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Existent - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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very good

534 Ratings
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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 17
Gots: 50 | 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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Ratings: 534 | Reviews: 159 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of metter98
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).

metter98, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of GrindFatherBob
2/5  rDev -47.4%

GrindFatherBob, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of BigLittleHokis
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

BigLittleHokis, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of korguy123
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tulip.

Dark, opaque black/brown pour. Booming three plus finger light tan head. Lacing is large bubbled gobs around glass.

Dark stone fruits, grapes, apple skins, candied sugar, spicy yeast with some light roasted coffee. It's truly up and down between dark and sweet and light and spicy. There is a cherry syrup in there somewhere like maraschino syrup; slightly tart with a sweetness.

Chocolate covered cherries, candied sugar, spicy yeast, plums and figs, some caramel and burnt toast. This is truly different. It's almost a soured/spiced Belgian Dubbel. It's very original and very good.

Light to medium body, high carbonation.

korguy123, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of ng85
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

ng85, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

mattparsons, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

dcbeers, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +5.3%

ralphw56, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown color with a two-finger, light brown head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried dark fruits and candy sugar.

T - It tasted of rich maltiness, chocolate and cherries. A touch of spiciness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty saison. Not surprising that Stillwater has done a great job here.

zeff80, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Muddy molasses color with garnet highlights. Pretty sturdy tan head of about two fingers after a restrainted pour. The tan foam sticks around for almost the whole 750ml bottles worth. The bubbling is hard to see, but you can find it eminating like a good saison should. One of the darkest saisons I've ever had.

Done dry hay and wheat field. Dry, pumpernickel bread crust. Soft, yet dark herbal aromas. Smells like a pretty good, dark saison.

Dry, chalky, earthy bitterness, yet cottony. Dark malts and hinting herbals all combine quiet well. Add to that a dry, yet well carbonated, bubbly palate and you have a fun sipping beer to share with friends. Or in my case, slowly enjoy over the coarse of an hour ;).

scruffwhor, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

t0rin0, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of mikem0487
4/5  rDev +5.3%

mikem0487, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

dt_gbpackersfan, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

yourefragile, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of HarryHood
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

HarryHood, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of harrymel
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

harrymel, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, not opaque, fleeting light chocolate head.

Subtle aroma, roast malt, chocolate, slight vinous character.

Chocolate, slightly sweet roast malt and an underpinning of funk and sourness in the flavor. A tad acrid.

A little too much roast flavor for my liking. Not enough funk to overcome the malt.

barczar, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of iKrystin
4/5  rDev +5.3%

iKrystin, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of M27
4/5  rDev +5.3%

M27, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Danny1217
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Danny1217, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of MrCee
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So darkly brown it is almost black. It delivers a nice frothy head. Boldly carbonated in a way that makes it sit comfortably on the tongue for nice savor. Great malty flavor that does not overpower and yet is not to wan. Other beers match this type but not the near perfection that this one achieves.

MrCee, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

BeerNDoggerel, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.1%

ejimhof, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Mymancave
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Mymancave, Dec 26, 2012
Existent from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.