Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

The Perfect Crime Smoking Gun | Scheldebrouwerij

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
BA SCORE
3.84/5
Very Good
60 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Scheldebrouwerij
Belgium
scheldebrouwerij.nl

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by tobelerone on 10-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,271
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
60
pDev:
13.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of GenDV138
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes, consumed on 3/24/13. Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brownish black with about a third a finger of off-white head, mostly a ring around the glass. Aromas of dark fruit, booze. Tasting notes of cola, dark fruit, subtle smoke, light hops, light herbs and spices. Alcohol is well masked in the taste. Light-ish body with a dry finish.

 354 characters

Photo of Ale-ienation
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a very, very dark brown (almost black) with a frothy off-white head. Moderate lacing

S: Sweet malts, plums, lightly phenolic. Rather fruity. No smoke.

T: Rich roasted malts up front, with prominent esters; plums, ripe red grapes. Long, sweet finish with a moderate amount of alcohol warming.

M: Medium bodied and creamy.

O: A flavorful imperial stout with a lot of fruity esters which are somewhat overpowering. No smoke detected in the nose or on the palate.

 473 characters

Photo of JDavidRice
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of oldedog
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JohnK17
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looking closely at the label, I notice the subtle little outlines of what appear to be smoking apparati - bongs, hookahs, haspipes - incorporated subversively into the pattern. Ha!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Black body with ruby highlights around the edges under a finger of loose mocha head that could only be described as "Belgian-y". Drops to a thick coating.

Smells of sharp dark fruits: plum skin, raisins soaked in vodka, kind of papery & oxidized, which is strange as I'm assuming this isn't that old, subtle smoke.

Taste is similar, with the same dark fruit notes, a moderate charred taste, & a biting alcohol. Same kind of paper thing going on, sort of husky & hay-like. A lot of these I find in obscure Belgian imports - dark fruit, sharp alcohol, rough around the edges. A little dark chocolate in the late aftertaste, but like chocolate-covered blueberries or something. A little dry red wine, tannic.

Medium-full-bodied, pretty well carbonated, sort of a soft body but with some harsh, acrid feel around the edges.

Didn't think this would've had enough time to get mishandled, but it seems oxidized & maybe just not real mature to begin with. Another of the numerous Belgian-style stouts I'm not into, & the "smoke" comes across as just burnt. Some good fruitiness & I can't say the oxidation completely hurt it, but didn't live up to my expectations of how cool I thought this was going to be.

 1,415 characters

Photo of Chico1985
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of yeti123
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Sludgeman
1.75/5  rDev -54.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. A half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark and light estery fruit, toasted malt, light licorice and chocolate. Flavor follows with very nice dark dried, stone and light fruit well integrated with toasted malt, hints of licorice and wood. Sadly very little smokiness. Medium bodied. I would have hoped from some charred gunpowder from a Smoking Gun, but am still very pleased with the interesting flavors in this. Well balanced and well covered ABV. I hope I can find another bottle of this, I will buy it again in a heart beat.

 648 characters

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of martyl1000
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Tibi81
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation near the edges of the glass. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that slowly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark fruits in the nose along with some hints of licorice.
T: Flavors of dark fruits, dark malts and a bit of sweetness are present in the taste, which also has some subtle hints of smoke in the finish (these become a bit stronger as the beer fully warms up).
M: It feels a bit higher than medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer has a high alcohol content, it's not too difficult to drink because the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste. It seems to resemble more of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale or a quadruple instead of a stout.

 940 characters

Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of IpeeA
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, smoke, and a hint of syrup. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, hops, alcohol, hint of pine, and slight smoke. Overall, good aroma, feel, body, and blend.

 405 characters

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Illos
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Jimmys
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz poured into a Flying Dog chalice. no bottled on date. labeled as a "smoked black saison" however doesn't state that anywhere on the bottle.

A: very dark brown. head is closer to the white side than I anticipated. retention is lacking. as is the lacing.

S: the roast is a little worn out in my opinion. slightly smoky. some soft chocolate aroma as well.

T: a certain amount of char starts things off sweet. smoky as well, but not as much as I expected/hoped for. definitely some vanilla aspects. finish has a lingering burnt flavor to it.

M: very mild carbonation. full bodied.

D: meh, not as impressed as I wanted to be. the smoke aspect was not as strong as I would have liked, and the stout body on its own did not make up for it. glad I got to try, however get's a pass in my book.

 804 characters

Photo of nwatson
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of tun
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a touch of brown, finger of frothy khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, vanilla, smoke, coffee, dark fruits, oak, black licorice, a bit of booze.

T - Roasted dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, smoke, vanilla, coffee, black licorice, some earthy hops, a bit of oak, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit thick, smokey, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Nice balanced smoked stout. Big and bold but everything works nicely.

 507 characters

Photo of avalon07
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a mostly cloudy consistency. There was a big, tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A pretty good aroma of malt, chocolate, and hints of coffee.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, cocoa, a little bit of coffee, and a tinge of hops in the finish. Slightly boozy, but not enough to worry about. A decent enough flavor, but not quite balanced enough.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Kind of a mixed bag here. Smoking Gun is an uneven beer with some good qualities that doesn't quite make it. Nonetheless, it is drinkable.

 642 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
The Perfect Crime Smoking Gun from Scheldebrouwerij
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 60 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.