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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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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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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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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Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing
3.48 out of 5 based on 647 ratings.
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