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

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

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RATINGS: 407   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rubbishystuff (2402) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2015 This was quite yummy. Very subtle smoke appeared more at the back of the sip. Slightly sour but gave a over all winey-ness. Very pleasantly surprised. Serving: bottle

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2394) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Bottle purchased at Stone World Bistro, and consumed in Minnesota (like that even matters). Booze and dark fruit greet the nose. Smells awfully boozy for an ABV <7%. But turns out after first sip that what I detected as booze was actually smoke that is quite obvious now. Surprised I didnt detect it after opening the bottle since you can smell the smoke from a couple of feet away. Almost fully opaque black body with some faint reddish brown notes when held up to light. Thin light tan head that appears lighter in stark contrast to the pitch black liquid below. Leaves an intriquite lace. Served a little cold (by me) and so after letting it warm a bit the complexity of the flavors emerge and impress. Hops and smoke in the same beer?!? Unfortunately my conscience may force me to share my second bottle with wellestone, for whom those two flavor profiles are 2nd to none. Add to that some brett to make it a dark saison and you have a triangulation of collaboration. Well done to all three brewers.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2393) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2012
12oz bottle from "Lifesource" Salem. $3.49 Black beer with a nice tan head..lovely. Nice smokey aromas..like crispy roasted ham , a hint of saison and some light hop. Taste is more sweet grapefruit hop and a little saison dryness..the smoke for some reason is not so pleasing inn the taste as it was in the nose..more ashy. Nice juicy mouthfeel. Nice unusual beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2371) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop: Aroma is subtle with not a lot to smell other than a minor scent of yeast, spice and charred wood log. Appearance was a dark brown that was completely opaque while a foamy head breaks down in short time. Flavor is mild with chances of dark roast malts but I was unable to find any traces of smoke or that it was even a saison for that matter. Boring and bland yet perfectly balanced and an interesting concept of blackening a saison.

4
   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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2013
These hybrids are getting out of control. Nothing like a saison, not even a hint, but what did expect? More like a light porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
r464 (2332) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Dark, lightly smokey, hints of dark malt. A bit of bitterness in a hoppy way through the finish. Interesting and different.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2301) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with thick beige head. Light smoke aroma with some spice. Flavour is balanced, spice, hop and smoke. Dry finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
On tap at Taps. Pours dark ruby with a persistent brown head. Mildly smokey aroma with a touch of chocolate. Flavor has a chocolate tinge as well, which actually ends up coming through more than any smokiness. The chocolate is pretty hollow though, like its a byproduct of making the beer as dark as it is. I get a little chili pepper on the back end. Not recognizable as a saison.


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