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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 15
Gots: 30 | 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:
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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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