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"

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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Ratings: 647 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: Draft
Glass: Tulip
From: Stone Brewing Company
Price: $6

Black with a finger (when I got it) of tan head. Good lacing - foamy and milky. Good retention.

Smelled toffee, caramel, chocolate, molasses and light dark sour fruit.

Tasted sour fruit, grape, kiwi, plum, chocolate and toffee with a slightly bitter finish.

Medium body. Oily texture. Fizzy (high) carbonation. Astringent finish.

I was a bit disappointed overall. Lots of flavors but nothing that really stood out.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of bluesplit63
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of bonkers
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of AHunter062
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Immortale25
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Arrives in an Ovila goblet.

A- Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch tan head that bears great retention before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a sheet of bubbly surface foam. Nice web trails of lacing run down the glass.

S- Slightly funky aroma with not a lot of malt presence given the color.

T- Also surprisingly light and smooth given its color. Doesn't really taste too much like a saison because the mildly roasted malt overpowers whatever yeasty wheat flavors were detected in the aroma. Alcohol is light as any saison's should be although this one's on the higher end of the ABV spectrum for the style. Mildly bitter.

M- This is the only part where it becomes a failed experiment for me. It's crisp in the start, but then there's a very chalky, grainy dryness in the afterfeel. Medium-high carbonation and a deceivingly light-ish body.

O- Certainly an interesting blend of styles. If they can just crack the code on getting that mouthfeel more appealing, this could be a whole new breed of beer. Better than the overall BA score implies.

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Photo of Googs
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of jcmagsino
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown with a creamy 1/2 inch head, and tons of lacing.

Smell - Smokey malts, fig, rasin, cherry, plum, some sugars, molasses. Not getting anything else.

Taste - Roasted, smokey malts, sweet grassy floral notes with belgian yeasts at first sip. Dark fruits add some bitterness with the spices and minor floral hops. Theres a sweet note of brown sugars, molasses and some chocolate. No alcohol is noticable. The funky, earth flavors are mildly present, but masked somewhat under the smokey malts.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets the smokey malts, yeasts, added sugars. Palate gets more smoke, sugars and dark fruits. Aftertaste is bitter, sweet and sour.

Overall - Very unique, a little unbalanced but is a fine drink. You get the smokey flavor first, then the saison comes in and overpowers. Enjoyable but a little thin on the smokey side, and that leads to the saison aspect being dominate. Its worth a drink since its limitied but the price sucks, as all stone colabs do.

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Photo of PopnLoads
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MIA4IPA
2.48/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I got to say I love trying the Stone Collabs but I have had very few that were great but mostly its a very average!

Pours nice finger head that dissipates relatively quickly. Nice lacing on the glass, smell is slightly yeasty and mouthfeel is thin. I get more of a spicy smoky flavor towards the end. Leaves a dry chalky taste in my mouth (not pleasant)

Overall I would expect more from these 3 great brewers, in my opinion a poor attempt at a saison!

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a very dark brown capped with a two finger foamy off white head, some wispy lacing. On the nose hints of smoke and farmhouse yeast. Opens with grassy hops, joined by musty farmhouse yeast and a hint of smoked wood. Finishes with continued yeasty notes and some mild hop bitterness and slight pear skin-tinged fruit notes. Fairly light-bodied and slick, moderately carbonated. Overall, nothing outstanding, but a solid brew. Considering this is a collaboration which as a whole tend to disappoint, that's saying a lot.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. Stone Collaboration bottle into a large wine glass. This, The Perfect Crime, pours like no Saison I've seen before. Deep brownish black with ruby highlights and a steady cap of deep tan foam.

The aroma was interesting, particularly given the darkness of the pour. Perhaps there is a chance for this....perhaps... or perhaps not. Not..

Flavor is muddled and without nuance as for a Saison. And while this was expected given the color, it still is what it is. I think Black Saison's, like Black IPA's might well benefit from a jump off a cliff.

A decent brew, style aside. And the color here is subtle as in that it's just color as opposed to flavor. Hmmmm.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, allowed to warm just slightly before being poured into my NEBCO tulip.

The Perfect Crime pours not quite solid black, with some ruby highlights. The dark khaki foam rises up and spills out of the glass a little bit, but eventually settles at two fingers in height. Head retention is decent, and more of the glass is left covered in lacing than not. The nose is alright, but there's not much of anything to suggest that the beer's a saison. There's some dark, roasty aromas, along with smoke that's definitely secondary in nature, but still present. The flavor has a bit more "saison" to it. The coffee like roasted malts lead things off, but they aren't too intense or overwhelming. A spicy yeast character that's very subtle comes in next, bridging the beer to a soft, smoky there's still not enough in the way of an ester and/or phenol profile from the yeast, but at least there actually is some here. The mouthfeel is just a miss from the style. It's noticeably too heavy body-wise, and the carbonation just doesn't have much life to it. I think there's a great beer in this idea, and some aspects of it are already dialed in (particularly the subtle smoke presence). However, this has to be one of the more disappointing Stone collaborations I've had.

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Photo of greg4579
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of Belgian yeast and dark roasted malts in the nose. Some notes of smoke become evident as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a little less flavors of roasted malts but added flavors of smoke. There are also some hints of oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is dry and a little chalky.
O: This is a nice black saison that is easy to drink and has some nice roasted flavors; the smoke definitely makes this beer unique. It is very flavorful given its light body.

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of JRed
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep black with reddish edges and an off-white head. Saison aroma of apple skins, pepper, sauerkraut. Sweet and tangy mustard. Tastes of apple skins, sauerkraut, tangy with spicy mustard powder. Almost no smoke, thin beer. Light body with light carbonation. A Perfect Crime against the public at $7.99 for a 12 oz. bottle. It's allright but not worth the money.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Usually the Stone collaborations sell out really quickly. I just happened to get lucky that they had a bottle of this on the shelf at my local store.

The nose on this beer provides a little sour note as well as a light coffee touch. I also pick up a decent amount of malt there.

The flavor is really unbalanced. I don't know what to pick up. This beer is really all over the place. I am really not happy with what is in that glass.

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Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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