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"
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by chugalug06 on 11-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
647
Reviews:
188
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
14.08%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
48
For Trade:
5
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of smonice
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10/26/12, a trifecta of great brewers came together with one being pretty much the master of the American Saison right now...all three have the collaborative fortitude to do a black beer together considering they all make some of the best dark beers available in craft brewing today. This one pours with a black body jet black with a light fine bubbled creamy tan head, leaves fine lacing down the sides of my tulip shaped chalice. Dry hopping comes thru in terms of earthy pine and mild citrus peels with a dark roasted malts surrounding the hop accents, spicy Belgian yeast gives why to alcoholic phenols and black peppercorns. A pleasant caramel drizzled toast brings out a nuttiness in there as well, all in all chalk full of malt and hops. Flavors collide with the bittering hops here, dark roasted malt bitterness potentiates the pine earthy resinous hops riding the waves of carbonation in my first few sips...as the palate adjusts it's still satisfies with a slightly warming effect of the booze. The dry hopping probably makes and breaks this beer, the strong lingering bitterness really Americanizes this black saison into the hybrid known as the "Perfect Crime" The mouthfeel also welcomes the light smoked meat aspect in the back of the nares, not really dominant against the big hops and dark malts utilized but well played nonetheless. Dry hints of cherry tartness and other vine ripened fruit additions start to explode as the beer warms a bit, complex ale in 12 ounces, I'm guessing this beer keeps getting better considering it's 4/25/13.

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Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Body is thin you can tell from the pour coming off a solid black with an orange tint to the body. Rising high is the head maybe just a notch above a finger's length.

Smell: A citrus skin no doubt about it. Freaking light as the air you breathe, comes in and out just as quick.

Taste: iwill tell you this, it is sour, not crazy over whelming sour but you feel the lemon zest to this brew. Light bitterness to it and also cant forget to mention just a little peppery.

Mouth: Like I mentioned above a light peppery finish with a medium body, not too bad.

Overall: i give it this, that this brew comes off complex but other than it needs to taste and feel good to be a member of the elite. Sure there are guys that like "something different" but this beer needs beyond tweaking and should be either left in the store or just laid to rest. Salud!

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Photo of TonyT013
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of bulldog91
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of denimdemon
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of ruckus232
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Jason1337
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of randylangford
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of RandyBoBandy
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of irish01980
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a Southern Tier Tulip

A - Pours a very dark brown with red highlights when held to the light. 1.5 finger mocha head clings to the sides of the glass. The foam stays around slowly forming a clear center with a tall collar. Below average lacing.

S - Roasted grain, charred wet hay, woody mushroom background, cold coffee grains. The barley runs strong throughout the aroma with notes of old burnt leather and hints of funky yeast. Notes of perfumy lavender show up as it warms.

T - Roasted grains, sharp berry fruit tartness, charcoal wood, hints of acidity, A strong burnt note with the berry tartness clinging the edges of the tongue. It turns smokey toward the middle with leafy green hops showing up. Floral hops ride on top of the strong roast, while finishing earthy with a smokey but crisp finish.

M - Ample carbonation makes a medium creamy body. Hop oils are left on the palate along with roasted grain and a dry finish.

This is not a subtle dark Saison. The roast dominates and creates a smoky background against the berry fruit. The hops are not shy and blend well with hints of wood and campfire funk. The funk is light but adds character overall. I enjoyed exploring this beer. It's heavy on the smoke and roast with the yeast adding delicate flavor. Thanks Hopswagger!

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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 mckinnmd
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of mooseo
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Dark brown, almost black, with a deep mahogany hue when held to the light. Small light tan head.

S - Sweet bready malt, smoked wood, Belgian yeast, light fruit, herbal spice.

T - Lots of burnt grains and roasty flavors up front, followed by lemon citrus and earthy Belgian yeast. A hint of smokiness and sweet caramel comes through. A tad bitter on the finish with more graininess and a little spice.

M - Light-medium body, high carbonation, creamy. Dry finish.

O - There is a lot going on in this beer, but unfortunately nothing sticks out and is not very memorable. The saison elements are a bit subdued, and there isn't that much smoked flavor in the taste. It's very porter-esque with a touch of Belgian yeast. Good drinkability though.

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Photo of HumphreyLee
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Bartinator
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of gpogo
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Black body small tan ring of head.

A- Clean malt aroma. Not really much going on here, pretty plain. Slight roast and dark sweet malts.

T- Very clean dry flavor. Some roasted malt upfront with a sweetness and finishes dry and spicy. The simplicity is nice, but I expected something more complex from this. Smoke isn't pronounced at all. Warming alcohol.

M- Medium-light body clean and dry contributed to with the moderate carbonation.

D- Enjoyable beer. A bit on the pricey side though. It is a very clean simple saison. I did expect more though.

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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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