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

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BA SCORE
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104 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.44%
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:
No notes at this time.

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

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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

California

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

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

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-22-2014 04:04:09 | More by zestar
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Focusf111

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-18-2014 20:46:37 | More by Focusf111
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Bsetz

Missouri

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-15-2014 02:59:16 | More by Squidly
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kguard

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-12-2014 14:37:06 | More by kguard
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Dcunicelli

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-10-2014 18:22:32 | More by Dcunicelli
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Zach136

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-06-2014 01:50:36 | More by Zach136
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

12-31-2013 12:55:09 | More by xnicknj
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Supergenious

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-20-2013 00:33:10 | More by Supergenious
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-16-2013 00:28:00 | More by Kerrie
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dar482

New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -26.4%

Picked up a bottle at Pinnoccio's in Media on Thanksgiving day. Bottled on date reads 7/1/13. Poured into snifter for review. Appears black with large tan head. Smell is really dormant. Some earthy tones but overall nothing that really pops. Maybe some really subtle phenols but pretty BLAH for any saison standards. Tastes like a stout that was fermented at higher than normal temps. Mouthfeel is about medium. More on the bitter side as dryness along with the dark malts completely mask any residual sugars.

Overall, this one is a dud for me. My first Stillwater brew for me. I hope their lineup is much better than this.

12-08-2013 23:18:45 | More by jwhancher
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ZoomanCru

Colorado

2.28/5  rDev -37.4%

App: Very dark, more in line with a stout. Small amount of reddish hue towards the outside of the glass. Thick head of small bubbles, again more in keeping with a stout, dark head however that fades quickly.
Smell: Dark earthy notes but not without that certain saison sharpness.Not nearly as floral, definitely leaning towards the malt end. Slightly sour aroma with notes of wet wood and figs.
Taste: Dark roasted malts in the beginning, giving way to a crisp but mild saison finish. Lacks the floral wallop of most saisons. Slightly bitter throughout with a mild metallic sharpness that's off-tasting. Repeated sips yield stronger but no more complicated flavors. Saison sourness with almost no sweetness. Smokiness never really harmonizes with yeast flavors.
Mouth: Slightly over carbonated. A bit stinging at first, only serving to mask the initial deep roasted malts. Thin without any mentionable body.

12-02-2013 06:45:04 | More by ZoomanCru
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

A - Pours a deep mudied brown/damn near black with a nice finger of light mocha colored head, decent retention, strong lacing.

S - Some sweet but mostly roasty/slightly smokey malts, lots of sweet caramel, minimal cloveyness.

T - Decent roasty with hints of sweet malts, caramel, light dark fruit, yeastyness

M - Light bodied, relatively thin, good carbonation, very drinkable

11-23-2013 04:08:53 | More by MacQ32
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -6.9%

Super deep ruby, nearly black. Thick, fluffy off-white head retains and laces well.

I'm getting a yeast funk typical of saisons up front, then it gets a little spicy with a dark fruitiness in the smell.

Yeast, lemon flavors first, rounded out by a vague, dark fruit sweetness with a touch of chocolate. Earthy pine hops in the finish, but only a slight bitterness is detected. There's some depth of flavor, but it doesn't seem to meld very well for me. Not really digging the dark fruit flavors after getting that saison funk. Mostly sweet and dry with a very light body and delicately high carbonation. Stays smooth across the palate.

11-19-2013 23:04:17 | More by garuda
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-17-2013 22:58:36 | More by zeff80
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xungmound98

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

11-17-2013 20:41:45 | More by xungmound98
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3%

11-17-2013 03:47:47 | More by buckyp
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bmur112

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3%

11-12-2013 11:50:19 | More by bmur112
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mconner666

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

11-12-2013 00:08:46 | More by mconner666
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

11-10-2013 20:01:44 | More by jaydoc
Sensory Series V.2 - Small Black from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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