Existent - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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2.25/5 rDev -40.8%
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.
11-02-2013 23:16:47 | More by Lawl3ss
2.83/5 rDev -25.5%
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.
01-25-2011 03:32:34 | More by clickpush
United Kingdom (Wales)
2.83/5 rDev -25.5%
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.
05-19-2011 20:52:17 | More by mothman
2.86/5 rDev -24.7%
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.
02-16-2014 16:38:22 | More by VelvetExtract
2.88/5 rDev -24.2%
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.
02-06-2011 23:14:27 | More by jrbuch
2.88/5 rDev -24.2%
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.
01-17-2014 10:19:19 | More by heygeebee
2.93/5 rDev -22.9%
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.
01-20-2011 00:15:25 | More by mdfb79
2.95/5 rDev -22.4%
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
05-21-2011 02:06:16 | More by Docer
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