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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 19 | 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 Rhettroactive
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.

Rhettroactive, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

chippo33, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a coal black color and a thick, muddy consistency. There was a massive, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of Belgian yeast, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits.

T: Tasted of malt, Belgian yeast, dark fruits (plums, etc.), coffee and chocolate. Not bad, but surprisingly thin, especially in the finish.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a beer with some good qualities, but is certainly uneven. I have a feeling it could have been better.

avalon07, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of KAF
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

KAF, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +3.9%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

bluejacket74, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%

Paid $3.49 for the single from Vintage Estate. Belgium Strong Dark ale or Traditional Stout? Soon I will find out.

A - Well it looks very stout like has a deep almost pitch black hue with a 1/3 inch of head that sticks around forever. This head is a deep mocha and makes for some great lacing.
S - Smell is very sour but not brett induced. Dark fruits and some cherry notes so I guess its not very stout like. Still I am excited to try.
T - Quite different than most Belgium Dark ales. Starts off as any other mildly sour then goes sweet with some plum and raisin but toward the finish I was amazed with actual chocolate and mild coffee roasts. The flavors are complex and constant with every sip. I love it.
M - Quite smooth medium bodied beverage with a chewy body.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer it was a clash of two styles and it worked out great. Next time I am at Vintage Estate I will be sure to grab another.

DrDemento456, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Evil_Pidde, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
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.

vfgccp, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

OWSLEY069, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

AgentZero, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

DefenCorps, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

claspada, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

aasher, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ROGUE16, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of popery
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

popery, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

whartontallboy, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

maximum12, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

eawolff99, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

CrazyDavros, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

twelveinches, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Gagnonsux, Oct 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

deapokid, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev 0%

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.

AgentMunky, Mar 25, 2012
Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.