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Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,065
ABV:
13%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,779
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 7.97%
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
600
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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
 
Maryland, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  15
Gots
  132
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: Collaboration with Casita Cerveceria
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janubio from Spain

3.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can at Las Buenas Pulgas, served in an snifter glass. Black color, small beige head with short retention, small creamy lacing. Aroma of can, smokey, cola, coffee, dried fruits,. Full body, creamy texture, good carbonation. Dry finish. Taste is metalic, smokey, coffee, dried fruits, chocolate. Bottle will always be better.

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tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ridiculously gorgeous deep color. Nice head.
Extremely smooth feel. Very very nice blend of many different flavors going on. Not much scent to my nose. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

Excellent beer of this style. Expensive, but worth it.

Jun 23, 2020
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woemad from Washington

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can received through the generosity of Whyteboar. Canned on March 4, 2019. That would be troubling for an IPA, but for a 13% stout, I suspect it will be just fine, perhaps even an improvement on a freshly canned example.

Poured into my trusty Iron Goat shifter, this was a dark brown brew of impressive viscosity when poured, and assumed a look of utter blackness once in the glass. A thin, mocha colored head was briefly visible but fled early, not surprising when you consider the strength of the beer.

Decent depth of aroma for a non-ba stout. I get scents of coffee, cocoa and booze.

A bit more bitter in the taste than in the nose, but only to the point where the beer is improved by the increased complexity. There's a molasses-like syrupyness that is kept from being cloying by a bitter char. Right at the finish things become slightly fruity, reminiscent of cherries or plums.

Fairly full bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a really nice Imperial Stout. Most non-ba stouts of this magnitude, in my experience, miss the flavors brought by time in a barrel. This one doesn't. Anybody know if this is done with a Kveik yeast? The fruitiness at the finish sorta reminds me of that. Whether it was or not, this is a seriously outstanding example of the art and science if brewing. Thanks, Craig!

May 10, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light carbonation with an above average body. Has a slight slick creamy feel which adds to an overall nice body
Aroma is roasted coffee beans,roasted malt, earthy, wood, licorice, some espresso.
Taste is very mild sweetness with a bit of earthy coffee bitterness. Dried plum, molasses, brown sugar.
Overall an excellent beer

May 02, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black with a one-finger creamy dark brown head that reduces to a film on top

S- bold roasted notes with burnt brown sugar, raisins, burnt marshmallow and molasses

T- roasted malts give way to a bold sweetness, that adds flavors of chocolate, espresso & dark fruits. Dark cherries and black licorice on the finish, lingers of roast and a hint of alcohol

M- medium body with medium body leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish, abv is hidden well, given that it's 13%

O- a solid, straight up stout, no adjuncts needed

Mar 28, 2020
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EmperorBevis from England

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned in a crafty craft can and help it’s a thirteen percent ale
Pours a very very very very dark brown body with thick big chocolate milkshake like foaming head
Aroma is coffee liquor
Tastes like a coffee liquor

Oct 22, 2019
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Unclevince from West Virginia

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was honesty not expecting much from this beer given the mixed reviews. I found this beer to be delicious and creamy. It has the dark fruit notes of a Russian stout but a bit sweeter than you would expect without being over the top. Definitely will buy this again. Hard to find a stout this big at the price point.

Apr 07, 2019
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow! Nice, heavy, dark, roasty molasses offering. Caliente Pizza and Draft House, Bloomfield. Best one of the day for darks. Leah's b-day celebration.

Mar 30, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black

Big presence of coffee, cocoa, nuts, roasted malts both in smell and taste. Some booziness.

The mouthfeel is velvety and thick

Overall a nice big imperial stout

Jan 09, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice imperial stout with lots of flavor and depth. Pours a very deep, dark brown with a little tan head and very spotty lingering lacing. Smells of medium roast coffee, dark stone fruit, wood, bourbon and caramel. Tastes similarly, along with just a hint of chocolate. Plum, raisin and molasses come to the forefront. Smooth, thick, full mouthfeel, good carbonation. Very enjoyable but definitely a slow sipper.

Jan 02, 2019
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TijuanaTovar from North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can date: 9/17/18
Poured: 12/31/18

Very reminiscing to ten fiddy, almost to a T. Balanced well especially for 13%. It’s not hot or fusel-y. Not to cloying sweet or burnt acrid or bitter. Thick, dark, m/f MF. Grab this if you like ten fiddy.

Jan 01, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a really really deep brown, just enough light getting through to keep it from looking black. Thick chocolatey brown head that is very active yet persists well. Beautiful in a glass.
Smell has strong pruney/figgey notes like a barleywine, some chocolate notes hiding in the background, but dominated by the strong scent of dark dried fruit. Also a bit of a boozy nip, not a great smell for the style, more like a barleywine or old ale.
Taste has a strong whiskey bite up front along with a strong hit of that same pruney/figgy note that was dominant in the nose. There are notes of coffee in the midbody and the whiskey booziness lingers. There is a complex flavor here but it is not coherent, instead I get moments of wonderful richness interspersed with moments of abrasiveness acridity. To some extent this effect is lessened as I slowly drink through this one but that may be a result of the palette being battered by the assault that is this beer.
Mouthfeel is very nice, the beer is no small potatoes and it's flavor is an all out assault on reason, yet the mouthfeel manages to maintain an admirable level of balance and modesty. You know you are drinking a stout but you are not drowned in a syrupy mess.
Overall this is one that I might be interested to see with some age on it, this can is about 3 months old with a best by 2 years past canning. Maybe age would help these big flavors learn to get along better. As it is now though this isn't one I would go back to. Might be something for those of you who like boozy and pruney old ales or barleywines but as a stout i find it more abrasive than anything else.

Dec 21, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I find this beer to be light and heavy. Yeah, it’s a lil heavy and light. Like Tyson vs de la Hoya this is. Pours hella black, rich n heavy, but the nose is all faint n like. Then Raul takes a sip and he is like more or less ho hum. It’s aite, but who the hell just likes aite? Raul says call this one “Ho-Hum Stout.”

Be gone!

Nov 19, 2018
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can with a best by date of 4/2020; into a snifter.
Appearance- dark and thick like motor oil! The thin tan head disappears quickly leaving no head; no lacing.
Smell- fudge brownies, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, charred oak bourbon barrel!
Taste- an absolutely delicious assortment of fudge, vanilla, coffee and bourbon!
Feel- quite the heavy weight, but given the massive 13% ABV, it is actually not overly boozy!
Overall- a straight up, no nonsense, no funny stuff imperial stout. This one just comes out big on ABV and no added gimmicks; really a quality offering!

Aug 23, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stillwater Artisanal Ales "Stillwater / Casita Cerveceria - On Fleek"
12 fl. oz. can, "BBE 12APR201 PKG 12APR18 15:14" and sampled on 21JUL18
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: "On fleek" for those who aren't aware is slang for something that's smooth, nice, and sweet. What that modern term is doing mixed up with an 80's-looking yellow, pink, and blue label I don't know. Anyway, it's poured an opaque brown-black body beneath a short head of brown foam. It's one of the darkest heads I've ever seen on a beer, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to have very good head retention. That's common in strong beers but how strong is this? 13%, well that's not bad! The aroma is chocolatey, sugary, a hint fruity with dark raisin and plum, and subtly roasty. I'm wondering is there some vanilla added in there? Yes, I think I'm getting some vanilla. On to the flavor... it's similar. It's sweetish, sugary, darkly fruity, and not really that roasty at all. Even the chocolate is more like milk chocolate than dark bittersweet chocolate and I'm pretty sure there is some vanilla added to it. There is some depth to it though with some notes following, and then coming out more in the aftertaste... some anise or black licorice, maybe a hint of clove, and some leafy hops. The licorice and clove make it seem even more like candy and I'm not sure how I like this compared to a regular Imperial stout but it is unique, I'll give it credit for that. I'm not sure I could drink more than one of these in a row, however at 13% abv and probably over 500 calories that might not be a bad thing. It's medium-full in body and definitely dextrinous. It feels almost sugary, but surprisingly there's enough bitterness there to balance it and bring it in mostly dry, well somewhat dry, perhaps due partly to the alcohol - some sugar does linger along with the dark fruitiness, subtle roastiness, and leafy almost tobacco-like notes but it eventually fades. Looking back it has unfortunately left no lacing behind whatsoever, which is a shame for a beer with such body and sugar content to it. So is it something that's smooth, nice, and sweet? Yes, certainly. I think it makes a pretty decent dessert beer in and of itself although I'm sure you could easily find uses for it in cakes and such as it's so sweet. As a sipper after dinner it works as well, but I think it is limited. On the other hand I'm drinking this on a Saturday afternoon and it's not killing me ;) I'll say it's worth trying, just to see.
Review# 6,154

Jul 21, 2018
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matcris from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: Black, with a small quickly disappearing tan head.
AROMA: Molasses, tobacco, licorice, dk choc, a little coffee, leather, vanilla, toffee.
TASTE: Picking up pretty much everything in aroma, and a little alcohol, but, pretty mild for the abv. NIce!
FEEL: Pretty thick, average carbonation, sticky, and dries up on finish.
OVERALL: Very Nice!

Jun 26, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty standard stout - leans more towards the tobacco leaf / char / ash enc of the spectrum insofar to my own personal preference...needs to be rounded out more

Jun 21, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look out below, as you pour out this tarry RIS, that breaks density and flavor and ABV barriers.
If you like them tarry and thick, this is 100 Fidy.
a) Dark, thick, tarry, with sticky volumes of lace and a pudding disposition.
s) All of the Russian fruity, malty and char characteristics expected in RIS. Dry herbs, fennel, wood shop support the aroma.
T) Complex and abundant, I could sip like brandy: toasted marshmallow, molasses, nougat, carmelized scallops, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, walnut and charred toast, and real brownie brittles scrapped off the pan.
Campfire and cognac. Licorice and Sambuca liqueur.
F) Chewy, cherry, dark chocolate box.
O) Oh let's taste off all the BIG RIS and see who wins, this one is the master nemesis.

Jun 11, 2018
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This delicious bomb of a stout comes in a can.Looks black. The end of the S.R.M. color chart. Smells popping out of the glass are cacao,vanilla buttered biscuit,blueberry,toffee. Tastes well balanced, somewhat viscous, fluffernutter, mildly vinous. Feels smooth,well carbonated and well, really boozy at 13% A.B.V. . This is one strange tasty brew. A good interpretation of an Imperial Stout. Wow!

Mar 27, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Don't let the brightly colored, playful, pastel can art fool you. What lurks inside couldn't be darker, more intense or more ominous. Teaming up with Casita Cerveceria, the Stillwater brewers collaborate an imperial stout with the "Russian" fruity, malty and burnt character that's seldom seen in contemporary stout.

On Fleek is certainly that, pouring an onyx black hue and capped with a tarnish sandy froth. Extreme roast, savory alcohol and burnt sugars intimidate the nose while the tethers of vinous fruit and fennel tingle the senses. Sweet roast carries the impressions of burnt marshmallow, molasses and nougat across the early palate.

As the tongue becomes awash with roasted grains and stewing sweetness, the more robust and savory flavors bring aspects of espresso, bittersweet chocolates, black walnut and burnt toast in an overcooked brownie fashion. Hints of campfire come in succession with red grape, fennel and cherry flavors offering a pitted fruit and brandy complexity. Light licorice and coffee liqueur coat the late palate with the deep and decadent finish looming.

Lavishly full and reasonably chewy, the beer's texture is also marshmallow-like, broken up only by the acrid nature of roast, the thinning of alcohol and a peppery spice to balance the sweetness and temper the stout's viscosity. A long linger of smoky chocolate and brandy soaked cherries extend nearly as long as the espresso roast.

Mar 15, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- pours pitch black with a 1 finger brown head; ample lacing

Smell- chocolate fudge, espresso, vanilla and booze

Taste- follows the nose closely; getting sweet chocolate, burnt espresso, and a little vanilla. Finishes pretty boozy with a quick bitter kick

Feel- full bodied and creamy, pretty low carbonation

Overall- intense imperial stout w/an amazing chocolatey nose; sweet, but with a nice bitterness to provide a little balance

Feb 26, 2018
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2beerdogs from California

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice offering. Pours beautifully. Rich, dark, cocoa colored head. Liquid is deepest brown.
Smells like a traditional RIS, less sweet, less barrel than what is typical these days.
Taste follows nicely. Reminds me of my first experiences with this style-akin to the original Old Rasputin. The sweetness is subdued by that earthy, slightly peaty, licorice leaning malt flavor.
Mouthfeel is chewy enough for me.
Overall, this harkens back to the old days.

Feb 24, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Bottom of can is stamped 'BBE NOV 2018'.
Black colored body, with just the smallest of garnet halos at the edges when presented to light. One finger mocha head settles to ring and a few islands. No lacing. Pours out very thick from the can.
Aroma is dark roast malts, coffee, and chocolate. Just the hint of dark fruit and molasses in the background.
Taste is a powerful blend of dark roast, licorice/anise, coffee, and chocolate. Earthy hops are in the background.
Heavy and coating mouth feel. Warming and slight numbing sensation from the alcohol.
For a beer without added adjuncts, this is a complex, heavy, and very flavorful dark beer.

Feb 07, 2018
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. PKG date of 30Oct17. Pours a viscous black color with 2 inches of fluffy, dark brown head. Lots of lacing. The aroma very roasty with tons of bitter dark chocolate, espresso, cappuccino, and dark cherries. The taste is lots of roasted malts along with char, dark chocolate and espresso. Earthy, roasty finish with some black coffee. Not nearly as boozey as I thought it would be going by the 13% ABV, but it does have some heat to it. Heavy body. Absolutely worth seeking out.

Dec 13, 2017
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LampertLand from Canada

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stillwater Artisanal Ales/Casita Cerveceria 'On Fleck' @ 13.0% , served from a 355 ml can purchased for $5.80
A-pour is black from the can to glass with a large tan head leaving a streaky lace along the snifter
S-roasted malt , chocolate & coffee
T-smooth , yet powerful
MF-ok carbonation , full bodied
Ov-really big beer from a can , carefull
prost LampertLand

Dec 06, 2017
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 600 ratings