Stillwater is Nothing, Big Bunny is Everything
Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Stillwater is Nothing, Big Bunny is EverythingStillwater is Nothing, Big Bunny is Everything
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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #534
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,908
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 8.93%
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
279
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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
 
Maryland, United States
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Wants
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Gots
  48
SCORE
88
Very Good
Stillwater is Nothing, Big Bunny is EverythingStillwater is Nothing, Big Bunny is Everything
Notes: Collaboration with Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned spring 2016; drank 6/24/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE, noisy tan head; minimal lace.

A sweet nose, featuring strawberry, banana & milk chocolate notes.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Fresh earth, banana & strawberry flavors up front; smoke notes on the finish.

Marshmallow notes emerged as this warmed. No booze heat.

A bit too sweet, but this has enough depth to earn more sessions. I'd have another...

Oct 12, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color - only traces of dark brown are visible near the corners of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan colored head that has good retention properties and consistently covered the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is mostly dominated by flavors of chocolate malts and has notes of roasted malts and slight hints of licorice. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a touch of smoothness on the mouthfeel.
O: This beer smells and tastes like a typical stout and you don't really get any of the lactose except in the bits of smoothness that are present in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

Oct 06, 2019
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adarlingdarling

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: deep brown

Smell: chocolate, but not to sweet; warm; woodsy

Taste: a little fruity, like berries; sweet; chocolatey

Feel: creamy and carbonated; sticky

Overall: a light, fruity stout with a slightly slippery finish

Sep 08, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can from the Wall of Beer (Clemson, SC; $2.40), served in a Belgian snifter. Packaging date stamp of Oct. 2018 with a 1 April 2020 BB date.
Pours with a clear, dark reddish-brown body topped by a decent head.
Slightly boozy aroma with chocolate and dark bread.
The taste brings out some anise, roasted nuts and coffee to go with the chocolate and dark roasted grains. It's an appealing, harmonious mix. It has low sweetness for style with a mildly bitter finish and aftertaste.

Overall: a very good version of the style at an attractive price.

Jul 22, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Traded for this a while ago although I'm not sure when, as the date on the bottom of the said read "BBE SEPT 17". The other offerings that I've had from Stillwater over the years were solid but this collaboration with Arizona Wilderness was just a tad underwhelming. Not as much chocolate or lactose as I would have liked and this almost seemed like a "light" take on the style that would be better for a neophyte than someone looking for a solid take on the style...

The pour to this was relatively typical as the dark brown hue was what one would expect out of a beer like this, as it was thin, with a tall and bubbly tan head topping this off. Lots of coffee, roasted malt, and mocha in the muted nose as this came across as quite burnt. That was quite true in the taste as well as this felt like something that I'd have from Starbucks, with some lactose sweetness, coffee creamer, and espresso in the taste. A moderate, chocolate sweetness tied everything in together but this wasn't rich, thick, or creamy enough to stand out in my book...

The booze was here and this had enough strength to it but in the end, this was just a bit too easygoing and weak to rate any higher. It wasn't a bad beer but some more malt and thickness would have elevated this a notch or two. As it was, it was a pleasant diversion from the heavier offerings that I've had lately and crafted well enough to be nearly completely unoffensive, while having just occupying just a bit too much of a comfort zone at the same time.

May 06, 2019
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ShiningLion from Kansas

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look - Deep dark brown, nearly black. You can put your phone's flashlight on the other side of the glass and point it at yourself and not see the light. Foamy tan had that doesn't last long.

Smell - coffee, chocolate, toffee

Taste - Sweet with tart fruity flavors and a hint of caramel at the front of the sip, giving way to a strong dark roasted malt aftertaste with moderate lingering bitterness. The aroma is more nuanced than the taste, and sadly there isn't much resembling chocolate in the flavor.

Feel - rich and creamy

Overall - I am not a big stout fan but this beer manages to be very enjoyable for me. There are lots of layers of character to it and overall it has a refreshing and clean yet bold flavor.

Apr 02, 2019
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ryannosaurus from Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with dark tan head, head drops off quickly

Enticing aroma... roasty chicory, coffee, dark fruit, spicy herbs

Fairly "hot" alcohol note leads the flavor, followed by molasses, dark chocolate, anise, fruity sweetness

Mouthfeel is a bit astringent, average body for a lower abv imp

Good stuff, the aroma hints at greatness, put not all of the subtle aroma notes make it past the hot alcohol on the palate. Could say the same about the chocolate presense. Lactose is not overdone, sweet but not cloying or chemical vat. Some more aging to tame the hot alcohol note would likely help this one score a bit higher

Feb 19, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of milk chocolate, toffee and caramel. Sweet chocolate flavor with toffee and caramel.

Dec 04, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours motor oil black with a two finger brown head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts and black licorice.

T - The taste dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts and light char.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft crisp finish.

O - Pretty solid sweet stout. Nice sweet flavors that are overpowering. Nothing to go out of the way to try but solid nonetheless.

Oct 25, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with some retention and light lacing. Aroma of sweet black chocolate notes with light roasted malt. Taste is also a mix of heavily sweetened chocolate notes with some light roasted malt with minimal bitterness which is offset by the residual sugar notes. Body is pretty full with somewhat of an oily texture and good carbonation with minimal alcohol being apparent. Enjoyable but too much residual sugar for my taste.

Oct 24, 2018
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Cramshawbar from Canada

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Introducing, Dragon Milk's weaker sister.
Bunny doesn't look quite as good as DM, it doesn't smell as good and doesn't taste as good. Drinkable material, but the tin smell and bitter, dry finish doesn't exactly work for me.

Sep 16, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate and char. Taste is identical with the char slowly taking over the taste as it warms. Has an above average body with low carbonation and an oily slick feel. This was very good but the char became too strong for me

Jul 30, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

PKG 25APR18.
BBE 25OCT19.

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a one inch tan head over an almost black body. Head dissipates to nothing in a few minutes taking scant lacing with it. Nice nose of chocolate, coffee, and dark, roasted malts. Taste of all kinds of chocolate: bitter, dark, milk, unsweetened, you name it! Good feel, but was hoping for more. Overall, would have another. Cheers!

Jul 21, 2018
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matcris from Arizona

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOKS: Black, great looking carbonation when I rock the glass. Small, quickly fading head. Lacing follows the beer down the glass.
AROMA: Milk & dark chocolate, mild coffee, mild toffee.
TASTE: Milk and dark chocolate, lactose, just the slightest bit of char, a little bitter towards the back end.
FEEL: Medium-full body, average carbonation, a wee bit sticky, and very dry on finish.
OVERALL: I was expecting more sweetness. It's there up front, but, not at all creamy; and then you are left with a building bitterness that stays with you. Decent brew, though, for sure.

Jun 26, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from the 12 oz. can into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Very dark brown to black with a low amount of visible carbonation. Forms a finger’s worth of tan head that fades quickly.

S: Quite nice – coffee and chocolate, toffee and vanilla. Baker’s chocolate, tobacco and roasted malts. Not a big lactose presence surprisingly. Nougat, and a bit of ethanol sweetness – this smells like there’s some alcohol heat here, but not fusel at all.

T: Doesn’t hold quite the same appeal as the aroma. Chocolate and a watery coffee with some bitterness. Roasted malts, toffee, and vanilla. Some lactose sweetness here. There’s still some drying tobacco and a roasted malt bitterness at the swallow. This isn’t anything close to overly sweet at all in the hang, with the chocolate sweetness balanced by the bitterness.

M: Not watery, but a lighter body than the appearance suggested. And a thinner mouthfeel than I would wish. Low carbonation sensation. Fairly low alcohol presence, despite my nose leading me to expect otherwise.

O: This was decent. It’s nothing I’d go out of my way for, but I’ll certainly drink the rest of the four pack.

NOTE: This may compliment some foods pretty well. I had the last few sips after the beer had warmed and after some chips and guacamole, and the chocolate and vanilla came out nicely. Just as a subjective impression, it would have likely rated a bit higher than these notes.

Jun 17, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As good as any chocolate stout if you like them sweet. A lot going on.
Just a touch too chocolatey for me. Great collaboration tho. Must try everything this brewer does.
a) Creamy milkshake the rings the glass in dense and dirty lace, reminding me of nestle infused ice cream sodas. All over a suitably dark body.
s) Too faint but you can tell what's coming. It's all chocolate all day.
t) Not faint at all and quite complex and interesting, but just for me too sweet. Malt, chocolate, molasses, coffee, cocoa, milk chocolate mix, and whipped cream. But it's tempered by berry and char (as it should be), roasty flavors that bring mesquite, wood fire, char, smoke.
f) Alcohol vs cream, it's like a charred Baileys Irish Cream.
A food beer, sure, indeed for dense, dark food, as a BA'er wrote: "a perfect complement to smoked brisket", or beef stew or leg of lamb....

Jun 11, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stamped best before Oct 2018

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging and a tan, frothy one-finger width head that displays fair retention before dying down to a thin layer of suds with a slight thickening around the edges.

Smell - The aroma is milk chocolate, mostly, with a touch of roast and some boozy heat.

Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolatey flavor from start to finish, ranging from sweeter milk to bittersweet dark, with a fair amount of roasted malt edge. A touch of dark berry emerges mid-taste and plays off the chocolate and roast. Faint smokey notes as it rounds off into the finish, leaving the aftertaste with a chocolatey slightly smokey and fruity impression.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light, tingly carbonation. Creamy, almost fluffy texture that drinks easy with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Really solid milk stout that displays just enough roasted edge to keep it from becoming cloying. Having said that, probably not a beer I'd go out of my way to get; good for the style, but milk stouts aren't my thing.

May 24, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Getting in touch with their inner softness, the Stillwater team reaches out to the outdoorsy outfit of Arizona Wilderness to make a bunny of a stout. Influenced by milk chocolate and little else, the roasty beer is simple and elegant amongst the bourbon barrel-this, spicy-that stouts of the current beerscape.

Jet black and pouring with a near viscosity of thatch, the inky beer builds a voluminous mocha stained froth ahead of a roasty, smoky, nougat-like scent of heavily malted milk stout. Lavishly sweet, the malt sugars win out on the early palate with a taste of molasses, coffee and sweet cream.

As the dark ale meets the middle palate, its sweetness is slowly overtaken by roasted flavors to bring a robust sense of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, black walnut, burnt toast and an aura of brushfire. As a woodsy bitterness grows, the mind easily transitions to a broad bitterness of roast. Kahlua spice rounds the late palate with hints of campfire wafting about.

Full bodied and richly textured, a late palate of scorched cream extends into an earthen roast of rye, dried oak and toast char, soothed by bitter chocolate and cream deep into an indefinite roasty finish. A prickle of alcohol balances the cream for a beer that would be a perfect complement to smoked brisket.

May 15, 2018
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can - not dated

Stillwater Big Bunny's body is dark brown, almost black. The pour produced a 1-finger tan head that faded slowly and left a thin lace on the walls of my tulip glass. The nose was dominated by sweet roasted malts and chocolate. The taste begins sweet with flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, dark toffee, and coffee. Then the mild hop presence is noted that helps balance the sweetness. Mouth feel is a little sticky, high-medium bodied with lighter carbonation.

Big Bunny goes down easy and not too filling - a good example of the Milk/Sweet Stout style.

Feb 03, 2018
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a heavy dark head. Chocolate on the nose. Malt arona has a roasted nuttiness to it. Nose follows right into the flavor, chocolate with a roasted nutty flavor. Not to sweet. Medium silky smooth mouthfeel.

Jan 14, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger and a half of caramel-colored foam. Fair head retention with lacing splattered around randomly. Chocolate hits the nose immediately, followed closely by roasted and nutted malts. Flavor profile is chocolate, and cocoa with roasted and nutted malts behind. The nuttiness from the malts comes through fairly strong. Mouth feel is borderline velvety, but just lacking a little creaminess. It's medium-thick. Overall, big chocolate notes, which are done well and in a wide breadth of varieties.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

Sep 30, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can dated BB 2018:
Pours medium thick, and throws a decently large dark head at me. The smallish bubbles seems like they'll fizzle away quickly, but hold on as a soapy froth before disappearing (though there's actually minimal lacing).

Nose has a wooden aspect to its fairly nice roasted note. It's like the beer is trying to get to charred, but really ends up just smoldering.

Taste is a little more classic roasted malt, with the char aspect better defined, but still light. There's a light root beer aspect in here as well. A balance of sweetness and roasted bitterness, with a light carbonation on a medium body with a just lighter than average feel.

A nice beer, but we sat on it a while. No obvious signs of aging, but I wonder its exact age and whether what, if any flavors might be bolder when fresher.

Jul 29, 2017
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mikeinportc from New York

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, almost black, with quickly-dissipating tan head.

Smells of chocolate cake batter and roasted malt. (Like a typical porter, but slightly more chocolate.) A touch of brandy/booziness as it warms.

Flavor is similar to aroma, but drier/less sweet. There is a light booziness, and drying bitterness, with some hints of charred wood, mid-taste.

Moderately light oily feel with light, finely prickly carbonation.

Overall, though nothing special, good, and enjoyable.

Jul 26, 2017
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Deerin from California

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jet black, hints of brown

Smells of deep fruits, roasted malt

Roasty charred malt, some chocolate espresso bitterness. Cream.

Creamy, not thin but definitely not viscous or chewy.

A decent representation of the style. Not blown away.

Jul 21, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Vermont Tap House, Williston, Vermont.
The appearance was a deep dark brown close to black color with a bar pour's kind of cap of a little off white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Sliding lace.
The aroma had a big milk chocolate sweetness up front with an ever slightly rising roasty coffee bean to play with some vanilla/marshmallow to a caramel/toffee malty backbone.
The flavor was aptly sweet through the prior mentioned aromas and applying the roast somewhat nicely just before the aftertaste came in to give off a fair balance of roast to sweet.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt somewhat light yet felt good. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty nice milk/sweet stout which I don't normally go for this time of year due to the weather, however, something about this beer called to me tonight and am damn glad I had it. Recommend for fans of the style.

Jul 15, 2017
Stillwater is Nothing, Big Bunny is Everything from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 279 ratings