Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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3.3/5 rDev -18.5%
Pours a beautiful dark honey, malty color with a nice head and plenty of retention.
Aroma is complex and heavy. Sweet, with hints of the florals being overshadowed by dark fruits, maltiness, and molasses.
Taste is sweet, with dark notes of sugar plums, mollases, and some hints of the floral additions. A malty, sweet and strong brew. The alcohol is very noticeable. A big beer, to be sure.
mouthfeel is sticky and heavy. It's a big beer and not for the faint of heart.
Overall, not my favorite. An interesting brew with much complexity, but a big beer with a high alcohol presence that is not very well hidden. A bit overwhelming, especially on the sweetness. However, if you like this style, you will find a wide range of complex flavors and aromas on which to ponder
08-02-2014 22:14:59 | More by logicalparadox
4/5 rDev -1.2%
A: Pours a murky, dark amber with a thin off-white mousse that dissipates quickly.
S: Aromas of wheat bread, herbs, cider apple, must, spiced pear, roasted nuts, caramel, and raisin are present on the nose, though subtle hints of flowers emerge as the beer warms.
T: Notes of wheat bread, oak, cream, herbs, grass, cider apple, spiced pear, plums, raisins, dates, figs, honey and roasted nuts are underscored by very subtle notes of baking spices, violets, and roses. The finish is warming and syrupy with wheat bread, caramel, nut, honey, cream, herb, and raisin flavors giving way to slightly prickly alcohol.
M: Displaying a fairly full, soft body, this ale is silky, smooth, and somewhat creamy in the mouth. Carbonation is unobtrusive. Alcohol is fairly pronounced, but not really distracting. An easy sipper to be sure.
O: A very solid Belgian strong dark ale with just a little bit of funk to keep it interesting. This is much subtler and more restrained than I was expecting, but it is still a very respectable brew. Stillwater continues to impress me.
02-24-2014 21:42:01 | More by mrfrancis
3.69/5 rDev -8.9%
Appearance: Pours a murky chestnut with an nice frothy ecru head; quite a few strands of lace remain behind
Smell: Caramel, molasses, Gin-soaked bananas, dates, figs, tobacco and spices
Taste: Layers of malt depth lead off, bringing caramel, molasses and brown sugar; above this base, the fruit flavors mingle, the bananas, dates and figs all mixed together in a Gin cocktail; the finish digs deeper, bringing tobacco and herbal tones that linger in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: While there is tremendous complexity to this brew, I really don't care for the finish; it doesn't taste familiar as a BSDA (and I respect that) but it is not a beer that I enjoyed drinking
01-29-2014 02:28:10 | More by brentk56
2.98/5 rDev -26.4%
We're serving this guest tap at the brew pub where I work.
Appearance is amber with rocky white head. Clarity is brilliant.
Aroma has slight spice notes, dominated with floral rose notes and green apple.
Flavor is floral and medicinal. I get green apple and acetaldehyde with hints of rose. To me the flavor is not pleasant.
Mouthfeel is crisp and appropriate for the style.
Overall impression of this beer is that the flavor is convoluted and not well executed. Other reviews describe a beer darker in color than the beer we have on tap under the same moniker. The floral/ herbal ingredients do not seem to mesh well in the final product. I am not sure if the beer is fresh, though I know it was very expensive. I was hoping for a better experience.
12-10-2013 04:00:21 | More by brewandstew
3.96/5 rDev -2.2%
Enlivened by rose, violet and jasmine the bright and perfumy botanical character, this stronger darker Belgian ale relies on these herbs and spices to balance its sheer maltiness and intertwined fruit notes. Jaded? ...well, its anything but.
Jaded's tawny reddish brown hue gives it a certain port-wine character. But its unadulterated haze points more toward beer than of fortified wine. Especially when coupled with a dainty, dense and stainish yellow head, the ale effects are obvious. Its spotty lace is a testament to both the beer's Belgian-esque roots that promote foam production but also to its high alcohol content that inhibits retention and lace just a little.
Its high aromatic value doesn't steer toward those herb additions but instead projects the sweetness within: toffee, maple, brown sugar, and confectioner's candy shops wrap around its estery character of cherries, red grapes, figs, dates, red apples and apricots. Eventually, and after the beer warms significantly do its floral-fruity additions rise from the mix to make any meaningful impact. Lightly toasted in its grain character, its "crusted" aromas allow a full-out fruit cake aroma to resonate heading into the initial sip.
To taste, malt drives this beer- its sweet and bready armatures are built with molasses, brown sugar and molasses. Off of which hangs the fruity and spicy balance. Tilting heavily toward the fruit, those dried and pitted fruits of aromas give the malt sweetness a boost. Counterpart to the fruit and sweet tastes, a spicy peppercorn, cinnamon, clove and allspice note to springs to life and emboldens the flowery taste that's hidden within. As the taste develops, its spiced rum taste supplants its sweet upstart and signals a long, savory and "spring-fresh" taste that's kinda Pez-like.
Its palate sensations are quite nice but peculiar. Full-bodied through the majority of its taste, its zesty carbonation pulls from its residual sweetness for a slightly numbing and prickly spite. As the sugars slowly dissolve, its finish is spicy, malty-dry and with a soft slickness from those botanical oils.
The only thing that this Jaded has in common with rose, jasmine and violets is that they have oriental roots. But this ale is all about Belgium as it paired well with Roth Gran Queso Original cheese and hot capicola charcuterie.
11-26-2013 04:43:01 | More by BEERchitect
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
33cl bottle into a HF wine glass
A: Pours a dark brown color with amber highlights. A finger of creamy khaki foam forms with great retention and lacing.
S: Sweet prunes mixed with sherry/oxidation notes. Belgian yeasty esters help balance the sweetness. The dark dried fruit sweetness is pretty intense in that it's concentrated, not necessarily too sweet.
T: My first thought on the flavor is oxidation. I get a bit of cardboard mixed with sherry notes. Dark, overripe fruits are still there, though not quite as intense as the aroma. I also get some burnt sugars. Esters are there, but are hiding behind the fruit.
M: Medium thickness and creamy carbonation.
O: A nice BSDA. Intense dark fruit with nice subtle esters.
11-15-2013 03:30:21 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.16/5 rDev +2.7%
A: Pours a murky reddish amber with almost no head, leaves a little lacing after taking a drink
S: To me theres not a whole lot going on here, smells like most other belgian strong ales, but has a little extra floral aroma to it, the smell is very light to, almost hard to smell, but what you get from it smells pretty good
T: First taste is a nice strong yeast flavor, which then transfers to a sweet honey floral flavor followed with a little bit of an alcohol presence, but the alcohol is very light and compliments the beer, this is surprisingly full of flavor compared to how weak the scent was given off of the beer
M: Light for a strong belgian, very crisp as well which is nice, slightly oily as well which makes it smooth
O: It's pretty good, I didn't know what to think about it at first but the more I drink it the more I like it, definitely pick this one up if you like belgian style beers
09-22-2013 05:50:29 | More by bpasquini
4.26/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.
A- Pours a murky light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that doesn't retain long before soon becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind.
S- Pretty standard Belgian yeast aroma that's sweet and has good notes of Belgian Candi sugar. Kinda boozy though.
T- Packs a flavorful punch of spice, yeast and alcohol that's married well. The sweetness reigns throughout and there's notes of honey and lavender that are quite pleasant. Not as boozy in the taste as the aroma.
M- Pretty slick, almost syrupy. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.
O- A nice tasting BSDA that benefits well from the mixture of spices.
09-08-2013 03:04:47 | More by Immortale25
Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.