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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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86
very good

293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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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beergoot

Colorado

4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 01:02:35 | More by beergoot
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-07-2013 01:27:42 | More by millerbuffoon
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cowboy83

New York

3/5  rDev -22.1%

10-20-2013 02:44:51 | More by cowboy83
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

10-16-2013 21:43:20 | More by kaelingirl
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sd123

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

10-13-2013 06:14:37 | More by sd123
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Xandrose

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-12-2013 04:32:21 | More by Xandrose
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-12-2013 02:56:29 | More by Gagnonsux
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cestlavie

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-09-2013 03:33:48 | More by cestlavie
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-08-2013 17:51:11 | More by Evil_Pidde
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duff247

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

10-01-2013 01:43:07 | More by duff247
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nifty new wine bottle packaging (much different than shown here). it pours a creamy dark brown, not super thick looking, but not exactly light as the label suggests. big tan head rises up and lasts several minutes before backing down. the nose here is great, saison yeast or something Belgian anyway, big chocolaty malt flavors, and a gentle spice. the flavor is dark and complex, perfectly autumnal, I need this with a slice of pumpkin pie. delicate yeast notes for the color, and a richness to the malt without being too full bodied or bitter. cocoa and clove come to mind, but this is not a spiced beer I don't think. if magic hats séance black saison as done as good as it could have been, it would be a lot like the folklore here, this is an outstanding and very interesting brew. Stillwater has come on the scene hard with some fantastically creative stuff. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 21:58:16 | More by StonedTrippin
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

09-30-2013 15:55:04 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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litheum94

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

09-24-2013 15:41:19 | More by litheum94
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fatboy91

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

09-24-2013 02:29:13 | More by fatboy91
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

09-13-2013 14:14:16 | More by vermilcj
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eawolff99

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

09-05-2013 00:56:14 | More by eawolff99
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle (Under the 25 to One name). Pours a deep ruddy amber with a mocha head. This rings the glass with a rich foaminess. The nose is mix of roasted coffee, spice, sweet cocoa and a strong dark fruitiness. The taste is similar, with a robust blend of coffee, cocoa, caramel and dark fruit (mostly cherry) flavors. A flavorful spiciness runs throughout the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm and prickly carbonation that blows up in the mouth a bit. A little warmth hangs in the finish. This was a very tasty Dark Ale with a solid complexity to it and was actually pretty smooth for over 8%.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 20:57:09 | More by Kegatron
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A steady, soft pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger, multi-bubble-size layered, nicely brown head that slowly rizes above the rim of my glass before . The beer is a concentrated brown, not quite black color that shows an opaque, though perhaps slightly amber tinged, brown hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of deeply charred prunes, dusty dark cocoa, slightly musty concentrated cold coffee, and acidic, roasted malt. The nose isn’t really all that funky (in a Saison sort of way), but instead focuses more on the dark malt / grain with supporting fruit notes. As the beer warms up a bit a slightly earthy, deeply toasty, whole grain character starts to come out in the aroma; this helps to temper the roasted grain character. There is a hint of smoky character to the nose that seems mostly contributed by the roasted grain character.

Expressively carbonated, the beer foams up quite a bit as it hits the mouth. There is a rich, dark chocolate and cold espresso like dark grain character here that lingers on in the finish with a burnt, though smooth, edge. My second sip has me noticing a subtle, underlying fruitiness that tastes of burned prunes and raisins. Deeply toasted, brown-whole-grain flavors intermingle with the deeply roasted notes. The body is quite light compared to something like a Stout, though it isn’t as bone thin as a my favorite type of pale Saisons; here though the beer needs a touch of body to counteract the roast malt character, and this one has a little something extra to the texture. This slight viscous character certainly doesn’t balance the dominant roast character though, so you need to be in the mood for a deeply roasted beer. The burnt / roasted character adds a definite bitterness and even some acidity to this beer; this last is also accentuated by the carbonic bite that is in this beer. There is a touch of smokiness to the finish that is brought out by the roasted character and perhaps a hint of phenolics. Actually the smokiness is a bit more pervasive, though still on the subtler side, with a rich character evocative of umami and salt that adds a certain savory quality to this beer that boosts the perceived body of this brew. This smokiness / savory quality goes a long way towards balancing out this beer as it warms up.

I really wonder what the yeast used was here, the beer is quite dry for a Stout, though not excessively so, and is certainly quite clean for a Saison or Belgian’ish creation; whatever it is, the beer is fairly cleanly fermented, but definitely dry / light for a beer of this strength. In the end this is quite nice, it really needs to warm up a bit (I initially served it at 50°F / 10°C) before it gets balanced, and actually it starts out a bit too carbonated for the roast and smoke character, but some air and time help with that nicely as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 20:19:36 | More by Gueuzedude
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opened with a little gush, pours an effervescent & ruddy mahogany with a pinky mocha colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Dark fruit, dirt, cocoa

T: Cocoa, dark fruit, dryness & a touch carob up front, plus a touch of red wine & chicory. A bit of dirt as this warms, plums, dryness & cocoa as this warms. Dryness & cocoa in the finish, along with figs, plums & a bit of boozeyness & smokeyness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly chewy, slight carbonation, much dryness

I appreciate what was attempted here, doesn't quite gel for me. This probably ages well I'm sure, but one & done for me, way too dry to be sure. Glad Stillwater ditched the corks

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 04:53:45 | More by russpowell
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-09-2013 00:58:16 | More by schopenhauerale
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-06-2013 01:50:23 | More by ROGUE16
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buzzword

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-03-2013 21:48:43 | More by buzzword
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Swift989

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-01-2013 04:12:48 | More by Swift989
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popery

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-25-2013 04:52:02 | More by popery
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

07-06-2013 18:22:34 | More by schnarr84
Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.