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Existent - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
86
very good

509 Ratings
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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 15
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Existent represents the philosophy behind Stillwater Artisanal. We strive to define ourselves through our passion and sincerity while accepting that not all aspects of life are readily explainable. To manifest this ideology we present an ale of intrigue. Deep & dark though deceptively dry, braced by a firm yet smooth bitterness and accented with an earthy hop and mild roast aroma. This is an ale for you to define...
’and if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.’ –Nietzsche

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 11-13-2010)
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New York

4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a dark brown/black color with some red coming through in the light. The head is a 1 finger and off white. By the way, props on the beautiful dark label with a negative of Friedrich Nietzsche.

The aroma has quite interesting. It has spicy notes of coriander, and tons of breadiness.

The flavor is lovely. It hits you first with some dark fruit and yeast, again, hints of being a hefeweizen, but also a Belgian dark ale. Then the dark malts take over with some round, but light mouthfeel and roasted malt flavor.

The finish has this spicy rye breadiness and is quite dry and lingering. It’s almost floral in flavor too.

This really is an interesting brew. I had a sip after my friend ordered it and it blew me away. I had to buy a bottle and reviewing it, it still is quite the brew. It’s so different and hard to pin down stylistically.

It has that fruitiness, breadiness, and strong yeast flavor that makes it so Belgian, but then there’s also this refreshing spicy peppery bite. The gentle carbonation keeps this brew uplifting and light as well.

I give this beer tons of credit for being so amazing, but also innovative and different.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 04:49:36 | More by dar482
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wrycon

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heavily carbonated. A dark chocolate rye in appearance. Smells strongly of wood, prunes, some slight citrus tang. The taste is exactly what I want. Coy at first, slightly toasted malt and strong carbonation. Swallow and a torrent of turned bread and earthy funk grabs your palate. Some rye, some bitter... Tastes fungal in a pure way. If I were a richer man, I'd drink this every day.

Like it? Immensely

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 02:47:57 | More by wrycon
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Kerfluffel

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark brown with reddish hues and a nice light tan head with great retention and lovely lacing. Very attractive brew.

S: Just amazing, deep and complex. Smoky roasted malts accompany rich dark fruits and yeast funk. Notes of raw cacao and brett. I can't stop smelling this stuff.

T: Malty goodness, roasty and slight chocolate. Mildly sour and moderate hopping. Notes of figs, pumpernickel, brett, citrus, apples, and so much more. This brew evolves and changes it seems. Not as spectacular as the nose but still quite delicious.

M: Surprisingly light, perfect carbonation. Mild bitterness, dry.

O: One word: spectacular. One of my new favorite brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 05:24:10 | More by Kerfluffel
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South Carolina

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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New York

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Pennsylvania

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ccrida

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a goblet, Existent is dark muddy brown with a big frothy light-an head with very nice last, rocky to settling, foamy lace. Very impressive, almost but not quite in top tier Belgian territory for a thick, textured head.

Smell is impressively robust and very 'quintessential' for what is obviously an emerging style of saison noir - pithy citrus and chalk countered with a husky cocoa. Robust without overwhelming, delicious, wow!

Taste is delicious - a saison first and foremost, the fruity esters and dry, mineral laded body, but then the roastiness of a stout. The minty hops keep it nice for me, fuggles?

Mouthfeel is very creamy, dry and light bodied.

Drinkability is very high - this little MD brewery (home-state love, grew up in Ellicott City) is really ripping out some nice saisons, Americanized yet firmly grounded.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:36:54 | More by ccrida
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elNopalero

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Should a beer inspire such philosophical musings? This one can and does.

Pours into a New Belgium snifter. Dark black with a few good inches of “fluffy” foam. I poured slowly and topped it off as the bubbles died down, then repeated two more times until I had a tight, compacted, thick head on this. Just wonderful. Heady, roasty aromas, lots of chocolate and leather, and a memory of autumn leaves from a childhood in Michigan. I get a lot of sharp roasted cacoa nibs dominating the taste, and a dry, bracing finish. Mild body, wonderfully carbonated (I believe it’s bottle-fermented, and if not then it should be) to the point of achieving a near-lightness that works in counter-point to its bold roast flavors. This beer hits like a roasty stout but has a light saison finish, surprising and complex. On the finish I identify some saison funk, for lack of a better descriptor, especially as it warms. Roasty, funky, effervescent. An incredible brew that I enjoy tremendously. Perfect for good conversation and whimsical pondering. Definitely lives up to its name.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 22:05:30 | More by elNopalero
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British Columbia (Canada)

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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another fantastic brew from Stillwater. Dark as night with a tan head that leaves attractive lace. nose is roast, toast, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, spice (star anise? something woody/barky?) and fruity, citrusy, piney, earthy hops. what i like so much about stillwater's beers, and his "dark" beers especially, is that somehow, he gets dark flavors to express themselves brightly (if that makes sense). the roast is right up front and the bitter from the hops and roasty (almost smoky) malts intermingle beautifully. chocolate, coffee etc in the middle and spiced roast at the end. picking up just a touch of peppery tingle too as it starts slick and ends up dry and crisp. clean finish on medium-full body that has just enough conditioning to really carry it. extra points for mouthfeel because he gets these flavors to "pop" like they do in such an elegant, delicate way. the mouth isn't left feeling coated and oily, and the stomach isn't left feeling bloated like so many other beers that touch on the same profiles. related to saison, related to black ipa, related to stout/schwarz. just like the rest of his beers; one foot in tradition and one foot in outer space. dig it. thanks brian. more please!!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2010 12:44:56 | More by timtim
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Existent from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.