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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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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the Belmont Station. It's been a while since I've had a Brian Stillwater beer. Bottled 1st July 2013.

Pouring a very dark brown (black, essentially) with a dense, brown head with good retention and a little lacing, this is a nice looking saison. The nose is solid, with a moderate roasted malt character, a mild smoke note, a very nice (continental) floral hop character with mint and grass. Yeast isn't super expressive here, I gather this is supposed to be a saison/schwarzbier hybrid, and based on this sample, the schwarz is winning. A rather clean yeast character is present with minimal phenols. Very nice

The palate opens moderately roasty with a little bit of smoke and a very nice bittersweetness. This really does taste more like a schwarz than a saison, especially since the yeast is very clean and the blend of minty and mildly lemony hops with the malts bring exactly that style to mind. Grainy bitterness/acidity is minimal, and there's a very enjoyable grainy fullness to the palate. Medium-light in body with a roasty, chocolatey finish, this beer has a high levelof creamy carbonation. Very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 06:23:02 | More by DefenCorps
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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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stevefinny

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +24%

08-23-2013 01:51:08 | More by stevefinny
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-22-2013 21:24:06 | More by Boone757
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jmaharaj

Maryland

3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks nice, black with two finger, dense head, but that disappears quickly. not as rock as I would have expected. Smells pretty good too, some Belgian esters, blend nicely into a restrained roast, there is a tough of spicy hops. strong cardamom. taste is weird, slightly tinny and not very complex. mild debittered roasted malts and that's kind of it. mild sour note on the finish. Unpleasantly thin. Im usually happy with my Stillwater beers, but I don't like this.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 06:00:54 | More by jmaharaj
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kemoarps

Washington

3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Just what it says on the tin (or bottle as the case may be...): it pours a cola black. Nice little tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving me with less lace than a pair of granny panties. dah well.

Smell is grainy, with a burnt character to it. Like if part of a granary burnt down. There's a crisp almost-sweet note underneath but this gives way to the earthy graininess and a touch of kitchen spice.

Taste follows suit. All malts, all the time. Grains with more-burnt-than-roasty edges. There's a little touch of those kitchen-cabinet spices in there too, though I can't quite put my finger on which ones it brings out.

Very drinkable, it quenches the thirst, just doesn't really stand out to me. Wouldn't go out of my way for one, but I'd drink it if someone gave it to me

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 22:01:09 | More by kemoarps
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-18-2013 02:31:11 | More by Knapp85
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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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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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Lob

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-14-2013 17:58:28 | More by vermilcj
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-12-2013 19:31:36 | More by martyl1000
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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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GTB

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

08-08-2013 01:21:05 | More by Proclarush
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Tuckersmth

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

08-05-2013 16:02:44 | More by Tuckersmth
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-04-2013 02:49:11 | More by GreesyFizeek
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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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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-31-2013 21:01:51 | More by AngusOg
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beerist

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

07-27-2013 16:57:57 | More by beerist
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PaulMc

Georgia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-23-2013 04:31:51 | More by PaulMc
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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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Sensory Series V.2 - Small Black from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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