Existent - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 18
Gots: 53 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A gentle pour down the side of the glass produces a huge, four finger head of light brown foam on top of a dark brown body with just a touch of light showing through. The head settles slowly and leaves good lace behind on the glass.

S - A musty aroma of brown sugar, caramel, and some funky dark fruit notes.

T - Thick, dark caramel up front with some notes of chocolate and molasses that come out in the middle. The beer finishes with black cherry, burnt caramel, and some licorice.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - A very different take on the world of saisons. The combination of dark malt and lightly fruity yeast works quite well and the light funky character really makes everything pop. Very nice, this brewery is really starting to remind me of other idiosyncratic saison brewers like Fantome and St. Somewhere.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Large off white head on a very deep amber dark body with nice lacing. Darker than any other farmhouse ale I have had.

S: mild fruity aroma with a slight mint and evergreen note.

T: Flavor is not so much like a traditional farmhouse. Up front you get the mild fruity and belgian yeast flavor you would expect with roasted malt, coffee, smokey notes in the finish.

M: full body and moderate carbonation. dry finish.

Overall: Very unique and interesting for the style. I rather have a traditional saison however this one is certainly memorable.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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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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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a murky red brown with a thick, persistent light tan head leaving massive lacing. Aroma of yeast, light malt, some roasted malt and a hint of root beer element. Taste starts with a subtle mix of dark malt and dark fruit with some roasted elements. Finishes fairly dry with a somewhat astringent hoppiness. I liked the underlying flavor, but the finish was a bit too dry for me. Very glad I tried this, but I like other Stillwater saisons better.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Existent from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
85 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.