Kentucky Styled Folklore | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Kentucky Styled FolkloreKentucky Styled Folklore
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Kentucky Styled FolkloreKentucky Styled Folklore

Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cosmicevan on 11-17-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As others have mentioned, I'm pretty sure this was infected (unless Stillwater was going for a sour stout, which doesn't appear to be the case from the label). Gusher upon opening, strong sour smell, and a tart fruity taste. Definitely not what I expected and probably not what was intended.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a motor oil black body with one finger tan head and has an aroma that is like molasses/syrup, toasted malts, oakiness/woodiness and even touch of dark fruits. Thick bodied, sticky yet smooth, the barrel aging keeps beer smooth while giving off minor booziness and vanilla sweetness. This aspect is balanced with roasted malts, hints of chocolate, and I up faint Belgian characteristics like yeast and dark fruits like figs/plums. Interesting beer that reminded me of a Belgian more than stout and while not most flavorful beer it is enjoyable.

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Photo of target88
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IPAchris
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Magery
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dataylor21
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First off, as a big fan of ba stouts I would argue that this isnt really a stout. As far as compared to its competition its not at the top of the list and when 1 bottle costs twice that of a bcbs, its really not worth buying again, still to be fair it was an original take on the ba stout and was still quite tasty.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ismeon
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A bottle of some size and shape poured into a snifter. Look is just like the label black and plagued by death. Also It has a nice thin layer of head resting on top of it. It has some more features to it but honestly the "Feel" has given me feelings and I'm struggling to figure out how to articulate them. Overall the taste is what I had trouble with. I didn't have enough of the boozy and bourbon taste I would expect to find with a barrel aged brew.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in late 2014. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toffee, cherry, raisin, plum, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toffee, cherry, raisin, plum, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Light roast bitterness/yeast spiciness and slight fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toffee, cherry, raisin, plum, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice; with a minimal amount of tannic acidity. Alcohol is well hidden with a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice barrel aged Belgian style stout. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsurfs82
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of loverofthecraft
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well how do you rate a pretty decent beer that is not at all true to style? First off, the capped bottle erupted when gently opened. Dark beer with a thin white sudsy head. Smells of fruity licorice. This thing tastes like a sour with dark roasted malts but is labeled as a BBA stout..this only leads me to believe it's an infected stout. It does NOT taste like a BBA stout but is still pretty tasty.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As others have mentioned this definitely drinks more like a dark fruit sour than a stout. The only thing that seems "stout like", to me, is a bit of roasted flavor on the finish (bitter chocolate). Not a bad beer but not what one expects when the bottle says BA stout on it.

As it warms it starts to taste a bit more "stouty".

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark, but not inky, black with a loose and foamy tan head that provides mild lacing. The nose is burnt sugar, chocolate, and hints of vanilla bourbon. The taste has a few more elements I'd expected from a belgian strong ale - bready yeast, warming alcohol, some spice - along with the same chocolate-y bourbon sweetness that dominates the nose. However, in the taste, the latter elements only seem to come off as rough and astringently bitter. It's medium-heavy body is drinkable, but lacks the richly sweet smoothness you'd expect from a BA stout by comparison. The lighter body and fruity yeast presence are interesting elements, which set this beer apart from the typical heavy beers that are laid to rest in bourbon barrels. Overall, this beer's enjoyable to drink and seems to harmonize the elements of a strong belgian and barrel well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

an entirely different take on a bourbon barrel aged stout, this is unlike any other, mostly because of how weird the yeast is and how light the body is, and its nothing like its base beer either. its the right color in the glass, almost the same shade as the label on the bottle, and has a fairly sturdy off white head. its thin though, not clinging to the edges of the glass at all, and certainly not looking as viscous and intimidating as most in its genre. the nose is brett and funk, more saison yeast than stout qualities, its tartness comes through more than the barley roast or the barrel. after one sip, this is more wild ale than stout to me, and way more funky than the base beer, which wasnt nearly this advanced. im wondering if there was some unexpected bacterial stuff happening in the barrel. i like with wild yeast nature of it, but it covers up the stout i think, and the bourbon barrel seems almost out of place in this type of beer, thin body aside. the more it warms up the better it gets, but i should have aged this one awhile. i have had sour stouts, and this isnt that, its something much different. very very dry, some bitterness, wine-like acidity, and a challenging beer on the whole to say the least. you would never know its this strong either. it really caught up to me. for the price i might buy it again and sit on one, worth trying, but super strange

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Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 3/1/15, accidentally put it under "Folklore - Bourbon Barrel Aged." Wish I would've drank that one, sounds better. Thought this had a weird/early infection, but it might be partially sour mashed. I say this because it tasted kind of weird for an infection (almost likable), also the beer's name is "Kentucky Styled." The only beer style from Kentucky is the Kentucky Common, which is sour mashed. That could be reading into it too much though, couldn't find any additional info when I searched.

Stillwater commented on aging it "drink up.. it's already been aged." Yea, barrel aged stouts are obviously the worst candidate for aging... You think they'd add more of an explanation, lots of people enjoy aging barrel aged stouts and most can be ("stout", beer buyer told me this was maybe blended with BSDA/regular Folkore, but the person was being shady/unclear. Can't remember if he heard that from a distributor or Stillwater rep though. Also, just taste it...) In any case, the lack of transparency with this beer is really upsetting. If it was sour mashed, say that on the label. If it is an infection, add "wild" or something to the title if you're still going to sell it. Pretend you meant to sour it like other breweries do and battle with your conscience for awhile, even jack up the price because that souring bacteria adds cost, right? If you have barrels in the same facility as wild things, send a sample to a lab because you are a professional brewer and are trying to take people's money (for something you're proud of or simply because you want it?). Wasn't disappointed with the beer overall (besides the price point of $10 for a 375), just the deception. Nothing on the bottle indicated sour or funk and there's no information online.

On to the actual beer. Weird slight funk that might be a tad sour and dry up front. If it was an infection, then it was one of the few I've thought tasted alright/a little good. Not like Tart of Darkness where the funky sourness tastes intentional and undoubtedly good, this one makes you wonder. Led into intense roastiness and decent chocolate, this part was very good. That sourness combined with the roast definitely tasted weird after the initial bursts of char, almost terrible, but kind of good at the same time, walking the border... Glad I didn't wait another day to drink this, could've went horrible real fast.

This wasn't a bad beer when I had it, but I left very disappointed in the perceived secrecy. Don't want to have to email you for information about the beer you created, especially when you bottle/price it as something special.

Everyone makes mistakes, just admit it, will take a lot to buy another BA beer from these people. Can't say I plan to buy any Stillwater in the foreseeable future. Have had 14 beers from them now and only one was more than pretty good, the Westbrook collab using Westbrook's gose as the base. I think Stillwater banks on the fact that not too many distributing US breweries are focused on saisons right now. That can be seen in Prairie too, who are able to charge a good amount for their (much better) saisons. Hope this changes soon. For my tastes, Stillwater is worth $2, maybe $2.50, per 12 oz/375 ml bottle right now.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boccu
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very tame stout easy to drink No real big flavor taste.

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Beer rating: 55.6% out of 100 with 36 ratings
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