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

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

JEPPE JAMIT-BJERGSO, EVIL TWIN BREWING
BRIAN STUMKE, STILWATER ARTISANAL ALES
MITCH STEELE, BREWMASTER, STONE BREWING CO.

Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone "The Perfect Crime" Black Smoked Saison. In a masterfully orchestrated collaboration of the minds, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Denmark's Evil Twin Brewing, Brian Strumke from Baltimore's Stillwater Artisanal Ales, and Stone brewmaster Mitch Steele crafted a beer that cleverly exploits the definition of a saison.

November 12, 2012
Saison
6.8%
Draft, 12oz Bottles
60
East Kent Goldings
Chinook
Cluster

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
,
Brewmaster
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.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr" Bill Sysak
,
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Coconut shrimp, deviled eggs, smoked salmon blinis
Salads
Chinese chicken, antipasti, honey mustard pork
Entrées
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