Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 412
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 18
Gots: 40 | 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 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 maximum12
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (963 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 mick303
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (1,024 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,450 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head, tight, creamy, dark tan in color. Body is opaque. Heads settles slowly.
S) Potent, imperial stout type aroma. Hints of cherry, chocolate. Woody, cedar-ish. Yeasty.
T) Chocolate. Alcohol. Coffee. Some oak notes. Subtle hop bitterness in the finish.
M) Chewy. Thick, full body. Creamy. Alcohol warmth.
O) A delicious "stout" whether Belgian or untraditional. I'd definitely would drink another one. (445 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black with a sticky tan head. Roasty and chocolatey nose. The taste is very nice. A little boozy, lots of chocolate and some roasty notes. Nice roasty aftertaste. The body is thin for the abv. Carbonation is lower, yet soft. Nice overall brew here and fair take on the style. (275 characters)

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

A: Dark brown, almost black body with a tan head. Nice amount of lace and good head retention.
S: Chocolate, dark fruit and coffee aromas.
T: Bittersweet chocolate, smoky and boozy flavors.
M: Medium bodied and tasty.
O: Solid stout that is quite flavorful. (262 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 alaimoa
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from early 2014 so a few months old and poured into a glass. Black shimmering color thin mocha ring around glass. Smells of spent coffee grinds, bitter chocolate. Taste follows the nose with a notable Belgian yeast punch that hits midsip. I get a fairly pleasant coffee bitterness. Carb medium.
Overall I actually am enjoying this. Wouldn't go crazy to find but it's good (379 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stillwater Artisanal Ales - Folklore, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a medium viscosity brown and settles slightly translucent black with little to no head. No lacing.

Smell - Aroma is cola, roasted malt, and a bit of chocolate. Belgian yeast. Dash of hops.

Taste - Thin but good roasted malts with some chocolate and dark fruit. Carbonated snap. Finishes roasted.

Mouthfeel - Thin bodied with high carbonation. Some warmth from the booziness but it goes down pretty darn smooth.

Overall - Solid brew, interesting, probably not my favorite style but worth a try. Some of the hybrid Jester King brews have a little more finesse than this brew. (663 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOD 10/8/13. Dark, almost black pour, with a weak head that dissipates quickly with almost no lacing. Nose is of Belgian yeast phenolic esters over a light background of chocolate, plum, prune and licorice. Medium body with a nice smooth, almost slick, mouthfeel. Low carbonation level. The complex flavor profile contains those present in the nose. Unfortunately, the phenols predominate and mask what could have been a nice complex ale. The finish is smooth and a phenolic aftertaste lingers. Had this been fresh, I would have scored it lower. Due to it's age, I gave it the benefit of the doubt. (598 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up recently in a mix-a-six. Pretty familiar overall with Stillwater's catalog at this point but no Stouts as of yet, intrigued.

A- Pitch black pour into a snifter, looking like extremely dark BSDAs. A light tan head forms to about one finger high and has decent retention. The foam falls to a thin ring and a small spot atop the brew. Lacing is fairly non-existent for whatever reason.

S- Fairly yeast forward here with the malts in the backdrop. Yeast reminds me of a strong Trappist or BSDA with a strong dark red fruity, phenolic spicy character. Plums, raisin and prune for sure. Licorice, roasty toasty nutty malts and slight smokiness.

T- Similar to the nose, the yeast leads the way by quite a bit here. The dark, dried fruit feel once again takes precedent with figs, plums, currants and raisins coming out big time. Beyond that fruity feel is a big spicy, herbal Belgian yeast feel and the malts. Grains lend a dusty medium bitter cocoa powder, nutty and toasted feel. A bit of smoke in the very end (comes out with warmth).

MF- Moderately thick bodied with a fairly creamy texture acting as a cushion for those huge yeast flavors. Carbonation at a medium level. Finishes with some spicy yeast and dusty cocoa bitterness lingering.

The massive yeast character overshadows the stout malts but not really in a bad way. It feels more like a BSDA than a "Stout" but the smokiness and cocoa powder feel is substantial enough to differentiate this from the huge amount of BSDAs out there. (1,503 characters)

Photo of AaronDz
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Aroma is chocolate, pepper, smoke, and molasses. Appearance is very dark brown with a thin tan head. Taste is chocolate, smoke, pepper, Belgian yeast, and a slight touch of earth. Medium full body and light carbonation. Overall a good Belgian stout with subtle layers. (276 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dark brown, one finger of fizzy fast fading light brown head. Thin ring remains, a few small dots of lace on the glass, but it has legs. Smell: brown bread, cocoa, prune, dates, earthy and vinous notes. Taste: sugary plum, light roast, chocolate, earthy, toast, anise note, pear finish. Medium+ bodied, lightly syrupy into pillowy. Tasty, enjoyable bsda/stout hybrid. (383 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Black with ruby red highlights. Has 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Red licorice, plum, malted milk balls and roasted barley.

Taste
Roasted barley, overripe plum, red licorice and light roast coffee. Notes of malted milk balls and semi-sweet chocolate. Again, licorice rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, creamy and smooth.

Overall
Smooth, sweet and hides the 8.4% abv well. Make sure that you like licorice before buying. (502 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-very dark chestnut with a fingers worth of tan head that leaves lacing around the top

S-roasted malt, dark fruit sweetness, and a bit of roast

T-taste is similar to the smell, dark malt backbone with dark fruit sweetness, and lightly roasted coffee

M-medium body, medium carbonation, slight dry finish

Overall an enjoyable BSDA and easy to drink as it is not very heavy (375 characters)

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tall narrow tulip glass. bottle date 10/08/13. So I am assuming this is the correct beer since nothing about this beer seems to match up with anything I can find online. The picture on this site is of a bottle of 25 to one not the current bottles of Folklore, on Stillwater Artisnal's Blogspot account it lists Folklore as "Mythic Tradition Ale" on my bottle (which has the same picture on the label as the Blogspot) it says "An Untraditional Stout", and BA lists Stillwater Artisnal as being from Baltimore but the bottle I have says says bottled by Stillwater Artisnal - Stratford, CT. So despite all the information being wrong or confused or outdated I still have this bottle of beer to write a review for. Here it goes.

A: pours thick and dark no light penetrates the body of the beer but around the top some light makes it through and it shines a mahogany color. Not much head on this guy a few bubbles but it settles down to pretty much nothing but some sparse bubbles here and there.

S: a slightly tannic note on the nose coffee and tobacco follow up. hard to tell since it is fridge temp still. It may release more aroma with warmth.

T: rich dark notes; roastd malt, hints of coffee, a sweetness on the finish, yeasty funk.

M: thinner than it looked as it poured but still heavy enough on the palate so you are very aware you are drinking a heavier beer.

O: good brew, my first from Stillwater Artisnal and so far so good. Based on the label I have I would say it fits the category well as "an untraditional stout" I would gladly drink this beer again. (1,585 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a mahogany color with some red something through.

The aroma has a Belgian yeast breadiness, sweet bright candy sugar and a fruity cherry note.

The flavor has a spicy pepper and clove in the front with bright cherry and berry, along with lots of red wine drying. The flavor almost has a vodka soaked berry flavor with tons of carbonation.

A well made strong dark ale. (387 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head which seems to have pretty good retention. The head is a medium beige/light mocha while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate brown. Some lacing that, at points, has streaks of lacing.

Nose- Fairly subtle. I got faint notes of banana and cloves initially when I smelled the bottle but now all I get are strong roasted notes with hints of chocolate. I get roasted notes from the glass as well but these are much weaker. The faint smoke seems stronger from the glass than from the bottle.

Taste- Starts off with strong roasted notes which seem to make up the entire flavor profile. Some cloves and banana. Faint chocolate. Already an interesting and weird beer but what tops this off is the mix of coffee bitterness and spearmint (almost like a Tic Tac, original flavor, or toothpaste) that makes up the finish. This also blends in with a bit of smoke as well. Hints of bubblegum also but nothing that is too distracting. The finish is almost cleansing. This is definitely an “untraditional” stout such that I'm not even sure how to rate it. The mint flavors aren't overpowering and do integrate well with the more traditional notes but they still make me pause. Right now, it seems to be between above average and good. Menthol is probably a better descriptor for the finish than mint or spearmint. Tic Tac like also seems appropriate. There's some caramel along with bubblegum of the front and the middle of the flavor profile. Some raisin and brown sugar appear after it warms up. Begins to taste a little more like a BSDA after a while.

Mouthfeel- Between medium and heavy bodied with a little bit of carbonation. Approaches creamy and smooth at times.

Drinkability- Pretty accessible despite its eclectic aspects. 3 dollars a bottle seems to be a fair price.

Overall- Was not expecting this. The menthol aspect does mellow out and if you drink this beer quickly you might think it's just a quirky pub can stout. Definitely worth a try if only to throw your palate for a loop. Stillwater hasn't amazed me yet but I have find value in each of their beers I've tried. Above average to good. (2,149 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown body with a thick, sticky light tan head. Spicy, red pepper scents mix together with a roasted grain and bitter chocolate smell; figs and dates. Big dark malt flavors; fudge brownies; peppery hop bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied; semi-sweeet.

Lots of foam oozed out of the bottle. Not a gusher (and only minimal beer loss), but a bear to pour. Luckily, the wait to top off the glass is worth the wait. I didn't get any of the “wisp of smoke” the label mentioned, but there is plenty of depth and complexity to be found in the smell and taste. The touch of peppery heat adds a nice touch to the rich malt flavor characteristics. A nice discovery... (676 characters)

Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.