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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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87
very good

306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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:
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.

(Beer added by: oline73 on 02-21-2011)
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured into a tulip. This pours dark brown with a cap of light khaki head.

The aroma has dark fruits plumbs and grape skin with hints of cocoa and hints of smoke. The pallet has a grape flavor with hints of cocoa and other dark fruits.

The body is medium with some a slightly dry finish. Good carbonation. Overall pretty solid. Lots of good flavors here.

11-12-2012 02:33:25 | More by Bendurgin
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-18-2014 02:45:30 | More by DaftPatrick
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csmartin6

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

12-02-2012 14:38:05 | More by csmartin6
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-10-2014 15:58:45 | More by henryclay_
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a one and a half fingers worth of a mocha colored creamy head. Opaque black body. Great lacing and good retention. Is this a Belgian dark or really an imperial stout, let's move on to the smell.

Smells like a sweet, malty English style Imperial stout. Big chocolate, coffee toffee and sweet malts.

Tastes is quite complex as I enjoyed this one over a half hour. Initially I get a firm earthy hop bitterness, some chocolate and roast coffee and roasted malts. As it warms the 8.4% is detected and gradually overwhelms the palate. A big sweet almost cloying sweetness and boozy undertones send this one into the hard to finish category for me.

Medium full bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall this is a sipper. Big bold yet well integrated flavors. The boozyness and sweetness make it a bit hard to finish. I suggest spliting with a friend. This did not taste like a Belgian in anyway, but oh well I still enjoyed most of it.
$10.50 a 500ml was quite high. I would not pick this up again if I saw it.

04-05-2012 14:54:15 | More by Homebrew35
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-10-2014 16:48:16 | More by Janeinma
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dogfishandi

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-05-2014 20:06:21 | More by dogfishandi
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

05-18-2014 06:50:39 | More by MattyG85
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-30-2014 21:05:39 | More by HoppySeb
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-22-2014 08:32:27 | More by williamjbauer
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

The label is enough to sell you on this beer there's the devil dancing with a couple Victorian era white dressed fiddling women out in the forest. Artwork is created marketing these beers with fantastic labels and a reputation as one of the first American gypsy brewers making kick ass saisons. Forms a dark cola body with a chocolate cake tinted tan foaming head that dwindles rather quickly, fine Belgian style lacing. Aromatics offer up dark ripened fruit a touch of smoke and dark roasted malt accents including a touch of dark chocolate. It doesn't seem overly decadent and has a nice spice profile as well, it was honestly hard to read the print on the side of the bottle so I'm not quite sure what other possible additions were on this beer. A very balanced flavor between spices, mild tree bark notes some residual sugar sweetness caramelized sugars at that. A depth of lively fruitines hidden amongst the dark roasts and hints of smoke. Mouthfeel was effervescent with carbonation medium to lighter bodied despite the big dark color going on. Finishes dry and interesting with spice interplay, smoke, and dark ripened fruits summing it up. Alcohol is hidden pretty well not overtly booze ridden definitely doesn't burn the palate or the throat a smooth sipper for sure. Overall I'm intrigued by this offering it inspires me, search out more of his gypsy brewed offerings.

02-27-2012 18:46:14 | More by WVbeergeek
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kwkdmk

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-13-2014 00:04:31 | More by kwkdmk
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -1%

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.

06-09-2014 22:59:39 | More by chinchill
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-27-2011 15:45:32 | More by SPRichard
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

750ml heavy red foil-ensconced capped bottle, with a decidedly underworld themed label, which obviously needs to be updated here.

This beer pours a solid, unsullied black, with the barest hints of caramel-tinted basal edges, and two fingers of tightly foamy, slight fizzy chocolate milk head, which leaves a low-lying array of sea-spray lace around the glass as it gently settles.

It smells of dry roasted malt, medium chalky cocoa, coy dark fruit - black plum and currant, mostly - soft, earthy Belgian yeast, tobacco ash, a bit of stale coffee, some lingering campfire smoke, and an herbal, leafy hoppiness. The taste is more dry, edgy chocolate and coffee stout notes - Irish in nature, for the most part - roasted all the same, the orchard fruit equally assailed, with some underwhelmingly sweet caramel and toffee, a bit of mollifying wooden hops, and more wet tobacco pipe ash. The big ABV is damned near nowhere to be seen.

The bubbles are a bit frothy, pithy, and otherwise playful, the body medium-ish in weight, and generally smooth, nothing capable of causing a fuss really up for the fight. It finishes barely off-dry, any sweetness from all that downplayed malt lost in the lingering roast, ash, and mottled wisps of smoke.

Yet another Stillwater offering where I find myself grasping for a more steady source of reference to actual beer style - not that I'm that persnickety, but 'BSDA' is not what I would imagine this one to be. I'm getting nothing less than a sneakily boozed-up Irish dry stout here, with very little of the plentiful fruit or yeast so associated with the purported style. Roast, smoke, and my Irish heritage are all on display here, inadvertently, maybe, as it increasingly appears to be with this unpredictable gypsy brewer.

06-20-2013 04:36:42 | More by biboergosum
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buzzword

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-03-2013 21:48:43 | More by buzzword
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cclark67789

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

02-21-2013 17:47:22 | More by cclark67789
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Griffith

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-26-2014 14:11:15 | More by Griffith
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drizmo

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

04-08-2014 23:33:43 | More by drizmo
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

Enjoyed on tap at Rattle N Hum. Big chocolate, like an imperial stout. Rich taste, sherry. Above average mouthfeel an drinkability.spices were unique, the smoke a bonus. Dark colour, little head.
Had this again 8 months later at Double Windsor and, not so good, more coffee than signs of yeast. Looked good though.

03-06-2011 19:00:48 | More by Sammy
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alphagnome

Iowa

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

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).

06-29-2014 21:28:17 | More by alphagnome
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henrisimo

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-30-2013 03:29:06 | More by henrisimo
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-01-2014 01:50:08 | More by let8it8grow
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Had a goblet at Liberty St Tavern and looked almost identical to the stout I ordered for a friend. I wasn't sure what to make of the beer. The roasty edge was matched with a mild tang, nothing on the scale of a lambic, but enough to really balance any sweetness. The flavor itself was a little more subtle than I'd have liked, with a mix of cocoa and dark fruit that gets cleaned up by the sour bite. Relatively light and drinkable overall, worth a try.

01-07-2012 19:06:57 | More by tempest
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bconsidine

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-04-2012 17:04:21 | More by bconsidine
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Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.