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

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BA SCORE
82
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107 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 31
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:
No notes at this time.

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

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.

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%

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!

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

Georgia

3.09/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

10-29-2013 20:25:29 | More by QuentinCall
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a fine one finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, toasted malt, mocha, light citrus. Initial flavor of toasted malt that quickly changes to dry citrusy saison with mild citrus rind, earthy spicing; finishes dry with light spice and hop bitterness. Light bodied with peppery carbonation. The combination of toasted malt and saison yeast is interesting and worked pleasantly, but the flavors were subdued and the finish was a bit stark from the promise of the initial taste. Stillwater doesn't seem to make anything that is not well crafted, but this one was not that exciting.

10-29-2013 03:08:21 | More by LiquidAmber
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twelveinches

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-26-2013 06:04:14 | More by twelveinches
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

10-26-2013 01:26:07 | More by MasterSki
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-26-2013 00:47:10 | More by petermethot
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.86/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

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

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-08-2013 01:36:03 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Kahlstrom

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-07-2013 06:36:47 | More by Kahlstrom
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agreenman19

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-06-2013 03:37:16 | More by agreenman19
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

10-05-2013 22:49:47 | More by BeerHunter76
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

09-28-2013 01:51:02 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

09-28-2013 01:42:37 | More by kjkinsey
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syndelee

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-26-2013 00:59:15 | More by syndelee
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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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MathNut

Missouri

3/5  rDev -17.4%

09-19-2013 03:19:59 | More by MathNut
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-16-2013 17:23:33 | More by JAHMUR
Sensory Series V.2 - Small Black from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
82 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.