Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 139
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 6.7%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerpirates on 02-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with good friend, Urbain Coutteau of De Struise Brouwers. Urbain describes this work as "Dark chess-nut coloured ale with a nice steady off-white head. Aroma is all about finesse, loads of blossoms and spring flowers. The mouth-feel is refined, playful and complex with Saison like peppery flavours. Soft nutty after taste with a bite."
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Photo of corby112
2.91/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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. (1,182 characters)

Photo of brewandstew
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

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. (760 characters)

Photo of readbaron
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (962 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 (774 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (629 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (641 characters)

Photo of popery
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,275 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cheers! (1,597 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (385 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (558 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 (723 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.

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. (865 characters)

Photo of luvtotri140
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a dark amber color.
Alot going on ,strong floral notes with hints of fruit and a strong booze taste to wash it all down
interesting beer but not my thing . (165 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, red color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of caramel malt, earthy malt, slight sweet malt, slight hops, toffee, slight grass, hint of alcohol, hint of alcohol, and a hint of nut. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight hops, alcohol, hint of grass, and slight citrus. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body. (501 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - Giant billowing light tan foam that has excellent retention, and leaves behind splotches of lace as it slowly settles to a thick cap. Dark brown body that has some transparency and reddish highlights at the fringes.

S - Huge sharp wheat and spicy, estery yeast, along with some floral and perfume notes. Some green apple and pears, along with cloves and bananas, and some faint cocoa and caramel malt in the distant background. Hint of alcohol as well. Exactly as described - a Belgian Dark Wheat Ale brewed with spices.

T - Taste is actually better in my book, with more of the cocoa and candi sugar malt character coming through, and less spice and clove character. There's still some perfume character and fruity apples, but they actually blend well with the chocolate. Alcohol is much better hidden.

M - Smooth texture, medium-full body lower carbonation, and minimal alcohol warmth. One of the few Belgians that I think could use a more spritz actually.

D - I liked this significantly more Of Love & Regret, and once I got past the over-spiced nose there was a pretty decent beer in here. Split a bottle with the wife and finished my 16.5cl no problem. (1,240 characters)

Photo of claytong
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - mahogany with a bit of ruby tints here and there. nice little head.

smell - yeast is throwing me off along with all the spices. interesting choice of yeast, not sure im liking it. outside of that theres too many things for my nose to really handle.

taste - yeast is less dominating, malt is pretty strong, funky, clove, banana, licorice

mouthfeel - under carbonated, mediocre body, seemed a little sluggish (422 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a very dark brown/ burnt sienna color. Produced a huge 4 finger sized tan colored frothy head. Amazing retention to it. Plenty of lace left behind as it finally decided to dissipate.

(S)- Bone dry with lots of earthy yeast and biscuit components. Subtle hints at dark berry fruits in the background.

(T)- Interesting. A dense/rich profile of a dry earthy clay yeast and a mild roasted aspect with biscuit. Some raisin and prune in there too.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Definitely thicker and richer for the style with some stout-like qualities in there too. Smooth and clean yet mildly bitter finish.

(D)- An interesting take on the style. Very rich and dense without feeling thick. I would be curious how this would age due to how strong the inner components of this beer is. A solid beer right here. (857 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is dark brown with a nice retaining head of beige / off white bubbles and lacing on the glass. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is nutty with hints of yeast esters and other solvents, not the best aroma i've experienced from this brewery.

Beer is light in body with some minimal roast at the end of the palate, it is a little spicy with some nice phenol/esters in the midpalate, black pepper, mild bitterness at the end. Pretty good. (435 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a dark chestnut brown body with a tall, quickly accumulating, light khaki-colored head.

Smell: Dark, moderately roasty malts hinting at less-than-bold coffee, sweet chocolate, mixed berries, cider, and liquor, with a portion of Pibb Xtra.

Taste: Dark, roasty with muted coffee, cocoa powder, pumpernickel bread, and a greedy sip of simple syrup given additional dashes of cola and cream sherry. Soundly sweet upfront. Mottled yeast comes and goes quickly. Plum jelly sits atop apples atop bitter orange peel atop over-ripened berries. Moderately acidic. Pungent pepper and whole clove spiciness grows on the back half with some encountered heat from the alcohol. Fruity, semi-dry finish with lingering tongue, gullet, and belly warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. Yearningly chewy.

Overall: A nicely complex brew. A little hot as it goes along, but makes for a decent nightcap. (929 characters)

Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at ChurchKey after having some of the Outblack collaboration. Honestly, I preferred the Outblack, but this was still pretty wonderful.

It pours a very active, carbonated deep black. The beer/head really doesn't stop moving after it's poured. Lots of bubbling and swirling. Smell is sweet and you get some of the juniper, but even more booze. I think this beer is almost like the barleywine approach to the content of the Outblack, nice, but less balanced.

Mostly, I look forward to grabbing a few bottles of this to age. I think in a year or so it'll be soft/outstanding! (584 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Murky dark brown body with a very substantial tan head. It almost overflows, but careful pouring saves the day. The head slowly recedes to a beautiful pillow of foam and eventually into lacing that is as dynamic as the changing storms on the surface of Jupiter. Forgive me for my over indulgence there.

Smell - I get an apple smell that I normally get from mediocre old ales. The fruit smell is certainly more powerful than the description I read here, but I do get some floral notes in the background. I wouldn't have gathered the saison influences without being told, though.

Taste - Rich caramel with a lot of fruit undertones to keep it interesting. The initial flavors are simple, but the finish is far from boring. It ends with an earthiness and a peppery finish that I didn't need to read about to notice. Interesting take.

Mouthfeel - Doesn't taste like 10% at all. Rich and creamy at first, but finishes dry and spicy. A nice dichotomy that keeps the palate interested.

Overall - Not as interesting as the description makes it out to be, but still a nice take on the style. The finish separates it from just any other BSDA. (1,187 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown and very cloudy on the pour, great four finger head that didn't want to even dissipate enough to get in the first sip and left nice lace.

S/T Heavily fruity, tons of dark plums, figs, grapes, cherries. A bit of a bite from the spiciness, lots of delicious spices. A touch of nuts. Quite interesting and very much like I'd expect from a Belgian strong dark ale.

Body is very full and very well carbonated. Spicy finish leaves your lips tingling just a bit. A little alcohol but nothing unexpected for a 10% beer.

Overall it's a great brew. (549 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with half a finger of light tan foam on top of a dark brown body with clear, amber highlights. The head fades away very slowly and leaves nice lace in its wake.

S - Dark sugar and light tartness with notes of sour cherry, caramel malt, and a hint of chocolate.

T - Light tartness with some dark caramel and red apple. Sweet toffee and chocolate in the middle with more dark fruit. Finishes with notes of cinnamon, plum, red apple, and dark caramel.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a bit different from what I would normally expect from these guys. It is very sweet and almost comes off as a Belgian dark strong, but with a syrupy caramel character that isn't all together unpleasant. Worth trying, but not my first choice from Stillwater's portfolio, especially considering the price. (844 characters)

Photo of 05Harley
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled on ??

Purchased @ The Good Beer Store, Fryeburg Maine

Price - $5.99/bottle(11.2 oz)

Pours murky brown with a 2 inch off-white head. The appearance looks like water from a well in Mexico. A few minutes pass and a layer of creamy froth remains but lacing is absent.

Aroma is Belgian spicey yeast, dark fruit, banana and wheat. The spice is prominent in the nose. This is the highlight of the beer.

The flavor begins sweet and quickly changes bitter, possibly due to the hops. Pepper, spice and yeast all present followed by alcohol.

The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and lite bodied. Effervescent with loads of carbonation. The finish is too dry and leaves me thirsty.

Overall this was drinkable but a bit overrated IMO. I found the label to be more interesting than the actual beer. (797 characters)

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Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
89 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.