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Brontide - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ZombiesAteMyDog on 04-06-2014)
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Reviews by Beerlover:
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3.06/5  rDev -13.1%

This is probably the coolest can art I've ever seen, not exactly sure what's going on in the scene on the can but it's pretty crazy looking!

Pours black indeed with a 1 inch greyish khaki head that quickly dissipates, looking closely it looks like there is a lot of carbonation in this one. Aromas of slight roasted malts and some kind of yeasty breadiness. Also faint hints of coffee as it warms. The taste is the weak point in the beer sadly, there isn't much that pop out in this beer, it's definitely more of a easy to drink sessionable dark ale than a porter or a black i.p.a. - pretty similar to a black lager, very light bodied mouth feel. I wish there was more flavor to this one! trying to let it warm up a bit to see if that helps like it normally does...nope not really :(

04-24-2014 23:39:14 | More by Beerlover
More User Reviews:
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

05-10-2014 21:07:28 | More by woodchipper
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.6%

05-10-2014 15:58:12 | More by henryclay_
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2.88/5  rDev -18.2%

Appearance: moderate-high carbonation, 1 inch head, opaque, dark brown in color

Smell: cocoa and roasted malt

Taste: cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter and roasty, medium-bodied, medium carbonation

Overall:Had no idea this was a saison cause it does not drink like one. Tastes like a slightly below average roasty black ale. A lighter porter. Not bad, but similar to other beers I have had. I will pass on this in the future.

05-26-2014 23:30:36 | More by tigg924
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

04-11-2014 21:28:22 | More by JC333
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-15-2014 20:13:22 | More by bpfrush
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4.16/5  rDev +18.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark blackish brown with a slight hint of ruby. Huge four finger tan head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of clinging lacing.

Smell: A sweet, roasty, and very creamy dark malt driven aroma with good hints of chocolate, cream, and yeast. Dark roasted malts with upfront sweet hints of chocolate, coffee, beans, caramel, toffee, cream, milk, grains, biscuit, straw, nuts, and some hints of Belgian yeast with some funk. Fruit hints of banana along with some dark fruit hints of cherry, fig, and plum. Smells like a yeasty porter. Interesting and solid.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty, creamy, and sweet malt forward taste with good notes of chocolate, yeast, and cream. Sweet dark roasted malts with notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee beans, cream, lactose, caramel, toffee, straw, biscuit, grains, and nuts. Notes of Belgian yeast along with some funk and fruit notes of banana. Subtle dark fruit undertones with notes of cherry, plum, and fig. A pretty solid porter/Oster stout like taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Very creamy and silky with a smooth dry finish.

Overall: A pretty interesting and solid tasting brew. More like a Porter than Saison but the Belgian element is noticeable with a nice banana flavor.

05-29-2014 02:14:14 | More by MattyG85
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South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%

12 oz can with 20 March 2014 canning date stamped on the bottom.

Poured clear dark brown but sat near black and opaque in the glass. Over-sized frohy head had good retention.

Aroma: unpleasant off-odors dominate.

Flavor: much better than the aroma. Some off-notes but mainly a rather plain roasted malt flavor.

Feel: full, creamy smooth body. Medium carbonation.

O: Quality control isue in this reasonably fresh canned beer.

07-25-2014 00:47:21 | More by chinchill
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North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev +2%

Very dark brown, basically opaque, with a giant light brown finely foamy head. Good fuzzy retention and sticky lace. Aroma is casually sweet and evenly malty....black malt, toasty bread, nutty coffee, faint pumpernickel, fruity floral yeast, spice, and very light floral and pine hop. Flavor is similar. Some bitterness works its way in and out. Mouthfeel is smooth and perhaps overly fluid with carbonation stirring things up slightly.

Overall this is certainly a decent beer, just maybe a bit thin. Super even....Could use some more excitement somewhere. Very easy to drink. Sessionable but I think I might get bored after a few.

05-21-2014 01:01:07 | More by tastybeer
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

06-03-2014 01:13:25 | More by Griffith
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Looks like this was canned 03-11-14

Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Assertive carbonation, very good lacing & head retention

S: Faint traces of dark fruit & carob; pears pick up as this warms

T: Dryness, carob, cocoa, & faint figgyness up front, along with some pear & pineyness. Pears & a little bit of appleskin as this warms, dry as a bone, along with a little more carob. Finishes dry with a little bit of piney hops & winesap apples & more carob

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, with just enough dryness & fruittyness to salvage this

Easy enough to drink, but doesn't really wow me. Sort of a training wheels Black Saison or is it a Porter??

06-11-2014 04:49:06 | More by russpowell
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-08-2014 19:46:35 | More by Kegatron
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-10-2014 03:47:52 | More by Denzo
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-23-2014 22:48:48 | More by sonofliberty2
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3.53/5  rDev +0.3%

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, hops, a bit of smoke, more like an American Black Ale than a Belgian Dark Ale. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

08-23-2014 03:20:30 | More by tone77
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New York

3/5  rDev -14.8%

04-19-2014 03:14:45 | More by nyrblue2
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-12-2014 13:47:24 | More by KevinGordon
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

07-23-2014 01:09:34 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

04-22-2014 23:00:04 | More by DavidHume
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

05-23-2014 02:38:58 | More by jaydoc
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North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a very dark brown color capped with a solid head of tan froth. Clean nutty malt aroma along with some fruity yeast...mild and simple. Fruity yeast and nutty malts continue into the flavor adding some very light chocolaty roast and a bit of spice into the mix. Citrus and malted milk balls. Creamy and quite dry, which helps with the drinkability. This is not a Saison and I don't see it marketed as such anywhere, so I'm rating this as an easy-going "black ale" with a slight Belgian twist. I don't know...I'm usually impressed with Stillwater, but this comes across as merely okay.

05-21-2014 01:00:44 | More by wedge
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours nearly black, opaque in the glass with a half finger light brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of toasted malt with light chocolate and saison yeast, light spiciness. Flavor is light toasted malt with a hint of char, hints of coffee and chocolate, initially mellow and well integrated, light hops and char come out more in the finish. Light to medium bodied. A nice light black ale; the saison style yesst gives this a little more spiciness and fruitiness than a classic black ale. The saison influence takes a back seat to the dark malts. Nicely balanced and toasty for a session ale.

05-02-2014 19:19:40 | More by LiquidAmber
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New York

3.46/5  rDev -1.7%

There's a hint of chocolate, a dry smokiness. A medium bodied malt flavoring. Carbonated. Honestly, it's fairly basic, can be considered bland, but it's easy to drink and doesn't wreck the palate or anything. For easy drinking, this will do, but not much flavor.

It has a black color with a bubbly tan head that dissipates quickly and leave no real lacing. The smell is chocolate, malt and a bit metallic.

06-04-2014 16:12:00 | More by Amalak
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

07-07-2014 17:46:07 | More by errantnight
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-28-2014 02:41:03 | More by teamwiggum
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Brontide from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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