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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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372 Ratings
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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 15
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Tone
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, hint of liquor, sweet malt, alcohol, hops, hint of spice, yeast, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of slight European yeast, pale malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of liquor, hint of spice, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, feel, and complexity.

Photo of chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours an opaque dark brown with a fine two finger light brown head. Aromatic fruit evident as it poured. Aroma of roasted and caramel malt, dark and dried fruit, chocolate with a mineral spiciness. Color and aroma similar to a stout. Flavor starts with toasted and lightly charred malt, molasses and chocolate with an interesting estery light fruit flavor developing in the middle. Finishes with toasted malt and light Belgian yeast and spice flavors, moderately hopped. The finish is like a stout and dark Belgian ale are duking it out for dominance (neither wins, but it is an interesting bout). Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation. This is quit unusual and boundary busting; I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Photo of flagmantho
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of vfgccp
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of AgentZero
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.