Stone Brewing has been doing a collaboration series this year. I've had many of them. I saw another recently and decided to give The Perfect Crime Black Smoked Saison a shot. The label lets you know this collaboration is between Stone, Evil Twin Brewing and Stillwater Artisanal Ales and offers the tag line, "Takin' The Fall So You Ain't Gotta".
The brewmaster from Evil Twin, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, wrote a story on the back about breaking into bars, stealing beers and ideas, and international intrigue. (I think. I actually have no freakin' clue what he's talking about. I extrapolated and guessed a lot. Let me know if you have some info. Read the story below.)
Cocoa and smoke aroma, though I really had to work for it. Very faint. Tart cherry and cocoa flavors are attacked by a smokestack at the beginning. Prunes and plums are noticeable too. The beer is a bit bitter and fairly astringent at the beginning.
Yeasty funk is there but minimal. Beyond the normal saison flavors are some chemical and factory cleanser flavors that seriously detract from any positives the beer might have. A dirty ash tray full of cigarette butts, some still smoking their way out, comes at the end. Yes, in the way of a finishing flavor. Terrible close to an experience that was never good. Not that great in any respect. Didn't finish it. Definite pass!