GarrettB (1696) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2014
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 it’s "Smoked" label over its own knee? Well, it certainly looks like it’s 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. That’s a plus, but not a style defying jab to the man. The flavor is also similarly smoky, though more carbonated than many smoked beers I’ve 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 don’t think it evades categorization. That’s 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 beer’s qualities are engaging. Darkmagus82 (2303) - - SEP 17, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 6-30-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very deep brown, bordering on black, color with a two finger cream colored head. The head is rather fluffy with it fading relatively quickly and it leaving behind a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is a rather interesting blend of smells. There is a rather stronger aroma of char, roasted malt, and some smoke with notes of a yeasty and bready smell as well. Mixed with these aromas are some others of citrus and some spice as well as lots of funk composed of some hay and grassy smells mixed within.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor with hints of darker fruits mixed within. There is a sourness upfront that is accompanied by a lighter yeasty and grassy flavor. The sourness increases with a funkiness developing as the taste moves on more toward the end. A bit of a citrus hop as well as some flavors of pine, smoke and char all come to the tongue at the end, leaving a rather sour and tart toasted flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light in its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the higher side and consists of lots of little carbonation bubbles. These lighter characteristics are great for all the yeast and citrus saison flavors of the brew, but not the best for the wood, roast and smoke flavors in my opinion. It think this is one thought that is hard to compromise between the differing flavors.
Overall – This was an interesting and actually quite enjoyable brew. The mix of darker roasted and char flavors with that of yeast, sourness and funk combined to produce a rather tasty combination. This is certainly one to try if you can find it.
slowrunner77 (13231) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2017 "Dark, malty for a saison. Still herbal with a little barnyard and a little smoke. Obviously well made and unique, wish I could get this kind a thing regularly. "
phaleslu (10912) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Market Wines. The guy who cashed me out said this was awesome; it was the last bottle and I knew it was a collaboration I’d missed, but didn’t notice the ’2012’ on the neck. Sheesh. Anyway, it pours a dark cocoa brown with a small beige head that lasts as a ring and some wisps of film. Aroma of mild smoked malts, chocolate, caramel, mild spice, leather, toast, roast, earth, cardboard, and a little salt. Flavor of earth, roast, baker’s chocolate, mellow smoke, roots, dark fruit, and slightly burnt toast. Light-medium bodied, with carbonation that starts low before opening up and bubbling on the palate. Lingering roast and mellow smoke. The Belgian influence can be detected, but it’s minimal here. Definitely showing its age after two years. daleharshman (1083) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 16, 2014
12 ounce bottle purchased a little over 1.5 years ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($3.99). Pours a dark brown hue with two fingers of tan foam. AROMA of Belgian yeast, chocolate malts, mild citrus, and smoke. FLAVOR of citric hops, lemon iced tea, touch of sourness (not infected), and dark malts which lead into significant and lingering ash/smoke in the finish. Again, a roasty-bitter (rather than hoppy-bitter) and also dry finish with lesser fruity notes of citrus and dark stone fruit. Interesting concept and probably executed well (though I have to question the whole concept of a "black saison"), but there is a lot happening here and the sum is unfortunately not greater than the parts. (395, 874)
hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle... Pours clear and dark with a small, fizzy, off-white head. This smells like a misguided pairing of caramel and beef jerkey. Medium to full-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. This tastes a lot like beef jerkey as well... with some herbal notes. Crisp, deeply-roasted finish. beer-yum (1957) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 13, 2014
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. OPIE788 (336) - Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Black with a tan head. Aromas of burnt sugar and a hint of smoke. Bitter burnt flavor up front with smoke and roasty malt finish. Maxbier (1000) - Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2014
Dark pour, tan head. Aroma is a hint smokey with typical but much more subtle than usual bready yeasty saison. Distinctly Belgian in flavor with a hint of smoke and a Stone style finish. Pleasure to drink very hard to describe. dlovell2 (2381) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2014
UPDATED: APR 6, 2014 Dark brown with tan head. Smoky, roasted malt, brown sugar aroma. Sweet roasted malt start followed with some tartness with slight dark chocolate and smoke notes finished with some citrus hops flavors in finish.