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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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a dark brown, almost black with a finger of creme colored head, good retention. smells of farmhouse yeast, toasted grains, chocolate, lemongrass. oh hell yeah, band aids, wet hay, lemongrass, toasted grains.. a tart yet smoky flavor profile. now it's all coming together! medium body but drinks like a light beer. nicely carbonated and has a very refreshing mouthfeel even though the flavors are all over your palate!

a great collaboration, but what would you expect?! it's some damn great world wide brewing all brewing an excellent style, and adding a nice dark twist to it.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Dark red-brown (but still translucent) with very little head.

S: Pleasant funky-sour Belgian(?) yeast. Grainy, almost like a tripel. Gingerbread? Rather faint, but still interesting. Ever so faintly metallic.

T: Interesting. This is a pretty nice saison, just wild/funky enough for my tastes, with an interesting complexity and bitterness. Herbal-citric hops and dryish endtaste. The aftertaste is a bit barnyardy, but I am more than prepared to live with that in my saisons. The alleged smokiness is virtually undetectable except at the very, very end.

M: No complaints here. Moving on...

O: I enjoyed it, and I suppose I'd recommend it, but I probably wouldn't have another. Interesting and well-made.

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Photo of avalon07
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of off white, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A slightly strange aroma of chocolate (not something you expect from a saison), malt, fruit, and the funkiness typical of the style.

T: Tasted of dark fruits, a little bit of malt, light hops, a hint of chocolate, and the aforementioned funkiness. There's something a bit out of whack here. The flavors don't seem to gel very well. Not bad, but not as good as others.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth, silky finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't a bad beer, but it isn't as well-formed as other Stone collaborations. Not necessarily undrinkable, but not something I would buy twice.

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Photo of smcnulty1981
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours with a nice black color when held to the light there is a brown hue with about 2 fingers of a light brown kahki head with some lacing

S: some chocolate and coffee notes with a hint of a smokey hickory

T: hint of chocolate and coffee again on the taste

M: the body was a lot lighter than the color would indicate there was a fairly thin body with not the carbonation level that is expected of a saison

O: this was tough to rate being that its a unique style I tired to compare to other smoked beers however this collaboration fell a little short of the markof description and having had beers from all three breweries this was not the best from all of them

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Pitch black body, hints of ruby. Tan colored, one finger head.

Aroma had some typical saison funk aromas. A bit estery. Light smoke aroma.

Taste was a bit chocolately upfront with some estery flavors. Slightly spicey. Subtle hints of smoke. Finished a bit bitter and earthy.

Mouthfeel was medium body, thin mouthfeel and dry finish.

Overall a unique twist on a saison. Still had some traditional flavors with a nice addition of chocoalte flavors.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of prototypic
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The Perfect Crime is a darker mahogany color. It’s dark, but not opaque. Backlighting reveals quite a few burgundy highlights throughout. It’s topped with a soft, tan head. It’s modest, rising to less than a finger in height. It’s rather quick to dissipate. Lacing was a little sticky, but definitely on the lighter side. Looks alright.

The nose is very weak and disappointing. It’s not very aromatic at all. It needs a big boost of strength in a bad way. There are some light spicy and earthy notes. Belgian yeast is noted. It brings a little clove and pepper to the mix. It is a bit earthy and grassy throughout. There might be some noble hops here. Tough to say. I’m not getting anything to suggest it’s smoky. Alcohol isn’t all that strong. There’s a little here, but not much. Needs work.

The flavor is a bit better. It starts out with a mix of earthy and grassy flavors. They resonate throughout. Noble hops are almost certainly responsible for the grassy flavor. There are some dark malty notes. Tastes mostly like bittersweet dark chocolate. No sweetness at all. Belgian yeast is noted and adds some pepper and clove flavors. I like that. There’s a very light charred or smoky flavor, but it’s extremely subtle. I was expecting much more in that department. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor. Finishes earthy, grassy, and very dry.

The Perfect Crime has a light-medium body. Carbonation is active, but doesn’t feel buzzy. Honestly, it feels too thin. Definitely too thin to be smooth. I guess it goes down alright. It’d go down even better if I liked it more.

The Perfect Crime is hardly perfect. It’s not even close. The nose is weak and needs a lot of work. The flavor seems a little jumbled and lacks focus. It’s not a terrible beer by any means, but it’s not very good either. It’s worth a try.

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3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - black with a half of an inch of soft, foamy, brownish head that has decent retention

S - spicy with notes from Belgian yeast which are mostly peppery, some dark malts

T - some roasted malts, chocolate, peppery, spicy, faint dark fruit, some Belgian yeast, some herbal notes, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, crisp, a tad overcarbonated

This is a decent beer. The flavor is centered around the spicy notes imparted by the yeast. The overall flavor is good but the crispness of the carbonation interferes with the palate making it hard to really enjoy all of the subtleties. This was nice to try once, but this isn't a beer I'll be buying again.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Dark brown mahogany tinted cola appearance. A dainty layer of tan bubbly fast scattering head that recedes to a coral reef swirl on top.

S: Sweet hard candy and black malt. Smoked grains, burnt molasses, figs, hazelnut coffee, powdery earthy yeast pine and floral hops. Once warmed the aroma becomes similar to a grease trap at a fast food joint.

T/M: A cornucopia of earthy yeast, pine and floral hops flood the palate. A sensation of dust in my mouth. Lurking in the background rounding out the dryness are alcohol soaked figs, smoked grains and molasses with a bitter bite of coffee. The smoke really encompasses the back of the throat and surrounds the flavors slowly building it's intensity to a profile similar to burnt marshmallows. Aggressive carbonation in a medium body. Finish is dry and smoky with subtle tart apple peel. The pine/floral hops are almost too much for this beer.

O: I love collaborations and this was a success in my book. Although not a terrific creation of the style. The smoke was delicate but intensified to really pull it all together. An interesting beer to say the least.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Birch.

A - Dark brown color, nice bubblt head.

S - Aroma of figs, pine, flowers.

T - Sour, slight bitter, very subtle roast. Very mild at first. But gets better as it warms--bitterness increases for the better and less light cream.

M - Huge mouth, creamy.

O - Very different for the style. Easy drinker. Perhaps too light. Not bad but it doesn't blow me away.

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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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