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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-21-2011 00:45:44 | More by Agold
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-11-2012 00:19:34 | More by dbellizzi
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-03-2013 04:02:56 | More by od_sf
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-11-2014 23:48:35 | More by Twig2848
Photo of jim_carignan


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-11-2014 00:45:40 | More by jim_carignan
Photo of WankelEngine


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours completely opaque black. No light coming through the other edges and no other colors. There is a foamy, even creamy light tan head of two fingers with excellent retention. Sticks around forever but fades pleasantly enough to make drinking easy. Lacing is moderate and spotty.

S: Mostly dark, roasted malts. There is a hint of smoke and a bit of Belgian yeast which provide a little bit of spice and depth.

T: Mildly bitter chocolate is the first thing I taste, and it remains a focal point for the whole beer. The smokey scent I picked up in the aroma is expanded upon, especially as it lingers after the finish. Belgian yeast imparts some of its typical flavor, but is dominated by the dark malt flavors so it is almost hard to detect. Mild alcohol flavor as the beer warms.

M: Medium-light bodied and fairly slick. Just a little bit watery. Carbonation is moderate and somewhat fizzy, but enjoyable.

O: I'm a little disappointed. I had this beer on tap a week or two back and remember absolutely loving it. Maybe it's better on tap or maybe I was tipsy, but this does not live up to my memories. That being said, it is a fairly good beer. It is listed as Belgian Strong Dark Ale but it doesn't have too much in the way of the Belgian characteristics. If I hadn't been paying attention/looking for them, I could have mistaken this for a regular old stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 03:24:31 | More by WankelEngine
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-11-2014 19:04:50 | More by joseph_french
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-13-2014 00:53:25 | More by thegerm87
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-23-2013 21:55:42 | More by GTB
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-10-2012 18:28:58 | More by patreely12
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New Hampshire

3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger brown head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Light chocolate nose, flavor is roasted-burnt chocolate, some smokiness. $3.79 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 22:39:35 | More by jdhilt
Photo of FatJesus


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a michelob celebrate tulip from 500 ml bottle.

Pours black with a finger of beige head that goes away quickly with little lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee, some cocoa and dates.

First sip is cocoa right up front followed by chocolate and dates, the cocoa definitely over powers and stays around for awhile. I will say as it warms the fruity esters come through a lot more, tasting more dates and maybe cherry. Still signs of cocoa but not as strong.

For as dark as it is, it is very drinkable with medium carbonation and a light creaminess to it, not heavy as I was expecting.

Over all it's a good belgium dark and I'm glad I had it. Starting to pick up a few sill water artisanal beers to see what there saisons are like.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 00:30:23 | More by FatJesus
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark brown, nearly black, and allowing no light at all through the body. Head poured a thick finger of frothy tan foam. It's a damn-fine looking beer.

Smell: there's a light chocolatey character with a dry roasty after-scent. There might be a hint of phenolic character in there as well. Not bad, but a bit light on the complexity.

Taste: sweet malt with a good dark-fruit character. There are notes of tobacco and raisin here, and the finish is quite bitter and roasty. Frankly, the roast is a bit over-done for my taste. Mostly good, but the finish is a little too harsh.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and an OK creaminess. Not great, not bad.

Overall: I feel like this beer has some good elements, but it really doesn't grab me. It's just a bit hot and harsh and not at all the smooth, rich experience I like in a BSDA. Some of the dark fruit flavors are quite nice, but sadly there's just too much here that doesn't quite agree with me.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 02:00:18 | More by flagmantho
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South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOD 10/8/13. Dark, almost black pour, with a weak head that dissipates quickly with almost no lacing. Nose is of Belgian yeast phenolic esters over a light background of chocolate, plum, prune and licorice. Medium body with a nice smooth, almost slick, mouthfeel. Low carbonation level. The complex flavor profile contains those present in the nose. Unfortunately, the phenols predominate and mask what could have been a nice complex ale. The finish is smooth and a phenolic aftertaste lingers. Had this been fresh, I would have scored it lower. Due to it's age, I gave it the benefit of the doubt.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 21:06:25 | More by tillmac62
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3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/2/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid roast and smoke aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 03:19:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at ChurchKey in Washington, DC. Poured into a snifter glass. Pours a deep dark/murky brown/black color that resembles a Belgian strong dark ale. Pours a medium 2-finger tan head that quickly fizzles, but retains nice lacing throughout the session. This beer was almost served at room temperature which is pretty much the norm at ChurchKey. Nose picks up aroma of coca, dried fruit, light smokiness and spices. Tastes smooth, dark fruity esters, roast, coffee, and Belgian yeast. Medium to full bodied along with some stickiness. This beer has a nice balance and complexity overall. Though not among my favorites for the style. Interesting beer to commemorate Stillwater's anniversary. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2011 13:58:54 | More by CuriousMonk
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 19:00:48 | More by Sammy
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of light toasty and roasty malts with subtle chocolate.
The tastes begin with a rush of milk chocolate, wow yum. As it warms you get some light coffee bitterness that adds to balance the sweet chocolate. Earthy, pleasant, dry finish. This mouthfeel is bubbly but at the same time still thick/sticky; quite interesting.
Overall this is a good beer but for the hefty ABV, the flavors are kinda muted. You would have no idea this is 8.5% based on the flavor profile/dark appearance alone. Found myself wanting a little more from this.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 14:40:45 | More by claspada
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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 02:33:25 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of Thorpe429


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Whole Foods in DC. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pour yields a nearly-black brew with a good off-white head. Nice creamy head that sticks around for a bit before falling down and leaving a bit of lacing behind. The nose brings forward quite a bit of roasted malt along with a slight amount of dark fruits and a bit of light, earthy hops. The flavor is fairly similar. There's a roast component up front along with some dark fruits and a bit of earth and spice from the yeast. Feel is light to medium with good carbonation and a nice bite. Drinks pretty well; a nicely-done brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 12:47:25 | More by Thorpe429
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3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 20:57:09 | More by Kegatron
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3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Aroma is chocolate, pepper, smoke, and molasses. Appearance is very dark brown with a thin tan head. Taste is chocolate, smoke, pepper, Belgian yeast, and a slight touch of earth. Medium full body and light carbonation. Overall a good Belgian stout with subtle layers.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 22:44:47 | More by AaronDz
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3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from early 2014 so a few months old and poured into a glass. Black shimmering color thin mocha ring around glass. Smells of spent coffee grinds, bitter chocolate. Taste follows the nose with a notable Belgian yeast punch that hits midsip. I get a fairly pleasant coffee bitterness. Carb medium.
Overall I actually am enjoying this. Wouldn't go crazy to find but it's good

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:09:23 | More by alaimoa
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Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 04:36:42 | More by biboergosum
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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served on tap at the Lion's Pride.

A: Very dark brown and opaque. Head is tan foam.

S: Roasted malts with a touch of chocolate. Medium hop level provides some bitterness.

T: Chocolate malt and roasted coffee notes. Coffee bitterness that lingers. It taste somewhat strong but isn't too sweet.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Thin but prevalent coat packs a lot of flavor. Leaves a bit of stickiness on my lips.

O: Enjoyable, but I am picking up more coffee than I expected. I would drink this beer again, but not again tonight.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 13:46:16 | More by ToasterChef
Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.