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The Perfect Crime Smoking Gun - Scheldebrouwerij

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The Perfect Crime Smoking Gun
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BA SCORE
87
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: tobelerone on 10-20-2012)
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Reviews by Jimmys:
Photo of Jimmys
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz poured into a Flying Dog chalice. no bottled on date. labeled as a "smoked black saison" however doesn't state that anywhere on the bottle.

A: very dark brown. head is closer to the white side than I anticipated. retention is lacking. as is the lacing.

S: the roast is a little worn out in my opinion. slightly smoky. some soft chocolate aroma as well.

T: a certain amount of char starts things off sweet. smoky as well, but not as much as I expected/hoped for. definitely some vanilla aspects. finish has a lingering burnt flavor to it.

M: very mild carbonation. full bodied.

D: meh, not as impressed as I wanted to be. the smoke aspect was not as strong as I would have liked, and the stout body on its own did not make up for it. glad I got to try, however get's a pass in my book.

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Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Salud Bottle shop.
A very dark brown, there was some light that could get through around the edges. Rocky off white head, retained quite well.

Aroma, a lot of chocolate, some acidic roast. Maybe some vinuous fruit in there.

Taste, mild roast up front with some nice chocolate. A little kahlhua, and some off metallic notes in the middle. Improves with cocoa and a stronger coffee in the finish. More smoke comes out middle through end as it warms, and that weird metallic note goes away a little.

A little lighter body for the size. Maybe a tad high carb, which I don't care for but on par with others from the region for some reason. Even with the kahlhua note there is little alcohol presence. Pretty good, not overly pricey. Worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. A half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark and light estery fruit, toasted malt, light licorice and chocolate. Flavor follows with very nice dark dried, stone and light fruit well integrated with toasted malt, hints of licorice and wood. Sadly very little smokiness. Medium bodied. I would have hoped from some charred gunpowder from a Smoking Gun, but am still very pleased with the interesting flavors in this. Well balanced and well covered ABV. I hope I can find another bottle of this, I will buy it again in a heart beat.

Photo of ddedhed
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Not quite black, but very dark brown with a garnet hue. Thick, light khaki colored head that dissapated relatively quickly.

S: Sweet and sugary, Belgian yeasty, slight roast, no real smoke.

T: Sweet up from to bitter roasted malts, followed by a faint, lingering smokiness. Hot on the backend, but not bad for 10%.

M: Medium + body. Smooth and creamy.

O: Not a bad brew, but not a masterpiece either. Taste seemed to take a dive towards the end of the glass. I would drink again, but not sure if I would search high and low for it.

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation near the edges of the glass. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that slowly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark fruits in the nose along with some hints of licorice.
T: Flavors of dark fruits, dark malts and a bit of sweetness are present in the taste, which also has some subtle hints of smoke in the finish (these become a bit stronger as the beer fully warms up).
M: It feels a bit higher than medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer has a high alcohol content, it's not too difficult to drink because the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste. It seems to resemble more of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale or a quadruple instead of a stout.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a reddish dark brown color with a layer of off white head on top of the pour. The head fades to a small ring around the pour.

Smell: The overall smell is rather mild. I'm getting some smokey notes with a slightly sweet dark fruit note, but overall I would say it's a bit boring.

Taste: The flavor is more interesting than the smell. Smokey roasted malt is the dominant flavor. I'm getting a sweetness that reminds me of dark fruit. There is a very mild fruity note in the mix as well. The finish is smokey and bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thicker side of medium with fluffy head and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: This isn't a super imperial stout, but it was interesting enough. The smoke was nice and the overall beer was smooth. The abv is well hidden.

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3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a funky decieving brew. In my honest opinion it tastes less like an imperial stout and more like a brown ale.

For a brew with an ABV of 10% you can hardly tell. It has a smooth round yeasty bittery taste and a root beer brown/black appearance with solid lacing. If you're judging this as a stout than I understand it will be a let down, but if you're rating it simply as a beer (no more no less) it's quite nice. Still, I'm not sure how to properly approach this brew, only a detective can really crack this crime scene.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looking closely at the label, I notice the subtle little outlines of what appear to be smoking apparati - bongs, hookahs, haspipes - incorporated subversively into the pattern. Ha!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Black body with ruby highlights around the edges under a finger of loose mocha head that could only be described as "Belgian-y". Drops to a thick coating.

Smells of sharp dark fruits: plum skin, raisins soaked in vodka, kind of papery & oxidized, which is strange as I'm assuming this isn't that old, subtle smoke.

Taste is similar, with the same dark fruit notes, a moderate charred taste, & a biting alcohol. Same kind of paper thing going on, sort of husky & hay-like. A lot of these I find in obscure Belgian imports - dark fruit, sharp alcohol, rough around the edges. A little dark chocolate in the late aftertaste, but like chocolate-covered blueberries or something. A little dry red wine, tannic.

Medium-full-bodied, pretty well carbonated, sort of a soft body but with some harsh, acrid feel around the edges.

Didn't think this would've had enough time to get mishandled, but it seems oxidized & maybe just not real mature to begin with. Another of the numerous Belgian-style stouts I'm not into, & the "smoke" comes across as just burnt. Some good fruitiness & I can't say the oxidation completely hurt it, but didn't live up to my expectations of how cool I thought this was going to be.

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The Perfect Crime Smoking Gun from Scheldebrouwerij
87 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.