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

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BA SCORE
90
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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 18
Gots: 12 | 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:
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."

(Beer added by: beerpirates on 02-23-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of busternuggz
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a red wine glass.

Dark brown with a slight dark amber at the edges. Ridiculous 1 1/2" puffy, bubbly khaki head that leaves curtains of lacing. Head is resilient , slowly recedes to about 1/4".

Big floral notes, like fresh flowers, and subtle chocolate lead on the nose with some juicy lemon and orange undertones and herbalness, like gentian or fennel seed.

Nuttiness and light caramel hit me first on the taste with a tangy, bright chocolate/carob. Ends with some molasses and earth, a little plant-like hop bitterness, and licorice. Very different from the scent.

Light-medium body, smooth, a little sticky. Ends fairly clean.

Overall tasty and unique, a little weird though. It comes off like a complex, light bodied brown ale. Hard to know what to make of it but it has character.

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2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large head on a deep amber and dark body with decent lacing.

S: very sweet aroma, mostly pear, pineapple and green apple.

T: both lightly toasted and caramel malt, sour cherry, confectioners chocolate, fig and raisins.

M:medium body and moderate carbonation with a subtle semi dry finish.

Overall: The aroma is very good but a little different, tart, as compared to others. Not as sweet as some in the genre which is to my liking.

Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and brown sugar notes, as well as some dark fruit. The flavor is very similar. I get quite a bit of dark fruit notes, as well as some toffee and a little bit of caramel. There is a touch of alcohol and some candy-sugar-like sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Easter Sunday, decided to go all Belgian-y on this wonderfully chill spring day. This beer has been waiting in my beer closet for some time.

11.2 ounce brown bottle with more of that amazing Stillwater label art - seriously one of the best in the business. Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.

A. Walnut brown, deep and light-absorbent. The tan toasted marshmallow head is dense and even, a finger tall and supported by little rising bubbles from below. A very pretty beer. Tiny lace dots stick to the glass, but the head itself is everlasting.

S. Ahh, this is complex stuff. I added some of the yeasty lees, at first blush Jaded gives up a very Maudite-y aroma, heavy sweet malt, rich prunes and yeast character, mildly peppery. Some alcohol crunchiness too, but this is 10% after all. I'm looking for the wheat and it's elusive; this is a very yeast-driven smell, hearty and sweet.

T. Heck yes this is good. A large, billowing beer full of rich toasted malt, dark, sugary raisins and prunes, finished off with some delightful alcohol heat. The wheat adds deftness here, I think, and the yeast character on display is grand - complimentary, but reserved enough to know when to quiet down. Spicy, peppery notes and a minor herbal quality offset the malt sweetness and turn this into a complex, enjoyable delight.

M. Full, expansive carbonation keeps this from being too dense or sweet, while the finish alternates between candi sugar / malt sweetness and candi sugar and yeast driven spicy notes. Has a Weizenbock thing going on too, interestingly.

De Struise and Stillwater struck mithril here. Jaded is a very good beer, and maybe the best thing I've had from Stillwater. I will buy more and you should too.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of elNopalero
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for the bottle share.

This pours a nice looking murky raisin-brown color with a nice amount of foam. Bear in mind that I got the tail end of the bottle in my pour so I’m also looking at some yeast and sediment kicked up in the glass. But that’s because, as my buddy put it, I like that kind of thing. Heh.

There’s a fantastic aroma of raisins and figs, really more like this thick, dark, dried fruit scent that is in itself just amazing. Tastes fantastic. It’s malty yet light on the palate, thanks to its effervescence. Flavors of raisins and figs and a touch of tobacco coat the palate in layers, with this hint of it’s 10% abv only coming across at the very end. If you can only have one beer tonight make it this one.

Photo of beagle75
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque caramel brown with virtually no head.

Aroma is Belgian candi sugar balanced with oaky earthy notes. Caramel and toffee. Acidic with subtle anise.

Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet, tart, and acidic at the same time. More caramel and toffee from the nose along with the addition of dark fruit. Finishes with dry woody tannins and a slight tartness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Chewy.

Overall a pleasant BSDA. Flavorful and smooth. A winner.

Photo of bashiba
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
90 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.