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

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 28
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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stevefinny

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +24%

08-23-2013 01:51:08 | More by stevefinny
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MacStinson

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +24%

11-08-2013 16:41:36 | More by MacStinson
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pkalix

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

08-24-2013 02:52:42 | More by pkalix
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Lob

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

08-16-2013 01:07:39 | More by Lob
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larryi86

Delaware

4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger light tan head.

S- Roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate, some fruits, pepper, earth yeast.

T- Really nice, chocolate, roasted malts, light fruits, orange zest, peppers, earthy spices, very enjoyable.

M- Smooth, nice carbonation, light to medium body.

O- A nice unique black Saison. Worth trying, definitely since it is falling on the cheaper end for a beer from Stillwater.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 19:13:01 | More by larryi86
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

More dark saisons need to find their ways to taps 'round here. Just sayin'. This one pours a dark ruby-highlighted black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, toasted wheat, a pinch of clove, and a bit of candied orange peel in the distance. The taste brings in more of the same, the focus being on cocoa-laden wheat, but some Belgian-style yeast, some clove, some black pepper, and some banana peel making some major waves in the glass's industry. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, one of the better dark saisons I've had in a while. True story. Get some.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 20:48:13 | More by TMoney2591
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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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dcbeers

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-17-2013 19:44:59 | More by dcbeers
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jbhollis1180

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

Missouri

4/5  rDev +10.2%

09-24-2013 20:59:09 | More by T-Leb
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

4/5  rDev +10.2%

09-06-2013 21:49:38 | More by foxyaardvark27
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Timmy13T

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-03-2013 05:32:26 | More by Timmy13T
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YieldToNothing

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-11-2013 04:28:49 | More by YieldToNothing
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-17-2013 22:58:36 | More by zeff80
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PaulMc

Georgia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-23-2013 04:31:51 | More by PaulMc
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doowhat

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

Missouri

4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-16-2014 02:34:56 | More by Bsetz
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Mphis

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +10.2%

10-23-2013 05:09:33 | More by Mphis
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VAcrossr

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

09-14-2013 22:21:11 | More by VAcrossr
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GTB

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-11-2013 00:25:39 | More by GTB
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alphagnome

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
This is the first beer of this style that I have personally had that is pitch black. I get absolutely no light penetration with this one! Crowned with an airy, beige, finger-thick head that settles with time. Light carbonation & minimal lacing - it almost looks like a Pepsi.

Aroma:
The aroma on this one is a thing of beauty - generous roasted malt provide a backbone to pepper, lemon peel, plum, a nice amount of yeast, and earthy spices that I can't quite identity but coriander is definitely in attendance. It's impossible to stop smelling, there is so much here - each time I take it in I pick up something new. I'm in love!

Taste:
Roasted malts, fig, plum make up a very nice, refreshing saison that is haunted by the faint presence of coffee and hints of black Licorice and bitter cocoa. As this one warms, black Licorice becomes more noticeable.

Mouthfeel:
Carbonation hits you quick with this one, it's dancing from the second it hits your lips until you swallow. Body wise, this is pretty light with plenty of bubbly and finishes semi dry.

Overall:
This is an interesting take on the style and I would happily grab this one again, if I were lucky enough to find it!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 03:04:46 | More by alphagnome
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dar482

New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a black color with a slight bit of ruby coming through in the light. It has a tan head. Looks similar to a porter/stout.

The aroma has a hint of tartness, plum peel, saison character of lots of breadiness. Roasted malt. A good amount of phenolic note from the yeast. Some spices, licorice.

The flavor has a stout character with roasted malt and chocolate, it moves onto this complex gentle tartness of plum peel. There's a breadiness and continues with a phenolic saison flavor. The finish is slightly dry with roastiness and licorice.

Lots of carbonation on this one.

Tons of flavor for a 5% ABV beer and does the Belgian stout/black saison style really well.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 04:21:34 | More by dar482
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 07/01/13

A: Pours a very dark cola brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a slightly more than thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark malts with some dark fruits (plum and fig) as well as some hints of spices and an earthy yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of dark malts with some notes of dark fruit (plum and fig) and spices - coriander and a touch of orange zest. There is also some earthiness from the yeast. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall this is a very interesting blend of the saison style with the dark malts. Nice and light on the mouthfeel and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 01:07:26 | More by dbrauneis
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Black with red tints, root beer foam, spotty lacing.

S: Lemon, orange, stone, funk, maybe a light hint of smoke.

T: Lemon, grapefruit, stone, smoke, burnt, hoppy.

M: Medium, dry, coarse.

O: The aromas of a saison are noticeable as soon as the cap is off the bottle, an interesting counter to the black color of the beer. The pleasure of disjointed sight and smell does carry through to the flavor. Most of the elements of a saison are upfront though muted, citrus, stone funk. The flavor continues to lose some of the zipp of a typical saison as some smoky malt takes over, finishing with a hint of hop.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 19:43:38 | More by ianjsullivan
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra from SourAddict. Thanks! Served in a DryHop taster pint.

A - Generous tan foam settles to a thick, creamy cap, leaving behind stray splotches of lace. Body is very dark brown, verging on black, with some dark ruby transparency when held to the light.

S - Roasted malts, with hints of dark chocolate and caramel. Phenolic and peppery yeast presence is there; but I would probably guess Belgian Stout if asked to label this. There's perhaps a hint of stone fruit in the, and perhaps some floral hopping lingering after nearly four months in the bottle.

T - The taste is significantly more Saison-esque; there's more doughy and yeasty farmhouse flavors. Some under-ripe peach and apricot. Roast and dark chocolate show up later, imparting a mild bitterness. Flavor combination is surprisingly successful.

M - Grainy medium body, with active carbonation that manages to avoid being harsh. Clean finish that is more evocative of a Schwarzbier than a Saison. No alcohol, not that I expected any.

D - A really easy to drink beer that I enjoyed on the whole. There's an odd disconnect between the aroma and the taste, but not in an unpleasant way. Drinks more like a farmhouse schwarzbier than a black Saison. Liked this more than the similar 8% offering from Stillwater.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:26:07 | More by MasterSki
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Sensory Series V.2 - Small Black from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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