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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 420
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 18
Gots: 38 | FT: 2
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oline73 on 02-21-2011

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.
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nifty new wine bottle packaging (much different than shown here). it pours a creamy dark brown, not super thick looking, but not exactly light as the label suggests. big tan head rises up and lasts several minutes before backing down. the nose here is great, saison yeast or something Belgian anyway, big chocolaty malt flavors, and a gentle spice. the flavor is dark and complex, perfectly autumnal, I need this with a slice of pumpkin pie. delicate yeast notes for the color, and a richness to the malt without being too full bodied or bitter. cocoa and clove come to mind, but this is not a spiced beer I don't think. if magic hats séance black saison as done as good as it could have been, it would be a lot like the folklore here, this is an outstanding and very interesting brew. Stillwater has come on the scene hard with some fantastically creative stuff. I love it. (875 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (936 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As the stronger, darker ales of Belgium increasingly flirt with richer, bolder, and robust taste; the infatuation among both quadrupel lovers and stout lovers join in unison to ring home this new taste.

Dark brown in color, the beer is easily mistaken for stout. Hazy with a cloud of yeast keeps the beer looking dense, full, and viscous. A spirited head forms from the carbonation below and tops the beer with a firm coffee-like creme. Slight purple-ish hues and sprite carbonation are the clues needed to speak the language of Belgium brewing.

The beer's aroma profile starts strongly of the strong dark flavors of Belgium. Plumb, currant, raisin, and blackberries rise to entice the nose, just ahead of a casual toast, coffee, campfire and cocoa scent that follows. Spicy notes of peppercorn and red wine-soaked woods round out the beer's appetizing first impressions.

A rich melange of fruit and roast layer on the taste buds with complexity and delight. Slightly burnt caramels meet the taste of hard candy and invite the taste of grilled fruits, bold roasted coffee, smoky dark chocolate, and toasty burnt embers. The semi-sweet taste is buffered by mild woodish hops, roast-derived bitterness, and slight ash.

The stout-like malt components keep the beer robust, despite the best efforts of wine-like dryness from the Belgiany textures. The ample carbonation pulls the sweetness from the tongue and helps to usher a semi-dry closure of fruit, spice, and roast.

Folklore is a very versitile an inquisitive beer that goes in a lot of different directions, and without seeming scattered in taste. It's an easy choice for those times where you're not sure if a stout or a quad is in order. (1,697 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,764 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (455 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

opague nice tan with a huge, head that towered 3 inches above the glass. Tons of lace, a fantastic overall appearence.

lots of fruity tones. Hints of apricots and figs with a nice spiceness in the back. Hints of apples, just a great well rounded and very impressive overall profile. Tons of carbonation and lots of activity on the palate. Huge flavor assault , lots of dark fruits, figs, hints of yeast, and a pronounced grainey flavor (436 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Dyan!

A: The pour is almost black in color with a tall off-white head.

S: Not sure where to start. It's certainly very roasty and there are lots of dark fruits to this. Seems to lean heavily toward the prunes, plums, and raisins camp. There is a mild tartness and a few hints of coffee. Maybe some oak and chocolate, too.

T: The fruitiness is more pronounced in the flavor. Prunes and plums really stand out, but there are also some notes of cherries and raisins. A nice bit of roast, some licorice, and light flavors of pepper and chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: All sorts of different stuff going on here. I liked it for the most part, though. (703 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (803 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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%. (614 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Totally black with a big beige head in the narrow Crooked Line tulip. WIney aroma with a fruity, smokey nose.

Intensely flavored in a odd way. It tastes like fruit cocktail boiled in yesterday's coffee. A hint of cough syrup in the back of the throat. Aftertaste of ashes. Burnt raisin toast is the most pleasant of the flavors. There is fruit leather, sweet vermouth, guava jam, aspirin, and sweet pickles, all washed over by a medicinal bitterness. Smokey taste of grilled peaches dropped in the charcoal.

As near as I can tell, this is the same Folklore but now the subtitle is "Mythic Tradition Ale." From the 750 ml bottle bought at Bine and Vine in San Diego for $13.49. This is two expensive Stillwater brews in a row that leave me asking "what were they thinking?" (775 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opened with a little gush, pours an effervescent & ruddy mahogany with a pinky mocha colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Dark fruit, dirt, cocoa

T: Cocoa, dark fruit, dryness & a touch carob up front, plus a touch of red wine & chicory. A bit of dirt as this warms, plums, dryness & cocoa as this warms. Dryness & cocoa in the finish, along with figs, plums & a bit of boozeyness & smokeyness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly chewy, slight carbonation, much dryness

I appreciate what was attempted here, doesn't quite gel for me. This probably ages well I'm sure, but one & done for me, way too dry to be sure. Glad Stillwater ditched the corks (652 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured into a stem glass, dark brown, nearly black, with about a half inch of off-white head. Dark roasty malts in the aroma, coffee notes, some dark fruits, and a touch of smoke. Lots of roast in the flavor, dark malts, cocoa and coffee, almost stout-like, but lacking the body; after the roastiness mellows out, notes of grassy funk and yeast come out, along with mellow dark fruits and earthy hops. Dry and a bit metallic in the aftertaste. Medium body, and fairly drinkable overall. (531 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label is enough to sell you on this beer there's the devil dancing with a couple Victorian era white dressed fiddling women out in the forest. Artwork is created marketing these beers with fantastic labels and a reputation as one of the first American gypsy brewers making kick ass saisons. Forms a dark cola body with a chocolate cake tinted tan foaming head that dwindles rather quickly, fine Belgian style lacing. Aromatics offer up dark ripened fruit a touch of smoke and dark roasted malt accents including a touch of dark chocolate. It doesn't seem overly decadent and has a nice spice profile as well, it was honestly hard to read the print on the side of the bottle so I'm not quite sure what other possible additions were on this beer. A very balanced flavor between spices, mild tree bark notes some residual sugar sweetness caramelized sugars at that. A depth of lively fruitines hidden amongst the dark roasts and hints of smoke. Mouthfeel was effervescent with carbonation medium to lighter bodied despite the big dark color going on. Finishes dry and interesting with spice interplay, smoke, and dark ripened fruits summing it up. Alcohol is hidden pretty well not overtly booze ridden definitely doesn't burn the palate or the throat a smooth sipper for sure. Overall I'm intrigued by this offering it inspires me, search out more of his gypsy brewed offerings. (1,380 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 03/05/11 notes. Bottled shared by Thorpe429; thanks Mike.

a - Pours a deep mahogany color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, light vanilla, fruit, and coffee.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy.

d - A nice beer; seemed mroe like a stout to me. Would have again. (422 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,553 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Looks like a typical stout, but diverges on all other dimensions. The body is smooth and full, with higher carbonation than usual. The aroma reflects Belgian yeast and spcies more than dark roasted malts. The roasted grains are quite evident in tasting, but this is still spicy and exceptionally complex. Hints of cinnamon and allspice in the lightly sweet flavor

O: Flavorful, spicy and complex, this is a particularly interesting Belgian Stout. Recommended. (505 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (314 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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. (2,872 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle served in a snifter.

Pours a cola brown, slightly thin, with a tan head that fades to a crown of small bubbles and minimal lacing. Nose is cocoa, roast malt, pear and plum. Flavor reminds me of a fruity RIS with some dark Belgian tendencies. Chocolate and roast malt provide a strong base with slightly sweet yeast and light citrus hops making this interesting. Only knock on this is a slightly thinner than appropriate fizzy body. Otherwise, one of the better and more interesting Stillwater offerings; recommended. (531 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been renamed Folklore. Served on cask at Khyber Pass Pub.

Pours a deep, dark chetnut brown color that's completely opaque with a half finger light beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with some dark malts, faint funky saison yeast, bread and zesty spice. Hints of pepper and clove along with some chocolate and dark fruits.

Medium bodied but on the lighter end with a slightly creamy texture.  Decent balance of dark malt, vinous dark fruit, peppery spice and earthy saison yeast. Lots of sweetness up front with hints of raisin and plum followed by chocolate malt, bready yeast and grass. Slightly medicinal with faint peppery spice. Well balnced and quaffable but there's an odd, lingering, metallic aftertaste. Decent but nothing out of the ordinary. (831 characters)

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Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.