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Existent - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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very good

505 Ratings
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Ratings: 505
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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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-20-2012 13:26:31 | More by whartontallboy
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-19-2012 18:01:43 | More by truthcontortion
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-18-2012 17:10:46 | More by chrispoint
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to larryi86 for this one!

A: dark brownish black with a huge white head
S: grapes and oranges? Some spices, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol at the end.
T: intense chocolate and fruits. Mainly grape.
M: chalky and bubbly. Really weird bubbles too.
O: I can't figure out what makes this beer so drinkable but I like it. Definitely a unique brew. Has me more interested in dark saisons.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 03:53:45 | More by DrewShal9
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

02-09-2012 22:12:37 | More by John11486
Photo of flannelman808


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with a very pale tan head. Thin alon the rim it settles and leaves behind nice lacing.

S: Milk chocolate covered grape flavored gummy. It reminds me of grape big league chew.

T: near tart white grape merging into chocolate malty flavors which are broken up quickly with carbonation. This is an odd bird and it finishes with a destinctly ESB sort of nature. The memory of chocolate and toffee on the tongue, having never experienced them in the first place. Altogether this one is a sensory experiance and finishes on the bitter side of things.

M: focused carbonation and a roasty malt driven bitterness (think pumpernickel bagel) + a touch of chalk.

O: pretty damn unique stuff and I'm putting it out there right now this is full of rye in the mash. Grape and subtle fruit flavors melding into typical malt driven expressions. All together this one is a ya but confused but nonetheless is a great departure from the norm.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 22:07:13 | More by flannelman808
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-28-2012 16:45:29 | More by iskeptopotamus
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-23-2012 05:15:33 | More by claytong
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-23-2012 01:48:29 | More by jrohrbacher
Photo of crossovert


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml plastic topped capped brown bottle.

It pours a dark, dark color. It is pretty much black with a creamy but foamy tan head that leaves a lot of nice lacing.

The smell is interesting. It has a lot of chocolate brownie and raw barley. There is an overlying of almost tropical fruitiness. Along with that is some flowery spice. It smells really good.

The flavor is a mix of interesting yeas tnotes, a bit of cocoa, fruits, and earthy spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 23:27:24 | More by crossovert
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-17-2012 21:37:22 | More by acurtis
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black, but with just a touch of lighter hue, like a really, really dark brown. Very little foam arises, unless I swirl it heavily. The foam that does appear is a light tan/coffee color, and disappears pretty quickly.

It smells like a soft/curious black ipa. There is definitely some notable hops present, but mild. There is some unique aromas of yeast/funk, cocoa, smoke, and more that I can't quite put my finger on. It really does smell like a black ipa crossed with a stout.

The taste follows through perfecty! It's deep and dark like a stout, nice notes of caramel, chocolate, and smoke, as well as some mild hops. As the beer warms, the stout side of it subsides, and the hops and other flavors come through stronger. There is some subtle hops, mostly floral more than bitter. There is also some evidence of a belgian yeasty/funky/fruitiness to it.

It really does seem like a blend between a stout, black ipa, and a saisson! Matt's description was right on the money! I'm not sure this is a beer I'd have frequently. It's very drinkable, but it's somewhere between huge and awesome (like World Wide Stout) and easy and drinkable (like Weihenstephan).

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:43:25 | More by TheCorkStopsHere
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-12-2012 19:45:12 | More by patreely12
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-09-2012 00:04:22 | More by glid02
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3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark brown colour, just murky where the light catches the edges. Head is beige, thinly dispersed with some decent trails of lace. Retaining a thin film. Not bad.

Smells underfermented, really, and not at all what I expected. Acetyldehyde largely, with just a mild undercurrent of roasted malt. But yeah, there's a fault there and it smells neither dark nor spicy enough as a result. A bit off.

Taste is better - certainly more character here. Fairly sweet to start, with a hint of acetyldehyde but then chocolatey and a hint of licorice on the mid. Fruit note on the back is more blackcurrant than anything else, with a touch of rye and some black pepper. Yeah, retains that sweet fruit, floral note over the top and could use more bitterness - either roasty, hoppy or funky in origin - I don't mind.

Decent mouthfeel, but leaves a little filmy and not quite chewy enough. Still feel it's maybe a bit underattenuated.

Some decent character here, but also some fairly serious flaws.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 22:15:43 | More by laituegonflable
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-27-2011 15:45:14 | More by SPRichard
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-16-2011 22:41:35 | More by HopStoopid120
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-15-2011 18:09:55 | More by IrishColonial
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-14-2011 14:13:26 | More by FubarPilsner
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-10-2011 06:49:45 | More by twelveinches
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4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Dark mohoghanhy pour, large frothy light tan head. Sticks ok.

Aroma, yeasty with some red fruit, light brown sugar and spice, little funk. Fainter roast and cocoa.

Taste, the roast, citrus, yeast and chocolates work really well together. Finishes pretty dry, cocoa but lingers well with a nice herbal hop presence.

Fairly active heavy side of light. Goes down easy, really no alcohol.

Similar to a Saison Darkly and another of these dark farmhouse ales I enjoyed immensely.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 03:41:20 | More by Bung
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle brought back to Sydney from the US and shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a deep brown colour, with a bubbly and slightly unsubstantial head of pale mocha. Patchy, speckled lace forms as it's swirled, but the body is pretty light, and the head doesn't particularly lend itself to persistence. Not bad, but not all that great.

Nose is... rather thin and a bit lacklustre. Weak, filmy hints of cold coffee sit above a estery tartness, giving green hints of acidic apple. Some brown bread comes through as well. Very little spice, and very little coherence. It feels quite thin, and aimless.

Taste is a little better, but the thin characters of brown bread, mild roast and the subtle acidity are just pressed together a little better here—there's not quite the emptiness extant on the nose. The acidity works a little better here, just giving a slight slickness to the flavours on the palate, letting them slip towards the back. Still missing some spice, which would really help it along.

It's interesting enough in its way, but I wanted it to be truly good. I have for some reason hyped up Stillwater in my mind, and to date they are yet to give me an exciting reason for this. Again, it's decent enough, but it's also slightly odd—and slightly odd doesn't cut it: make it either really good, or really odd.

That's how you'll win me over, Stillwater.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 03:38:50 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-07-2011 00:36:53 | More by mjaggers
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-05-2011 20:12:37 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark opaque brown with three fingers of rich tan head.

Aroma of lemon, dark ripe berries, roasted coffee, black pepper, yeast and spicy herbal notes.

The taste matches the aroma with lemon, dark berries, black coffee, yeast and a touch of herbal spiciness.

Medium bodied with a sticky dryness and moderate carbonation.

A very interesting and delicious take on the Saison.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 22:24:31 | More by Monkeyknife
Existent from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.