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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7449) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a large foamy brown head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was dry and roasty with notes of coffee, anise and floral hops. The flavor was dry, tart, yeasty and roasty with notes of anise, coffee, wood and floral hops. Medium length dry, roasty and floral hop finish. Medium body. Disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (7745) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear black ruby with a small brown head and some lacing. Aroma is yeast, apple, lemon, wheat and wood. Flavor is smoky, wheat, very lightly sweet, light grassy bitter with a dry finish. Medium body with prickly carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3698) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma has black pepper and rye notes. Flavor follows suit and adds just a touch of roastiness and a touch of smoke...some earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is peppery/roasty and dry. Not much smoke really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Black pour with a thick light tan color head. Aroma of smoke, mild earthiness and funk. Lots of fruit notes, in the form of grape, plums. Flavor is hoppy and mildly bitter with tons of fruit and smoke. Quite dry, some chocolate and dark bread notes peak out. Full body, nice big carbonation. Finishes on a bitter and dry note. Nice beer. One of the better collaborations from Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (10334) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Tap at Capones. Dark blackish pour with minimal tan head. Nose was roasty malt, some funk, mild rauch, acidic notes. Tasted malty, somewhat funky, with some floral dryness, and hopcitrus. A lot going on here, but perhaps too much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (7550) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cocoa powder, roasted grain), with strong notes of peppercorn, lemon juice, eucalyptus/menthol, alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Smoked, seriously? There aint a gol-durn trace of smoke in my bottle. Roasted grain, sure. But no smoke. Pretty much all it smells like is choco-roast malt, peppercorns, and a medicinal Vicks VapoRub sorta thing. Sour and dirty in the mouth. Amazing that this was considered successful enough to bottle. Sad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2012
12oz bottle poured into glass. I dont really have too much to say about this beer. Saison...? I guess its a pretty hoppy saison then. I didnt really enjoy it, but I didnt hate it either. Its just sort of meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (14222) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of smoke, roastiness, charcoal, citrus,pepper and light yeast. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of smoke, roastiness, earthiness, pepper and light yeast with a crisp dry lingering smokey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (6100) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from Oak Tree, 11/30/12

Aroma: Roasted malts, Belgian yeast, smoked malts, chocolate, a little funk, and some hop notes
Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color with a small beige head and some drippy lace-work
Flavor: Tastes similar, a little sweet, roasty, mild smoke, and with a light-medium bitterness finish
Palate: Medium bodied, decent feel, a tingly carbonation, and a somewhat dry, mildly smokey finish
Overall Impression: First beer of 11/30, shout out to jcos! Finally I actually saw one of these Stone collaborations in a store, Ive missed out on most of the recent ones. Anyway, this was a fairly interesting one, but it didnt totally work. It is basically a Dark Saison with a little bit of smoke, but unfortunately it is really just a mediocre example of a Dark Saison, and the little bit of smoke didnt add that much. This beer is fine, but it doesnt totally come together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Aroma is smoke, bit of roast coffee, and subtle clove, florals. Appearance is see through brown with thin head. Taste is sweet then smoky, mixed with belgian esters kinda odd. palate is too thick for a saison and falls strongly on the side of the smoked element. overall its a mish mash and worse for it.

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