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

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Reviews: 186
Hads: 641
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 26.44%
Wants: 8
Gots: 48 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: chugalug06 on 11-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A black saison? Such is the project behind this Stone collaboration. On to the beer:

Obsidian colored with an inch of head sitting on top. The retention is good and so is the lace associated. Its nose is soft and somewhat dry. Vague Belgian yeast seems to be the one in play. Notes of pear, lemon, saison spices, and subtle smoke follow to complete the nose.

Roasted malt hits first upon tasting. Quickly, the roasted note drops away and gives way to the saison. Notes of pear and spice make much of the flavor, and a somewhat astringent smokiness arrives late and remains into the aftertaste. The body is medium full with a slight creaminess.

As is the case with many of the Stone collaborations, , this "black saison" was fun to try. Not my favorite, but it's workable.

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Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but it's new release so it's fresh. It poured black with ruby edges. It had a good sized head that settled into a thick collar and covering film. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was interesting. The saison elements were pretty hidden with the dark malts and smoke leading the way. Can't pinpoint it exactly but something about it just didn't hit me right. Not bad but not good either. The taste was again more dark malts and smoke than saison which isn't a knock since it's a smoked saison. But I really couldn't find any saison elements in it so if you'd told me smoked {insert style here} then I wouldn't have argued with you. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and smoky aftertaste.

Overall, an interesting sounding beer and while I love smoked beers and saisons this one just misses the mark for me. Avail here in TX. Rotation: glad I tried it but one is enough.

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Photo of DavidST
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours motor oil black color with a massive foamy 2 finger tan head that faded slowly, with tons of different sized bubbles in it that were popping as it went down, leaving good foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells like roasted grains, chalkdust, chicory, licorice, brown sugar, smoked/burnt wood and herbs; it almost smells like burning dry hops and grains, and it a very timid nose that does not jump out of the tulip.

Tastes like roasted grains, toasted malts, chicory, smoked/burnt wood, licorice, brown sugar, cocoa powder, floral hops, flowers and herbs; has the same taste as some burnt bread pulled off a wood burning fire or coal oven, but then the roasted grains give way to a sweetness which is a combo of funky yeast and cocoa powder – it’s really strange, but very interesting. It was very complex and grew on me with each sip.

Mouthfeel is powdery dry, with a light body, high, fizzy carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste that seems like yeast and coffee grinds combined with cocoa powder.

This seems out of place for a Saison/Farmhouse ale, but the label states it’s a black smoked saison, so they pulled off the perfect crime by creating a unique brew that is as advertised a black smoked saison. Extra points for making a one of a kind beer in collaboration with other brewers, but this one is only above average. If you’re a fan of smoked porters or smoke beers then this will be right up your alley.

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Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 2012

Pours opaque dark brown with 1/8 inch of khaki head that settles to a thin ring on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is somewhat subdued overall and is floral up front with faint dark cherry and bready malt on the finish.

Taste is of piney hops up front with grapefruit and a hint of honey on the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

This one is hard to categorize. It has a strong hop presence initially with bold malt in the finish. Tart citrus notes and some honey sweetness round it off. A solid effort whatever style you choose to call it.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/26/2012. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, pear, apple, toast, cocoa, roasted malt, pepper, clove, light smoke, and earthy yeast spiciness. Very nice and unique aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, fruity, and spicy notes. Taste of apple, pear, banana, raisin, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, pepper, clove, smoke, anise, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruit, cocoa, roasted malt, char, toast, clove, pepper, smoke, anise, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of fruity, malty, and spicy flavors; with a good sweetness/spiciness balance; and minimal cloying flavors present after the finish. Quite intense at first with the flavors, but it mellows out as you go. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, chalky, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good black saison. Good balance and complexity of unique flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Birch.

A - Dark brown color, nice bubblt head.

S - Aroma of figs, pine, flowers.

T - Sour, slight bitter, very subtle roast. Very mild at first. But gets better as it warms--bitterness increases for the better and less light cream.

M - Huge mouth, creamy.

O - Very different for the style. Easy drinker. Perhaps too light. Not bad but it doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of Belgian yeast and dark roasted malts in the nose. Some notes of smoke become evident as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a little less flavors of roasted malts but added flavors of smoke. There are also some hints of oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is dry and a little chalky.
O: This is a nice black saison that is easy to drink and has some nice roasted flavors; the smoke definitely makes this beer unique. It is very flavorful given its light body.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black beer with slightly reddish tones when held to light. Tan head. Subtle smokey aroma...slightly fruity and spicy in its smell. The taste is tart, and the smoke really comes it. The beer takes on a little toasted spice flavor (think peppercorns in an oven). Very mild, though....and the tartness gives a beautiful balance. Medium body and moderately high carbonation. Very good.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours dark black with a moderate sized tan head and some lacing.

S: Grass, lots of citrus, especially lemon. Very pungent and funky.

T/M: Really wild and hard to pin down. Very hoppy, with big floral and citrus flavors along with a strong piney, grassy element. Somewhat bitter up front, with some funky, yeasty notes, and then a sweeter finish. The malt base is subtle but present, and provides some stout-like hints of caramel and chocolate.

O: A very odd beer, but it's certainly meant to be odd. Big hops,funky saison yeast, and stout notes are combined and never quite blend together. It's very unique and interesting, and works about as well as this crazy idea ever could.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black body with no signs of brown, or light coming through. Sticky and foamy tan head that hangs around for awhile.

S- Spicy yeast aroma, dark roasted malts, smoked malt.

T- Almost tastes like a combination between a smoked porter and a dark saison. Smoke and dark roasted flavors come through a lot at the beginning, with the middle and finish offering spicy yeast flavors typical of a traditional saison. The combination works pretty well together.

M- High carbonation level with a smoother mouthfeel probably due to the darker malts. Overall pretty drinkable.

O- Definitely pushes the boundaries of a saison, but works pretty well. Worth a try.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown with a creamy 1/2 inch head, and tons of lacing.

Smell - Smokey malts, fig, rasin, cherry, plum, some sugars, molasses. Not getting anything else.

Taste - Roasted, smokey malts, sweet grassy floral notes with belgian yeasts at first sip. Dark fruits add some bitterness with the spices and minor floral hops. Theres a sweet note of brown sugars, molasses and some chocolate. No alcohol is noticable. The funky, earth flavors are mildly present, but masked somewhat under the smokey malts.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets the smokey malts, yeasts, added sugars. Palate gets more smoke, sugars and dark fruits. Aftertaste is bitter, sweet and sour.

Overall - Very unique, a little unbalanced but is a fine drink. You get the smokey flavor first, then the saison comes in and overpowers. Enjoyable but a little thin on the smokey side, and that leads to the saison aspect being dominate. Its worth a drink since its limitied but the price sucks, as all stone colabs do.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.