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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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87
very good

289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | 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:
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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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-24-2014 00:28:23 | More by 51mmz0rz
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Andy_Luft

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-21-2014 22:09:43 | More by Andy_Luft
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tykechandler

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-19-2014 03:26:03 | More by tykechandler
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2014 21:32:29 | More by superspak
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-15-2014 23:07:08 | More by smithj4
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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
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dental

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-14-2014 20:09:57 | More by dental
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-11-2014 09:16:57 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-10-2014 16:48:16 | More by Janeinma
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 22:59:39 | More by chinchill
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at barvolo. Poured black with a good dark tan head and lacing. Aroma is really awesome, fantastic yeasty aspect, roasty. Taste is quite nice, more light roasty aspects with apricot and smoky coffee, not super dark/thick, but with a molasses and funkiness. Melded fruitiness and a barnyard aspects, stone fruits mixed with roasty malt and a really dry finish. Mouthfeel is thick and satisfying, with a good carb and a spicy feel on the finish. It's maybe not the most amazing beer in terms of the balance but I really appreciate the unique twist. Worth trying, described as a 'Belgian Stout' and gave a pretty good profile for trying to hit that.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 21:39:20 | More by mick303
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BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-07-2014 15:45:32 | More by BeerNoobNC
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger brown head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Light chocolate nose, flavor is roasted-burnt chocolate, some smokiness. $3.79 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 22:39:35 | More by jdhilt
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flagmantho

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 02:00:18 | More by flagmantho
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-03-2014 21:52:34 | More by plumcrazyfx
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Glibber

Idaho

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-02-2014 01:50:39 | More by Glibber
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-31-2014 15:48:41 | More by jaydoc
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-30-2014 21:05:39 | More by HoppySeb
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david18

New York

3/5  rDev -22.3%

05-25-2014 18:41:06 | More by david18
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teamwiggum

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-22-2014 03:10:42 | More by teamwiggum
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The bottle says "untraditional stout", but I feel the style listed here is more accurate. The bottle I had was maybe a little old (7 months), but I'm not sure it would affect the style too much.

The beer pours dark, very dark, but with little head. The smell is dark: fruit, brown sugar with a tart-ish Belgian yeast smell behind it (which grew with some warmth).

Upon reading the label, I wondered what "untraditional" meant. I thought maybe some spice. On my first taste, I thought I noted some smoke, and reading the description above confirmed that. As I re-evaluated for the listed style and with the beer coming to temp, I enjoyed it a little more. The smokiness is subdued, but lasts to the end of the taste. The feel itself is a little weak, but the flavors compensate for that.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2014 01:47:20 | More by cjgiant
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-19-2014 01:41:55 | More by martyl1000
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet dark malt forward aroma with big hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront hints of dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, toast, smoke, leather, chocolate milk, caramel, toffee, grains, and some Belgian yeast. Sweet hints of molasses as well as some anise spice. Big dark fruit presence with hints of cherry, prune, plum, and raisin. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and pretty sweet and juicy dark malt driven taste with big notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Dark roasted malts with upfront notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee beans, toasted bread, biscuit, grains, milk, smoke, leather, caramel, toffee, and Belgian yeast. Anise licorice spicing along with sweet notes of burnt molasses. Big dark fruit undertones with notes of dark cherries, raisin, fig, prune, and plum. Hops are pretty subtle. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Body feels on the lighter side of heavy. Carbonation is fairly high. Very creamy, silky, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a stout. Good chocolate and dark fruit flavor. The Belgian elements are minimal except for the heavier carbonation and yeast.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2014 06:50:39 | More by MattyG85
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akttr

Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.3%

05-17-2014 05:45:14 | More by akttr
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tylerstravis

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-17-2014 05:09:41 | More by tylerstravis
Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.