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Existent - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
86
very good

509 Ratings
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Ratings: 509
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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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

05-05-2014 14:08:01 | More by Schlafly33
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-05-2014 11:15:36 | More by mikefuski17
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lic217

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-04-2014 13:23:51 | More by lic217
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avisong

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-03-2014 23:33:11 | More by avisong
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flagmantho

Washington

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep, dark amber hue which shines ruby when held up to the light. There's a strong effervescence and what appears to be a tiny bit of haze. Head pours a finger of creamy tan foam; quite attractive indeed.

Smell: light aroma with chocolate and caramel notes above a very light funk. Reminds me quite a bit of a porter.

Taste: more of the saison shows through in the flavor than in the aroma. A little bit of farmhouse funk, some fresh grassiness, just a hint of sour, a little butteriness and then a little bit of that chocolate from the aroma. Not too bad!

Mouthfeel: slam! Medium body with a huge carbonation and a massive, mouth-filling creaminess. Ba dow!

Overall: this is a tasty and quite drinkable overall beer. I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2014 20:25:16 | More by flagmantho
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sloelco

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-01-2014 06:09:36 | More by sloelco
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atrocity

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-29-2014 20:35:51 | More by atrocity
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

sort of a saison porter/stout hybrid here, big thick dark malt flavors and textures, with that drying and farmy saison yeast we know from other stillwater brews. its big for sure, and the yeast gets lost just a little bit amongst the heavy hitting and full bodied grain in this one. syrupy look, but sill well carbonated. the nose is as much chocolate malt as it is french saison yeast, with some bitter notes in there and even a little oak, although I'm not sure this ever saw a barrel. heavy roasty notes on the front end that hint at burning cigar and bakers chocolate. the yeast isn't quite enough to dry this all the way up in the finish, so its a little more sweet and heavy than it needs to be, but i like the way the yeast mixes with these flavors. a tannic almost wine character resounds through the finish as well. i like this most because its unique, bigger than other dark saisons. some brett might make this next level, i just would like a little more dryness to the overall experience. tough to drink more than one or two of these, but i certainly appreciate this one from stillwater.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2014 17:02:13 | More by StonedTrippin
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rallyr32

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-21-2014 20:13:57 | More by rallyr32
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markgugs

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-20-2014 13:37:30 | More by markgugs
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

04-13-2014 02:13:04 | More by Hallertau
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Beerlover

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-12-2014 03:39:02 | More by Beerlover
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trubeernick

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-12-2014 03:23:39 | More by trubeernick
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johnh7

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

04-10-2014 20:57:23 | More by johnh7
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adam5454

Alabama

2/5  rDev -47.4%

04-09-2014 22:53:52 | More by adam5454
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Pug

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04-09-2014 12:19:08 | More by Pug
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up this beer from Vintage Estates. Love the stout so hopefully this will impress.

A - Very dark no so much porter dark since it has ruby highlights throughout the glass. Never experienced such a dark yet clear beer. Head is a 1/4 inch that settles to a great lace ring and I mean EXCELLENT.
S - Mostly getting mild funk, maybe some peppercorns, and some yeast. Not much in the roast or coffee market that everyone else smells so I sip on.
T - Ow my that is different. Like a Belgium strong ale mixed with a farmhouse. It has all the attributes mixed together still very dry but not either way. Like fruity yeasts but not intertwining with the taste of the funk or the peppercorn spice but still very dry. Good.
M - Its a bit medium bodied. Not too light to drink but its smooth.

Overall I am not too sure if I like this beer I love the traditional stout. It's much better than I thought though just being another boring farmhouse beer. Yep.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 03:56:07 | More by DrDemento456
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paulish

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-31-2014 03:12:13 | More by paulish
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-30-2014 18:33:35 | More by thatoneguymike
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pinnser

Colorado

3/5  rDev -21.1%

03-28-2014 16:48:44 | More by pinnser
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bdtva

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-24-2014 16:41:05 | More by bdtva
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jwswigs

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

03-23-2014 06:59:24 | More by jwswigs
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Braz

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-23-2014 02:42:31 | More by Braz
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FeelinSurley

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-22-2014 00:39:45 | More by FeelinSurley
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Interesting looking style of Farmhouse, with hop season upon us, and saison season just around the corner, figured I'd crack this. Picked up a few weeks ago but the bottling date says 4/04/13, so a lot older than I expected.

Pours a darker colored fizzy fluffy 3 finger head that just rises over the top of the sides of the glass as it fades back at a fair rate, lots of messy spotty lacing too, super dark molasses brown color.

Nose is interesting, a blend of some creamy dark malts with mild farmhouse aromas, a little creamy roast and coffee notes, hint of cocoa, and some nutty caramel, into a mild grainy toasty malt with farmhouse spices, hint lemon rind as well, bit grassy and herbal, a bit of a yeasty aroma, and some saison like funk, into a mild phenolic note and hint of booze.

Taste brings more funk, farmhouse saison funk, chewy and a bit yeasty, with big phenolic note, little estery as well, with mild saison spices, grassy herbal little spicy chewy hop note, with more grassy herbal notes from the saison as well, little lemon rind and lemongrass. A mild dark malt note, much less than I thought, faint hint of roast and coffee, a bit of burnt toffee, with just a touch of caramel, touch of crackers, bit of an over fermented carbonation thing too. Finish is sticky and a bit sweet, more herbal spicy hops, and herbal farmhouse saison funk, little yeast, bit of a creamy dark malt too.

Mouth is med bod with tons and tons of effervescent carb, too much so that it's very distracting.

Overall not bad, an interesting blend of dark malts and saison farmhouse flavors, they didn't step on each others feet too much as the malts seemed ot still take a back seat to the farmhouse. Enjoyable for a pretty big beer, although the hops eventually do get a little nagging.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 22:53:41 | More by jlindros
Existent from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.