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

The "Perfect Crime" poured into a tulip glass.

We've got some great sticky lacing here from a two-inch head that is receding slowly, but keeping a solid half-inch layer. The beer is almost black with some red hues from light passing through. Second black saison this month, and this one's smoked. Can't wait to get my nose into it.

Alright now... this is strange. I pick up lemon pith and farmhouse yeast, but it's a little maltier than any other saison. There's a slight burning wood aroma that can be attributed to the presence of smoked malts. Nuances of tart red fruits, but otherwise pretty flat in the nose. Any complexities that may be there seem overpowered by the barely-there whiff of smoke.

Interesting flavors of mellowed farmhouse ale with lemon, grapefruit pith, and pine hop flavors and attenuated malts with some roasty notes. The smokiness is very light--appealingly so. However, besides the pronounced hop notes, the flavor is a bit attenuated. It's unique, but not extreme, and "extreme" was what I was looking for--in the awesome way, of course.

The mouthfeel is pretty tip-top, as it reminds me of the feel of many of Stillwater's saisons. Velvety smooth with some accompanying carbonation that accentuates a humble afterburn from the alcohol.

Somewhat disappointing in that the base beer wasn't quality enough to support the extra hop additions. In fact, the hops may have drowned out the smoky flavors, as well. Still worth a try.

thecheapies, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a small/medium, off-white head. Scent is smokey and meaty. Smells like smoked meat with a bit of saison spice. Some grassy hop aromas. Taste is just like it smells, but with more depth. This beer starts of with the smoke and rich flavors. Slowly blends into spicy, saison-like flavors. Not funky at all, which unfortunately takes away from my favorite aspect of a good saison. For what this beer lacks in funk, it makes up for in smokey goodness. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and refreshing...probably the most refreshing smoked beer I've had. Guess that's the saison side of it. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this beer sure is strange. It definitely doesn't play by the rules. I wouldn't say it's a good saison/farmhouse ale. But I'd for sure call it a good smoked beer.

DovaliHops, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the smell of this one. Extremely dark brown but noticably clear. Finger and a half of smokey white head. Very smokey nose, dark roasted malts, touch of chocolate and asphault and an underlying Belgian like funk. Sour funky dark fruit.

This beer is as weird as it sounds but in a good way. Like a Belgian stout but you can taste the saison influence. Smokey but not overwhelmingly so. Nice roastiness with no astringencies and a funky saison feel. Really super complex with a medium rolling creamy body. A really nice funky and drinkable beer. Sweet up front, funky on the back end with balancing underlying hop bitterness. Love it

jtierney89, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of SanFranJake
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the interest if full disclosure, saison's aren't my fave but by no means am I opposed and with these three brain-trusts, I had to try.
Pours a dark brown with minimal head which fades rather fast.
Lots of scents like what others have mentioned, none of which really stand out.
Taste leaves a bit to be desired. It's not bad, just not great either.
Overall, would I buy it again...sure. But it wouldn't be a "must have", just a "should try" given the guys who put their name on the bottle.

SanFranJake, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of BigLittleHokis
4/5  rDev +14.3%

BigLittleHokis, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of dfecteau
3/5  rDev -14.3%

dfecteau, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of djaeon
3.5/5  rDev 0%

djaeon, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
2.4/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Solid khaki head with ok retention and lace. Cola body with caramel highlights.

S - Broccoli, fermented vegetables, lemon, asparagus, sweat. Not necessarily pleasant.

T - Doesn't taste as bad as it smells, but it definitely fell short of my expectations. Just a hint of smoke over light malt, soft floral notes, and a touch of black pepper.

M - Thin body, with a semi-watery finish. Low carbonation, especially for a saison.

O - A super let down considering the caliber of the breweries that are behind this brew. The perfect crime here is that they convinced me to buy this brew.

vfgccp, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of rydev24
3.5/5  rDev 0%

rydev24, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a deep brown color with a very minimal head on top. The retention and lacing were gone before I took a first sip. The smell of the beer has some light fruity aromas with a touch of roasted malt and bread. The taste was yeasty, more bread a touch of roasted malt and some fresh grapes in the mix. The finish had a decent bitterness to it. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, not overly exciting. Overall this beer was nice too try but a little bit of a disappointment in my opinion. I feel it just lacks some qualities that this style of beer should have. Perhaps it would be better from a bottle.

Knapp85, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of HamGlade10
3.5/5  rDev 0%

HamGlade10, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of SFC21
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

SFC21, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Marty30
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Marty30, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of nquigley16
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

nquigley16, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, a small tartness, earthy and a note of smoke. In the taste, small earthy tartness, with notes of smoke in the end. A small bite, and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry note of earthy tartness and smoke. More earthy tartness than smoke, a bit odd.

OWSLEY069, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of steve8robin
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

steve8robin, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Nightrain87, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Macallan
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Macallan, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown color with a one finger tan head that leaves a good deal of lace down the glass.

S: Smell is definitely a bit faint until this thing warms up a bit. Some faint barnyard, toasted malt, a bit of smoke and something that smells a bit herbal.

T: A bit of malty sweetness upfront followed by some toasted malt and smoked wood, herbal and slightly oily hops and a bit of ash. A decent amount of flavors here, but not really ones that work together for the most part.

notchucknorris, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Elfastball7
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Elfastball7, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours near black, light mocha head stays and leaves some low sheeting and decent looking fine lacing.

Nose is full of dark malts, lite smoke, and some minty spice.

More dark malt, more smoke and I get some subtle pepper, mint, and then hoppy dryness to finish things out. Unusual, off beat, a style bender. Decent fall/winter type of brew. Not my favorite, but worth a try.

Billolick, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of BoRaeCho
4/5  rDev +14.3%

BoRaeCho, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A smoked, hoppy saison, eh? Ok, I'll give it a go.

Pours dark brown/reddish. Perhaps black. Off brown foamy head, nice lacing.

Spicy aroma of Belgian yeast, some roasted malt and floral hops. Exactly what to expect. Subtle smoke and caramel.

Flavor is like a saison with smoke and roasted malt. Nothing complicated, I guess, which makes it taste pretty good. The yeast lifts the smoke/roast and dances around. Hops provide a bit of bright floral and slick bite. Finishes dry with some herbal spice.
Feels good, too. Perhaps a tad more carbonation would up the refreshing factor a bit, but this isn't a summer saison. It's quite good

Mebuzzard, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of TicoCali
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

TicoCali, Nov 20, 2012
Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.