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

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 407   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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 its best not to even talk about it.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2012
12oz bottle into a pint glas Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Really good rocky head retention and awesome lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma has the trademark Belgian yeastyness that I expect from a Saison but also a nice curveball of roasted malt with a hint of smoke. The roast and smoke are subtle but enough is there to let you know that this is not your average Saison. This uniqueness carries over into the flavor where once again, there is a little something extra happening. Belgian yeast up front with the typical fruity flavors common in this style but there are subtle hints of caramel and burnt toast. I also pick up coffee and dark chocolate along with very faint smoke. Quite nice but then comes the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is is full and slick with a sticky finish. Now I wonder if this is really a Saison. Where is the light crisp mouthfeel and bone dry finish? This really ruins the whole experience. Overall, a great idea but it just doesnt work. I wonder if all the specialty malts made bone dry attenuation simply impossible? I think this might be the case but if so, then why even attempt a "smoked saison"? Nonetheless an interesting take on a classic style and worth picking up if you come across it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle, very nice aroma, it very spicey, the pour is black and a bit see through, the flavour is spicey and a very light smoke, overall, this one is very flavourful and nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slipstream (2593) - USA - DEC 26, 2012
On tap at Capones terrific (and crowded) day after Thanksgiving event. Who decided that day has to be called Black Friday? Im not calling it that. Anyway, this was a really interesting brew! It is a little confusing because there is a brewery called Perfect Crime, but they apparently were not involved in committing this particular legal violation. But there is no infringement here concerning the statutes of good taste! This perfect crime was amazingly well-balanced, yet it seems like a blend. Smoky, sweet, a touch sour, seems like it could have a little peat in it too. It is not like anything else I can think of. Is it an old ale? A new ale? RB calls it a saison - whatever, I call it excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (23995) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle. Black, scant beige gead. Aroma of chicolatey coffee grounds. Taste is oily Italian coffee soda. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Was kind of hoping for a little more from this one. Nice dark mahogany pour with a small mocha head that left some lacing. Nose of roasted malt, charred wood, yeast, and a touch of candied citrus. Just not as interesting as the combination of aromas would indicate. Everything is there but subtle, subdued, muddled. Wanted more burnt oak, more grapefruit pith and orange peel, more spice. Very drinkable but not entirely memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine Sterling. It pours almost black with a small head. The nose is almost black IPA like with slight burnt notes but a lighter hop presence. Its soft on the tongue with an interesting mix of floral, burnt malt, grass, and slight yeast notes. Light body with higher carbonation. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Dark black in color, with a tan head. Light malt and Belgian yeast aroma. I was hoping for more smoke and more hops. Easy drinking and nice brew overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ADfan (870) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Very dark in the glass with a small head. The nose has dark fruits like plums and cherries with a touch of smoke. The taste has smoke up front then there is some roasted malts. A touch of roasted fruits on the end. Taste falls off pretty quick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4057) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a small fizzy tan head . Nose is roasted malt, light spice,grass, and earth. Flavor shows more of the smoke, notes of cocoa, coffee, and a grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin and for the brewers involved, this is slightly underwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2012
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.

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