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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Photo of Sam21
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip. Purchased for $3.99. Bottled on 10/26/12. 

A- Dark brown liquor that takes on an opaqueness in the glass. Black. Creamy tan foam caps it off with decent retention and lacing. 

S- Not much at first. A bit of smoke, Belgian fruit esters, and a touch of toasted malt. Bubblegum and a touch of banana add sweetness to the aroma. 

T- This is a really intriguing beer. There is definitely a disconnect between my eyes and what my taste buds expect. I'm expecting the rich roast flavors and deep malt sweetness of an American stout, but am left hanging, as I should be. Sweet juicy fruit notes open up on the palate first. Bits of pineapple, lemon zest, and orange. The sweetness is very sugary and candied, but has a balancing roasty edge to it. The sweetness and fruit profile is exactly what I would expect from a quality Saison or other Belgian golden. Within the roasty edge, which appears behind the fruit, there is a light smoky backdrop. It's a mysterious turn for my taste buds. You really have to abandon all expectations and sit with this one. It finishes with a nice balanced hop bitterness that is both citrusy and slightly medicinal. Overall, this is not an extreme beer, as the flavors are all really nicely integrated and balanced. 

MF- The body is light with a juicy quality to it. It's a bit lighter than I would like for a beer with Belgian roots. My preference would be for more of that soft effervescent quality of some bigger Belgians, but it definitely does not detract from the flavors. It carries the beer as it should - it's just not a standout aspect. 

O- Here is my disclaimer: I love Belgian/Belgian-style beers. These brewers knew what they were doing and really crafted something special with this beer. You can taste the thought that went into it. The components are nicely structured in the flavor profile and each layer is easily peeled back. The aroma was a bit mild for me and the body could have used a boost, but neither detracted from the flavor. 6.8%? Wish my glass would refill itself. It went down far too fast. 

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Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of nimrod979
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz brown bottle. Not seeing a freshness date. Poured into a small snifter.

Appearance: Black with a tight light tan head. About a 1/2" thick, retention is a film and crown. Lots of lace here.

Aroma: Earthy, medicinal, slight wood and smoke. Some grass and spice. Nothing complex, but nothing really straightforward.

Taste: Dry, roasted malt. Hints of citrus, grass, licorice. Definitely some farmhouse funk coming into play, medicinal with a dry, chalky and slightly smokey finish. Was disappointed at first but some subtle complexities came to light as the beer warmed. Pushing the boundaries of the term "saison"

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tight carb. dry chalky finish. Leaves a herbal medicinal taste in the mouth that I don't particular want to have lingering. Decent complexities with the flavors. Can see each brewer's influence. Brian's farmhouse, Stone's hop additions... etc. Beer kind of left me wanting more though.

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Photo of CreightonSM
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Damian74
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Tumbler. $4.00

A-Black with a nice creamy finger width beige head. Leaves some lacing.

S-smoke and sweetness, a little cocoa, some herbal notes too.

T- bittersweet cocoa, liquid smoke, roasted malts, sweetness up front, lightly bitter with herbal notes at finish.

M-Good nice creamy texture, nice carbonation, medium body feel.

O-I like this beer, would definitely have with bbq, beef dish etc..love the smoke, don't think it's really Saison though. I couldn't have more then 2-3 of these though. Would get again.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of JCam9981
2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of rramsey
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of DrGonzoDDS
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of cmak316
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on the upper range of the suitable scale.

Thin mouthfeel yet full aftertaste of smoky, burnt oats. Would go well with a charcoal grilled pork loin or sirloin.

I am new to the smoked beer scene but it is what I expected, light enough to appreciate and see what it was aiming for but not too heavy for ultimate rejection. A good brew I'd say for a novice palate.

WAY better than most middle of the road priced beers, that is if you're open to new tastes.

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Photo of Auraan
4.39/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black with a finger wide tan head that dispersed into thin lacing rather quickly. The scent was of licorice and black coffee, with a slight smokey character. Decent, but lacking any complex aromas. The flavor was where the beer captured my senses. It began with sour notes and slight citrus flavors, these remained throughout the sip. The taste than picked up notes of licorice and black coffee as the sip finished. Each sip left a smokey aftertaste that was present, but not overpowering. Quite a good beer in flavor profile. The mouthfeel was quite carbonated, though not enough that the beer was difficult to drink, and the carbonation seemed to compliment the flavors. Overall this is an excellent beer that provided a nice set of flavors that meld quite well together.

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Photo of jhillwastaken
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of dokupe
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Thur123
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a 1-finger light-tan head that quickly settles to 1/2-finger
S: Grass, a little tropical fruit & hints of coffee, malt & sour
T: Mild, with flavors of roasted malt, chalk, a bit of citrus & earth
M: Medium-bodied with a pleasant carbonation
O: Unique, worth trying, made me contemplate it a bit, but not a beer I would actively seek out again

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Photo of rlee1390
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Black in the glass, clear amber when pouring, one finger off white head that doesn't last.

S-Spice, grass, like you'd expect from a saison. Along with a tad bit of smoke and coffee.

T-Starts with spices and grassy notes, roasted malt, coffee, smoke. Balance ins't quite there though.

M- Medium bodied with some carbonation.

O-I like the idea, but the execution wasn't up to snuff.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like trying these collaboration beer, although some havnt been that great, however this perfect crime black smoked saison is a good one. the smell is very mild, bland even. the look is very dark, black golden. i do like the taste. its very mild not too smokey, if i wasnt seeing it i would believe this beer is black. it is very drinkable holding true to most saisons, but there is enough flavor that still deserves respect. i really like this.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of DavidST
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours a dark brown color with a large brown head which has good retention. The smells are of belgian yeast esters, nice amount of hops, caramel malts. The feel is medium. The taste is like it smells, nice amount of hops, some funk and caramel.

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Photo of mactrail
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Dark mahogany color in the Saxo tall tulip with a modest foam. Average carbonation. Very thin body but a decent sudsiness. I would call this a black Cascadian IPA, but then it is flushed with a whole lot of the Belgian dry yeastiness. A hint of apples and burnt oatmeal.

This stuff is quite sharp and bitter. Not hardly like a Saison, even stretching the style, but I'll rate it as such. Seems like the collaboration yields Stillwater's excess of the dry yeast flavors, along with Stone's prediliction for turning everything into an IPA, plus Evil Twin's murky silliness. Seems like a perfect crime to me.

Sourish aftertaste is even less appealing after all the harsh bitterness. And then it dries out from there and leaves a film on the teeth and the sensation of cardboard. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of barnzy78
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, poured into a chalice, the ale is near black with a bubbly tan head, decent retention and some spotty lace. Aromas are spicy, fruity Belgian yeast, ashy smoke, faint anise. Odd flavors, burnt sugar, spice, pungent orange peel, smoke, balsamic vinegar. Mouth-feel is on the thinner side of medium, nice carbonation. Overall, I wasn't crazy over this one. The balsamic vinegar taste was unappealing, and the flavors had a hard time melding on the palate for me.

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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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