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Existent - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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ExistentExistent

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BA SCORE
86
very good

499 Ratings
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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
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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tbone64

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -47.5%

05-11-2014 12:04:08 | More by tbone64
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adam5454

Alabama

2/5  rDev -47.5%

04-09-2014 22:53:52 | More by adam5454
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GrindFatherBob

New York

2/5  rDev -47.5%

03-20-2013 12:19:46 | More by GrindFatherBob
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Lawl3ss

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled 12 oz bottle into a 33 cl snifter. Bottling date 4.25.13.

Look- Deep brown, quite clear but you can't see through the glass. Pours with two fingers of soapy foam that falls quickly, minimal lacing.

Smell- Mild, toasty aroma. Lightly floral, some wet hay. Swirling brings out stone fruit and something vegetal.

Taste- Nutty, dry, light peppery spice and baker's chocolate. Meaty, buttery flavor in the finish- farmhouse, yeah, but this much DMS and diacetyl makes me think this is just off.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, mild prickly carbonation on the sip. Dry-ish finish, but coating, milky feel left afterwards.

Overall- Some farmhouse experiments are worthwhile, but this just seems like a really crappy brown ale. Maybe This is generally a good beer, but the brewers need to keep their culture in check. Didn't finish it.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:16:47 | More by Lawl3ss
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david18

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

05-25-2014 18:40:19 | More by david18
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

09-13-2012 02:37:39 | More by bradfordjohnson
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ToddBeans

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

05-18-2014 21:58:05 | More by ToddBeans
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MPPHISH

New York

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

10-13-2013 00:31:28 | More by MPPHISH
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Zbeetleman

California

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

07-09-2013 07:28:47 | More by Zbeetleman
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pint glass. Flat looking body with large foamy bubbles that reduce to tiny halo. Smell is piny with hints of roasty funk. Very hoppy smell. Taste is similar with lingering viscous, roasty farmhouse. Still hoppy without being bitter. Mouthfeel is flat and lacklustre. Chewy finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 03:32:34 | More by clickpush
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a massive layer of foamy head. Good retention with little lace left. Color is a deep brown, near black.

Aroma: For how dark this is, it still smells like a saison, just a bit roasty. Barnyard funk, lemon zest, spices, and a dry roast.

Taste: Orange peel and dry roasted malts, yeast, cloves, lemons, chocolate, some spice, and farmhouse notes. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and fizzy. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends really dry.

Overall, a really interesting take on a saion. Not a big fan of it as it is too roasted for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 20:52:17 | More by mothman
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A-Pours an intriguing color. It's dark brown. The body does seem to be mostly clear despite the hue. Almost no head is found in my glass.

S-Aroma reminds me of a Porter with Saison yeast. A bit of roast and cocoa. Some Belgian spice. Also some light, earthy hoppiness.

T-The flavor isn't very good. I don't like this weird, Saison-Porter hybrid. Most of what I found in the aroma was apparent in the flavor. There was also a slight nuttiness in the flavor. The dark flavors don't mesh well with the Saison aspects.

M-Medium bodied. A bit chalky. Bubbly. I powered through it so I could go to my next selection at the bar.

O/D-Was not a big fan of this. I would not drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2014 16:38:22 | More by VelvetExtract
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jrbuch

New York

2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in Brewer's Art Goblet.

A: Approx 25 SRM. Extremely dark for the style with almost no head. Surprising for an American Farmhouse Ale.

S: For a AFA, I would have expected a lot more. The smell is faint but sweet, roasty and some pear. A mild hop presence. Minimal esters

T: Roasted and chocolate. Some hop. More like a porter

M: This beer doesn't have enough body or carbonation.

D: Overall a fine beer. Not an American Farmhouse Ale. More esters, less harsh malts but equally dark, stronger carbonation with a heavier mouthfeel could help here.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 23:14:27 | More by jrbuch
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heygeebee

Australia

2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From Sydney Wine merchants. Bottled 4/13. Fridged.

A- brown red body, one finger head. Modest sheet lace

S - English malts, toffee, liquorice(!)

T - same as smell, real mis mash and where is the earthy yeast a la Saison. No funk, no barnyard, add toffee , caramel, burnt BBQ, vanilla. And liquorice...

M - moderate carb, medium weight.

O - oh dear, what happened, an English Ale as a saison? And missing the flavour for the ABV. Burnt flavours come thru as it warms.... Pass.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 10:19:19 | More by heygeebee
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mdfb79

New York

2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 01/14/11 notes. Had on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a black color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation..

s - Smells of roasted malts, smokey, floral notes, and

t - Tastes of smokey roasted and toasted malts, light floral notes, and something weird I can't quite place, like burnt caramel or toffee. Not that great.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - This was listed as a Black Saison, and I wasn't a big fan of it. The taste just seemed a little off to me and the smell was average. Wouldn't look to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2011 00:15:25 | More by mdfb79
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Docer

Washington

2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Poured a beautiful dark murky brown with a fizzy, planet-like crater-filled valley of light mocha head. It took a short time for it to settle down to a bubbling dark brew, that seems like it is alive and ready to go.

Smell: (3.0)
- I can't help but notice a slight homebrewy odor of aceto, or green apple-like cider notes.. but it isn't heavy enough to kill the beer. Esters, roasted chocolate, grain, prune, fig, and spice.. slight clove touch. Almost a touch of purple grape juice.

Taste: (3.0)
- Certainly one of a kind. Roasted chocolate.. tart esters, grape, dark tea leaf, fig, tobacco.. smooth dry malt character leaves an earthy flavor. Perhaps a light early grassy hop addition.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- Leaves the palate a bit dry, and chalky. Overall a medium bodied beer that is rather well carbonated. Slightly chewy.

Overall: (2.5)
- The beer isn't bad. It certainly didn't hit the spot as I was expecting from the fancy packaging and marketing even all the way over here in the northwest. It's much like a very good homebrew, but a farmhouse ale that falls short compared to the pros. The highlight was certainly the look of the beer.. but the rest fell short. Not worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 02:06:16 | More by Docer
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klink40

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-13-2013 18:40:55 | More by klink40
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-27-2012 04:22:14 | More by ejimhof
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

3/5  rDev -21.3%

09-04-2013 04:38:29 | More by StubFaceJoe
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Rollzroyce21

California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-09-2013 03:22:19 | More by Rollzroyce21
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DanK4

Maine

3/5  rDev -21.3%

03-21-2012 23:30:27 | More by DanK4
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -21.3%

07-23-2013 00:35:52 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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rEBELlION

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.3%

09-24-2013 16:56:34 | More by rEBELlION
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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-24-2014 12:09:47 | More by jmsedgwick
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FubarPilsner

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-14-2011 14:13:26 | More by FubarPilsner
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Existent from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.