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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 16
Gots: 37 | FT: 3
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Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oline73 on 02-21-2011

Human history is filled with myths and legends that shape and define our culture. Rituals, celebrations, gatherings.. whatever. One thing that’s for sure, is we enjoy a proper shindig. So let’s get the stories flowing and share a little ’Folklore’. A bracingly deep ale, built dark and rich with an elegantly lean body, accompanied by heady aromas of Belgian yeast, earthy hops and gently kissed by a wisp of smoke.

This beer was formerly known as 25 to One.
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Ratings: 393 | Reviews: 117
Photo of zander4dawin
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Earthy, nutty, grainy, dark Belgian ale. Mellow and not overly assertive and aggresive. Little bit of leather and vanilla.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap great chocolate coffe notes slight smoke finish

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose of roasted malt, dark fruit, slight ABV, vinous, anise. Taste malts, chocolate, dark fruit, Licorice, faint coffee.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic with strong notes of roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked and toasted dark bread. I also get strong notes of dark molasses, brown sugar, a touch of coffee and smoke, and a touch of licorice.

Taste: Absolutely delicious! Strong flavors of roasted malt, imparting flavors of coffee, caramel, milky cream, some brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of nuttiness, a touch of dark chocolate and Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chew and pretty smooth, as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 8.4%, there is a slight touch of pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: I love this beer! It is an absolutely stellar, non-barrel-aged stout, and is one of the best beers by Stillwater I’ve had yet. Highly recommended!

Photo of mothmanscott
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown so deep as to appear black with hints of garnet at the edges when held to the light. The pour produces 3+ fingers of tightly bubbled, effervescent, mocha, lasting head that leaves a streaky wash of lace. Aroma is dark, roasted malt, cocoa & semisweet dark chocolate, subdued dark fruits, Belgian yeast, faint coffee, smoke & herbal hop hints.Taste is dark malt roast, chocolate & coffee notes followed by a grape, dried cherries & dark fruitiness finishing slightly dry with spice in a mixture of fruit, roasted nuts, smoke, coffee, cocoa & floral hops which form the base of the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is minimal in taste (some bitterness that I believe is as much alcohol as hops) but is detectable in the warmth it provides. The alcohol spice, bitterness & warmth become more prominent as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, dry & crisp but smooth. As with most of these Stillwater Artisanal Ales this is very unique & quite tasty. I would suggest that this is an Irish dry stout/Belgian dark ale hybrid. After dinner sipping between nibbles of peppeemint bark candy pairs heavenly as a desert. Kudos Stillwater Artisanal!

Photo of Tone
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, hint of liquor, sweet malt, alcohol, hops, hint of spice, yeast, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of slight European yeast, pale malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of liquor, hint of spice, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, feel, and complexity.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours almost no head on a black body.
The aroma has lots of roasted malt, a little burnt wood, coffee and dark chocolate.
The taste is great. Really roasty with background bittersweet chocolate.
The texture is thicker.
Quite enjoyable.

Photo of EmperorBevis
4/5  rDev +3.6%

A nice blend of English Stout & Belgian Dark
Fusion Cuisine that actually works!

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Stillwater Folklore has a thin, beige head, a dark brown (essentially black) appearance, and not really any lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, dark-roasted malt, black cherry, dark chocolate, and char. Taste is of dark-roasted, charred malt, black cherry, a touch of licorice, bitterness from the char, prunes, and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium, not heavy, as one might expect. Stillwater Folklore finishes semi-dry, rich, and surprisingly smooth. No real alcohol pick up with this one.

RJT

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours black with a large fading head.
Nose shows dry roasted malt, cocoa, milk chocolate and oatmeal.
Flavours include big chocolate notes, dry roasted barley and a hint of liquorice too. A nice amount of residual sweetness.
Carbonation is a bit aggressive.

Photo of tviz33
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, served in a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours dark brown with a short, quarter inch light brown head.

S- Roasted malts and loads of dark fruits.

T- Similar to the nose, but even roastier, with almost a smokey component.

M- Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation, especially for the style.

O- I would probably get this again if I saw it on tap somewhere, just to give it another go. Not a bad beer.

Photo of alphagnome
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Pitch black body allows no light penetration. Generous mahogany head has decent short-term retention, but eventually dwindles to nada. Plenty of carbonation and decent legs can be seen.

Aroma:
Very malty and moderately sweet (molasses) to the nose. Cocoa nibs laced with coffee, a hint of smoked peat, and licorice. Trace cola and ginger root.

Taste:
Everything your nose picks up will carry over in the taste with the addition of dark fruit right up front. sweet throughout with a bit of bite from the alcohol on the tail end.

Mouthfeel:
Catch-you-off-guard light body and moderately carbonated. Easy to drink with a clean, sweet finish.

Overall:
Another fantastic beer from Stillwater and a bit of a head-scratcher. The best way I can describe this beer is it's a Russian Imperial Meets a Black Lager or Schwarzbier. Easy to drink and packed with complexity and flavor, it's definitely worth your time (and money).

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 3.49/12 oz bottle at Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale
Bottled 01/02/14 at 50 degrees into standard pint
Aroma of roasted malt
Head large (> 7 cm), light brown, creamy/fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 9 mm layer
Lacing - none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor very strong roasted malt, slightly bitter; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl;
Palate medium to full, watery, lively carbonation.

Meets the definition of a stout. Price point seems too high.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/2/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark bread, pepper, raisin, plum, fig, light smoke, light licorice, herbal, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, pepper, raisin, prune, fig, light licorice, light smoke, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, pepper, raisin, prune, light smoke, light licorice, and roasted/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of a few different Stillwater brews when they arrived, this among them. 12 oz. bottle with a faun, or satyr, or something on the label. Bottle dated 1/12/14 & thanks to the brewery for that.

Pour is black with moderately high carbonation. Nose is nothing like I expected: huge Belgian yeast backed by a sweetness that's almost as intense. Less gods of roast & chocolate form a lovely backing quartet. Duo. Whatever.

Folklore is a double flute in an elementary band world. Belgian yeasts & slippery sweetness sets hooks in the palate, & they have barbs. Mid-palate brings a smorgasboard of jabs: roast, chocolate, smoke (which really adds a nice twist), plums, other stuff playing kick-the-can with my tongue. Finale brings the strong roast & a final donkey-hoof of smoke. Goes down quickly.

For a catch-all category, this is very good. Plenty going on here & the yeast/Belgian aspect doesn't overwhelm the other nice aspects. Well-brewed.

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Looks like a typical stout, but diverges on all other dimensions. The body is smooth and full, with higher carbonation than usual. The aroma reflects Belgian yeast and spcies more than dark roasted malts. The roasted grains are quite evident in tasting, but this is still spicy and exceptionally complex. Hints of cinnamon and allspice in the lightly sweet flavor

O: Flavorful, spicy and complex, this is a particularly interesting Belgian Stout. Recommended.

Photo of mick303
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at barvolo. Poured black with a good dark tan head and lacing. Aroma is really awesome, fantastic yeasty aspect, roasty. Taste is quite nice, more light roasty aspects with apricot and smoky coffee, not super dark/thick, but with a molasses and funkiness. Melded fruitiness and a barnyard aspects, stone fruits mixed with roasty malt and a really dry finish. Mouthfeel is thick and satisfying, with a good carb and a spicy feel on the finish. It's maybe not the most amazing beer in terms of the balance but I really appreciate the unique twist. Worth trying, described as a 'Belgian Stout' and gave a pretty good profile for trying to hit that.

Photo of jdhilt
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger brown head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Light chocolate nose, flavor is roasted-burnt chocolate, some smokiness. $3.79 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark brown, nearly black, and allowing no light at all through the body. Head poured a thick finger of frothy tan foam. It's a damn-fine looking beer.

Smell: there's a light chocolatey character with a dry roasty after-scent. There might be a hint of phenolic character in there as well. Not bad, but a bit light on the complexity.

Taste: sweet malt with a good dark-fruit character. There are notes of tobacco and raisin here, and the finish is quite bitter and roasty. Frankly, the roast is a bit over-done for my taste. Mostly good, but the finish is a little too harsh.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and an OK creaminess. Not great, not bad.

Overall: I feel like this beer has some good elements, but it really doesn't grab me. It's just a bit hot and harsh and not at all the smooth, rich experience I like in a BSDA. Some of the dark fruit flavors are quite nice, but sadly there's just too much here that doesn't quite agree with me.

Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The bottle says "untraditional stout", but I feel the style listed here is more accurate. The bottle I had was maybe a little old (7 months), but I'm not sure it would affect the style too much.

The beer pours dark, very dark, but with little head. The smell is dark: fruit, brown sugar with a tart-ish Belgian yeast smell behind it (which grew with some warmth).

Upon reading the label, I wondered what "untraditional" meant. I thought maybe some spice. On my first taste, I thought I noted some smoke, and reading the description above confirmed that. As I re-evaluated for the listed style and with the beer coming to temp, I enjoyed it a little more. The smokiness is subdued, but lasts to the end of the taste. The feel itself is a little weak, but the flavors compensate for that.

Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet dark malt forward aroma with big hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront hints of dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, toast, smoke, leather, chocolate milk, caramel, toffee, grains, and some Belgian yeast. Sweet hints of molasses as well as some anise spice. Big dark fruit presence with hints of cherry, prune, plum, and raisin. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and pretty sweet and juicy dark malt driven taste with big notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Dark roasted malts with upfront notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee beans, toasted bread, biscuit, grains, milk, smoke, leather, caramel, toffee, and Belgian yeast. Anise licorice spicing along with sweet notes of burnt molasses. Big dark fruit undertones with notes of dark cherries, raisin, fig, prune, and plum. Hops are pretty subtle. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Body feels on the lighter side of heavy. Carbonation is fairly high. Very creamy, silky, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a stout. Good chocolate and dark fruit flavor. The Belgian elements are minimal except for the heavier carbonation and yeast.

Photo of u2carew
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head, tight, creamy, dark tan in color. Body is opaque. Heads settles slowly.
S) Potent, imperial stout type aroma. Hints of cherry, chocolate. Woody, cedar-ish. Yeasty.
T) Chocolate. Alcohol. Coffee. Some oak notes. Subtle hop bitterness in the finish.
M) Chewy. Thick, full body. Creamy. Alcohol warmth.
O) A delicious "stout" whether Belgian or untraditional. I'd definitely would drink another one.

Photo of jera1350
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black with a sticky tan head. Roasty and chocolatey nose. The taste is very nice. A little boozy, lots of chocolate and some roasty notes. Nice roasty aftertaste. The body is thin for the abv. Carbonation is lower, yet soft. Nice overall brew here and fair take on the style.

Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black body with a tan head. Nice amount of lace and good head retention.
S: Chocolate, dark fruit and coffee aromas.
T: Bittersweet chocolate, smoky and boozy flavors.
M: Medium bodied and tasty.
O: Solid stout that is quite flavorful.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/2/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid roast and smoke aspects all around.

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Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.