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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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317 Ratings
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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

grittybrews, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

let8it8grow, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

weeare138, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Ivegotmule, Dec 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

GTB, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

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

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

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.

Medium bodied, creamy and smooth.

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 +10.4%

meigs3, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Proclarush, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

JasonTaverner, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jbeervt, Dec 20, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

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

ksimons, Dec 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Bsetz, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

KVNBGRY, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Lovely85, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

nickfl, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

kylehay2004, Dec 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

od_sf, Dec 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

matthew_miller, Dec 03, 2013
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3.44/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

N3rdM3t4l, Dec 02, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

dar482, Dec 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

irish01980, Nov 23, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

artoolemomo, Nov 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

CB_Crowe, Nov 15, 2013
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MacStinson, Nov 08, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +4.2%

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...

beergoot, Nov 08, 2013
Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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