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Existent - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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very good

500 Ratings
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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
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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Photo of smcolw


3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown color where light comes through only on the edges. Modest head but the fine rim bubbles stay throughout the tasting. Leaves some streaky lace.

Dark chocolate and earthy to the nose. A bit of chalky, cracked malted milk ball aroma as well. A touch of alcohol warmth.

Neutral strart for such a dark beer. This would best be described as an American Porter. The swallow is where the flavor pops out--chocolate milk, dark cherries and cream. The body is thin and the carbonation high. I detect no Saison elements.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 18:57:13 | More by smcolw
Photo of BobbyOlson


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-25-2013 00:52:40 | More by BobbyOlson
Photo of bennetj17


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown/amber color, with a rich tan foam. Head settles slightly but never fully dissipates. Aroma has an interesting mix dark fruit and light spice. Hints of brown sugar malt are inviting.

There is a superb mix of flavors in this beer. Touches of brown sugar and plum fruit are well integrated, but never too sweet. The beer is fairly dry, with some light earthy spice abound. Strong, tingly carbonation. Medium body, finishes clean.

Overall I feel this beer exceeded my expectations. Complex and balanced, it is a nice sipper which keeps my interest throughout the glass. I think I will be more inclined to try other Stillwater offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 23:34:47 | More by bennetj17
Photo of GennyCreamAle

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

12-21-2013 04:14:59 | More by GennyCreamAle
Photo of Giggy


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-20-2013 01:01:01 | More by Giggy
Photo of jaydoc


4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-17-2013 04:29:33 | More by jaydoc
Photo of Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-14-2013 06:48:31 | More by Erik-P
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-13-2013 05:02:19 | More by Derek
Photo of yukoncornelius


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-12-2013 19:14:31 | More by yukoncornelius
Photo of humulusphile


4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-12-2013 10:07:09 | More by humulusphile
Photo of Alex5

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-10-2013 21:41:12 | More by Alex5
Photo of JeanDuteau

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A roast sweet smell with hints of caramel, this poured nice an dark with a good head that laced well and did not dissipate quickly. A nice fizz up front that did not overwhelm, I could taste the roast and the sweetness. A wonderfully balanced beer that had a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 20:01:46 | More by JeanDuteau
Photo of Yanka

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-09-2013 07:00:20 | More by Yanka
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, day 7 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. Once again, nothing about what this beer really is, just a lot of hippie psycho-babble in the marketing description.

This beer pours a clear, dark cola amber hue, with three fingers of aggressively puffy, and fizzily foamy beige head, which leaves some hanging clothesline lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, fleshy dark fruit, overripe banana, earthy yeast, a bit of mixed holiday spices, and a soft leafy hoppiness. The taste is more lightly toasted caramel malt, dry toffee, astringent butter, earthy yeast, somewhat sharp black stonefruit, wet crackers, understated savoury spice, and a hint of warming alcohol.

The carbonation is soft, and weakly frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, a tad clammy, yet mostly smooth, but for a slight metallic swath cutting through, origins hard to discern. It finishes more or less on the sweet side, the caramel, dark fruit, and subsurface booze contending with surprisingly little yeast or hop bitterness.

Kind of like a cross between a plainly malty brown ale, and a softly yeasty and fruity farmhouse ale. Not a marriage that I was dying to see happen, and the results become a lot more skewed towards the former as the glass empties, so I'm left with the feeling of 'what's the point?'

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 06:26:51 | More by biboergosum
Photo of ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-08-2013 05:56:31 | More by ZachT
Photo of JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nearly black brown with a puffy tan dense head that lasts - the head is the only farmhouse ale trait so far.

S: Bready yeasts, some citrus, spices hiding back there as well.

T: Roasted coffee, saison yeast notes, there is also that saison apple/apricot character too. Slight cocoa. Really interesting and quite pleasant.

M: Saison-like body despite the colour and flavour.

O: Really enjoyable variant of the veritable farmhouse ale - another enjoyable brew from Stillwater.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 05:14:50 | More by JasonLovesBeer
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

Appearance- Black with quick, bubbly ivory head. Expected more of a head than actually came out.

Smell- Malts, light cocoa, mild grassy hops, slightly roasty. Not too much happening here.

Taste- Pretty roasty. Some coffee, some light grassy hops, mild stone fruits and spice. Definantly some saison characteristics, but the malts are dominant and roasty. As it warms up coffee comes out more.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, nice body, no heat, smooth and easy to drink.

Overall-Not bad, but certainly nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 18:11:26 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of BillRoth


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-28-2013 03:24:34 | More by BillRoth
Photo of Morockm

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-26-2013 23:59:41 | More by Morockm
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled 04/25/13.

A: Pours a clear dark brown appearing black in the glass. Slightly tanned head sits on top. Head is fairly quick to dissipate.

S: Rich roasty blend with chocolate and a touch of farmhouse yeast. Almost a baked cake like aroma.

T: Comes off with a fairly strong banana like quality combined with roasted malts and a hint of smokiness. Touch of booze on the backend. Chocolate lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, perhaps a tad thin. Mild carbonation with a fairly clean finish.

Overall this bottle doesnt do justice to this brew on tap a couple months ago. Will need to update the numbers if needed next time I have this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 02:00:05 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-19-2013 20:13:19 | More by schopenhauerale
Photo of BfloBrewHound

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-17-2013 23:29:34 | More by BfloBrewHound
Photo of mlhyatt


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-15-2013 03:27:59 | More by mlhyatt
Photo of wtkphoto


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-13-2013 02:46:29 | More by wtkphoto
Photo of jzlyo


4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-13-2013 00:11:44 | More by jzlyo
Existent from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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