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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Ratings: 647 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of Tom-Peters
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of Honus1
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black, hint of brown, finger frothy tan-khaki head. Fades medium.

S - Roasted caramel malts, chocolate, smoke, vanilla, coffee, Belgian yeast, spices, pepper, earthy hops.

T - Roasted caramel and chocolate malts, earthy hops, mild bitterness, Belgian yeast, pepper, other spices, vanilla, and smoke.

M - Medium bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth with a smokey and roasty finish.

D - Nicely balanced dark saison. The smoke is a nice touch.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Impressive lumpy beige head that leaves plenty of chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is deep brown where light passes through the center.

Mildly earthy aromas. The rest of the smell reminds me of a Brown Ale. Light white-pepper hop at the end. Some Saison aroma after these initial smells settle.

First impression is the thinness of the body. Nearly no flavor while the beer is on the tongue. Everything comes from the swallow, which is complex combination of pepper, astringent darker malt and a bit of alcohol. Relatively short aftertaste. High carbonation level.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this is a balck smoked saison, and so far it holds true, it is black. A thin transparent blackm, as opposed to a thick viscous stout black, pours with a medium tan head and plenty of carbonation sticking to the glass

S - the aroma is surprisingly lacking, some smoked peat, earthy notes, no distinct hop profile, no spicy saison tones, just smoke and malts

T - my how things change in the taste of this beer, one of the biggest discrepancies between nose and palate that I can remember in a beer. Big spicy funky saison notes float above a great malt/hop balanced profile. Each individual element is distinguishable and of high quality.

M&D&O - among the best layered beers I have tried, a fantastic job of creating such differing and tasty elements at every level. a tasty brew!

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Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Oakenator
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black in appearance with at least a finger of head on a 10 oz pour. Good retention and lacing. Smells malty yet fruity - maybe green apple. Almost sour style and hiding behind that you can find a bit of smoke. The flavor is malt forward, chalky with more typical Saison spices on the back end - I get celery, parsley, others. Typical Saison has a real clean finish - on this one the dark malt lingers through that and beyond. Different.

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Photo of Listers
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of csustar001
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Complete darkness, tight tiny bubble lacing, good stickage

SMELL: Chalky, gummy, carob, dried grass, subtle smoke, dried dark fruit, mild esters, slightly medicinal, spicy

TASTE: Smooth, roasty, bity yeast character, a little creamy, molasses taffy, medicinal herbs, balanced hoppiness, vague smoke, hint of black berries, cocoa nibs, mildly warming alcohol

Was hoping for a bit more crispness or snap, smoke is pretty hard to find and so is the "Saison" traits ... somewhat Belgian-y and that is about it. Missing the point of this beer, at the bottom of all of the Stone collab brews. Nothing bad, just does nothing for me.

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Photo of Tibi81
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Garrett092112
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of illtexzona
4.28/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A - Pitch black with little thin lacing. Not much head at all. Maybe 1/4 of an inch on a heavy pour.

S - Light scent of smoke that I worked to get. Smells closer to a standard black lager with a sweet carmel and toasted nut at the forefront, but difficult to pull much else. Very mild odor.

T - The first taste is pure black ale with dark fruits, carmel, & roasted malt. As it settles under the tongue I get the saison aspect of Belgian yeast with mild smoke I was looking for. Washes mildly bitter with a hint of hops, but just enough to keep it balanced.

M - Fizzy in a champagne way. Little bubbles that tickle the tongue. A dryness on the back end. Quite light in the typical feel of a saison.

O - Although the smoke that is advertised is very underwhelming when you expect it. Aside from that, it is about as balanced you could hope for in the complex style attempted. You get the some of the black, some of the smoke, and some of the saison without any of them overpowering the other.

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Photo of HarryHood
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of FosterJM
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1654th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
12oz

2012 Release
Purchased at Total Wine & More for $2.99

App- Well it is a black saison. So figured it would be very dark. Inky black and very dense in the glass with red edges. Still not sure how that works really. The head was a nice two finger, off white, almost khaki color. The cling was very amazing and thick.

Smell- Well I thought it was overly muddled. A bit too much going on. Taking into consideration a Roggenbier with a fuller rye smell, a hefe with some bubblehum and a saison with the pepper and malt. A bit bitter and floral as well. I dont get too much smoke. Do get a bit of meaty flavors behind this.

Taste- I thought it was better than average but not a great beer. It had a lot going on and got a bit muddled in the middle. Similar to the aromas the flavors were a bit off. Too many things competing with eachother. It was yeasty, doughy, dark fruits, smokey and meaty. Just didn't layer well.

Mouth- It was a pretty thick body actually. More like a liquid bread mixed with some candy. A bit sweet on the finish like a quad. Some plums and some juices. The carbonation was a bit bubbly and carried over to the finish.

Drink- Well I have reviewed all but two of the stone Collabs. Streak continues. Fairly tasty and a bit muddled but a unique take on a couple styles. Just not for me.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours near black with a billowing dark brown head that faded into a lasting thin film. A complex network of lace was left down the glass.
S: Smokey with sweeter notes of caramel. Mild nose, pretty straightforward. Maybe a hint of yeast.
T: Follows the nose. Smokey and sweet with caramel, chocolate, dark fruits and raisins. Smokey sweet finish, mildly bitter aftertaste. Belgian yeast maybe pokes through in the finish but other than that this tastes like a full on porter.
M: Full carbonation, airy and frothy. Medium-full body, sweet and slick mouthfeel.
O: A porter if I’ve ever had one, and a pretty solid one at that. As a saison, even a knowingly “dark” saison, I’m just not feeling it. Worth a try but not their greatest.

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

Clear deeply brown colored ale with a small black colored head

Smells like smoked flowers. Smoke and coriander with a flowery hop aroma. Little bit of honeysuckle in the scent. Flowers are a bit like perfume.

Starts out neutral sweet and smoky. Hint of a sourness in this. Moderate bitterness. Tastes like smoked flowers.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is tasty but not outstanding. A Strange one pretty must Irish Dry Stout mixed with Saison. Not one of the better beer combination.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Deep dark pour with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Belgian yeast,dark chocolate
Taste-Belgian yeast spiciness and underlying tartness, dark baker's chocolate, dark roasted malt, and vinuous hops in a rather dry finish with just wisps of smoke. A porter/Saison mindmeld that try hard to work things out and comes pretty close. A llittle more smoked malt perhaps? All that being said, this brew cries out for a food pairing. Sechuan or spicy Thai, BBQ or braised ribs, or just a hunk of aged Gouda or Bleu cheese.

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Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of rkcrozier
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights when held to light, and a good sized tan head that slowly recedes before leaving a moderate amount of lace on the glass. The aroma holds a bit of smoke with a moderate amount of spice and a bit of chocolate caramel, and roast. The flavor is bready with a bit of spicy wheat, a hint of chocolate, smoke, and a heavy hand of earthy spicy hops. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation ans a spicy tart bubbly mouthfeel. This beer was ok, but not really my cup of tea.

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Photo of sneaks2210
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone - "The Perfect Crime" from Stone Brewing
3.48 out of 5 based on 647 ratings.
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