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Folklore - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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87
very good

117 Reviews
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Reviews: 117
Hads: 420
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 18
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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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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Reviews: 117 | Hads: 420
Photo of alaimoa
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from early 2014 so a few months old and poured into a glass. Black shimmering color thin mocha ring around glass. Smells of spent coffee grinds, bitter chocolate. Taste follows the nose with a notable Belgian yeast punch that hits midsip. I get a fairly pleasant coffee bitterness. Carb medium.
Overall I actually am enjoying this. Wouldn't go crazy to find but it's good (379 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Paid $3.49 for the single from Vintage Estate. Belgium Strong Dark ale or Traditional Stout? Soon I will find out.

A - Well it looks very stout like has a deep almost pitch black hue with a 1/3 inch of head that sticks around forever. This head is a deep mocha and makes for some great lacing.
S - Smell is very sour but not brett induced. Dark fruits and some cherry notes so I guess its not very stout like. Still I am excited to try.
T - Quite different than most Belgium Dark ales. Starts off as any other mildly sour then goes sweet with some plum and raisin but toward the finish I was amazed with actual chocolate and mild coffee roasts. The flavors are complex and constant with every sip. I love it.
M - Quite smooth medium bodied beverage with a chewy body.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer it was a clash of two styles and it worked out great. Next time I am at Vintage Estate I will be sure to grab another. (932 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stillwater Artisanal Ales - Folklore, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a medium viscosity brown and settles slightly translucent black with little to no head. No lacing.

Smell - Aroma is cola, roasted malt, and a bit of chocolate. Belgian yeast. Dash of hops.

Taste - Thin but good roasted malts with some chocolate and dark fruit. Carbonated snap. Finishes roasted.

Mouthfeel - Thin bodied with high carbonation. Some warmth from the booziness but it goes down pretty darn smooth.

Overall - Solid brew, interesting, probably not my favorite style but worth a try. Some of the hybrid Jester King brews have a little more finesse than this brew. (663 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOD 10/8/13. Dark, almost black pour, with a weak head that dissipates quickly with almost no lacing. Nose is of Belgian yeast phenolic esters over a light background of chocolate, plum, prune and licorice. Medium body with a nice smooth, almost slick, mouthfeel. Low carbonation level. The complex flavor profile contains those present in the nose. Unfortunately, the phenols predominate and mask what could have been a nice complex ale. The finish is smooth and a phenolic aftertaste lingers. Had this been fresh, I would have scored it lower. Due to it's age, I gave it the benefit of the doubt. (598 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,503 characters)

Photo of AaronDz
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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 (375 characters)

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,585 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. (387 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (2,149 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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... (676 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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%. (614 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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. (2,872 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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 (652 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml heavy red foil-ensconced capped bottle, with a decidedly underworld themed label, which obviously needs to be updated here.

This beer pours a solid, unsullied black, with the barest hints of caramel-tinted basal edges, and two fingers of tightly foamy, slight fizzy chocolate milk head, which leaves a low-lying array of sea-spray lace around the glass as it gently settles.

It smells of dry roasted malt, medium chalky cocoa, coy dark fruit - black plum and currant, mostly - soft, earthy Belgian yeast, tobacco ash, a bit of stale coffee, some lingering campfire smoke, and an herbal, leafy hoppiness. The taste is more dry, edgy chocolate and coffee stout notes - Irish in nature, for the most part - roasted all the same, the orchard fruit equally assailed, with some underwhelmingly sweet caramel and toffee, a bit of mollifying wooden hops, and more wet tobacco pipe ash. The big ABV is damned near nowhere to be seen.

The bubbles are a bit frothy, pithy, and otherwise playful, the body medium-ish in weight, and generally smooth, nothing capable of causing a fuss really up for the fight. It finishes barely off-dry, any sweetness from all that downplayed malt lost in the lingering roast, ash, and mottled wisps of smoke.

Yet another Stillwater offering where I find myself grasping for a more steady source of reference to actual beer style - not that I'm that persnickety, but 'BSDA' is not what I would imagine this one to be. I'm getting nothing less than a sneakily boozed-up Irish dry stout here, with very little of the plentiful fruit or yeast so associated with the purported style. Roast, smoke, and my Irish heritage are all on display here, inadvertently, maybe, as it increasingly appears to be with this unpredictable gypsy brewer. (1,764 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very dark brown almost black pour, 3 fingers of tan foamy head giving off a decent amount of lacing. getting some sweet molasses in the nose, chocolate, coffee, caramel, raisins, pecans, licorice.. with a belgian yeast strain. almost smells like a blend of RIS with a quad. the flavor is fruity at first, lots of nutty flavors.. this is a very strange stout-like beer with quad characteristics, but wonderful.. think of it as a liquid fruitcake.. dark fruits, nuts, BUT with a chocolate/coffee kick, and lots of dark roasty notes. medium/full body with moderate carbonation. goes down very smoothly, for as sweet and heavy as this beer is, it's pretty damn refreshing as well. REALLY liking this one. (702 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at birch.

A - Big head. Black. Dissipates fast.

S - Superb aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate.

T - A little light. Burnt coffee flavors.

M - Rich and creamy head but quickly loses body after head disappears.

O - Not bad at all but could use a little more body. (274 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Beige head, moderate retention on a almost black body. Nice lacing, sticky. Aroma includes beef jerky (smoke), banana (overripe), candi sugar, roasted malts, caramel, biscottis. Taste follows closely with the aroma. Nice dark ale with a Belgian inspiration...nicely done. (322 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown nearly black from the bottle. Pour looks to be slightly thin for the style. Dark kahki head foams up nicely and dissapates at medium speed. Aroma is not strong, a bit of roast and some hops that give it a pilsner like aroma (weird). Flavor is roast, bit of dark fruit. Lingering roasted bittersweet chocolate in the palate. Mouthfeel is awfully thin and this is pretty much a porter. Flavor is a little watered down but not bad. I was hoping for more silky smooth here. Overall a decent beer with a great label. (528 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with a tan dense head. Some splashy lace and limited retention.

A little tart yeasty funk combined with charred malt, cocoa, coffee notes. I like the nose on this.

Rich deep roasted malt, some french-roast coffee, a bit of sweetness, and bitter chocolate. Bitterness and malt play wonderfully here. Malt and lingering bitterness in the end. Alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied, a little loose. Just right carbonation.

Tasty beer. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Nice yeast component in this one to give it a bit of edge. Label notes a kiss of smoke -- ok, kinda. Nice beer. (595 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful beer. Dark as sin, a 2 1/2 finger head with long retention.

S: Roasted malts, lots of dark fruits and chocolate, a slight hit of earthiness and Belgian yeast. A really deep, rich aroma. Almost smells like port.

T: Lots of caramel and chocolate up front, deeply roasted malts, which fades into an earthy, estery flavor with plenty of both fruits and spice. The finish brings a hefty hit of wood smoke. Lots of flavor here, both chocolately/smoky stout and earthy/fruity Belgian. I'm not surprised that it hides the 8.4% ABV so well.

M: heavy body, moderate carbonation. The beer is full, creamy and slightly sticky.

O: A great beer...if you're looking for a change. Which is t say that it's not the type of beer that I would drink all the time. The Belgian characteristics and the stout flavors play very nicely together. The marriage is wonderfully executed. That being said, it's definitely a sipper, and I find myself wishing that it favored one style or the other just a bit more. (1,001 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark, dark burgundy color with a one-finger, brown head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt some spicy chilie-like aromas, too.

T - Good spiciness with dark chocolate and roasted malt. There is a touch of smokiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really good, really interesting interpretation of the style. (455 characters)

Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.