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Existent - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
86
very good

507 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 507
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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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-26-2013 20:03:21 | More by mikeincharleston
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hiphops24

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-25-2013 04:14:38 | More by hiphops24
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robertmitchum

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-25-2013 03:19:30 | More by robertmitchum
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a tan foam head with some splashy lace. Very pretty.

Yeast and spicy grain notes in the nose. A little wood, maybe even a little clove.

Dried out and a bit coarse. The malt has a bitter husk edge to it, that leads to hop bitterness, and a little dried dark maltiness. Unforgiving in the layers of bitter and dry, these flavors push the yeast and funk notes out of the way. Finishes with a little alcohol and bitter grain.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

Decent brew, like a black IPA meets farmhouse. A sipper, and something to share if you get a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 21:44:51 | More by OtherShoe2
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Jslay013

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-20-2013 22:41:55 | More by Jslay013
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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-20-2013 17:41:40 | More by touchmeimsac
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George2744

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-19-2013 18:24:05 | More by George2744
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Dark, dark brown with garnet highlights. 1 finger of light tan head with decent retention.

Nose
Dark fruits, plum and potpourri.

Taste
Overripe plum and fig. Raw grains and hay. Touches of potpourri and chlorine. A tiny hint of chocolate. Finishes with orange zest, rye and coriander. Floral perfumey flavors linger.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, clean and dry.

Overall
A crisp and refreshing Black Saison. Spicy, complex and hides the alcohol well.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 13:45:07 | More by justintcoons
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-16-2013 00:18:06 | More by buckyp
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aorloski

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-13-2013 20:26:22 | More by aorloski
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Jamison85

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

05-13-2013 01:40:29 | More by Jamison85
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

05-12-2013 19:47:57 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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JakeDebus

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-09-2013 17:12:10 | More by JakeDebus
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MaineBrewing

Maine

3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - poured a dark brown almost black with mahogany hue when held to the light. Two finger light tan head that seemed very loose dissipated quickly.

S - nice sweet malt with hints of caramel, peppery spicyness. Slight licorice character.

T - taste is interesting. Brown ale ish in malt character with a bright citrus hop. Very prevalent yeast character throughout, almost an autolyzed flavor. Weird baked cookie notes in the background, if that is such a thing, tastes like it. Finishes really dry. Seems to be missing somethin, there is a pleasant fruityness that just can't find it's way through.

M - light body with dry finish, too light for the appearance.

O - this is weird, not in a good way. The flavors from malt and hops are subtle behind a massive yeast character. Not the best experience, probably wouldnt seek out another. Not a drain pour by any means, just not that good.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 01:48:25 | More by MaineBrewing
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concealed

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-09-2013 00:34:03 | More by concealed
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theleechster

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-06-2013 00:38:12 | More by theleechster
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-04-2013 19:52:40 | More by bacher468
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-02-2013 05:03:25 | More by spycow
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-24-2013 14:35:06 | More by JohnK17
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into medium sized Duvel tulip glass.
Pours a dark brown with large brown head.
Aroma of roasted malts, nuts, lactose, slight sweet malts.
Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel.
Flavors of dark malts, malt balls, slight chocolate, espresso, caramel, bitter hops, cola, semi-sweet chocolate, persimmon fruit, white grapefruit, brown sugar and raisins. Overall quite complex, certainly not a European style farmhouse! Overall damn tasty and full bodies, challenging yet relatively easy to drink for an American farmhouse/dark saison.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 02:47:23 | More by DenverLogan
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bwarren82

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

04-21-2013 01:22:18 | More by bwarren82
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-05-2013 01:39:01 | More by mdillon86
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-25-2013 01:44:25 | More by Sparky44
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brownish red in color (opaque when viewed from afar) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The first pour resulted in light brown colored head than beer; subsequent pours resulted in increasingly proportions of beer compared to foam, the latter of which consistently left a head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of earthy yeast and dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but also has additional flavors of roasted malts and some hints of dark fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be rather interesting for the style but overcarbonated. It almost seems like it should fit into a "Black Saison" category, just like there is one for a Black IPA (American Black Ale).

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 03:35:28 | More by metter98
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GrindFatherBob

New York

2/5  rDev -47.4%

03-20-2013 12:19:46 | More by GrindFatherBob
Existent from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.