Existent - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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3.66/5 rDev -5.4%
12oz bottle. Pours black with a light mocha head. This stays rich and sudsy, leaving back a smattering of spotty lacing behind. The aroma smells of oak, dark vinous fruit and spice. Smoky roast and cocoa sit underneath. The taste is dark fruit, acrid roast, some sweet Bourbon char and a strong spiciness that lingers in a burnt and oaky finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft yet firm creaminess that expands out into the mouth. There is some light warmth here but it doesn't inhibit the overall feel here. As far as BA Saisons go, this was pretty solid. The barrel added some flavor here but really didn't interfere at all with the base. Worth a look.
09-03-2013 21:12:31 | More by Kegatron
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
A - Same as existent. Towering khaki head with moderately loose bubbles. Great retention and stellar lace. Deep mahogany body.
S - A medley of tart grape, deep oak, vinegar brined vegetables, and dry barn aromas.
T - Dry raw wood up front into crisp bourbon: a kiss of smoke, oak, burnt caramel, and vanilla. Surprisingly little booze. Soft, semisweet finish.
M - Medium/light body with nice carbonation.
O - The profile grew on me over time. One of the better raw bourbon flavors I've had in a beer, but not much else.
08-23-2012 19:24:58 | More by vfgccp
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
Pours dark brown in color with a small head. Has a nice combination of fruit and pepper along with some hints of chocolate, lots of roasted malt, and a touch of oak. Not really that much whiskey or vanilla. Maybe a touch of tartness. Light raisin and plum tartness on the flavor with wood, roast, and a bit of black pepper. Light vanilla with some sweet malt and sugar to balance it out.
07-17-2012 18:02:46 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Shared a bottle of this with Jdense during the Belgian fest at Max's.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. Nose is intriguing, as I pick up malt balls, Belgian spice and vanilla. In combination, it was a bit unusual, though still attractive I thought. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though I'm picked up some bourbon on the palate that I didn't notice in the aroma profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the alcohol well disguised and well integraged into the flavor profile.
An interesting beer, no doubt, though I'm not sure the barrel aging really improves this beer all that much.
03-06-2012 15:57:14 | More by John_M
3.3/5 rDev -14.7%
A: Poured a brown color with great carbonation leaving a huge frothy cap. Bubbles remain halfway through the glass.
S: Lighter bourbon, oak and some light spice
T: Starts with a warming bourbon booziness, oak, underlying vanilla round it out with a light lingering bitterness and spice on the back courtesy of cocoa, hops and maybe some rye
M: Medium body but also thin and perhaps a tad bit overcarbonated, dry and lighter than I expected
O: A beer I was happy to try courtesy of Thorpe429
02-08-2012 03:08:52 | More by barleywinefiend
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
bottle poured into tulip
Pours an opaque chestnut brown, nearly black. Thick, frothy beige head rests on top, retaining really well and leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.
Kind of a mix between a saison and a dryer stout in the nose. Hints of spice and light hops mixed with vanilla and chocolate. A little oaky and warm.
Nutty and slightly funky up front with a touch of spice. Light hop presence on the tongue. Touches of dark chocolate and leafyness, some hints of vanilla and oak from the barrel. Not too boozy, a soft warmth wraps around the palate. Decent malt character with slight sweetness and bread crust. Finishes a little warm and dry.
Fuller medium body, well carbonated, creamy and slick on the tongue. An interesting beer from Stillwater - I think this definitely improved the base beer, which I wasn't really crazy about. Most of these barrel aged beers from them have been really tasty, I'm looking forward to more.
01-16-2012 19:05:51 | More by xnicknj
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
Bottle, pours a dark, dark burgundy with a beige head. Nose is soft and pleasant, vanilla, cinnamon, a touch of bourbon. Very soft feel in the mouth, grainy and earthy, I can see the sharp quality of rye there, with a splash of vanilla and bourbon along the finish. Soft and balanced, sweet and earthy, a unique grainy edge, very nice.
12-16-2011 02:30:44 | More by JAXSON
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
11.2oz into Lost Abbey Snifter stemmed glass. Purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA.
A: This pours a deep dark brown with reddish hues. Half finger of tan head that is goes down really quickly. On the swirl you get more of that tan head with tight tiny bubbles. Some lacing in the glass but not tons. Some alcohol feet.
S: Very interesting smells. I had to really get in there on the swirl. I got some mild funk. I got some tart cherry notes. Also some dark fruits: raisin and plum maybe.
T: This may be a tad to cold to get everything out of it. I got some of that funky twang initially then those cherry hints. I really don't know where the BA comes in? Maybe a touch of vanilla? There seems to be a little touch of alcohol burn on the back of the throat but not overpowering. Thinking it was to cold I let it come up a little bit: very complex beer! Dark fruits from the nose are there for sure, dark cherry and plum. That alcohol burn is probably the bourbon but again not overpowering. Definitely oakey.
M: Medium bodied with good mouth coating.
O: B+ to A-. Again, very interesting brew. As advertised. But all the same I would drink again. Wonder what age could do to this, if anything.
10-31-2011 02:18:07 | More by inlimbo77
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
Poured from a bottle into a Chimay glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with two fingers of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Sweet and malty, brown sugar and lots of dark fruit notes. Mild alcohol too.
Taste: Mostly reminds me of the smell. Sweet malt dominates. Some caramel and vanilla as well as bourbon from the barrel. Smooth with warm alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a mildly dry finish.
Overall: I didn't like this as much as the Chardonay Stateside, but I thought this was a solid effort.
10-22-2011 20:48:50 | More by oline73
4.7/5 rDev +21.4%
From a 12ounce Bottle. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Existent.
A-It's dark! Very Opaque, not much else to go with here.
S-Whoa. Like Herbs, very Sage like. Spicy smell with herbal after smells. what is this?
T-Belgian Saison barrel aged? Crazy complex. One of the most complex brews i've ever had. Its spicy up front with a very very very woody taste towards the backend. This is where the brew shines at most. It will leave you questioning everything else you've ever tasted including you're on existent.
M-About the norm for a barrel aged brew. Not chewy, but not completely light.
O-Solid Brew. I recommend and hope that they make more. Didn't try the Chardonnay aged version but the bourbon works for me. Give it a whirl.
10-14-2011 06:23:24 | More by SGplayer84
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
330ml. Picked up in Savannah. Decided on Sams perfect pint. Very dark brown/mohoghany pour. Rocky light tan head fills the "bulb" portion of the glass.
Aroma, some barnyard yeast with a bunch of chocolate, malt and oak. Ok, different.
Taste, some cherry and slight sour fruit, apple up front. Quickly goes to a roast note. Finish with some slightly oaky malt and cocoa. There is a strong earthy note there also.
Nice lively carbonation, but still a little more heavy and coating than some. Very little alcohol presence.
It's good, but it is a little different. I like that there isn't very much clove, allspice or bannana.
10-12-2011 01:07:20 | More by Bung
Existent - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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