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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 13
Gots: 21 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

04-12-2014 03:40:15 | More by Beerlover
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

12-03-2013 03:45:34 | More by matthew_miller
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-16-2014 22:42:43 | More by paulish
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

12-15-2013 22:10:10 | More by kylehay2004
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-10-2012 21:20:30 | More by sludgegnome
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-09-2014 02:29:06 | More by Carl_R
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

01-16-2013 06:26:32 | More by warrenout330
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

06-07-2014 15:45:32 | More by BeerNoobNC
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

06-21-2014 22:09:43 | More by Andy_Luft
Photo of sulldaddy


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. the beer pours a cola brown color with brown fizzy tan head of 1 cm tha fades pretty quickly to a thin edge layer and one large wispy island.
Aroma is roasted malt and some dark fruit with prunes and molassess coming through, plus maybe raisin and fig.
First sip reveals an average body and slightly sticky texture with mild rolling carbonation. QUite nice no the mouthfeel, makes it easy to drink.
Flavor is fruity and malt based with again the plums and raisins and bits of molasses and brown sugar, fairly sweet but not cloying here. No real hop presence and the ABV is well hidden as well.
Nice drinking complex yet not palate killing brew. I enjoyed my sampling of it and would probably try it again, only drop is the lack of head retention on my sample.

10-14-2011 23:18:36 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.21/5  rDev +9.4%

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Beige head, moderate retention on a almost black body. Nice lacing, sticky. Aroma includes beef jerky (smoke), banana (overripe), candi sugar, roasted malts, caramel, biscottis. Taste follows closely with the aroma. Nice dark ale with a Belgian inspiration...nicely done.

05-13-2013 04:05:01 | More by KickbacksSteve
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

A - Dark cola with mahogany highlights.  Dirty beige, creamy head. Nice retention, low lace.

S - Fantastic chocolate liquor nose.  Hints of merlot wine and cognac. 

T - Dry opening of merlot and medium roast grains. Nice bright acidity.  Bitter cocoa and powdered milk sweeten the center before the fantastic dry roast returns for the finish.  Touch of smoke and woody hop bitters on the backend.

M - Medium body with a firm, dry backbone.

O - An excellent brew.  On the drier side of the style.

08-23-2012 19:20:10 | More by vfgccp
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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

I really enjoyed this beer, both when I had it on tap at Pizzeria Paradiso and out of the bottle at home. What struck me both times was that it had tastes and notes of a heavier stout, but the drinkability of an ale. It straddles that line really wonderfully, picking up the cocoa, smoky tastes but not knocking you out with them. Now that I think about it, it has some similarities to Stillwater's Existent. I'd say the 25 is a little heavier, though.

03-06-2011 18:24:44 | More by petacutlasaurus
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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a deep chocolate brown into the glass. Nice 2 finger head. Good aroma on this one with big dark fruit notes and chocolate malt. Taste is really interesting. Lots of good things going on here. Get notes of raisin and prune balanced in the best way possible with some crisp apple and apricot. Really like the light note of peppery spice hanging out in the background. Carbonation is just the slightest notch too high for me for this to be extraordinary for me. I'd like it just a smidgen smoother but I'm nit picking at this point. Probably the best Stillwater beer I've had yet.

09-23-2011 23:19:38 | More by smokeypeat
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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

04-21-2014 01:39:14 | More by u2carew
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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

I received this in a blind trade with Littleb. I have no idea what it is, but he said it's good and to drink it up.

Pours dark and very nice looking.

Smells a little light, not too much to take in, but not off-putting at all.

Taste. Excellent. I really don't know what this style is, (making this a game without looking at any info on the beer) but it's very drinkable. Malty and hoppy at the same time, but a perfect balance. Maybe a milk stout? No, black porter probably? Tastes like an Ale though, but dark and slightly creamy.

M- very nice

Overall, please send me more Ben or anyone really.

03-17-2011 05:21:27 | More by sendsilk
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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

A - Poured a dark, dark burgundy color with a one-finger, brown head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt some spicy chilie-like aromas, too.

T - Good spiciness with dark chocolate and roasted malt. There is a touch of smokiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really good, really interesting interpretation of the style.

02-01-2013 02:16:45 | More by zeff80
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4.11/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours deep brown with a tan dense head. Some splashy lace and limited retention.

A little tart yeasty funk combined with charred malt, cocoa, coffee notes. I like the nose on this.

Rich deep roasted malt, some french-roast coffee, a bit of sweetness, and bitter chocolate. Bitterness and malt play wonderfully here. Malt and lingering bitterness in the end. Alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied, a little loose. Just right carbonation.

Tasty beer. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Nice yeast component in this one to give it a bit of edge. Label notes a kiss of smoke -- ok, kinda. Nice beer.

03-08-2013 21:33:27 | More by OtherShoe2
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Beer on draft at Churchkey. Beer is black / dark brown with a decent head, some lacing, low carbonation.

Beer smells sweet and roasty, bitter.

Beer is quite bitter but kind of comes off like a Belgian stout. It tastes good and has a strong dry finish. I'd drink it again and look forward to seeing it in bottles.

02-21-2011 17:38:04 | More by drabmuh
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District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +6%

From cask to stemmed wine glass at ChurchKey on 2/21/11
*From notes

A: Dark as night, a rich black. Really lovely one finger head and some frothy, sticky lacing.

S: Big time alcohol and roasted malt on the nose first. Strong hints of vanilla and toasty oak follow.

T: Woody and slightly funky yeast up front, followed by charry chocolate, chewy tannin and an essense of copper. It finishes with a trace of authentic vanilla beans.

M: Well carbonated and holds a nice amount of weight. It simply feels right and supremely well balanced.

O: Tonight was my first foray into Stillwater's beers and I must say that I'm extremely impressed. 25 to One is a devilishly good brew, and I'm excited to see what Stillwater does next.

02-25-2011 20:26:14 | More by Rhettroactive
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4.08/5  rDev +6%

A: Beautiful beer. Dark as sin, a 2 1/2 finger head with long retention.

S: Roasted malts, lots of dark fruits and chocolate, a slight hit of earthiness and Belgian yeast. A really deep, rich aroma. Almost smells like port.

T: Lots of caramel and chocolate up front, deeply roasted malts, which fades into an earthy, estery flavor with plenty of both fruits and spice. The finish brings a hefty hit of wood smoke. Lots of flavor here, both chocolately/smoky stout and earthy/fruity Belgian. I'm not surprised that it hides the 8.4% ABV so well.

M: heavy body, moderate carbonation. The beer is full, creamy and slightly sticky.

O: A great beer...if you're looking for a change. Which is t say that it's not the type of beer that I would drink all the time. The Belgian characteristics and the stout flavors play very nicely together. The marriage is wonderfully executed. That being said, it's definitely a sipper, and I find myself wishing that it favored one style or the other just a bit more.

02-14-2013 22:43:49 | More by DaveBlack
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4.08/5  rDev +6%

This beer poured out at a dark brown nearly black colored brew. The head was pretty heavy at first and then it settled down a bit. It had decent retention but no lacing. The smell was heavy on the Belgian yeast and had a good amount of roasted aromas coming off of it. The taste was similar to most Belgian stouts. I found it to be earthy and roasted. The mouthfeel was smooth and drinkable. Overall this brew isn't anything too spectacular it's good but not great.

Just bought a bottle of this thinking it was a new beer from Stillwater. I hope this doesn't turn into what Rogue likes to do. Nevertheless This beer really impressed me so I'm revising my review. I felt that the flavor of the beer was much better than how I ranked it last time and overall I felt that the beer was impressive. Had I known that I already had this one I probably wou;dn't have bought it again. However the label on the new bottle is very hard to resist.

01-05-2012 01:06:34 | More by Knapp85
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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

I had this on-tap at Max's Belgian Beer Fest. It was brewed to commemorate the first anniversary of Stillwater and the 25th anniversary of Max's.

Appearance: Murky dark brown, a little bit of tan head that goes away quickly.

Smell: A nutty malt smell dominates. There is also some mildly sweet brown sugar.

Taste: Again, this one is quite nutty. There is some mild brown sugar sweetness and some bitterness at the end of each sip. The finish is somewhat bitter with a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild to medium carbonation. It is a bit chewy and has a dry finish.

Drinkability: I really like this beer. It reminds me of a nut brown, which I think is a plus. I think it had just the right amount of sweetness and it will only get better if you gave it a little bit of time.

02-21-2011 00:07:34 | More by oline73
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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours an opaque dark brown, one finger of fizzy fast fading light brown head. Thin ring remains, a few small dots of lace on the glass, but it has legs. Smell: brown bread, cocoa, prune, dates, earthy and vinous notes. Taste: sugary plum, light roast, chocolate, earthy, toast, anise note, pear finish. Medium+ bodied, lightly syrupy into pillowy. Tasty, enjoyable bsda/stout hybrid.

01-17-2014 04:11:51 | More by babaracas
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a deep black color with tan thick thick foam. Ok lacing...not great. Smells of alcohol...cherry chocolate and slight belgian yeasts.
Taste is of chocolatey cherry with vanilla and smokey wood. Alcohol is present throughout the sip.
I rarerly mention mouth feel, but this is superb. Its smooth as can be and so easy to drink.
This is a great brew. Not so much a belgian, but more closely resembles a stout. Either way its excellent.

01-20-2012 00:46:44 | More by DrinkSlurm
Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.