The Perfect Crime – Black Smoked Saison
Stone Brewing Co. released its last collaboration beer of 2012: 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 expands on the definition of a saison.
“Dark with deception, mysteriously smoked, unexplainably dry, and intriguingly hopped,”
as Strumke states on his bottle, this beer gets away with the farmhouse ale classification…but just barely. Like traditional farmhouse ales, Belgian saison yeast provides intense fruit and spice notes. However, unlike traditional saisons, the beer is black as night, has added viscosity, and pronounced smoke character that dominates thanks to the brewers’ decision to use oak-smoked wheat malt, a new malt style that produces a flavor eerily similar to a fresh oak barrel.
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
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