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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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very good

294 Ratings
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | 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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nimrod979

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 21:06:59 | More by nimrod979
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4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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).

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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
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Palate medium to full, watery, lively carbonation.

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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.

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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.

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Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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