GarrettB (1253) - 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.
halfonit (1243) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown color with a little cloudiness . Aroma is of grass, chocolate, faint smoke, toffee, and light spices. Palate is a little lighter than expected. Flavors in this are cocoa, dark chocolate, roastiness, slight earthiness, roasty/toasty, and smoke finish. This is basically a light rauch beer. Actually pretty disappointing in my opinion.
Salmoniform (1237) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Dark black with tan head. Aroma is estery, barnyard, pepper, earthy, sweet, slight smokiness. Mouthfeel is nice with a light body and good carbonation level. Taste is dry but slightly sweet initially with a dry slightly astringent bitterness following and a clean finish. Overall, this is ok...not as smoky as I would have expected and not as funky either...but a nice refreshing beer nonetheless.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Total Wine in Tucson, Arizona, served in a stem glass. Pours deep chestnut with a small tan head that fades quickly to a thin remnant and leaves a minimal amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are notes of roasted malts, smoke, pepper, grass, wheat and spice. The begins dry, with roasted malt notes, and becomes more so, with lots of spice and notes of citrus, flowers and pepper. A distinct roastiness with subtle smoke persists throughout. The finish is long, roasty and herby with a moderate hoppy bitterness. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting brew; it elegantly pairs up dark, roasted malts with saison spice. Very well done. 2012-12-29
dresden (1204) - 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.
nealblind (1192) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super dark brown pour some tan head. Aroma of leather, soy sauce, lactic, caramel. Tastes leather, soy, sauce, smoke, raspberries, licorice, peas. Tangy feel and dry. Has aged well. Seek these out.
JoeTheYounger (1171) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bevmo arrogant bitches. Dark brown reddish tint pour with off white head. Aroma is fruity Belgian yeast some spice, cooked dark fruits. Taste is initially fruity followed by slight roast/smoke with a ton of hops. Like an IPA mixed with a porter and a saison. Very interesting style but I enjoy it!!
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is a rusty, deep garnet with a creamy, pillowy, pale tan, moderate head which settles to a thin froth and leaves similar lace. The nose is a bit scattered but still very pleasant; lighter fruit (passionfruit, blood orange), leather, faint smoke, cocoa, some light roast, some floral, and molasses. The flavor is more smoked with light campfire, very earthy roast, still leathery, some caramel underneath, still floral, and orangey. The palate is lively, less than medium, very dry, and somewhat coating. The finish is long and dry with leather, smoke, earthy roast, and faint orange. The smoke and roast matched nice leather and bitterness, but the fruity esters really held the beer together. Truly something different and smoke beers are not my thing, but this was nice.
BucannonXC5 (1131) - 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.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Completely unique beer in my experience. Has the dry grassiness of a saison as well as smoke and roast. Body is much lighter than you would expect from those flavors. Dry finish.