Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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4.75/5 rDev +17.3%
Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a clear red-orange amber with a thin off-white head that dissipated to patch foam and a ring around the glass with slippery lacing. Interesting aroma of toasted malt, dark dried fruit, dark fruit esters, almost like a rich porter blended with a Belgian dark. Flavor is dominated by the dark dried fruit emphasizing dates and figs, sweet earthiness, rich caramel malt with hints of toasted malt, finishes with sweet fresh and dried dark fruit, leaning towards a barleywine profile, but retaining the dark Belgian fruitiness and character. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Very nice flavor balance. Hope I can find another bottle of this one. Stillwater is amazing, but combined with de Struise, a sublime collaboration.
08-30-2013 03:21:51 | More by LiquidAmber
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
3.76/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
06-25-2013 12:58:42 | More by Tone
3.99/5 rDev -1.5%
A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a murky texture. There was almost no head to speak of. Very little lacing either.
S: A good aroma of malt, apples, spices, and a sugary quality.
T: Tasted of green apples, Belgian yeast, caramel, malt, and some spices. A nicely complex, focused beer with a lot of force to it. Quite tasty.
M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.
O: One of better examples of a BSDA made by an American brewer. Isn't quite as fantastic as some of Stillwater's saisons, but a tasty beer nonetheless.
06-10-2013 17:40:42 | More by avalon07
4.06/5 rDev +0.2%
The beer pours a light brown amber with a dense, creamy, off-white head that laces. It has a very interesting nose; herbal, almost barrel aged bourbon booze, and candy sugar. Drinking it provides much less of the herbal aromatics/flavors as everything blends together, once again similar to a barrel aged beer (even though it's not BA). Upfront there is caramelized sweetness followed by subtle floral herbal notes and a very subtle bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, rich with balanced flavors, herbal (not excessively), and delicious. This is a unique, approachable gruit-esque beer that's definitely worth trying if you have the chance.
03-26-2013 01:19:17 | More by ThePorterSorter
Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.