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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BA SCORE
86
very good

294 Ratings
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tall narrow tulip glass. bottle date 10/08/13. So I am assuming this is the correct beer since nothing about this beer seems to match up with anything I can find online. The picture on this site is of a bottle of 25 to one not the current bottles of Folklore, on Stillwater Artisnal's Blogspot account it lists Folklore as "Mythic Tradition Ale" on my bottle (which has the same picture on the label as the Blogspot) it says "An Untraditional Stout", and BA lists Stillwater Artisnal as being from Baltimore but the bottle I have says says bottled by Stillwater Artisnal - Stratford, CT. So despite all the information being wrong or confused or outdated I still have this bottle of beer to write a review for. Here it goes.

A: pours thick and dark no light penetrates the body of the beer but around the top some light makes it through and it shines a mahogany color. Not much head on this guy a few bubbles but it settles down to pretty much nothing but some sparse bubbles here and there.

S: a slightly tannic note on the nose coffee and tobacco follow up. hard to tell since it is fridge temp still. It may release more aroma with warmth.

T: rich dark notes; roastd malt, hints of coffee, a sweetness on the finish, yeasty funk.

M: thinner than it looked as it poured but still heavy enough on the palate so you are very aware you are drinking a heavier beer.

O: good brew, my first from Stillwater Artisnal and so far so good. Based on the label I have I would say it fits the category well as "an untraditional stout" I would gladly drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 06:11:57 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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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.

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

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Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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