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Folklore | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

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.

Added by oline73 on 02-21-2011

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Reviews: 123 | Ratings: 438
Photo of Suds
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an utterly black beer with a wispy tan head. The aroma has licorice, slight hints of smoke, Belgian yeast, and a bit of roasted malt. Interesting. The taste is moderately sweet, with a bit of candy and phenols. Not bad, but the flavors seem a little muted. Warmth comes late, but is fitting. Full in body and interesting.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours black with a large creamy head and thick lacing, very pretty beer. Nose is quite roasty, almost smokey. With a touch of what reminds me of German hops and dark fruits. Some toasted nuts. Creamy in the mouth, opens with roasted coffee. Quite a bit of bittering hops on the finish, again not a typical American use of hops. A bit oily, in its way, almost watery. A nice toasted nut element, good smokey, roasted flavors, but the body is thin and watery to me. Pretty nice.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark fruits stand out on the nose, with plums and ripe cherries most notable. Bitter chocolate and wisps of smoke as well. On the tongue is a rich, slightly acidic coffee bean that yields to milk chocolate sweetness and tart cherries. Hop bitterness is mild and slightly earthy, with a smoked malt and cocoa powder finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. Nice beer.

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Photo of Josephkeene
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had at Max's a little after the Belgian beerfest, but it was well worth it.

Pours chocolate brown reminds me mainly of a porter with little to no lacing. However what little lacing that there is tinted chocolate brown.

Smell is purely of coco really nothing else.

Taste is an amazing array of chocolate and candy malt blends, leaving a great taste on the plate with great complexity. I can say this is an amazing ale.

Mouth feel is lightly carbonated with a taste of coco in the finish leaving the pallet with a chocolate after taste with hints of Belgian spice.

For a 25th beer for my favorite Taphouse its a home run and a must have.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A steady, soft pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger, multi-bubble-size layered, nicely brown head that slowly rizes above the rim of my glass before . The beer is a concentrated brown, not quite black color that shows an opaque, though perhaps slightly amber tinged, brown hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of deeply charred prunes, dusty dark cocoa, slightly musty concentrated cold coffee, and acidic, roasted malt. The nose isn’t really all that funky (in a Saison sort of way), but instead focuses more on the dark malt / grain with supporting fruit notes. As the beer warms up a bit a slightly earthy, deeply toasty, whole grain character starts to come out in the aroma; this helps to temper the roasted grain character. There is a hint of smoky character to the nose that seems mostly contributed by the roasted grain character.

Expressively carbonated, the beer foams up quite a bit as it hits the mouth. There is a rich, dark chocolate and cold espresso like dark grain character here that lingers on in the finish with a burnt, though smooth, edge. My second sip has me noticing a subtle, underlying fruitiness that tastes of burned prunes and raisins. Deeply toasted, brown-whole-grain flavors intermingle with the deeply roasted notes. The body is quite light compared to something like a Stout, though it isn’t as bone thin as a my favorite type of pale Saisons; here though the beer needs a touch of body to counteract the roast malt character, and this one has a little something extra to the texture. This slight viscous character certainly doesn’t balance the dominant roast character though, so you need to be in the mood for a deeply roasted beer. The burnt / roasted character adds a definite bitterness and even some acidity to this beer; this last is also accentuated by the carbonic bite that is in this beer. There is a touch of smokiness to the finish that is brought out by the roasted character and perhaps a hint of phenolics. Actually the smokiness is a bit more pervasive, though still on the subtler side, with a rich character evocative of umami and salt that adds a certain savory quality to this beer that boosts the perceived body of this brew. This smokiness / savory quality goes a long way towards balancing out this beer as it warms up.

I really wonder what the yeast used was here, the beer is quite dry for a Stout, though not excessively so, and is certainly quite clean for a Saison or Belgian’ish creation; whatever it is, the beer is fairly cleanly fermented, but definitely dry / light for a beer of this strength. In the end this is quite nice, it really needs to warm up a bit (I initially served it at 50°F / 10°C) before it gets balanced, and actually it starts out a bit too carbonated for the roast and smoke character, but some air and time help with that nicely as well.

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Photo of barczar
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opaque deep brown/black, fleeting medium chocolate head.

Lots of chocolate, light roast, a touch of vinous character in the aroma.

Fairly sweet chocolate throughout, with just a hint of barnyard, and light vinous notes.

Body is somewhat syrupy, due to almost cloying sweetness.

A little too sweet for my liking. Not like anything I expected.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Tan head that dissipates quickly. Pours a pitch black.
S- Sweet and a little smoky. Chocolate
T- A little booze on the backend, but mainly smoke and chocolate.
M- Light carb and slick feel
D- A solid stout! Wish I could try their BA version.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stillwater Artisanal Ales - Folklore, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a medium viscosity brown and settles slightly translucent black with little to no head. No lacing.

Smell - Aroma is cola, roasted malt, and a bit of chocolate. Belgian yeast. Dash of hops.

Taste - Thin but good roasted malts with some chocolate and dark fruit. Carbonated snap. Finishes roasted.

Mouthfeel - Thin bodied with high carbonation. Some warmth from the booziness but it goes down pretty darn smooth.

Overall - Solid brew, interesting, probably not my favorite style but worth a try. Some of the hybrid Jester King brews have a little more finesse than this brew.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a mahogany color with some red something through.

The aroma has a Belgian yeast breadiness, sweet bright candy sugar and a fruity cherry note.

The flavor has a spicy pepper and clove in the front with bright cherry and berry, along with lots of red wine drying. The flavor almost has a vodka soaked berry flavor with tons of carbonation.

A well made strong dark ale.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 72 Hours of Belgium. Brewed to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Max's and Stillwater's 1st Anniversary by Brian and Casey

Like the cask version, this is black with a dense off white head with good retention. A little lacing is present as well. Nose has chocolate, roast, light coffee licorice, molasses and fruity yeast. This smells roastier and drier than the cask version. The chocolate is also As it warms up, the nice brown caramel and sugar grows.. The palate opens with a nice fruity sweetness, brown sugar, caramel and molasses. Again, this tastes a little drier, a little roastier than the cask version. Carbonation is on the higher side, lending a mild acidity to the beer. Mildly sweet on the finish, it has a fantastic,creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden. Very good stuff, I prefer the cask version though.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at birch.

A - Big head. Black. Dissipates fast.

S - Superb aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate.

T - A little light. Burnt coffee flavors.

M - Rich and creamy head but quickly loses body after head disappears.

O - Not bad at all but could use a little more body.

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Photo of clickpush
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this bottle with some friends at Farmers' Cabinet in Philly. Poured from 500ml bottle to sampler glasses, the beer is dark brown with a thin cap of off-white head, which melts into a nice cap of lacing. Aroma is roasty with a touch of funk. Flavor on first sip is roast malt, gentle acidity, and a not-so-nice metallic finish. As it warms and opens up, the metallic notes completely disappear and the beer morphs into one of the tastier stouts I've had in a while. Bubbly effervescence from Belgian influences with heavily roasted malts which leave a lingering, crunchy burnt toast flavor long after the swallow. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Folklore is a double flute in an elementary band world. Belgian yeasts & slippery sweetness sets hooks in the palate, & they have barbs. Mid-palate brings a smorgasboard of jabs: roast, chocolate, smoke (which really adds a nice twist), plums, other stuff playing kick-the-can with my tongue. Finale brings the strong roast & a final donkey-hoof of smoke. Goes down quickly.

For a catch-all category, this is very good. Plenty going on here & the yeast/Belgian aspect doesn't overwhelm the other nice aspects. Well-brewed.

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Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-very dark chestnut with a fingers worth of tan head that leaves lacing around the top

S-roasted malt, dark fruit sweetness, and a bit of roast

T-taste is similar to the smell, dark malt backbone with dark fruit sweetness, and lightly roasted coffee

M-medium body, medium carbonation, slight dry finish

Overall an enjoyable BSDA and easy to drink as it is not very heavy

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Photo of beergoot
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown body with a thick, sticky light tan head. Spicy, red pepper scents mix together with a roasted grain and bitter chocolate smell; figs and dates. Big dark malt flavors; fudge brownies; peppery hop bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied; semi-sweeet.

Lots of foam oozed out of the bottle. Not a gusher (and only minimal beer loss), but a bear to pour. Luckily, the wait to top off the glass is worth the wait. I didn't get any of the “wisp of smoke” the label mentioned, but there is plenty of depth and complexity to be found in the smell and taste. The touch of peppery heat adds a nice touch to the rich malt flavor characteristics. A nice discovery...

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brownish amber in color and pored with a quarter finger dense tan head that never died down.
S: Aromas of smoke and burnt malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has notes of dark fruits, smoke and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has good drinkability because it is lighter-bodied compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, with a chocolate brown head. In the aroma, a caramel roast and notes of molasses. In the taste, caramel, cocoa, a note of earth, and molasses. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry cocoa and small earth in the aftertaste. Quite stout like, with notes of what seem to be saison-ish.

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Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black body with a tan head. Nice amount of lace and good head retention.
S: Chocolate, dark fruit and coffee aromas.
T: Bittersweet chocolate, smoky and boozy flavors.
M: Medium bodied and tasty.
O: Solid stout that is quite flavorful.

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Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.