Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Porter - English
3.99 | pDev: 8.52%
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't had this beer for a few years, but it remains perhaps my favorite beer of all time.

To begin with, it's exceptionally rare to find a Brett'd Porter, and as such one has no idea what to expect. Fortunately for our 18th century comrades, it turns out to be an exceptional combo. If memory serves, the classic horse blanket-y and subtle fruity notes of the Brett accentuate respectively the bread-y, smokey malt bill and the esters of the plain yeast; heck, I wouldn't be surprised if this thing were all Brett given the yeast profile.

The beer was dark, the head present; there's not much to report. I feel like it was well-carbonated, perhaps a touch high for style, which I enjoyed...I think! And I couldn't begin to recall the mouthfeel

I cannot imagine the resplendent experience of enjoying this beer on cask, I hope more people make Brett'd Porters like this (wherein the Brett is the only "twist"), and I plan to dedicate years to making a beer like this. It is the absolute pinnacle of Old World Brewing, as the label implies

Mar 11, 2020
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Mongrel from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some nice, bright, mildly funky and minerallic Brett notes up front, balanced quickly by some dry, chalky chocolate. A little fruit and a little roastiness.

Jul 25, 2017
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handmuffin from Wisconsin

3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased locally last week. No date but the label says "Brewed & bottled by for Stillwater Artisanal at Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. in Denver Colorado." Served from 22 oz. bottle into glass at home. Pours black, completely opaque with huge long lasting tawny colored head. Aroma is a strange mix of roasty malt, coffee, chocolate and wet hay. No hops detectable. Flavor matches the complex aroma. At first it tastes like a traditional porter, toasty malts with flavors of coffee, chocolate and caramel then the yeast funkiness breaks through, less assertive than in the aroma but still full of barnyard and must. No hop flavor detectable. Dry finish with low bitterness, but leaves a definite sour aftertaste on the palate. Mouthfeel is super lively, highly carbonated but with a medium full body. Overall this beer is very intriguing. The combination of dark roasty flavors and yeast funk makes every sip different. Personally, I would prefer more malt flavor with the yeast more of an accent, whereas this beer is definitely a sour first. Considering this was apparently only brewed once and many of the reviews are fairly old, this may be a result of age rather than intent. Nevertheless, this beer is very interesting and enjoyable.

Apr 05, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crustal clear veryu dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of smoke, raisin, plum, apple, pepper, leather, funk, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt; light-moderate fruity/spicy yeast and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of smoke, raisin, plum, apple, pepper, leather, funk, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roast bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, nuttiness, pepper, light smoke/dark fruit, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt; light-moderate fruity/spicy yeast and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and yeast spiciness balance, with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness and yeast spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an excellent English porter! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt; light-moderate fruity/spicy yeast and earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Not a whole lot of funkiness from the Brett; but it provides nice fruity/spicy background character to compliment the great malt complexity. Feels spot on for the English style. A really delicious offering.

Jan 14, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a very distinctive brew here, a style i would like to see more of, the brett fermented porter, a collaboration with a brewery called oliver, who i have never heard of before, on tap at hops and pie. dark and shine free black base, big frothy white head thats both thick and light in that the two inches have some that holds dense like a milkshake and then some thats airy and delicate and bubbly, layered head, cool. smells funky, but the brett for me at least is well behind that dark grains. love how dry it is, brings out the bitter and the dark chocolate notes in the base of this rather than hops, english yeast, sweet cocoa notes, or any of the other flavors that often come here. its farmy and interesting on the yeast, a more mild brett strain though that doesnt rise too far above the porter flavor, i think the balance between those two elements is exceptional. hints of musty basement and wet cardboard gives it some rustic element, a little ashy and bitter, charred a bit, but not woody at all, no smoke either. fluffy feeling, light for its color, very easy drinking because of the high carbonation and the incredibly dry finish. this is all day drinking beer for me, interesting enough to keep me engaged for multiple glasses, and very easy down. a somewhat subtle, but very unique wild ale here. the world needs more beer like this. stillwater continues to set the collaboration standard right now, some cool partners and amazing beers coming out lately. keep it up please!

Jun 03, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very effervescent mahogany tinged chestnut with 2+ fingers of tan head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Cocoa in small amounts, a little roastyness. Coffee shows up once warm

T: Follows the nose, dryness ,a bit of raisin & whispers of Brett up front. Slight lactic sourness as this warms, carob & cocoa as well, cocoa is stronger as it warms, coffee pushes to the front once warmer. Finishes with lactic sourness, carob & a little roastyness

MF Medium body, fairly creamy carbonation that just improves as it warms

A pretty good porter, certainly worth a try, not getting a lot of brett, a little sourness, drinks fairly easy

May 13, 2016
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