Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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2.85/5 rDev -29.6%
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that is completely opaque with a two finger frothy, pillowy yellowish beige head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Slightly earthy aroma with hints of zesty spice, roasted malt and sweet dark fruit. There's some subtle funk in the nose with a prominent floral presence that compliments the peppery notes. Hints of chocolate, caramel and toffee as well as some raisin and plum.
Creamy medium body with a lot of tight carbonation and zesty spice up front that lingers throughout over the roasted malt and sweet dark fruit notes into a very dry finish. The carbonation is excessive and quite unpleasant, overpowering the flavors of the beer. After a while the palate adjusts and it becomes more complex. Lots of zesty peppery spice countered by a subtle floral presence, some roasted malt and sweet dark fruit notes. Hints of chocolate, caramel, fig, plum and raisin. Subtle alcohol het but overall the ABV is decently masked. This could have been a very complex flavorful beer but the carbonation problems really hurt it and it is a bit heavy on the spices for my preference.
05-10-2011 07:43:29 | More by corby112
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
3.15/5 rDev -22.2%
Pours out a cloudy dark brown with impressive (nearly excessive) tan foam that has minimal lacing and fades into a thin ring.
Nose is complex - definitely a meld of wheat (bananas, malt) and quad aroma (clove, nutmeg?, figs, floral yeast). There's also a peppery element, a bit of alcohol, and the overall combination of odors ends up with a slightly medicinal quality.
The first sip was a lot sweeter than I anticipated. Now that my palate has adjusted, I get all the flavors indicated in the nose. I can't exactly describe why, but this one isn't quite coming together for me. Maybe there's just too much going on. Too much spice/pepper for me to really enjoy this one. Also, some medicinal quality intrudes from time to time. I imagine age would help smooth and mellow the flavors.
Feel is pretty good - a bit over carbonated. Otherwise, its medium bodied and a bit sticky.
An interesting beer. Not my cup of tea, but unlike anything i've tried before.
07-07-2011 03:34:48 | More by readbaron
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
3.43/5 rDev -15.3%
Poured a nice dark brown with chestnut highlights, with a thick and creamy tan head, nice retention.
The smell is mild with dark fruit notes and a touch of chocolate.
The flavor is interesting, very chocolaty with a big blast of anise in the finish. Some peppery and Belgian spices slowly creep in with just a hint of mint as well, finishing with a mild bitterness. Has just a hint of banana wheat as well.
Has a weird slick mouthfeel, it feels diacytel like, but I don't taste it, also a heavy amount of prickly CO2.
A strange Belgian Dark, Complex, easy to drink, but yet not all together satisfying either, just plain odd.
02-20-2012 23:54:07 | More by bashiba
3.45/5 rDev -14.8%
Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a half-pint chalice.
A: Hazy, medium brown color with less than one finger of persistent mocha-tinted foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.
S: Brown sugar and dark fruit are featured together, in addition to spirituous brown grain. No alcohol is detected.
T: Begins off-dry, with black pepper and dark figgy fruit. Hop aromatics are strongly herbaceous as acidity is sharp and citric--but short-lived--into the sweeter middle. Roasted flavors begin to mellow and take on a savory quality as lively fruit fades. Grain takes on a more rustic quality in the finish where savoriness surges, seeming meaty. No alcohol is detected.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, syrupy and acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.
D/O: This almost passes for a typical Belgian-style strong dark, until the defining savoriness is unveiled. Belgian yeast combines with roasted wheat to create an unexpected intersection of phenolics, dark esters, and lingering umami. Although it weighs in at 10% abv, the alcohol doesn't really reveal itself here.
02-21-2012 23:57:59 | More by beagle75
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
Poured into a tulip with a full half inch head that is slightly khaki colored. The body is very dark amber.
The aroma consists of mostly raisins and is fruity in general; the aroma indicates a relatively sweet brew.
The taste is like liquid dried fruit. The finish is very fruity. There isn't much in the way of maltiness here, it seems the yeast is the dominant flavor maker.
This drinks a bit lighter than the usual Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and it is aggressively carbonated.
Overall this isn't bad, I prefer a bit more body and depth though. I'll probably pass for better options next time, but I'll enjoy this one for what it is now.
07-08-2011 04:04:38 | More by andrewinski1
3.54/5 rDev -12.6%
Pours a reddish amber. It would be dark for Belgian golden, but it's pretty light for a BSDA. They should just call this a Belgian ale and leave it at that. Small to medium off-white head. Fades to not much after a couple minutes. Just a bit of lacing. The aroma is raisins, pepper, caramel and some nutty, toasty malt. There's also a light spice touch, almost like a woody cinnamon, possibly the flowers coming out in an odd way. The taste is pretty sweet with a bunch of toasty malt. It dries out some in the finish with a woody, floral aftertaste. Peppercorn spice throughout, pretty strong. Slight medicinal note - I'm not normally a fan but it works well, here. For the floral side, I wish there was a bit more rose and less jasmine, which I'm not a big fan of in beer. That said, the flowers are much more restrained than I expected. Stillwater does a very good job with not overdoing oddball ingredients in their beers. Little booze evident, just some warmth at the end. Decent bitterness towards the finish, sort of a leafy tobacco flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty light for the abv and initial sweetness. Overall, it's a pretty good BSDA, but despite the complexity, I'm left a bit unsatisfied. The flavors just don't quite play off each other well, for my palate anyway.
07-25-2013 04:45:23 | More by popery
3.58/5 rDev -11.6%
On-tap at Prime 16 into a Grimbergen chalice.
A: Muddy mahogany body under a thin, fine cap of tan foam. Average retention but nice sticky lace. Not especially compelling.
S: Sweet fruits and malts are dominant here, with raisins and chocolate standing out in front of some intensely herbal, spicy character. Plenty of alcohol, too. Interesting, but it falls short of being really enjoyable.
T: Weird. It tastes like someone poured something like Rochefort 8 over a bed of cinnamon-heavy potpourri. Very spicy, very floral, rather medicinal, and malty underneath it all. Clove, cinnamon, and bay leaf open things up, followed by wheat, carrot cake, prune, candied date and cocoa powder. Some dry bready malt finishes things out, followed by a huge wave of herbal, spicy alcohol on the aftertaste. The transition from core sweetness to the dryness of the finish is a bit distracting, as is the prevalence of strange spices, but overall I kind of like it. But only kind of.
M: Full-bodied, sticky, and heavily carbonated, it begins to feel a little overbearing but ultimately smoothes out nicely. I’m a fan.
O: What a strange brew. I love how it absolutely assaults me with flavor every which way, from the upfront spices to the back-end booze, and how it brazenly strikes its own path out from the safe core of a typical BSDA. If even a little bit of integration or refinement were here to lend structure to the sensory explosion then this would be a fantastic ale – as it is, it’s an exciting and challenging one. I’m glad I tried it once, but I won’t be ordering it again.
04-19-2011 13:55:13 | More by woosterbill
3.65/5 rDev -9.9%
Served on-tap at The Ginger Man in SoNo.
Appearance is a deep red/brown color with a thin head. Its` smell has fruit, specifically plum and cherries; with some spice also present. The taste of Jaded was not as good as what lead up to it. It tastes sweet, light malts, some bitterness too. MF is full bodied w/ low carbonation. This was an interesting beer to try, pretty good overall.
05-07-2011 11:30:07 | More by mltobin
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
3.7/5 rDev -8.6%
I had this on-tap during Baltimore Beer Week. Poured into a sample glass.
Appearance: Pours a murky brown with a layer of fluffy, off white head.
Smell: Sweet with spices and caramel malt. Reminds me a bit of apple pie.
Taste: Quite smooth. Caramel malt and some fruity notes. Reminds me a bit of a hoppy barleywine. The finish is quite sweet.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: I thought this was a very well made beer with hardly any trace of the alcohol. The only Issue I have with it is there is no wow factor.
10-15-2011 18:35:10 | More by oline73
3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
It's a really murky pour out of the bottle and settles in as a ruddy brown. Head is creamy and hangs on for a while with a bit of lacing.
Aroma is sweet and floral, as in flowers, not floral hops. In addition to the perfume-like aromas, there is a light chocolate malts aroma and some spicy Belgian yeast.
The taste has an interesting herbal kick up front, some flowers with cinnamon and other spices mixed in. The malts are in control underneath but the finish brings back the bitter herbal flavors, almost medicinal in character.
The mouthfeel is really nice, thick and creamy for a saison with strong carbonation.
Overall, it's another really creative brew from Stillwater, but it's not nearly as good as A Saison Darkly, which I really enjoyed. The spices and herbs bring a nice complexity but don't exactly come together for me. Still tasty.
04-23-2011 02:56:34 | More by gford217
Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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