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

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82
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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dbrauneis on 07-23-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

syndelee, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

T-Leb, Sep 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

MathNut, Sep 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

JAHMUR, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

VAcrossr, Sep 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

mendvicdog, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

2dogbrew, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of foxyaardvark27
4/5  rDev +10.2%

foxyaardvark27, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of alphagnome
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

Appearance:
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.

Aroma:
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!

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Overall:
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
Photo of KevT
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

KevT, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Listened to with the appropriate music.

A: Dark black; opaque. Nice white head.

S: Smells like a saison, with a light roastedness and tinge of soap. Belgian yeast.

T: Very light-bodied, almost lagerish. Roast is very light, and Belgian yeast is appreciated and noticeable. Interesting and nice.

M: Lightly carbonated and appreciated. Well-bodied.

O: It's okay, but not incredible. I wouldn't buy another.

AgentMunky, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

jrohrbacher, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Jtrigonis
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Jtrigonis, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

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

DefenCorps, Aug 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

pkalix, Aug 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

stevefinny, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Boone757, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of jmaharaj
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

jmaharaj, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of kemoarps
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%

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

kemoarps, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Knapp85, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of dcbeers
4/5  rDev +10.2%

dcbeers, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of larryi86
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Lob, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

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
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

vermilcj, Aug 14, 2013
Sensory Series V.2 - Small Black from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
82 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.