for a food pairing. Sechuan or spicy Thai, BBQ or braised ribs, or just a hunk of aged Gouda or Bleu cheese.
12-10-2012 23:21:28 | More by hosehead83
3.3/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights when held to light, and a good sized tan head that slowly recedes before leaving a moderate amount of lace on the glass. The aroma holds a bit of smoke with a moderate amount of spice and a bit of chocolate caramel, and roast. The flavor is bready with a bit of spicy wheat, a hint of chocolate, smoke, and a heavy hand of earthy spicy hops. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation ans a spicy tart bubbly mouthfeel. This beer was ok, but not really my cup of tea.
12-10-2012 03:09:53 | More by johnnnniee
3.63/5 rDev +3.7%
From: Stone Brewing Company
Black with a finger (when I got it) of tan head. Good lacing - foamy and milky. Good retention.
Smelled toffee, caramel, chocolate, molasses and light dark sour fruit.
Tasted sour fruit, grape, kiwi, plum, chocolate and toffee with a slightly bitter finish.
Medium body. Oily texture. Fizzy (high) carbonation. Astringent finish.
I was a bit disappointed overall. Lots of flavors but nothing that really stood out.
12-09-2012 10:25:21 | More by BucannonXC5
3.89/5 rDev +11.1%
Arrives in an Ovila goblet.
A- Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch tan head that bears great retention before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a sheet of bubbly surface foam. Nice web trails of lacing run down the glass.
S- Slightly funky aroma with not a lot of malt presence given the color.
T- Also surprisingly light and smooth given its color. Doesn't really taste too much like a saison because the mildly roasted malt overpowers whatever yeasty wheat flavors were detected in the aroma. Alcohol is light as any saison's should be although this one's on the higher end of the ABV spectrum for the style. Mildly bitter.
M- This is the only part where it becomes a failed experiment for me. It's crisp in the start, but then there's a very chalky, grainy dryness in the afterfeel. Medium-high carbonation and a deceivingly light-ish body.
O- Certainly an interesting blend of styles. If they can just crack the code on getting that mouthfeel more appealing, this could be a whole new breed of beer. Better than the overall BA score implies.
12-07-2012 05:45:18 | More by Immortale25
Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing Co.
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