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

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BA SCORE
80
good

606 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 6
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chugalug06 on 11-13-2012)
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours very black. Minimal light penetration. Head slowly loses gas and pops away to a thin tan seam of tight bubbles. There is consistent, thin lacing specks all along the glass.

S-It does smell like a Saison in its barest essence. The addition of dark, roasty malt and charred smoke is both bad and good. The yeast does come out in the nose but it has to fight away the other aspects of the beer. Yeast and spice followed by subtler notes of roast and chocolate. Smoke is not overbearing.

T-The flavor is a bit lighter and more vibrant than the nose. The smoke settles nicely above the yeast and spice. It finishes with modest amounts of bitter dark chocolate and coffee. They all seem to conflict at some points. But during some sips, it seems to mesh. Definitely some anise and clove.

M-Bubbly. A bit slick. Bitter. Light hint of booze. Decent drinkability.

O/D-A bit better than I thought it would be. It just doesn't sound like it was the best idea. But hey, they got my $4 so kudos to them. I recently had the Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout and that was infinitely better. This was...adequate.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 03:56:35 | More by VelvetExtract
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TongoRad

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

11-14-2012 12:46:08 | More by TongoRad
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$3.49 a single is a fair price for this, although i think a saison is too delicate of a style (when done properly) to handle much smoke. and while this one didnt obliterate it, i like the yeast, not the malt, to be the star of my saison. this isnt offensive though. it pours a pretty thick black color, darker than any saison ive come across. fluffy off white head lasts forever. the nose is quite spicy, combined with the smoky malt it feels like fall to me. nice burn malt profile just a litte too big for the yeast though. quite drinkable, sturdy abv, and some nice peppery funk on the back end before the charcoal hits. a good fall seasonal type beer for sure, but not one ill buy again. its just a style that i think doesnt really work, altough this would be textbook if it did. like nothing else, a more than passable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 01:39:51 | More by StonedTrippin
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-black with a nice stable tan head

S-dark belgian spices, a certain mustiness, cooked vegetables. some spicy peppers. a lot going on here. medium strength. very odd.

T-comes in with a spicy and creamy taste of mellow belgian grains and cooked peppers. all very mild. the after-taste comes in with a deep smokey cocoa flavor. its not as complex as the nose lets on. overall a good flavor though.

M-chalky medium carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-this is no saison, it doesn't even taste like the other dark saisons i've tried. it really tastes like an odd stout, more than anything else. its really just okay, whatever it is. i wouldn't go out of my way to get this again, or get it for anyone else.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 00:38:28 | More by AdamBear
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: The Perfect Crime is a deep, dark reddish-brown. It looks like a lot like a Porter with it's light brown head that slips away within a minute or two of the pour. The lacing is thin, but gets good coverage.

SMELL: Oddly enough, mint is the first thing that stands out to me in the nose here. And no, I did not just finish up a glass of Mint Stout. The mint isn't the most dominant smell, but aside from your other typical Saison smells; citrus, earthy hops and a little grass, that is what seems to set this apart from other Saisons.

TASTE: Wow, this is a grassy beer. Funky too. Funky and grassy. Some roasted malty flavors dance around with orange and other citrus flavors and they become more apparent with some warmth. The citrus becomes more pronounced towards the back end as the finish tastes strongly like bitter grapefruit. The backbone, however, is still the grass.

MOUTHFEEL: Given the color, this is a relatively light-bodied beer. The carbonation is also strong, providing a cleansing feel and it is very dry. Quite nice in this department.

OVERALL: Obviously this is not your typical Saison, but many characteristics of a farmhouse ale come through, particularly the fruity funkiness. The twist here is with the roasted malt and the more intense grapefruity bitterness (and maybe the mint?) This is a nice change of pace from the run-of-the-mill Saison.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 05:58:46 | More by StoneTSR
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Brew is deep, brown with lots of black hues. Head is a very light brown/straw color. Lacing is minor.

Smokey, chocolate, funk, peaches, cherry, woody, leather, and musk. Scent is very nice.

Carbonation is way too high...bitterness is also too high. I feel under the distracting mouthfeel are some good hop flavors blended well with smoked chocolate/caramel malt, but it's very hard to tell.

This brew is a near mess. The mouthfeel falls apart on this could be awesome brew. A very nice saison base that kinda of went haywire... Undecided if this one could be recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 03:44:18 | More by chugalug06
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Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing Co.
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