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

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90
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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 18
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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."

(Beer added by: beerpirates on 02-23-2011)
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Photo of claytong
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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

claytong, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

MasterSki, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass. No visible best before or bottle on date. Label reads 'Dark Belgian Wheat Ale'.

A: Three fingers of gorgeous, tight head. So dense at the top I suspect it could support my weight. Startling retention. The beer is opaque, Coca-Cola brown (well, actually it's several shades darker, bordering on black). Smallish bubbles up the sides.

S: Belgian yeast. A touch of grain. Spicy/earthy scents.

T: Exceptional. Quite strong, with alcohol leading the charge, followed into battle by a corps of gently floral fruits. Spice beats the drums of war, keeping the flavours in line and offering a staccato of accents (pepper, vibrant yeast, sharp cinnamon). Earthy hops take a reserve position, ready to rush forward and support any flavour that falters, but never on the front lines or in the heat of battle. Throughout it all, sweet, intoxicating malts support the taste and body, facilitating and empowering the host of other flavours -- the horse, in our metaphor, carrying both man and materiel on its back, but rarely the focus of attention. The aftertaste is soft and fleeting, the wisps of smoke drifting away from the battlefield and simply dissolving, leaving no trace of their presence.

M: A wheaty smoothness presents itself, along with a titillating spiciness and tell-tale carbonation.

O: Even though I love this beer, I don't think I'd want another for a long, long time. Perhaps it my enjoyment was simply the lucky confluence of several factors, but even towards the end of it, I find my appreciation waning. It was glorious while I was in the thick of it, but now that it's over, I find the whole experience rather anticlimactic. By all means recommended, but with a modicum of hesitation.

AgentMunky, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Meerkey
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Enormous, light beige head. Burnt umber with some red, cloudy. Looks like dark cherry wood when held to the light.

S: Sour yeast. Grains, some spices. Little bit of fruit. Hint of hops.

T: Yeast and grains. Spices and some dark fruit. Some sweetness/maltiness. Little bitter and dry at the end. Slightly metallic? -that may just be my imagination. Lot of flavors happening here. I think it's delicious.

M: Full, strong, heavy and carbonated.

O: I love the label. Gorgeous looking beer. Smell is kind of faint and not very interesting, but I like the taste a lot. Drinkable. Recommended.

Meerkey, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of jamescain
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Dark brown with red hues and an off white head that fades into a thin lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with hints of mint, chocolate, vanilla, roasted grain, raisins, and dark fruit.

Taste: Dark fruits and chocolatey-coffee blend together to create a sweet yet bitter blend.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation with a thick body.

Overall: This was the most interesting beer we drank at our tasting. I think the combination of Belgian yeast and dard wheat was an interesting combination, somewhere in between a dubbel and dunkelweizen.

jamescain, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

andrewinski1, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of readbaron
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

readbaron, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of drpimento
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ho- boy, is this a beer, or what! Let it warm up to temp out of fridge and then poured with grand, light tan, sudsy, foamy, frothy, fluffy head and lots of clingy lace. Color is a cloudy dark brown amber. Aroma is amazing: I kept getting different things each time I took a whiff - black pepper, pot, caramel malt, toffee, dates but not raisins, hops, rich black earth, bacon. Flavor has a lot more sweetness and suggestions of the nose characteristics and kept in check by the soft, but still there carbonation. Body is full and luscious. Finish is like flavor with notable alcohol warmth. Definitely a sipper. Very well done.

drpimento, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of hmph
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: nice dark brown with a nice sized head with a creamy toffee color, good amount of bubbles and lacing

S: a bit of raisin on my first whiff but also some fruit and large amount of spice on the end, but not overly harsh, after a few sips I got a large yeast style as well

T: Nice mix with some complexity, you get a lot more of the yeasty bread like taste mix with the taste, still large spice and fruit taste

O: really liked this beer, never tasted its 10% for a second, very well made, will look forward to more Stillwater beers

hmph, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.9/5  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!

petacutlasaurus, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy dark brown color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of banana ester with light cloves notes. Taste is a complex mix of cloves and banana ester with semi-sweet wheat malt with nice Belgian twist. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another very well brewed beer from those two fine brewers.

Phyl21ca, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first brew from this gypsy brewer. As with most gypsy brewers, the beers tend to be a little on the pricey side, but the upside is that a lot of different brews can be produced and the brews can be quite creative. I'm glad to see this brewer's beers available in Atlanta, and I look forward to a lot of future sampling. I really enjoyed this particular beer- apparently a strong Belgian style beer, but made with wheat. You get a nice dose of Belgian-like sweetness and spice from the yeast and malts, but a nice soft smoothness and light, tight graininess from the wheat. There is also a pronounced herbal and spicy bitterness on the finish that nicely conterpoints the semi-sweetness of the rest of the beer. The spiciness has almost a pepperiness to it along with some clove and perhaps even a slight bite of tgrue cinnammon- warming notes for sure. There is some light tropical fruit in the background, but nothing like the amount you'd get in a strong wheat beer like some of the German styles. The more I drink of this, the more I'm struck by the very tasty union between the warming spiciness and the fruity, smooth, wheat. Quite delicious.

Georgiabeer, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Pahn
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Moderate pour yields a 3 inch, fizzy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving little lacing. Pours the advertised dark chestnut color, and leaves a couple small islands of lacing.

Smell: Floral and fruity... at first. Apparent early on that this beer isn't kidding around; the aroma continues to grow and change for the entire life of the beer. First it's flowers and light fruits, then spicy quad-like Belgian yeast and cola, then some herbal, foresty hops, then a thick layer of brown sugar and caramel, then a mild banana ester and some wheaty roundness, then gingerbread and fresh cookies.

Jesus. With warmth, there's pepper, more flowers, raisins, a mild citrus and booziness, fig, date, plum. It just keeps going, and all of it smells delicious. Complete and utter success. Reminds me why BSDA/quad/dubbel is my favorite style of beer.

Taste: Almost as good as the smell. At first, spicy Belgian yeast with a punchy finish that's kind of bready and fruity. Some alcohol flavor through the front that positively influences the taste. Soon some clove and mild pepper come out. The aftertaste becomes chocolaty and spicy.

It doesn't take long to become clear that I'm not going to be able to pin down an "overall character" to the flavor of this beer, or a "typical sip," or even a dominant flavor. It keeps changing, bringing at least 3 pleasant and intriguing flavors with every sip. Here's a spicy BSDA candi sugar hit through the middle leading to an apple finish, here's smooth caramel and clove with a chocolate finish and long marzipan aftertaste, etc. The flavor, like the aroma, simply does not stop developing.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Very carbonated. Gets creamier with time, which is nice. Not too sugary. Long aftertaste, mild heat.

Overall: This is a beer for the strong Belgian beer lover who doesn't want to get bored while drinking. There is no danger of that with Jaded. You could almost call it "messy" or "confusing" if it didn't smell and taste so damn good. Very impressive beer.

Pahn, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, publican - chicago

stillwater has quickly become abundant in the midwest.

appearance: served in a goblet, hazy cola-mahogany body, light tan lace

smell: dark fruits, peppery, floral

taste: certainly along the same vein as the pannepot line and rocheforts, but quite understandably less refined. belgian yeast, dark fruit, raisins and dates, brown sugar, bready.

mouthfeel: medium body, rich and well crafted

overall: good

dirtylou, May 30, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

sweemzander, May 28, 2011
Photo of 05Harley
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

05Harley, May 19, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A very dark brown with a three finger off-white head

S- Dark fruits, spices, pepper, floral notes, Belgian yeast, great complexity, can't get enough of the smell, screams drink me!

T- Beautifully complex and very close to the smell. I am loving the mix of the dark fruits and roasted malts with the lighter floral and pepper flavors, great balance.

M- Medium body, creamy, smooth.

O- This is a great beer that exceeded my expectations. I will put this tasting up there with the first time I tried Pannepot and Rochefort 8. I will be stocking up on this when it is available.

larryi86, May 16, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours out as a murky brown color with a really nice creamy tan looking head that doesn't quit. The aroma was nice it's like a mix of a saison with some sweet dark malts and fruits in the mix. Some grape and banana specifically on the nose. The taste is sweet up front and just very smooth. The body of this beer is pretty awesome from start to finish. I really like the mouthfeel also. Overall this beer is dangerously tasty. Wish I had some more to drink but the price hits pretty hard.

Knapp85, May 12, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11oz bottle into a Mc chouffe tulip.

Jaded pours out dirty tap water beige/brown appearing darker shoe polish brown black in the glass. A big heaping of dense tight dark cola fizz that is milky. Good sticks.

Smell is bright at this young stage, a mix of belgian yeast with some wheat and citrus and earthy scents. A bit of nuttiness with warming. I get some fruit and light hop scents.

This is an interesting BSDA/saison/wheat ale. Taste is brighter than the dark appearence would lead on, less sweet. Wheat and earth with some citrus orange. Some bright bready yeast midway with lemon, other fruit. A bit of roast/nuts in the finish. An odd mix.

Feel is a nice medium and goes down easy for a dark appearence. I had no problem drinking this one quick, hard to pace myself. Carb is pretty smooth considering the massive head. A bit of a soft twang on the finish as well.

A great beer in my opinion, Im sure it will get mixed reviews. A semi quaffable drink that hides it's alcohol almost to well

Import Series Rankings (So Far)

1. A Saison Darkly
2. Jaded
3. Of Love & Regret

BARFLYB, May 11, 2011
Photo of corby112
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

corby112, May 10, 2011
Photo of mltobin
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

mltobin, May 07, 2011
Photo of morningthief
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fellow BA Pahn for the birthday gift!

Poured from a bottle into a Pabst chalice. Color is dark brown, the hue of a fine piece of mahogany furniture. A one-finger, off-white head dissipates slowly and leaves a half-centimeter layer of foam atop the brew. Funnily enough, the colorway of this beer is identical to the walls and trim of my apartment (sadly, not my choice).

Smell is overwhelming with Belgian yeast character, some vanilla, and dark fruit. This is one of the finest smelling Belgian style ales I have ever had the privilege of sampling. Very in your face, and it compliments the taste quite nicely.

Whoa now. What follows the nose is an explosion of well balanced malty flavors. Fruit flavors of apple and raisin, slightly roasty, slightly boozy; perfectly balanced. Dare I say the profile rivals that of Rochefort 10. A faint tartness conjoined with some lingering hop bitterness in the finish rounds out the exceptional flavor.

Honestly, we can stop right here. Jaded could feel like a warm can of Pepsi on the tongue and I would still be impressed. Alas, this is a perfectly carbonated brew, with a distinct, refreshing medium body that only compliments its other characteristics.

Consider this my gateway to the plethora of Stillwater offerings. If dude's other brews are half as good as Jaded, I shall consider them rousing successes.

morningthief, May 03, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Dark ice tea body with an off-white head. Nice lace and retention.

S – Toffee, walnuts and brown sugar. Nice orange zest accents.

T – Orange marmalade, caramel, and brown breads up front. The middle adds a touch of spice with black pepper. Back end is fruity with raisins, dried plums, and apricot. A bright acidity frames the profile nicely.

M – Great effervescence. Medium body. Sweet, raisiny finish.

O – Simply delicious. There's very little keeping most of the categories from being a 5.

vfgccp, May 01, 2011
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark malts and moderate amounts of earthy and slightly musty hops. Also present are hints of cocoa powder and lighter amounts of green apples and pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors kick things off with very slight hints of roast and are joined quickly by light cocoa powder. Joining in shortly thereafter are ripe pears and slight green apples flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of earthy hops. The hops, dark malts, and pear flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer but I certainly didn’t dislike it either. I’m not a fan of the whole dark saison movement in general, but if you are you’ll likely enjoy this one as it’s one of the better ones I’ve had.

glid02, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is wheaty and yeasty with a firm hint of caramel and a touch of hops. It pours an inviting opaque chocolate brown with a slim pale head. Flavor is yeasty, wheaty and malty and has an undertone of caramel, hoppy and nutty hints, and a fairly strong alcohol nip. Texture is smooth, edgy and minimally fizzy. Finish has a whisper of sweetness within the alcohol bite.

Cyberkedi, Apr 24, 2011
Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.