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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)

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Added by chugalug06 on 11-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A black saison? Such is the project behind this Stone collaboration. On to the beer:

Obsidian colored with an inch of head sitting on top. The retention is good and so is the lace associated. Its nose is soft and somewhat dry. Vague Belgian yeast seems to be the one in play. Notes of pear, lemon, saison spices, and subtle smoke follow to complete the nose.

Roasted malt hits first upon tasting. Quickly, the roasted note drops away and gives way to the saison. Notes of pear and spice make much of the flavor, and a somewhat astringent smokiness arrives late and remains into the aftertaste. The body is medium full with a slight creaminess.

As is the case with many of the Stone collaborations, , this "black saison" was fun to try. Not my favorite, but it's workable.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the bottle at the Tap and Mallet Vertical Epic tasting event. It arrived in a tasting glass, showing a medium brown coloring. It held a half finger tall head of tan bubbles, leaving rings of lacing after an okay retention. This was, however, easily reproducible. Carbonation appeared active, and no haze or sediment was noted. The aroma gave deeper chocolate malts, barnyard grass, funk of metallic yeast, general musk, and smokiness to the paler side of the malt bill. With warmth came mineral, light booziness, and more citric and soapy hops for the first time, curiously. Our first impression was that there was great smokiness against the barnyard grass and lighter toasty malts. The flavoring opened with big musk and the serious bittering bite of chalky antibiotics. This was added to by bittered metallics and further bite of medicinal phenols. Musk continued to the peak, with light cherry sweetness to balance. Lemon hops helped this, as did a white sugar flash. The end showed more of that serious muskiness, more grass, citric bite, soured yeast, and the dirt and mineral of a dank cellar. The aftertaste breathed of citric hop bite, metals and mineral, toffee and chocolate malts, coffee metallics, faint vanilla coolness, and of course, more musk and dust. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Slurp, sip, smack, and glug were all nice. An astringent coating was left around the mouth, despite the initial oily froth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the big musk to it. This certainly helped the beer fully embody and become that aspect of the style. This did, too, hold up greatly against the depth of malts, toffee sugars, and sweetness throughout the flavoring. The hops came out late in the nose, which was interesting, but we wish they were just a bit stronger through the taste, which would have put things over the top for us.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A dark mahogany body with a fluffy khaki cap. The cap rose to fill the tulip, and fell to form a thin layer of foam over the top of the liquid. Some clingy lace revealing sip marks.

The nose is of dark fruits, cocoa powder, and a touch of smoke. The smoke comes out more as this guy approaches room temp. Plums and cherries are the driving force in the nose. Extremely clean. Too clean for a saison.

Some smoke up front with cherries, vanilla, plums, and cocoa powder through the middle. The finish is a quick burst of smoked malt with a metallic finish. A touch of cherry vanilla mixes in with the lingering smoke/metallic flavor. The metallic flavor fades and some piney hop bitterness takes over.

Smooth, easy medium body. A touch of spicy alcohol pops in the finish.

This is a super clean saison, even with the smoked malt. I'd the flavors to be a little more robust and, for lack of a better word, dirtier. The metallic aftertaste is a little unwelcoming at first, but it fades and some bitter, piney hops take over.

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3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got it at the Beer Shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
A. And extremely dark brown, almost black. Some light comes through at the bottom. It has a thick, foamy, tan head that leaves some good lacing.

S. It has an alcohol, metallic and malt scent.

T. It has a roasted taste followed by an intense smokey malt flavor. A slight bitterness. Some dark fruit characteristics. It has a bit of a metallic taste. Some alcohol heaviness.

M. Crisp with a medium to full body.

O. It definitely has a complex array of flavors. I find it to be nice, but it has a bit too much of a metallic taste to it to make it exceptional.

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2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a 2 finger head and very nice lacing.

S: I'm not too fond of the smell. There are dark fruits, spice, and some sort of funky smell.

T: Watered down fruits, some spice, smoke, and more funk. Not very enjoyable. This will be a chore to finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Stone is my favorite brewery, so I'll give anything they brew a try. This is the first time I've been truly disappointed.

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2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Deep, dark brown (almost black) with red-brown highlights. Excellent clarity and 1 finger of tan head.

Black licorice, overripe plum, caramel and cocoa.

Watered down black licorice flavors and overripe plum upfront. Mid-palate seems suspiciously void of any flavor. Lemon zest and black pepper kick in towards the back of the palate. Finishes with the filthy taste of used coffee filters and a dirty-ass smoked log. The unwelcome nastiness lingers in the form of crushed Aspirin tablets and grapefruit rind.

Medium bodied, silky, crisp and well carbonated.

I’m sorry that Stillwater and Evil Twin got involved with Stone. Not a very enjoyable beer. The aftertaste is pretty horrendous. Stone got away with “The Perfect Crime.” …Stealing money from me for yet another subpar Collaboration.

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3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown, appearing black in the glass. Fine two-finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Pleasant aroma of light fruit, citrus, toasted malt, licorice and saison yeast. Flavor is light toasted malt, light wild yeast, light smoke, finishing with a somewhat medicinal light hop bitterness. The taste is surprisingly flat for the variety of flavors. Nice medium body with light creaminess. This resembles a hybrid between a light porter and a saison, but not really all that well integrated. An interesting, but somewhat attenuated flavor combination.

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

Into a snifter, brew pours a solid roasted brown color (black) under a light beige head. Interesting sweet and tart herbal aroma that hints at spicy pungent lemon peel up front over earthy notes of cocoa. Certainly carries the aroma of a saison. This may be the brightest/herbal/spiciest flavor I've ever had to so dark of an appearance. Voila! Black Saison it is...Sweet and tart citrus spice takes a sharp ride in the mouth feel at an enjoyable level. Roasted malt subtly but significantly lends itself to the palate in a dry fruity finish. Very interested to pair this with food next time...

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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, smoke, coffee, peppery spice, and some bittersweet chocolate. It tastes like roasted malt, earthy hops, vanilla, coffee, peppery spice, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has good carbonation. To me it seems more like a porter or a stout than a saison, but I'm not complaining. I thought this was a good brew overall. $3.99 a bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: 1/4" tan head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.

S: Smoke, yeast, sourness, flowers and grass.

T: Smoke, roasted malt, grass, flowers, biscuit, sour milk.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Not very enjoyable, the smokiness was unnecessary and the dry and dark roasted malts were too much as well. So far The City Never Sleeps from Gigantic is still the benchmark of a Black Saison for me.

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Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 648 ratings
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