peteinSD (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2012 Bottle. Dark pour which is clear held to the light with a tan head. Aroma is light smoke, herbs, clove, and some bitter hops on the finish. Smoke comes through much more in the flavor and is mixed with the clove before some hop bitterness at the end. Clean mouthfeel. The beer has all of the advertised elements in relative harmony but the saison yeast does not really play that well off the smoke IMHO. Worth a try. Note - Iím drinking this on tap day after my bottle review and the clove/yeast character is reduced which allows the smoke and hops to assert more and improves the taste. Kinda cool beer actually if you give it a chance.
GarrettB (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
February 21st, 2013 - Breaking guidelines seems to be a trend in my review list these days, though the collaborative "The Perfect Crime" is more explicit about its intentions. Does it live up to the hype? How egregiously does it snap itís "Smoked" label over its own knee? Well, it certainly looks like itís in the Rauch camp, with a deep, dark body, and a darker-than-tan head. And the nose is smokey too, with a touch of smoked peat and some grape sugar. But the smoked element is on the milder side, almost as if the aroma were a smoked food, like almonds, and not just the smell of smoke. Thatís a plus, but not a style defying jab to the man. The flavor is also similarly smoky, though more carbonated than many smoked beers Iíve had, and more of the mineral water quality too. The aftertaste improves on the foretaste, introducing the peat found in the nose, but also turning up the acidity for a better and more interesting balance. The Perfect Crime is a unique twist on smoked beers, but I donít think it evades categorization. Thatís okay - what I want is something that is appreciably complex, and while those first few seconds of the flavor are a nadir, the rest of this beerís qualities are engaging.
dresden (1460) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours like a cola with a foamy tan head. Light smoke aroma, some citrus. Hoppy flavour, really lacking a great saison yeast taste, some coffe flavours. Hmmm fine beer, but Iím not tasting what theyíre selling.
BucannonXC5 (1426) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From: Stone Brewing Company
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.
Beerheart65 (1408) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light brown head is thin and short, dark brown/black. Light arome has licorice, coffee, caramel, ash, slightly roasted. Crisp round, bitter, dry, highly roasted nearly burned, long roastrd bitter finish, berry also. Tasty but quite much roasted. Would not drink many of these.
zoucrew102 (1377) - - JAN 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smokey aroma, but not too strong. Pours dark brown with thin head. Tastes very smooth with a slightly smokey finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
gripweed57 (1365) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours an opague black color with a thick, bubbly taupe head. Faint roasted malt aroma hints at cocoa, yeast and burnt wood. Rather dry and yeasty upfront. Subtle bittersweet chocolate with an underlying smokiness. Spicy, peppery hops in the finish. Silky mouthfeel and medium bodied. Unique and interesting; definitely worth seeking out.
ryanscourt (1362) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz pour from bottle. Fairly dark brown. Never had a dark saison before. Some maltiness followed by saison spiciness but overtaken by hop bitterness. Some lingering smokiness but aftertaste is mostly dry and bitter. Pretty good but not as unique flavors as I was expecting and a lot more bitter.
katrinaez (1356) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2015 I like it enough, but it isn?t what it they said. More of a black ale than saison. The smoke is very light at the end. The saison taste is a flash in the pan and it?s gone to the ale only taste. It is a nice beer, but the rating is because I expected more. Bottle
beer-yum (1334) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Upside surprise at a recent Stone Brewery tap take-over in Wellington. First dark beer my better half says she liked - and I thought it was to die for. Deliciously different.