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

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
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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Bsetz

Missouri

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

2.28/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Missouri

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -38%

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

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-10-2013 20:01:44 | More by jaydoc
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MacStinson

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +24%

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

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-08-2013 05:15:03 | More by MarkyMOD
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CloudStrife

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on July 1, 2013

A: Pours a clear dark brown appearing almost black in the glass with a slightly tanned head. Head is fairly quick to dissipate. A few spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Mild farmhouse aroma blended with roasted malts. Yeastiness comes through nicely adding some depth. Bit of sweetness and hints of chocolate.

T: Yeast is in the forefront of this beer and carries the flavor. A solid dose of chocolate compliments the roasted malt. Banana flavors a fairly strong.

M: In the middle between feeling watery and having a creaminess from the yeast. Low to moderate carbonation. Finish is a touch sticky.

Overall its a well crafted beer just not what I normally expect from Stillwater. Seems to be a bit lacking in what it could have been.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 03:15:26 | More by CloudStrife
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dcollinsOX

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-02-2013 21:54:39 | More by dcollinsOX
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

definitely not the best from Stillwater here, a paper thin acidic black saison that never really picks up. thought it would be good for Halloween, but its to small, more than the name implies. its watery dark brown in color with a pretty solid off white head that fades out after just a few minutes. nose of light chocolate malt and roasted barley, whiffs of saison yeast, but in the background. very acidic feel and finish, overcoming the roast character and amounting to very little as far as aftertaste and takeaway. cola style carbonation makes the whole thing move too fast, and with the odd mix of flavors and textures, this one misses for me. its short of being a sour, but is almost trying to be. its all or nothing, not on the fence, and this one just doesn't commit. I wont hold it against Stillwater though, who has done nothing but impress me heretofore. ive got the cellar door in the fridge, so second chance is immediate!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:33:30 | More by StonedTrippin
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QuentinCall

Georgia

3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Initially ineffectual Coca-Cola collaboration.
That with exposure, moments of hands,
Warmth, an incalculable number of minutes
(for further perception's sake),
Became basically pleasant.
Though, unwarranted or impenetrable in a way
That is merely black so as to be black,
And not in the charge of nuanced virtue or spirit.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 20:25:29 | More by QuentinCall
Sensory Series V.2 - Small Black from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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