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

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

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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.

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Ratings: 647 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of busternuggz
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an etched everted tulip glass.

Black with a little brown around the edges, not totally opaque, with a nice creamy 1/2" beige head. Leaves some spotty lacing.

Subtle sweet smoke and soily earthiness lead on the nose, a little cocoa, some pepper. Some herbal notes too, like licorice root.

The taste comes on with bittersweet cocoa, soft smoke, moist earth, some roastiness, grains, a little dark fruit, like dates. Just a little sweetness up front, ends fairly dry and lightly bitter with herbal/grassy notes.

Nice, lush texture up front, a little creamy, ends light but still soft and moist.

I like this beer, even though it's an atypical saison. It balances the saison characters with the "smoked" and "black" characters well to make a unique beer. The Stillwater influence is very prevalent.

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Photo of captainbearcat
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Wishdiak
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of yourefragile
2.69/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Received as an extra.

Pours a clear, dark roast cola brown with a large frothy bubbly tan head that has long lasting retention and thick webs of lace. Yeast, clove, ash, char, banana and wet gravel on the nose. Medium thin body, soft carbonation, and a finish like a glass of cigarettes. Front of palate rides a wave of smoke, ashtray, char and roast throughout, like a bad porter. Underneath that mess and on the back end a yeasty and clove rich saison struggles to emerge. Not the drainpour mess that I expected; this seemed like a weak idea to me (to my own taste) conceptually, and the execution was like two different styles mixing like oil and water.

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Photo of Massbmx
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JK4Stout
2.99/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Not too shabby. Pours a very dark brown. Could go even darker for the style, but we won't get picky here. Has a decent head, but it dissipated quickly.

S: There are better sassions out there in this department. It has a definite note of that tart/citrus-y/methanol-y scent I come to attribute with the style, but there is also a weakness in this area. it smells unfinished.

T: Not bad, but nothing really exciting with this ale. Certainly not worth the price. It does have a lingering smoky flavor, so I give it points for that, but not much else. All in all this is Stone's most mediocre collaboration offering. Sure it looks good, has a great name, and a cool label...but sadly I'm not six and I need something more than that at my age.

M: It is strong and medium in weight to the tongue. I think it fits the style pretty well here in this catagory. Carbonation could have been taken down a scosh.

O: I just can't get on board here. Sorry, Stone. I love most of your brew, but this one just fell short. I love the collaboration series. I think the very idea behind it deserves recognition...but either do more tweaking before a release or stick to a style you are all more comfortable with.

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Photo of shagal
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of gwiedman1
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Beejay
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of brewtus
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a dogfish tulip glass. Pours cola brown with a small, flesh tone head. Smell is a little smokey, dark dried fruits . Taste start thin and fruity and fades into a slightly hoppy, and a little smokey great balance of malt and hops. I will say the score makes you think it's not worth picking up, but it is. It's not the greatest I've ever had but it's worth a try for a few bucks.

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Photo of larryi86
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a three finger ran head.

S- Mainly light fruits from the yeast, some citrus/tropical fruits from the hops, some pepper, hint of roasted malts and smoke. Very Saison like.

T- Some smoke, hoppy, and a lot of yeast. Citrus and tropical fruits from the hops, works very well with the fruitiness from the yeast, finish has some pepper mixed with some smokiness. Great complexity and I feel that this great balance too.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- I think that this lives up to the name and what they were going for. I like all three brewers a lot and I think that this is a great example of all three brewers working together. I feel that I am in the minority with really liking this beer but it is very tasty and complexity. I didn't chill this at all and drank it at room temp so maybe that helped, can't wait to get more!

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When subscribing to saisons, the blueprint reads with dry grainy sweetness, pepper, fruit and high effervescence. Any complement of dark grain should accent the dryness with an almost-roast character. But boy-howdy- that notion is rammed home in the perfect crime.

With nearly porter-like proportions, the ale pours a dark, bark-brown color with a yeasty haze that refutes light. Where its body appears dense, the billow of foam and the streams of bubbles suggest lightness. Capped by a soft sandy head, the froth is spritzy and airy and reduces quickly but regenerates with a simple swirl of the glass. Light speckled lace decorates the glass in the wake.

Aromas are all about wood as the balance of saisons are ignored and the scent of char and perfume are preferred. Spicy coriander, paradise seed, star anise and a plethora of exotic botanicals fuse with soft char for a fragrant yet powerful "holiday" scent.

The taste of campfire char, burnt embers, and freshly sawn oak give bold first impressions, and then the spicy taste of pepper, burnt toast, bitter orange peel, white pepper, and coriander are sharp and deliver a pang of sharpness to the palate. Spices turn smoky and medicine-like in finish, and close with a touch of ash.

Incredibly dry, roasty, and tannin, there's absolutely no sweetness to the beer. It's bone dry texture makes the flavors evaporate on the palate and reveals a lot of harsh wood, char, ash, and smoke notes that deserve any semblance of balance. The beer finishes before it begins with only a memory of taste even in its early palate. Spicy, warm, and dry throughout, the beer oddly compelling in mouthfeel but seems harsh nevertheless.

I rather appreciate the dry malt flavor and body, but the roasted character is overbearing and dictates the balance in rather bullying fashion. There's very little resemblance of saison as the beer would be much more identifiable with an off-balanced robust porter instead.

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from "Lifesource" Salem. $3.49 Black beer with a nice tan head..lovely. Nice smokey aromas..like crispy roasted ham , a hint of saison and some light hop. Taste is more sweet grapefruit hop and a little saison dryness..the smoke for some reason is not so pleasing inn the taste as it was in the nose..more ashy. Nice juicy mouthfeel. Nice unusual beer

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Photo of rangerred
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glas

Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Really good rocky head retention and awesome lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma has the trademark Belgian yeastyness that I expect from a Saison but also a nice curveball of roasted malt with a hint of smoke. The roast and smoke are subtle but enough is there to let you know that this is not your average Saison.

This uniqueness carries over into the flavor where once again, there is a little something extra happening. Belgian yeast up front with the typical fruity flavors common in this style but there are subtle hints of caramel and burnt toast. I also pick up coffee and dark chocolate along with very faint smoke. Quite nice but then comes the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is is full and slick with a sticky finish. Now I wonder if this is really a Saison. Where is the light crisp mouthfeel and bone dry finish? This really ruins the whole experience.

Overall, a great idea but it just doesn't work. I wonder if all the specialty malts made bone dry attenuation simply impossible? I think this might be the case but if so, then why even attempt a "smoked saison"? Nonetheless an interesting take on a classic style and worth picking up if you come across it.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Tumble
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of arash1000
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Bung
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. Rusty black pour, not much light gets through. Half finger of frothy off white head. Laces a little bit.

Aroma, earthy malt, quite a bit of sage. Some yeast.

Taste, Herbal and piney hop like notes, a faint citrus. Lots of sage. The bitter is kind of in competition with the light malt and work I the yeast and it dominates them. Little bit if cardboard? A faint smokey roast as well, very faint.

Not quite medium body, good carbonation. Drink easy enough. Just a bit too bitter to me, did not come together for me.

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Photo of rcjennings
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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