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Existent - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
86
very good

561 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 17
Gots: 52 | 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 drtth
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a Duvel glass with a 1/4 white head that soon recedes to leave a ring around the glass, an island of foam in the middle of the beer. Some speckles of lacing with sipping.

The smell is an interesting mix of the yeast and roasted malt that seems to have a bit of dark chocolate character.

The taste is lighly sweet with dark roasted malt and light hop bitterness appearing about mid way through and then transitioning to a lightly burnt flavor. The whole then trails off into a nicely dry finish that leaves one ready for another sip.

Mouth feel is medium to light bodied with a background of persistent carbonation.

Overal this is an interesting and quite drinkable beer if only because it is my first that could be called a black Baison with dark roasted malt replacing the light and lighter roast malt ordinarly used in a Saison. Pleased to try this one and am always happy to try almost anything from Stillwater as they are usually both good and intersting. That said I'll probably not be going out of my way to seak this one out again.

drtth, Oct 01, 2014
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2.6/5  rDev -31.4%

iTunesUpdates, Sep 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

smurphy493, Sep 10, 2014
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kraticus41, Sep 08, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.16/5  rDev -16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

caljzy, Sep 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

phowat, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a flute glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color forming a huge and aired bubbled beige head. Great retention and lots of soapy and lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Quite peculiar in the nose. Sweet, fruity and citrus followed by some roasted malts followed by some sort of weird mix of tropical fruits (like watermelon and pineapple) and spices

T: Slightly sweet taste. Roasted malts. Tropical fruits and spices. Slightly sour. Medium bitterness

M: Medium body and carbonation. Watermelon aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Peculiar and interesting beer

eduardolinhalis, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Localdrinklax
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Localdrinklax, Aug 02, 2014
Existent from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.