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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales


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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%

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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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Photo of corby112


3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been renamed Folklore. Served on cask at Khyber Pass Pub.

Pours a deep, dark chetnut brown color that's completely opaque with a half finger light beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with some dark malts, faint funky saison yeast, bread and zesty spice. Hints of pepper and clove along with some chocolate and dark fruits.

Medium bodied but on the lighter end with a slightly creamy texture.  Decent balance of dark malt, vinous dark fruit, peppery spice and earthy saison yeast. Lots of sweetness up front with hints of raisin and plum followed by chocolate malt, bready yeast and grass. Slightly medicinal with faint peppery spice. Well balnced and quaffable but there's an odd, lingering, metallic aftertaste. Decent but nothing out of the ordinary.

Serving type: cask

11-15-2011 07:23:32 | More by corby112
Photo of rtepiak


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice blend of dubbel and the still water offering called the existential. a dark saison? but not anywhere near as dry. pours dark and leaner than a porter. nose of brisk belgian sugar cane and mineral. very sublet molasses, peach. the palate is a bit citrus grass and a note of dark fruit which is subtle in the face of the minerals.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 04:25:19 | More by rtepiak
Photo of sulldaddy


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. the beer pours a cola brown color with brown fizzy tan head of 1 cm tha fades pretty quickly to a thin edge layer and one large wispy island.
Aroma is roasted malt and some dark fruit with prunes and molassess coming through, plus maybe raisin and fig.
First sip reveals an average body and slightly sticky texture with mild rolling carbonation. QUite nice no the mouthfeel, makes it easy to drink.
Flavor is fruity and malt based with again the plums and raisins and bits of molasses and brown sugar, fairly sweet but not cloying here. No real hop presence and the ABV is well hidden as well.
Nice drinking complex yet not palate killing brew. I enjoyed my sampling of it and would probably try it again, only drop is the lack of head retention on my sample.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 23:18:36 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of smokeypeat


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chocolate brown into the glass. Nice 2 finger head. Good aroma on this one with big dark fruit notes and chocolate malt. Taste is really interesting. Lots of good things going on here. Get notes of raisin and prune balanced in the best way possible with some crisp apple and apricot. Really like the light note of peppery spice hanging out in the background. Carbonation is just the slightest notch too high for me for this to be extraordinary for me. I'd like it just a smidgen smoother but I'm nit picking at this point. Probably the best Stillwater beer I've had yet.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 23:19:38 | More by smokeypeat
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

opague nice tan with a huge, head that towered 3 inches above the glass. Tons of lace, a fantastic overall appearence.

lots of fruity tones. Hints of apricots and figs with a nice spiceness in the back. Hints of apples, just a great well rounded and very impressive overall profile. Tons of carbonation and lots of activity on the palate. Huge flavor assault , lots of dark fruits, figs, hints of yeast, and a pronounced grainey flavor

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 02:11:37 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Dyan!

A: The pour is almost black in color with a tall off-white head.

S: Not sure where to start. It's certainly very roasty and there are lots of dark fruits to this. Seems to lean heavily toward the prunes, plums, and raisins camp. There is a mild tartness and a few hints of coffee. Maybe some oak and chocolate, too.

T: The fruitiness is more pronounced in the flavor. Prunes and plums really stand out, but there are also some notes of cherries and raisins. A nice bit of roast, some licorice, and light flavors of pepper and chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: All sorts of different stuff going on here. I liked it for the most part, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 06:09:51 | More by womencantsail
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle served in a snifter.

Pours a cola brown, slightly thin, with a tan head that fades to a crown of small bubbles and minimal lacing. Nose is cocoa, roast malt, pear and plum. Flavor reminds me of a fruity RIS with some dark Belgian tendencies. Chocolate and roast malt provide a strong base with slightly sweet yeast and light citrus hops making this interesting. Only knock on this is a slightly thinner than appropriate fizzy body. Otherwise, one of the better and more interesting Stillwater offerings; recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 23:15:32 | More by yourefragile
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Humongous thanks to 321jeff for always looking out for me and my stillwater addiction. poured into my stillwater tulip.

a - opened the bottle and filled the branded stemware. more of a brown than a plum, but certainly purple/reddish characteristics can be seen when held to the light. nice classic yeasty head...really creamy and very to style. far superior to most american BSDAs. good lacing, but not super thick.

s - all the usual suspects with a soft spicing. in the way that cellar door has that sagey vibe on a saison, this has that peppery sagey vibe on a BSDA...and it works very nicely. gives it a crisp or fresh smell...almost vanilla/booze that you'd find in an oak aged brew.

t - much like the nose, the flavor is like a BSDA on sage. there is a fresh, crisp coating on the overall palette. this is a tasty beer, but not super classic...it is classic but with a twist.

m - even before noticing the taste, the body showed itself. nice rich and fullness. not like the originals, but much closer than most american brewers are offering these days. probably like 75% creamy.

o - overall, better than i had expected. a lot of the classic belgian strong dark ale elements are there, but the beer has a twist. i would guess sage (being a fan of stillwater overall). this is a very solid beer and again stillwater proves his worth in the beer he brews. i really hope to see this beer some point again in the future.

really good and unique.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 03:53:10 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of larryi86


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL poured into a Chalice

A- Dark brown/black with a one finger dark tan head

S- Dark fruits, hint of chocolate and spices

T- Dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, spices, bigger flavor than the smell, robust and complex, very enjoyable.

M- Smooth, meduim body.

O- This is another great beer from Stillwater. Really glad I have another bottle for later.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 03:34:12 | More by larryi86
Photo of hmph


4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle.

A - dark, with a big bubbly and foaming dark khaki head

S - initial smell is malt, creamy dark chocolate malt with a lot of dark fruits coming through as well, raisin for one

T- Wow, really smooth combination, very malty mixed with fruity spice. ABV is not very noticeable, a nice dryness at the end with some lingering taste

O - Really loved this brew, something you could really drink a lot of on the right night. Great collaboration and combination of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 18:18:06 | More by hmph
Photo of MrOH


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark brown, bordering on black, with a BIG khaki head.

Chocolate up front, then raisins, prunes, and currants, dark fruit in general. A little bit of spice.

Taste, follows the nose, starting out with the chocolate, the dark fruit quickly takes over, then that flavor decrescendos into a spicy bitterness, quite nice.

Fairly thin mouthfeel and high carbonation, it fits the style, but I'd have preferred a bit more body and less gas.

This is almost like a stout that was mashed, had sugar added, and was carbonated to be a BSDA. Best of both worlds.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 23:18:42 | More by MrOH
Photo of Beer4Baltimore


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle with sediment well settled.
A - rich dark brown to near black with a big foamy head.
S - chocolate malts, yeasty spices.
T - a roasted,toasted malty bomb with a Belgian twang.
M - thick and mouth coating but enough carbonation to keep it from stopping.
D - the 8+% is well hidden under the malts and if you like stouts you could drink alot of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 02:07:44 | More by Beer4Baltimore
Photo of bum732


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Floral fruitness, rasberries with some other dark fruits, vanilla rasberry ice cream sums it up. Some vanilla bourbon notes, very rum-like.

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black, light tan head that dissipates quickly, looks carbonated.

T: Dark fruit malt, dark cherries followed by a light coffee malt. Medium high earthy bitterness with splashes of dark cherry fruitiness throughout. Finishes on a dry, slightly roasty side, some liquorice on the finish perhaps?

M: Medium high carbonation, prickly, medium bodied.

Very pleasant and unique beer. Nice that its not phenolic like most belgians. I definitely wanna try other beers from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 01:13:09 | More by bum732
Photo of ToasterChef


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served on tap at the Lion's Pride.

A: Very dark brown and opaque. Head is tan foam.

S: Roasted malts with a touch of chocolate. Medium hop level provides some bitterness.

T: Chocolate malt and roasted coffee notes. Coffee bitterness that lingers. It taste somewhat strong but isn't too sweet.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Thin but prevalent coat packs a lot of flavor. Leaves a bit of stickiness on my lips.

O: Enjoyable, but I am picking up more coffee than I expected. I would drink this beer again, but not again tonight.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 13:46:16 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, hefty and sweet, celebratory take on a dark Belgian ale.

Presentation: 500 ml brown capped bottle. Simple grey label with name of brew, logo of Max's and Stillwater. Side narrative notes anniversary celebration, relationship and support between brewery and taphouse, alongside a brief description. Shows 8.4% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Very dark brown pour with a rich off-white head, moderate retention, nice surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Sweet and fruity nose wit a good roasted insinuation.

T - Taste follows with an intense sweetness coating memories of dried prunes, raisins. Roasted sense with a hint of smokiness, and a boozy sense that while not pushy is a bit noticeable. Spicy yeasts in the backbone seals the sense.

M - Medium/full body with similar carbonation, rather well tuned, with a good smooth sense.

O - This is actually pretty pleasing, another quality brew from Stillwater that maybe could do with a few months to soften the edge but that is pretty pleasing now in any case.

Notes: This is a nice anniversary brew, a tad expensive considering sizing and all but worth the try. Steers away from the free range o saisons but shows that it can handle pretty well a BSDA. Here's to another 25 years for Max's and Stillwater.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 12:08:45 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of FatJesus


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a michelob celebrate tulip from 500 ml bottle.

Pours black with a finger of beige head that goes away quickly with little lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee, some cocoa and dates.

First sip is cocoa right up front followed by chocolate and dates, the cocoa definitely over powers and stays around for awhile. I will say as it warms the fruity esters come through a lot more, tasting more dates and maybe cherry. Still signs of cocoa but not as strong.

For as dark as it is, it is very drinkable with medium carbonation and a light creaminess to it, not heavy as I was expecting.

Over all it's a good belgium dark and I'm glad I had it. Starting to pick up a few sill water artisanal beers to see what there saisons are like.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 00:30:23 | More by FatJesus
Photo of argock


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.49.

A: Very dark, almost stout-like, with a short creamy medium-beige head which is wispy but hangs around to leave a few lace tracings at the tops of the glass.

S: Somewhat astringent and metallic with some nutmeg/cardamom spice notes and some dark fruity maltiness. Muted overall and not very aromatic.

T: The flavor has a strong powdery cocoa quality with some fig and date dark fruitiness. Hops are minimal but their is a blandness about this beer all the way around. i don't catch smoke notes or many of the other complexities others report.

M: Carbonation is at least medium with a medium body and light cocoa aftertaste.

O: Glad I tried it but a bit of a letdown for an anniversary type ale. Not bad by any means, but I just don't think Stillwater and I are on the same wavelength.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 04:24:57 | More by argock
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Pizzaria Paradiso over a month ago, took notes on my phone.

Murky muddy color with nice bone white head and pretty lacing. Brown highlights shine through. Very nice grain barley in the smell and taste, all covered in fudge. Smell is a little faint but nice, though the taste is quite full. Subtle oak and toasted oak in both aroma and taste as well which is pleasing. Licorice and subtle smoky flavors also are highlighted.

Deep and dark like a bigger porter but having a nice dry roasty finish like a nice brown. I hardly notice the 8.5% and the feel is a great creamy medium to thick feel. Medium clean. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2011 00:29:48 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of akorsak


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to yourefragile for this 500 mL bottle.

A: The Belgian ale is dark, a Belgo-American stout for what it's worth. Dark and forboding, the ale sports a thin band of white head.

S: The nose has requisite roasted malts, dark and toasted, with Belgian spices in tow. Sweet fruits, apples and pears, remind me immediately of the Belgian provenance of the ale.

T: Dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee drive the flavor. Bittersweet chocolate transitions to cocoa powder, bitter to sweet. Underneath the dark flavors, fruits are abundant. Apple and pear particularly lend sweetness thanks to the Belgian aspect. The contrast of sweet to bitter is noticeable, standing out within the ale. If I didn't know that this was from Stillwater, I'd call it an exotic American stout.

M: I'm not generally a fan of Belgo stouts, too sweet and roasted. This one features both aspects in spades, but it does so delicately, allowing each to shine through.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 21:42:15 | More by akorsak
Photo of clickpush


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this bottle with some friends at Farmers' Cabinet in Philly. Poured from 500ml bottle to sampler glasses, the beer is dark brown with a thin cap of off-white head, which melts into a nice cap of lacing. Aroma is roasty with a touch of funk. Flavor on first sip is roast malt, gentle acidity, and a not-so-nice metallic finish. As it warms and opens up, the metallic notes completely disappear and the beer morphs into one of the tastier stouts I've had in a while. Bubbly effervescence from Belgian influences with heavily roasted malts which leave a lingering, crunchy burnt toast flavor long after the swallow. Very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 14:44:36 | More by clickpush
Photo of Josephkeene


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had at Max's a little after the Belgian beerfest, but it was well worth it.

Pours chocolate brown reminds me mainly of a porter with little to no lacing. However what little lacing that there is tinted chocolate brown.

Smell is purely of coco really nothing else.

Taste is an amazing array of chocolate and candy malt blends, leaving a great taste on the plate with great complexity. I can say this is an amazing ale.

Mouth feel is lightly carbonated with a taste of coco in the finish leaving the pallet with a chocolate after taste with hints of Belgian spice.

For a 25th beer for my favorite Taphouse its a home run and a must have.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 03:13:16 | More by Josephkeene
Photo of sendsilk


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this in a blind trade with Littleb. I have no idea what it is, but he said it's good and to drink it up.

Pours dark and very nice looking.

Smells a little light, not too much to take in, but not off-putting at all.

Taste. Excellent. I really don't know what this style is, (making this a game without looking at any info on the beer) but it's very drinkable. Malty and hoppy at the same time, but a perfect balance. Maybe a milk stout? No, black porter probably? Tastes like an Ale though, but dark and slightly creamy.

M- very nice

Overall, please send me more Ben or anyone really.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 05:21:27 | More by sendsilk
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 03/05/11 notes. Bottled shared by Thorpe429; thanks Mike.

a - Pours a deep mahogany color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, light vanilla, fruit, and coffee.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy.

d - A nice beer; seemed mroe like a stout to me. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 23:46:21 | More by mdfb79
Photo of lackenhauser


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive black color with a tan head on top. Nice nutty, mellow cocoa aroma. Malty and nutty flavor upfront. Pleasant roasted flavors, somewhat mellow which is fine. A faint spicy quality. Lingering cocoa flavors in the finish. Very solid mouthfeel. Another great beer from Stillwater. I had this on cask at Max's Belgian fest and it was great there as well. Well worth trying and enjoying...

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 22:54:56 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of Thorpe429


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Whole Foods in DC. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pour yields a nearly-black brew with a good off-white head. Nice creamy head that sticks around for a bit before falling down and leaving a bit of lacing behind. The nose brings forward quite a bit of roasted malt along with a slight amount of dark fruits and a bit of light, earthy hops. The flavor is fairly similar. There's a roast component up front along with some dark fruits and a bit of earth and spice from the yeast. Feel is light to medium with good carbonation and a nice bite. Drinks pretty well; a nicely-done brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 12:47:25 | More by Thorpe429
Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.