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

Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime"Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime"
BA SCORE
39.6%
Liked This Beer
3.5 w/ 647 ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
647
Liked:
256
Avg:
3.5/5
pDev:
14%
Alströms:
3.18
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
48
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 647 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of sendbeer
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of harrymel
2.99/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Found this at Bottleworks, bottled 26OCT12

Black with a light tan etch across the surface. Smells of earth, yeast, clay, some light smoke, some cocoa, and a touch of tobacco. Flavor is light, some oaky mesquite character earthy yeast and a little bit of alcohol and some bitterness. Medium body with light carb and a semi dry finish. Not really into it.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Friedmanandeggs
4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got a 12 oz bottle from my local total wine, kept it in my fridge, and poured it into a tulip glass.

A -- It poured darker than what I was expecting. The head was nice though, light and sandy and pretty dense, with a ring around the edges and some light froth now that it's calmed down.

S -- The first thing I got was the dark roast, like a sweet char (I have trouble distinguishing between coffee and chocolate) with the wild, fresh spring-air quality of the saison behind it. Maybe a little smoke around the edges (the label says smoked) but I think it gets lost in the others.

T! -- Not bad! Nice smooth and sweeter malts up front (like a porter) before it goes into a warmer, peppery, hop finish. There's a little anise on the front, too, maybe fennel. The malts are more dark fruit than they are chocolate or coffee, a little molasses, which I like. Again, I can sort of pull out the smoke most of the way through in a kind of tinny or metallic quality but I'm not sure how I feel about it. It's not unpleasant. The first sip had this really bright, lemony finish, but it's gone now. The aftertaste is definitely dried fruit (raisins?) balanced with hops. It smoothens out very pleasantly as it warms up, too, the hops losing prominence.

M -- It's good! Relatively thick, good for swishing and swilling around. Matches the flavor nicely, too. Their promo video said oat. I can see that.

O -- The only other dark/black saison I've had was the Green Flash/St. Feullien Friendship brew and it was weird. I think the style is a difficult one to pull off, conceptually, I think the roast is appropriate here, I like this one, but it's definitely more black in my book than it is saison. Like this last sip was more like a spiced porter or the Dogfish Chicory Stout. Like there's good complexity, balance and depth of flavors, the saison comes through clearly on the nose, but it's a subtle undercurrent in the taste, just that touch of wild and spice. With that said, it's a totally enjoyable brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate head that leaves a lot of stringy lacing behind

Smell: Vaguely woodsy and cakey; really odd for what is in the beer

Taste: The malt flavor is very unusual here - the closest I can get is that it tastes a bit like chocolate mole sauce, with vague hints of spice, chocolate and charred chipotle peppers; rather chalky and woodsy, after the swallow, with just a bit of smoke lingering into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I seem to like this beer better than others who have reviewed it, though it lacks flavor development; perhaps it being so tough to figure out is why they named it "The Perfect Crime"

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of spinrsx
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Bristol Farms Palm Desert CA for 4$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some smokey/burnt notes and a bit of a graininess. It ends with a malty smokey aftertaste.

Overall - It doesn't really smell smokey but it's in the taste.. but not a whole lot. It's light bodied but the flavours are nice. It just isn't all that exciting. It needs a little more gusto in my opinion.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Pencible
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a bit of light tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh wheat and grassy hops, with some lemon and a little roasted barley and smoky coffee.
T: It tasted like grassy and lemon hops, with some smoky roasted coffee and earthy wheat. It had a clean and smoky aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with lots of carbonation. Nice lively body.
D: This was a successful attempt at brewing a smoked black saison, with nicely balanced scent and taste and a fitting body. The finish was relatively smooth, so it was not difficult to drink. Good to try once, although I probably would never have it again.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with two-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Roasted malt, Smokey aromas, Belgian yeast, apple, banana.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate hop bitterness. Smokey roasted malt. Pepper, Belgian yeast. Subtle apple and banana.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Interesting Saison. Dark and smokey. Good, but not something I would drink too often.

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Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very eye-catching bottle with a classic color scheme. Front neck label states that this is part of Stone Collaborations 2012. Front label gives the contributing breweries and ABV info. Back label gives a back story on the beer as well as web info on all involved in the collaboration. Back neck label gives a definitions of collaboration in the Stone style. Side label gives cellering info and a brewed on date(10/26/2012). Everything is painted on.

Appearance: I decanted this from its 12oz bottle into a 16oz snifter. Pours out a deep dark brown if not black color An aggressive pour lead to a 1 finger tan foam head of medium density. Head retention was a solid 2min 3sec before fading to a nice thick ring and coating. Excellent Lacing!

Smell/Aroma: Smells initially of a bubblegum fruitiness with subtle hints of smoke. Also has the traditional Belgian saison yeasty smell. Very interesting.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes is very roasty on the front end with slight hints of smoke. This is followed up by a slightly chocolaty bitter flavor with hints of dark fruits. Very little saison flavor here.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and silky smooth with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkable.

Overall/Comments: A very different brew that I was eager to try but not really sure what I would experience. Very interesting and well put together although I think my expectations may have been a bit high. Classified as a Saison/Farmhouse Ale at 6.8%. Consumed 2-2-13.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 39.6% out of 100 with 647 ratings
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