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Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone The Perfect Crime Black Smoked Saison

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Smoked
Escondido, California USA


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RATINGS: 406   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
When two gypsies team up with an arrogant bastard, there is bound to be some criminal activity...better to view this project as a conspiracy rather than a collaboration. The strengths of all involved were utilized to break the laws of style guidelines...dark with deception, mysteriously smoked, unexplainably dry, and intriguingly hoppy...maybe it’s best not to even talk about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks kerenmk. Dark brown to black with a beige head. Aroma of roastiness, yeast, a smoked hint, some overripe fruits and a bit of coffee. Slightly sweetish flavor, roasty, with some coffee, a bit of yeast, light fruitiness, a faint acidic notes and a drier, somewhat bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Aroma: Smoke, very slight hint of a tart aroma.
Appearance: Opaque black with good creamy off-white head.
Taste: Smoke, licorice, subtle bitter chocolate. A unique, slightly sweet saison undertone
Palate: Medium mouthfeel, some bitterness toward the finish. Slightly dry, bitter, smokey aftertaste.
Overall: Interesting, relatively complex beer. Mostly well integrated elements.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
john_henry (124) - - AUG 18, 2013
I really don’t get the hype. I have great respect for each of the collaborating breweries, but just don’t think this is up to much. Way overrated in my opinion. Aroma is barely there, looks bellow average, and taste mediocre. So you did a (mediocre at best) black saison, woopdido. This is really nothing to get excited about, I can think of main stream beers I would rather drink, and I don’t say that lightly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1931) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours an opaque mahogany with a one finger khaki head. Little bit of thin,weak lace. Light smoke on the aroma with Belgian yeast, hint of bubblegum & grass. Earthy smelling. Lots of roasted malt flavor. Some dark fruit taste with a pretty substantial hop bite on the back end. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Easy to drink. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Deep brown, moderate frothy beige head, spotty lacing.   Black Saison, really?   Pale toasted malts, slight barnish/musty notes.   More of a black malt presense.   Its like a sweet bright Black Bier.   Hard to wrap my head around this.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Soft campfire, charred grass, dust, barn, and hay on the finish.   Not bad, but not what I think of when I drink a Saison.   In this case, a Black Smoked Saison.   Not bad, but some aspects I dont know that I want to see together.   No real flaws, just an odd combination of flavors put together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle courtesy of ericdevin. Light smoke, tart citrus, very light funk. Deep dark mahogany with a large tan head. Light smoke, roasty malt, brine, some slight funky flavor with a very subtle grassy bitter finish. Light body, moderate carbonation. An OK beer, but definitely not in keeping with the bottle marketing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (876) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 6, 2013
draught at Library Ale House. Pours a clear dark cola color. Aroma of peat, smoke, molasses, apricot, orange peel. Flavor is smoke, molasses, pine, peat, floral, touch of citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Dark brown color with tan sheen. Dry dark fruit, barnyard, dry hay, dark toast aromas. Smooth medium body with soft co2. Dark toasted grain flavors with barnyard piss and dung, dry hay, chocolate, dry bread----good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle that I have had since the release in the fridge (its really been that long?). Pours with a near black hued body and a thick deep brown head with good retention and lace. Aromas are of floral, pine, juniper and some juicy esters, pomegranate, perfumey. Low smoke. Flavors are smokey, lightly bitter, very estery, and some Stone house flavor. Lightly metallic, odd perfumey and some ester that I cant place (spice like...jasmine or something like that). Crisp apple and bartlett pear. Unique (for a saison, and I am not even trying to comment on the "black" and "smoked" characters...the ester profile of the yeast and interplay with the hops is unique). Fuller bodied, off dry, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (1479) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
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 I’m not tasting what they’re selling.

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