Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 18
Gots: 41 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Homebrew35
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 timontheroad
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark black, little head and no lacing. The smell was dark roast malt, chocolate and belgian spicy yeast. The flavor was dark roast malt and dark fruit. Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Nice beer, all the attributes point towards a stout, but it had that nice belgian flavor.

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 biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 tempest
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opened with a little gush, pours an effervescent & ruddy mahogany with a pinky mocha colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Dark fruit, dirt, cocoa

T: Cocoa, dark fruit, dryness & a touch carob up front, plus a touch of red wine & chicory. A bit of dirt as this warms, plums, dryness & cocoa as this warms. Dryness & cocoa in the finish, along with figs, plums & a bit of boozeyness & smokeyness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly chewy, slight carbonation, much dryness

I appreciate what was attempted here, doesn't quite gel for me. This probably ages well I'm sure, but one & done for me, way too dry to be sure. Glad Stillwater ditched the corks

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle (Under the 25 to One name). Pours a deep ruddy amber with a mocha head. This rings the glass with a rich foaminess. The nose is mix of roasted coffee, spice, sweet cocoa and a strong dark fruitiness. The taste is similar, with a robust blend of coffee, cocoa, caramel and dark fruit (mostly cherry) flavors. A flavorful spiciness runs throughout the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm and prickly carbonation that blows up in the mouth a bit. A little warmth hangs in the finish. This was a very tasty Dark Ale with a solid complexity to it and was actually pretty smooth for over 8%.

Photo of bum732
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Floral fruitness, rasberries with some other dark fruits, vanilla rasberry ice cream sums it up. Some vanilla bourbon notes, very rum-like.

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black, light tan head that dissipates quickly, looks carbonated.

T: Dark fruit malt, dark cherries followed by a light coffee malt. Medium high earthy bitterness with splashes of dark cherry fruitiness throughout. Finishes on a dry, slightly roasty side, some liquorice on the finish perhaps?

M: Medium high carbonation, prickly, medium bodied.

Very pleasant and unique beer. Nice that its not phenolic like most belgians. I definitely wanna try other beers from this brewery.

Photo of nimrod979
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml. One of the old Max's 25 to 1 bottles.
Into a Chimay chalice, it pours a very dark brown. Almost black. Good sized tan head. Decent retention

Chocolatey and toffee malts. Belgian spice and yeast. Hints of dark fruit.

Flavor profile is basically the same. Hint of hoppy bitterness and smoke. Definitely picks up some booziness as it warms.

Full bodied. low carbonation. On the sweeter side with a hint of smokiness in the finish. I actually really like this, but it's borderline more of a stout than a Belgian dark. Has a few Belgian qualities. but overall I'd recommend.

Now goes by the name of Folklore. I have a bottle of that too.

Photo of apasternak
2/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Too chalky and too roasty

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

750ml. Just picked up in Andersons in Columbus. Dark cola brown pour, large light tan head. Stuck to the glass ok.

Aroma, dark malt, molasses, brown sugar, some chocolate, cocoa. Not overly fruity like many.

Taste, earthy roast and cocoa. Quite dry. Just the faintest smoke and herbal spiciness. I like that it is not a sugary fruit bomb.

Pretty much mid bodied, a good carbonation and very dry. No alcohol presence.

Yeah their brews are a little pricey, but they are unique and worth trying.
Reminded me just a bit of Pepe Nero and Existent.

Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to yourefragile for this 500 mL bottle.

A: The Belgian ale is dark, a Belgo-American stout for what it's worth. Dark and forboding, the ale sports a thin band of white head.

S: The nose has requisite roasted malts, dark and toasted, with Belgian spices in tow. Sweet fruits, apples and pears, remind me immediately of the Belgian provenance of the ale.

T: Dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee drive the flavor. Bittersweet chocolate transitions to cocoa powder, bitter to sweet. Underneath the dark flavors, fruits are abundant. Apple and pear particularly lend sweetness thanks to the Belgian aspect. The contrast of sweet to bitter is noticeable, standing out within the ale. If I didn't know that this was from Stillwater, I'd call it an exotic American stout.

M: I'm not generally a fan of Belgo stouts, too sweet and roasted. This one features both aspects in spades, but it does so delicately, allowing each to shine through.

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 bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee, and some smoke. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like dark chocolate, coffee, wood/earth, smoke, roasted malt and a bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's smooth and has a good amount of carbonation. Overall I think it's a good brew. At $10.99 a bottle, I'd buy this again. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet with a tight, mocha head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits with some roasted notes and a bit of woodiness.

Tastes of the fruits layered with roasted notes and a bit of spice. Notes of figs, dark cherries, and plums abound with a fair amount of sweetness to back them up. Some tartness comes through along with oak notes that gives a bit of a wine feel. Roasted notes rush in with chocolate and coffee that add depth to everything. A bit of clove spice is noticeable as the beer warms, as well as some anise.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite good, and is verge of being great. Honestly, I would like to see it toned down.

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 FeDUBBELFIST
2.03/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Draft pour into a 13oz tulip for $7. Sampled 12/23/11.

A: Served with 1 finger of medium dark brown head, foamy and loosely compacted and semi rapidly deflating. The body is black and has dark amber edges along the top when backlit. Rather still looking. No lacing.

S: The Belgian yeast is the notable character on the nose, which adds some fruity esters and complexity. Dark chocolate malts come through in modest strength. Earthiness, straw and trace scents of new leather and anise add dimension to what is a surprisingly underwhelming nose.

T: The taste is nice and all...but kind of forgettable. Even as a high strength Belgian Stout, the flavor is not very distinguished. And definitely not the type of beer where "less is more." Short, one dimensional, and surface-of-the-tongue. ABV goes unnoticed however.

M: The body is too thin. The carbonation is too fizzy. And the beer finishes way too quick.

O: This one didn't really come together for me.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours an opaque dark brown with a fine two finger light brown head. Aromatic fruit evident as it poured. Aroma of roasted and caramel malt, dark and dried fruit, chocolate with a mineral spiciness. Color and aroma similar to a stout. Flavor starts with toasted and lightly charred malt, molasses and chocolate with an interesting estery light fruit flavor developing in the middle. Finishes with toasted malt and light Belgian yeast and spice flavors, moderately hopped. The finish is like a stout and dark Belgian ale are duking it out for dominance (neither wins, but it is an interesting bout). Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation. This is quit unusual and boundary busting; I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

opague nice tan with a huge, head that towered 3 inches above the glass. Tons of lace, a fantastic overall appearence.

lots of fruity tones. Hints of apricots and figs with a nice spiceness in the back. Hints of apples, just a great well rounded and very impressive overall profile. Tons of carbonation and lots of activity on the palate. Huge flavor assault , lots of dark fruits, figs, hints of yeast, and a pronounced grainey flavor

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Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.