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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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Photo of OWSLEY069


4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 19:03:10 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of AgentZero


3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Almost black beer with a bit of off white head. Faded to a bit of a ring and left some minor spots on the sides of the glass.

S - Lot of roasted malt on this. There is some dark fruits and a bit of yeast. Some slight earthy hops.

T - Taste is a lot like the nose. A good bit of roast, some dark fruits and a bit of earth. Nothing particularly distinguishing about this beer, but it's not bad. Yeast adds a touch of phenolic spice.

M - Medium bodied with some decent carbonation and a bit of a dry finish.

O - Didn't hate this beer, but it wasn't particularly memorable. I'd drink a bunch of other things before this.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 03:52:15 | More by AgentZero
Photo of bluejacket74


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 22:15:14 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of chippo33


2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

07-01-2013 07:13:33 | More by chippo33
Photo of DefenCorps


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 02:27:30 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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
Photo of Evil_Pidde


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-08-2013 17:51:11 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 19:20:10 | More by vfgccp
Photo of popery


3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-25-2013 04:52:02 | More by popery
Photo of ROGUE16


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-06-2013 01:50:23 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of KAF


2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

03-09-2014 22:05:16 | More by KAF
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-21-2011 05:21:57 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of aasher


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-04-2014 05:59:46 | More by aasher
Photo of maximum12


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 02:00:00 | More by maximum12
Photo of atrocity


4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-29-2014 20:35:41 | More by atrocity
Photo of eawolff99


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

09-05-2013 00:56:14 | More by eawolff99
Photo of AgentMunky


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.

A: Nice creamy-dark head has decent retention and tops an opaque mahogany beer. I love the label, and the lacing isn't too bad either.

S: Bland malts and iffy Belgian yeast. Disappointing. Hint of smoke.

T: Wow, a lot more of the roasted malt here, and it is used to great effect. A sort of Belgian stout. I rather like it. Sweet at times, but mostly dark and bitter. The Belgian yeast comes through as rather floral and spicy. I expect nothing but the tastiest strains from Stillwater, and they delivered.

M: Full-bodied and substantial, with a wisp of drying smoke on the aftertaste complementing the roasted grain in the maintaste.

O: I would recommend this beer, even drink it again, but it doesn't seem to shine. That is, it's almost great, but not quite. Maybe the flavours seem a little flat, or complex and incredible is overshadowed by roasted flavours, but something ineffable is off. Still, really glad I picked this up.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 02:09:45 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Griffith


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-26-2014 14:11:15 | More by Griffith
Photo of twelveinches


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-07-2013 06:01:27 | More by twelveinches
Photo of deapokid


4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-06-2013 20:40:54 | More by deapokid
Photo of strongaf


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-05-2013 05:13:28 | More by strongaf
Photo of Gagnonsux


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-12-2013 02:56:29 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Humongous thanks to 321jeff for always looking out for me and my stillwater addiction. poured into my stillwater tulip.

a - opened the bottle and filled the branded stemware. more of a brown than a plum, but certainly purple/reddish characteristics can be seen when held to the light. nice classic yeasty head...really creamy and very to style. far superior to most american BSDAs. good lacing, but not super thick.

s - all the usual suspects with a soft spicing. in the way that cellar door has that sagey vibe on a saison, this has that peppery sagey vibe on a BSDA...and it works very nicely. gives it a crisp or fresh smell...almost vanilla/booze that you'd find in an oak aged brew.

t - much like the nose, the flavor is like a BSDA on sage. there is a fresh, crisp coating on the overall palette. this is a tasty beer, but not super classic...it is classic but with a twist.

m - even before noticing the taste, the body showed itself. nice rich and fullness. not like the originals, but much closer than most american brewers are offering these days. probably like 75% creamy.

o - overall, better than i had expected. a lot of the classic belgian strong dark ale elements are there, but the beer has a twist. i would guess sage (being a fan of stillwater overall). this is a very solid beer and again stillwater proves his worth in the beer he brews. i really hope to see this beer some point again in the future.

really good and unique.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 03:53:10 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of ngeunit1


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of chocolate frothy head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Dark caramel and chocolate malts, dark fruits, coffee, Belgian yeast, spices, touch of black licorice, touch of vanilla, hint of booze.

T - Dark caramel and chocolate malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spices, black licorice, coffee, bit of vanilla, a touch of smoke, and a hint of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced BSDA. Good malty base with the yeast character balanced nicely.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 00:46:15 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of argock


3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.49.

A: Very dark, almost stout-like, with a short creamy medium-beige head which is wispy but hangs around to leave a few lace tracings at the tops of the glass.

S: Somewhat astringent and metallic with some nutmeg/cardamom spice notes and some dark fruity maltiness. Muted overall and not very aromatic.

T: The flavor has a strong powdery cocoa quality with some fig and date dark fruitiness. Hops are minimal but their is a blandness about this beer all the way around. i don't catch smoke notes or many of the other complexities others report.

M: Carbonation is at least medium with a medium body and light cocoa aftertaste.

O: Glad I tried it but a bit of a letdown for an anniversary type ale. Not bad by any means, but I just don't think Stillwater and I are on the same wavelength.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 04:24:57 | More by argock
Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.