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Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" | Stone Brewing

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Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime"Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime"
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Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime"Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime"

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by chugalug06 on 11-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.39/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of descobar
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

muddy ruby brown with a thin tan head with low retention. on the nose, roasted malts, caramel and toffee. some spices and earthy yeast notes. medium body, rich texture, moderate carbonation, some astringency in the palate. taste is where the age of this beer shows up. mostly roasted malts, muted bitterness. the expected smokeyness is nowhere to be found and the fruity esters are absent. its mostly dry and just not much character left. but... no off aromas or flavors. finish is dry with a lengthy bitterness. still drinkable but kind of faceless.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled October 26, 2012. Consumed July 26, 2016.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is described as a black smoked saison, which I have never heard of and thus found intriguing. As to the first point it is definitely black with a thin effervescent white head. The second point, however, is as false as the first point is true. I taste no smokiness here though I think that is probably for the best since I don’t know how well that would go with the summery taste of a saison. It has a strongly aromatic, banana smell reminiscent of a Belgian beer. The initial flavors are some spices common to saisons such as a strong coriander and grassy notes, however it also has some Belgian flavors mixed in (fruit and yeast flavor). This beer is drier and a little hoppier than the average saison also. Really a pretty solid though heavily Belgian influenced saison I would say. Not as exotic as the name had me believe and I don't like it as much as most Stone beers that I've tried, but I still enjoyed it more than the reviews would have me believe.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Poloplaya
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smokey, bitter and big roasted malts. Light and delicate for a dark saison. Not bad. Note: This is one of the first beers I started out with the idea to cellar beers way way back in 2012. The smoke must have dies down, because this had just a hint of it that added another level flavor.

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3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of neenerzig
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While I certainly know I had this beer fresh when it was first released, I've also had a bottle aging in my cellar since then and got the urge to crack it open tonight. This beer pours a very dark, clear amber color with deep ruby highlights when held up to the light and a nice tan head that is about an inch thick when first poured and that settles to a very nice thick surface coating of foam with excellent lacing. Aromas of roasted, smoked caramel and bready malts, hints of cherry, and some citrus hops. Flavors of roasted, smoked caramel and bready malt sweetness starts out this baby tastewise along with a nice cherry hint that adds just a touch of tartness and also a bit of a chocolate sweetness. Rounded out with a decent hop bitterness. On the one hand this beer is surprisingly hoppy considering the fact that it has been in my cellar aging or 2 1/2 years, but then again being that it is Stone and friends who make this the hop presence is not surprising since we all know Stone loves hugely hopped beers. Has a slightly crisp and prickly, mainly smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Very drinkable and quite tasty indeed. Another very solid effort from Stone and friends. I hope they resurrect this one again at some point because I'd sure like to have this one again!


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Photo of skaboom420
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JayPeso
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aussiebeer
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sheenisgod
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On sight, "The Perfect Crime" pours a pleasant deep chocolate brown with just a hint of off white head. The nose is one of smokey espresso with a hint of spice and hop. Perhaps time in the bottle has robbed it of some complexity.

On the palate it opens with the same smoked flavor, but then gets a little bit funky. The medium and smooth body carries spice, but not in a discernible way. The roasting almost takes on a piney-herbal note. It ends rather slowly with a pine-chocolate smoke flavor that, while not bad, isn't something that asks for you to come back. Perhaps two years ago this was more entertaining, but now it seems little more common place, calling to mind Back in Black from 21st forcibly.

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Photo of paresis
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of double2chin
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.12/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of EHopkinsi
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Bought a 2012 in November 2014. Sampled it in November 2014, as well.

I thought saisons cellared well. Either I am wrong on that, or there was something wrong with this one, or it was just a crappy beer.

Will not comment further than to say it was awful.

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Photo of 2stonedpokets
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%

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Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 647 ratings
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