The Perfect Crime Smoking Gun - Scheldebrouwerij
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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
3.16/5 rDev -17.9%
A: Pours a very, very dark brown (almost black) with a frothy off-white head. Moderate lacing
S: Sweet malts, plums, lightly phenolic. Rather fruity. No smoke.
T: Rich roasted malts up front, with prominent esters; plums, ripe red grapes. Long, sweet finish with a moderate amount of alcohol warming.
M: Medium bodied and creamy.
O: A flavorful imperial stout with a lot of fruity esters which are somewhat overpowering. No smoke detected in the nose or on the palate.
03-22-2013 00:07:11 | More by Ale-ienation
3.28/5 rDev -14.8%
11.2 oz bottle. Pours black bodied with a big tan head that's a little on the sudsy side. Retention is low and there's very little lacing to speak of. The aroma isn't particularly big or appealing; I get fumy booze, unsweetened baker's chocolate, a bit of smoky, charred malt. There's something a little harsh and chalky here, and unfortunately it continues in the taste.
The body is medium at best, too thin for the style and to support this blend of assertive, unpleasant flavors. Chalky bitter chocolate, booze, anise, burnt wood notes that linger a bit on the palate; next to no sweetness that could round the flavor off and smooth out the harsh edges.
Needless to say I wasn't a fan of this beer. Not enjoyable to drink and a disappointment when I am usually quite fond of both big stouts and smoked beers. There's little of the meaty smoked malt character one might expect and instead has a wet cigarette butt and burnt wood and paper flavor. Not very good, I'm afraid.
10-20-2012 12:59:18 | More by tobelerone
3.28/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
12-31-2012 05:06:30 | More by Jimmys
3.31/5 rDev -14%
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.
02-16-2013 21:39:52 | More by OneDropSoup
3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
11-12-2012 04:46:57 | More by oline73
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
11-20-2012 03:02:01 | More by Bung
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
On tap at Max's the other day.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose initially, just some light rootbeer, licorice and vanilla. As it warmed, I got a smoked meat aroma as well, making for one unusual smelling (but not unattractive) beer. On the palate, this beer is just flat out odd (at least for a stout). The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the rootbeer and licorice dominating. There's also some hoppy bitterness in the finish, which helps to balance the sweet licorice flavor in this beer. Sorry, but this combination of flavors is just not what I'm looking for in an IRS. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, even though it also comes across as a bit thin on the palate as well. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile (especially for a 10% abv. beer), and I have to say that this beer carries it's alcohol pretty well.
A decent enough beer, but just not what I want when I'm in the mood for an imperial stout.
10-22-2012 22:25:22 | More by John_M
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
11.2 oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown with a thin tan head. Lightly smokey aroma with some chocolate. Bottle conditioned. Light smoke in the flavor as well. Not a lot of roasted barley. Medium to full bodied. Dry finish with some black patent. Decent.
11-14-2012 02:32:49 | More by homebrewhawk
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a mostly cloudy consistency. There was a big, tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.
S: A pretty good aroma of malt, chocolate, and hints of coffee.
T: Tasted of roasted malt, cocoa, a little bit of coffee, and a tinge of hops in the finish. Slightly boozy, but not enough to worry about. A decent enough flavor, but not quite balanced enough.
M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.
O: Kind of a mixed bag here. Smoking Gun is an uneven beer with some good qualities that doesn't quite make it. Nonetheless, it is drinkable.
12-13-2012 21:32:04 | More by avalon07
The Perfect Crime Smoking Gun from Scheldebrouwerij
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