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

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: dbrauneis on 07-23-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

stevefinny, Aug 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

MacStinson, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

pkalix, Aug 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Lob, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of larryi86
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.

larryi86, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of BierJager89
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.

BierJager89, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

dcbeers, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jbhollis1180, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

T-Leb, Sep 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

foxyaardvark27, Sep 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Timmy13T, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

smlmeyer, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Wrex68, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

YieldToNothing, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

zeff80, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

PaulMc, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

doowhat, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Bsetz, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

ChrisKayler, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Mphis, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

VAcrossr, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

GTB, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of carlos_fleico
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

355ml bottle poured into a wide-mouth snifter.

A: Pours a black, dark color, similar to a porter, but thinner, not nearly as viscous. About three fingers of an off-white head with low retention - dissipates quickly, leaving some lacing behind. Just by looking at it you can tell it isn't a stout or porter, because of the firmness of its head. (3.75)

S: Smell is very pleasant. Some roasted malts (less than you would expect for a beer this color), wheat cereal grains, a very refreshing and delicate tart citrus-like aroma, hints of cocoa. Hints of earthy hops, herbal and yeasty. (4.75)

T: Follows the nose on many aspects. Roasted malts right upfront, but not nearly as aggressive as it is in stouts or porters. The saison funkiness (a little stronger than usual) kicks in right after, with a spicy, peppery touch. The hints of cocoa are definitely noticeable in the taste as well. (3.75)

M: Light-bodied, high carbonation, dark sweet bread aftertaste. Very crisp and fizzy. (4)

O: Very interesting beer. Its "saisoness" comes pretty much all from its tartness, because the citrusy hints are very subtle, pretty much limited to the aroma paired with some tartness. I'm glad I tried this brew. (3.75)

carlos_fleico, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of alphagnome
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

alphagnome, Sep 05, 2013
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Sensory Series V.2 - Small Black from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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