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Sensory Series V.2 - Small Black - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dbrauneis on 07-23-2013)
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micropale

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-11-2014 14:32:49 | More by micropale
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Carl_R

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-28-2014 01:01:25 | More by Carl_R
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socon67

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Black pour with visible carbonation. Dark cola brown color with a thin foam head.

S - Smells of lemon and berry. Some sour notes in the aroma.

T - Tastes of tart citrus with some bready yeast in the finish. Some dark malt is detected. Many subtle notes to the is beer including some berry flavors as the beer set.

M - Carbonation is a little high for the style. Light bodied beer. Perhaps a tad watery as well. Leaves a pleasant tart bite in the finish.

O - Stillwater is one of the banners of the saison style. Decent beer, but I've had better from them. I've yet to really embrace the dark saisons as compared to their traditional cousin.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 17:15:42 | More by socon67
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Mojo

Alabama

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - opaque black with foamy two finger head, great retention, and minimal lacing.

S - oranges, lemons, grasses

T - very strong lemon taste with a crabapple tartness, bitter but dry finish

M - thick body with a very slight aftertaste

O - easy to drink, not something I would seek again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 03:07:29 | More by Mojo
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is milk and roasted malt, but nicer than that sounds.
The taste has a dull bitterness that borders on metallic with a roasty malt profile towards the end.
The texture is crisp with a lot of fizzy carbonation.
It has a good flavor but the carbonation level was too high.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 01:40:16 | More by Fatehunter
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livingtodie

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-04-2014 20:29:51 | More by livingtodie
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timoteo833

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

06-02-2014 00:44:03 | More by timoteo833
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afsdan

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-22-2014 20:27:06 | More by afsdan
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doowhat

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-11-2014 19:18:28 | More by doowhat
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-28-2014 02:25:05 | More by Sammy
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ericlawton007

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-14-2014 23:12:10 | More by ericlawton007
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Sampling right now on 4/11/14. Bought this single 12 ounce bottle for $3.29 last night. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass stein.

Pours a pitch black in color with a almost 2-finger head that settles down after a while to around 3mm that covered the top. Spotty lacing is seen that clings to the glass. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with a spice, maybe coriander (?) The taste is bitter right up front from a sour roasted malt. At first I thought I had a bad brew but couldn't read the date that looked like 'Dec.--, 13'. I checked some reviews on this one and others wrote that this is sour. Very close to dumping it out but seen to just get a tad better BUT not much.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 02:52:53 | More by BeerWithMike
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 7/1/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, grain, earth, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour roasted malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with an interesting sourness in the taste that clashes somewhat with the roast aspects in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 02:27:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-25-2014 23:48:24 | More by rolltide8425
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sd123

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-11-2014 02:20:20 | More by sd123
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, date stamped on neck as bottled in July 2013, served in a Belgian snifter.

This hybrid ale poured wth a minimal tan head over a clear, very dark brown body.

A number of odd hybrid coming out lately, some of which seem questionnable or prove to be less attractive than the conventional components. This "schwarzbier / saison hybrid" sounds like it might fall in this group, but Stillwater succeeds in making a compelling case for this particular innovation. The saison side, being a more powerful variety anyway, does dominate the black beer, but doesn't enitrely mask its sweet dark roasted character. I found the result to be less challenging and easier drinking than an average saison. Certainly more complex and interesting than the average schwarzbier.

Feel: medium+, lively carbonation in a medium body.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 00:05:08 | More by chinchill
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PPOmaha

Nebraska

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Roast with just a bit of sourness. Red wine grapes and stone fruits. No diacetyl, No DMS.

Appearance: Dark brown with mahogany highlights. Slightly off white head that falls quickly.

Taste: In line with the aroma, very slightly tart roast malt. Finish is like unripe stone fruit, tiny bit of tannic quality.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation. The finish is slightly drying.

Overall: OK beer has the classic dry and tart saison yeast finish but not much stands out here. Maybe the roast malt drowns out some of the subtlety of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 00:44:26 | More by PPOmaha
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kmos27

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

02-12-2014 02:43:03 | More by kmos27
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minterro

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought at the Perfect Pour in the Source for about $3. Cool label as always with stillwater. Poured into a pint glass (almost a full pint, bottle was super full), paired with popcorn.

Bottled: 07/01/13

A&S: Fizzy light tan head fades very quickly retaining just specks. Beer is a lighter black and lively, but still opaque. Primary sour complemented by some background mild roast tones.

T&M: Initially not much taste (and overall not very intense), but as it warms roasty qualities come forth. There is a solid peach like fruitiness and pepper spice that comes through in the mid-taste. The finish is ever so slightly dry and slightly smokey. Very drinkable. Body is light and carbonation is medium to high.

Overall: I know it is a black saison so it's going to be different, but to me, it just didn't contain the enough presence of the traditional saisons qualities. Not a bad beer and I'm not upset cause it was worth 3 bucks, but I wouldn't buy it again (not one of my favorites I have tried so far from them).

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 04:26:54 | More by minterro
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Lunny777

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-10-2014 02:35:12 | More by Lunny777
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Braseltonage

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

02-09-2014 19:01:51 | More by Braseltonage
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BierJager89

California

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a mocha head.

S: Peach, orange, a touch of roasted malt and fruity Belgian yeast esters in the nose.

T: Peach, malt, a touch of roasted malt, pine, lemon and citrus peel.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: This is a good dark saison, but it doesn't quite blend the dark, roasty flavors with the light fruity flavors as some others do. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:31:18 | More by BierJager89
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jbhollis1180

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.2%

02-03-2014 16:19:04 | More by jbhollis1180
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (dated 07/01/13) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- 2-finger, brown head. Near black body. Head drops to a foamy lace. Consistent bubbling in the middle apparent only at the surface due to dark body. Little left on the glass.

S- A little powdered chocolate at first. Some berry-like sweet and tart characteristics. Hints of raisin? Licorice? Some black pepper.

T- Raisin and licorice are in there. Some chocolate, maybe even coffee-like. A little sweet and tart cherry/raspberry.

M- medium body. Slightly chalky. Moderate-light carbonation.

O- These crossover beers are hit or miss for me. As a fan of traditional saisons, this beer veers a bit too much for my tastes and becomes too stout-like. Taking expectations out of the equation, it's very drinkable. Maybe I'm not going to buy it again, but glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:57:17 | More by GRPunk
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-22-2014 04:04:09 | More by zestar
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Sensory Series V.2 - Small Black from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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