Friday, February 8, 2013

I've wanted to taste The Perfect Crime since I first heard about it several months ago. This is a saison that represents a collaboration between Stillwater Artisanal (never heard of 'em), Evil Twin (a brewery I love) and Stone Brewing (all hail). Still, I haven't been that enthusiastic about tracking it down because this is a saison, a style that's understated and light, with qualities that are usually lost on me. I'm more of a sledgehammer, imperial IPA, bourbon barrel stout kind of guy. The Perfect Crime is smoked and pours very dark but very thin, with a brief head. It isn't a very pretty beer, it just looks like dirty water. The aroma is anise, charcoal and some hops. The aroma is what reminded me most of Evil Twin and their distinct beer. The flavor presents all of the aroma's notes, plus a faint presence of banana and citrus, and a mild hop tingle at the end. It's an odd beer, but not a surprising one. It's neither one thing nor another, and it doesn't leave me wanting a second bottle. This "Perfect Crime" is a misdemeanor at most.