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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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87
very good

332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 14
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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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3/5  rDev -22.3%

gwiedman1, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Irish57, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

UltimateLivewire, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

TomG2751, Feb 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

CaptDavyJones, Jan 31, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

cbutova, Jan 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

BarryMFBurton, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of AaronDz
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

AaronDz, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

cwd, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

mpalestino, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

alexk307, Jan 19, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

babaracas, Jan 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kguard, Jan 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Squidly, Jan 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Dreamer, Jan 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

grittybrews, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

let8it8grow, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

weeare138, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Ivegotmule, Dec 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

GTB, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
3.36/5  rDev -13%
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.

justintcoons, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

meigs3, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Proclarush, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

JasonTaverner, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jbeervt, Dec 20, 2013
Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.