O Trabalho
Stillwater Artisanal Ales

O TrabalhoO Trabalho
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Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 10.24%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
53
From:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  11
SCORE
84
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O TrabalhoO Trabalho
Notes: An Amazon-inspired Sour ale brewed with Morada Cia Etilica in Brazil.
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with a nice dark fruit complex (grapes, figs, raisins, dates, cherries), nice tartness, sour, nice little funkyness. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, with a nice dark fruit complex (grapes, figs, raisins, dates, cherries), pretty nice funk, sour/tart. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this one surprised me, pretty tasty.

Jun 24, 2018
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. The beer has a black appearance with a light brown-colored head that stays with the beer throughout the evening. Some thick lacing on the sides. Aromas are a little faint, but apparent cherry flavors are sensed. The taste to this beer is nice and citrus-like with a very sour aftertaste. Nice, crisp carbonation overall. I really liked the carbonation to this beer the most, with other factors like appearance and taste coming in a close second.

Dec 11, 2016
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown but more mahogany when held to the light. Light tan head is two fingers and fades away not much lace on this one.

Aroma is nice a wild ale with some darkness to it, light peat, toffee even lighter coffee and coco powder notes. All of that on a normal fruity even though its a little darker then most wild ales, some tartness and light spice round things out. Like the nose hope the taste can keep up.

Taste is nice toffee notes mingled with dark cherries popping out among other fruity notes and a dry tartness. Hints of coco powder and spice under the funky fruity tartness. Pretty good wild ale like that its go little darkness going on that is a nice change.

Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium with fairly peppy carbonation that seems to be to the style.

Overall a nice little brew again the darker notes make this one a little more enjoyable for me or at least a little different.

Oct 26, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is fruit/sour, spices and a hint of toffee. The flavor is unique tropical fruit, mild wood, malts, spices, a hint of sweetness and a tart/dryish/sour finish.

Sep 27, 2016
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farrago from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger worth of light tan foam, uneven surface without much retention, no density, splotchy lacing at best with moderate stickiness. Clear, the liquid has a mahogany red color, both shiny and dark, the bubbles are quite large but few and tend to aggressively dart to the surface, attractive enough. High toned nose of rubbing alcohol, pressed flowers, carob, hay, tree bark and old pulped lemons, the matted grasses tend to cover up any pit fruit to apple scents, finishes with coffee grounds and dead yeast, odd bedfellows all around. Light to medium-bodied, tart and seemingly acidic, throws its shoulder into you, then more softening carob, creamed coffee and bread, peppery with iron flecks, comes off as randomly organized but to be fair that’s why they call it a “wild ale.” Peach, apple, cherry fruit take a stab at filling it out, not much citrus. The carbonation is just about where it needs to be. Mineral water to wet stone inflected finish, lacking in flavor and persistence. Certainly there is a lot going on but makes you think do we sometimes label something as complex when it really lacks coordination?

Aug 18, 2016
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shleepy from California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Black, with a luscious, fluffy head. Smells has sour stonefruit and burned caramel. Taste is dry but not incredibly sour. Prune-like. Not bad but a little home-brewy.

Jul 03, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Real nice color. Deep mahogany brown, with a scarlet bottomed edge and some real fine carbonation that cuts through an almost purple line. Negligible head creation, but manages a topped tan thin top, bulls-eye middle being punched out and keep a constant collar.

Diverse aroma. Plum and milky chocolate with dry yeast funky tones abounding. A real milky sensing character but also with dry yeast that punches to cocoa powder, even powdered sugar character as well. Real nice balance of wild yeast and malt sweetness, bouncing nicely between fruity tones and good quality chocolate bar sweetness.

Palate makes some nice turns. Lighter fruity tones take the forefront on first sips. A good wash of plum and darker pitted almost berry fruit qualities. Grainy malt and powdered chocolate flavors as well, very much like the nose hints at with little surprises, but comes much later. Nearly gets into chalky character but luckily manages to not be too wet in feel. Faint purple grapes as well bordering somewhere between fruit punch and dry wine but not exactly nailing one or the other.

A pretty neat brew, pretty creative too.

May 08, 2016
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superspak from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours a very clear reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart cherry, berry, apricot, green apple, lemon, lime, peppercorn, hay, straw, leather, wood, caramel, toasted brown bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, light musty funk, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, wood, and moderate dark/roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart cherry, berry, apricot, green apple, lemon, lime, peppercorn, hay, straw, leather, wood, caramel, toasted brown bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, light musty funk, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light fruity/acidic tartness and herbal/wood/peppery spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, berry, apricot, green apple, lemon, lime, peppercorn, hay, straw, leather, wood, caramel, toasted brown bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, wood, and moderate dark/roast/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from acidity/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly grainy/chalky and acidic/sticky balance mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice and unique dark Wild ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, wood, and moderate dark/roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink with the light acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 09, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A brilliant chestnut pour with ruby highlights produces a quickly dissipating cream to tan foam cap.
S: Tart fruit ranging from stone to tropical, dark malt, caramel.
T: Starts medium high lemony tartness, stone fruit, suggestion of guava and berry, light malt, spicy, slight funk, crisp. The malt and fruit nicely balance the lemony tartness. A moderate balancing bitterness.
F: medium light body, medium high carbonation.
O: A fairly approachable American Wild Ale.

Apr 05, 2016
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GuitarIPA from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - blackish red with thin grey, white head, lots of fizz
A/T - tastes and smells of dark fruit, funky and tart
F - light bodied with a slightly sweet finish

Mar 17, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

stillwater is really good at making beers that dont taste like anything else anyone else is doing, and this is a prime example of that. its a delicious beer, something really pretty different and in collaboration with an operation from brazil i have not heard of before. its got a nice light brown to dark red color, relatively clear for a wild ale, and foaming over the sides of the glass with thick tan head. it smells less sour than expected, and not necessarily bretty either, although quite funky. its sort of like the italian beers that come around, funky and tart but unfamiliar, something different on the yeast side of things than what everyone else is using. farmy and musty, a little acidic, but then clean at the end. its cool in a darker brew too, there has to be something besides barley in the grain bill, but i struggle to place it because there is so much going on. i get some nutty english malt in here, and perhaps some mild brett, but also a cool dried fruit thing, cranberry or cherry. its gentle in feel, smooth and not real carbonated, but it works this time. i wish i knew more about this one, what went into it and especially what yeast(s) they have used to ferment it. stillwater is on a serious roll right now. i love all these funky collabs theyve been pumping out!

Mar 06, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Pub Royale.
Dark brownish reddish tone, glows with ruby highlights when held to the light. Good clarity and lasting retention, the tan foam has a creamy texture to it.
Aroma is musty and minerally, this always reminds me of an old dishrag and puts me off. Thankfully this fades as it warms, and some leathery Brett notes emerge.
Taste has a tart berry component that blends well with the leathery Brett note, although it's not exceedingly complex. Carbonation is light, finishes dry. Sort of a one and done. Dark farmhouse ales don't always work, this one I'd say is merely average to okay.

Feb 21, 2016
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Meyers1023 from New York

3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with a fizzy tan head that disappeared instantly. The smell is sweet toffee with a bit of sourness at the end. The flavor follows the nose. Upfront is a sweetness that is chased by a little bitterness and sourness. The feel is low and not very carbonated. This beer is okay.

Jan 10, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caught somewhere between a rustic Belgian-style dubbel and a Kentucky common ale, Stillwater's latest wild ale has more in common with more these tried and true styles as it does the Amazon. Yet it has a wild streak that shows modestly in a sane and somber balance.

Deep and russet brown, its rusty haze casts a swirling ecru froth that casts a bouquet of tartness, earth and rustic caramels. On the palate, the steely caramel sweetness is toasted and nutty, and void of the sweetness that's normally associated with caramel, substituting with hard candy and cola.

The middle comes alive with continued malt dryness and a rising peppery taste. Peppercorn and cinnamon wrap around the steel caramels and invite a tart late palate. Green apple, berry, lemon, lime and sod round out the earthen finish with hints of burlap and weathered woods.

Medium-light and faintly wine-like the acidic taste is mild and balancing to the lingering cola and nutty sweetness. Flat on the finish, the beer's peppery earth frame its lasting memories in medium-length aftertaste.

Dec 21, 2015
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