1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Premium - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

176 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 176
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A ’Post Prohibition’ style ale brewed with Pilsner malt, corn, and rice. Hopped at 2lbs per BBL with Cluster, Northern Brewer, and Saaz and fermented with a farmhouse ale yeast and 2 strains of brettanomyces to weigh in at 4.5% ABV.

Batch 1 750ml
Batch 2 22oz

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-10-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 176 | Reviews: 62 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jzlyo, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +5%

bmur112, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Dawkins
4/5  rDev +5%

Dawkins, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of impending
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

impending, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ummswimmin, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of bccocx
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

bccocx, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 2

Pours a hazy bright golden yellow color with a one finger white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Funky sulfuric aroma with hints of egg salad and fart along with musty bugs and light fruit.  The sulfuric presence is really strong and pretty unpleasant but there is a musty, earthy brett presence and light fruit esters balancing things out.  Subtle grainy adjunct presence as well.  

Slightly funky but light bodied and much easier to drink than anticipated.  Dry and earthy with subtle wood and sulfur along with funky bugs and light fruit notes. Decent dry brett presence with a touch of sulfuric funk followed by grainy adjuncts as well as some apple and pear sweetness.  

corby112, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of RobertColianni
3/5  rDev -21.3%

RobertColianni, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Timmy13T
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Timmy13T, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Mattias, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of dvmky
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

dvmky, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of GPHarris
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - opens with a bang as we have a slight gusher though not much beer was lost. poured a three-fingers thick, fluffy, eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left a bright and bubbly golden color. good sheeting and lacing throughout.
s - floral hops with some lemon citrus aromas.
t - lemon tartness, biscuity, grainy, herbal.
m - prickly and bubbly from lively carbonation.
o - decent beer but a little boring and overly carbonated.

GPHarris, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

chippo33, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of alysmith4
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

alysmith4, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of WDJersey
3/5  rDev -21.3%

WDJersey, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of heygeebee
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

heygeebee, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the bottle into a wine like snifter glass. Much thanks to Lea and the DC bottle share gang.

A real nice pale lemon body, even throughout, with a thin foamy off white head that is quite bright in appearance. Looks more like a saison.

Nose hits with a huge reeking sense. Hops and must and yeasty stanky quality. Dirt. Burnt leaves and herbs. Must. Mulch. Compost. Farmhouse gone overboard, quite off putting for me.

First sip is quite bitter on the palate. Huge notes of flowery and garden earth qualities. Fairly noticeable peppery finish hinting at farmhouse yeast components, but also with a tin metal box tinny aftertaste to match. Sharp. Jarring. Qualitiy aromatics and flavors but overkilled.

Overall the brew feels incredibly unbalanced and too out of kilter on the funky sense. This isn't for me, this feels like it went for broke and burned everything in it's path to get there.

smakawhat, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Rwalford74, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy almost milky pale straw with massive pillowy head. Almost immediately it begins to crater and lump up with giant soapy bubbles and leave lacing trailing around the glass.

S: Wheaty biscuits with wet hay and funky bretta. Lemony tartness and a solid wet leather finish.

T: Round kick of bretta straight to the mouth. No mistaking it for another style. Ripe bananas are detectable with wet horse blanket, pithy lemons and limes and wheaty chewiness. Forward on the funk meter and not for the faint of heart.

M: Snappy carbonation with a light dry and sour mouthfeel.

O: This beer feels true to the claim of being styled in prohibition times given its cloudy unfiltered, almost milky appearance. Its sour wild taste and smell is raw and upfront. Worth given it a try should you find it in your area.

FondueVoodoo, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev +5%

DeutschesBier, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

InspectorBob, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -21.3%

xnicknj, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of random846
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

random846, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of mikeincharleston
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

mikeincharleston, May 26, 2013
Photo of harrisjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

harrisjohnson, May 18, 2013
Premium from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
86 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.