Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone "The Perfect Crime" Black Smoked Saison URL: stonebrewing.com/collab/perfectcrime/ Blog Post: http://blog.stonebrew.com/index.php/perfectcrime/ Stats: 6.8% ABV, 60 IBUs Availability: Limited 12-ounce bottles and draft, beginning November 12 Hops bill: East Kent Goldings, Chinook, and Cluster Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, VT, and WA
Tasting Notes, provided by Brewmaster Mitch Steele Appearance: Black with a long lasting head Aroma: First aromas are of dark roast and mildly smoky malt characters. The saison yeast fights through with a fruitiness and spiciness that presents a nice side-by-side complement to the malt characters as the beer warms. Taste: Light roast character and a blended smoky character up front. Again, the Belgian saison yeast comes through just after; contributing intense fruity and peppery spice flavors that linger after the dark, smoky impressions have faded. Hints of citrus and banana assert themselves late into the palate. There’s a very pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Palate: Dry, with a balanced bitterness and very light astringency. The complex flavor profile blends incredibly well. Overall: This is a beautiful beer, with just the right amount of smoke and roasted malt character to keep the beer interesting while you drink the entire glass. We brewed this beer with eight different grains, and although it was a difficult lautering day in the brewhouse, the end result more than makes up for those challenges. And one of the more interesting malts we used was the oak-smoked wheat malt from Germany. It has a wonderful flavor, reminiscent of a fresh oak barrel.
Suggested food parings, provided by “Dr.” Bill Sysak Appetizers: Coconut shrimp, deviled eggs, smoked salmon blinis Salads: Chinese chicken, antipasti, honey mustard pork Main course: Caramelized fennel and apple flatbread, ramen, quail, roasted chicken or turkey, halibut cheek Cheeses: Triple crème Brie, Cowgirl Creamery Devil’s Gulch, Muenster, Morbier Cigars: Dunhill Aged Dominican Condados, La Aurora Puro Vintage, Arturo Fuente Magnum R Rosado Sungrown, La Flor Dominicana Air Bender