Stillwater is Nothing, Big Bunny is Everything
Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #533
Ranked #12,900
3.92 | pDev: 8.93%
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
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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utopiajane from New York

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

I loved this. This was a deep rich milk stout that poured smooth glassy and black. Good head that fell fast roasty malt and deep coffee. very black and robust. Light grapey ester. An expert touch of sweetness int he finish keeps the hops in the background and the delicate fruity esters on the palate. Creamy full and softly carbonated. Moderate hop bitterness. quick finish with a crisp lasting bitterness.

Dec 06, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped glass. Bottom of can says BBE Sept 17.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a full inch of light brown head that retains decently before fizzing away to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and nearly no surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves tiny clots behind.

S- Milk chocolate aroma combines with dark roasted malt to create a malted milk ball type of characteristic.

T- Initial flavor of milk chocolate and vanilla gives way to heavy roastiness before finishing with a metallic note. Decently drinkable but it has this weird sweet chocolate/sharp metal duality to it that doesn't have me reaching back for more and more. Generic roast aftertaste.

M- Has enough viscosity for the style to keep things interesting but could definitely be a little creamier. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Was hoping for more from this. Has enough chocolate but the overall execution leaves things disjointed and one-dimensional.

May 01, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a milky black color into the goblet (thulsa doom is doing the honors tonight), with a 1 finger head gradually fading to a thin bubble ring. 100% opaque, dark chocolate brown...and while artwork isn't usually included in the appearance, this pink can was exceedingly wonderful.

Aromas of freshly unwrapped Dove dark chocolate, freshly ground coffee, and milky lactose. A big body of roast malts behind that with some cocoa.

A tidal wave of melted chocolate and wrapper, fresh cacao, mild yet acidic coffee grounds, 2% milk, and roast malts. A tiny bit of aluminum continues on to the finish along with a bit overdone/charred malt/smoke.

Feel is semi-creamy, sort of watery, the bubbles tickle the top of the palate like sediment going down. Well lit carbonation, and a toasty, dry finish.

Overall, I'm glad I found this milk stout. I wish it was lower in alcohol because I'd like to drink it more often without worrying about overdoing it. I'm still in search of the perfect milk stout, but I've got some wonderful ones and this is among them.

Jun 09, 2016
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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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bluejacket74 from Ohio

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

12 ounce can, bottom of can stamped best before end Sept 17 (I assume that's the year 2017). Served in a Spiegelau Stout glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, milk chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some cream, coffee, malted milk balls and bitterweet chocolate noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit slick with a good amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy enough to drink. I thought it was a good brew, I know I won't have any problems finishing my other cans! Certainly worth trying if you've never had it before. $7.99 a 4-pack.

May 30, 2016
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A collaboration between AZ Wilderness and Stillwater, released as a four-pack of 12 oz cans and weighing in at 8%, Big Bunny is a chocolate milk stout that actually seems to occupy a decent price level for what it is... just under $10 for four cans of an 8% stout w/ adjunct ingredients seems like a decent deal to me. I've had plenty of Stillwater but only one other beer AZW has been involved in (Buxton/AZW Dragon Tips, which wasn't bad). Let's crack into this one.

Pours an inky dark-brown/black color and is topped with a sizable head that just... disappears. This was my first warning about this brew, for sure. The liquid tumbles out of the can and just falls flat almost instantaneously. No lace show, no retention at all... nothing. Wow. Kind of unceremonious proceedings here. Oh well, I think... even though first impressions can count for a lot, they're not everything.

The nose continues the disappointment, however. Slightly milky, brine-y and full of fusel alcohol notes alongside some generic chocolate syrup and a moderate smokiness that reminds me of some Evil Twin stouts (which I tend to like, full disclosure; there's just very little integration here). Nothing special or interesting about the maltiness here; feels like the adjuncts are taking control of the entire show, and the show feels mediocre to begin with. Not liking where this is going.

On the tongue, I'm picking up smoky malts, slight leather, a bit of anonymous roast (which is better than the lack thereof in the nose, I guess) and some creamy milk chocolate notes, no doubt a result of using lactose and chocolate. However, a bizarre green apple-ish flavor seems to also come to the fore, perhaps acetaldehyde, kind of distracting me from whatever could actually stand out about this beer.

Feel is oily, slick and bearing low-ish carbonation that seems to work somewhat well with the idea behind the beer; it IS a milk stout, after all. However, it's definitely on the thin side of medium and seems far too playful for an 8% stout. Going back to the Evil Twin comparison from earlier, I definitely prefer my imperial stouts to be on the chewy, fudgy side, especially if they're going to use ingredients that would usually help that aspect come across, as Jeppe is wont to do even with his "plain Jane" imperial stouts such as Christmas Eve and I Love You With My Stout. I know this isn't as strong as some of those examples, but it's just too open-ended and lacking definition on the tongue. It kind of just dissipates, mainly, much like the foam on the beer did when I first poured this. I'm frustrated by the lack of finesse and quality this has for being such a well-designed can with such an attractive price. Meh.

Apr 30, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 25, 2016
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teromous from Virginia

2.72/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the bottom of the can: "BB NOV 2017 5/31/16 09:08"
First off, from the can this is listed as an "Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout."

Appearance: Black body with a fizzy light brown head. The head forms nicely at first but fizzes out to a ring and a few filmy islands. No lacing.

Aroma: There is a burnt aroma with a bit of a woody character.

Taste: While drinking this beer I never noticed any alcohol which is very notable for a beer that sits at a lofty 8% ABV. The beer has a bit of a sweet side but it feels very watered down. There just isn't a whole lot of flavor. No chocolate flavor except at the end where I got just a touch of cocoa from the aftertaste. The beer has a bit of an acrid metallic taste that is common in heavily roasted barley. Even this is very light but stronger than most near non-existent flavors throughout the beer.

Mouthfeel: Very thin for a milk stout, imperial or otherwise. The beer just doesn't have any texture. It has a lot of carbonation giving it a bit of a bite. The finish is dry. No bitterness. It is very easy to drink.

Overall: I don't see myself buying this again. As a chocolate beer it just doesn't have enough chocolate flavor and as an imperial milk stout it just doesn't have enough texture to make it enjoyable. Overall it is rather watered down and pretty flavorless. I wouldn't recommend it unless you like to collect pink cans or something.

Aug 05, 2016
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dertyd from California

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 05, 2016
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Mrseanworldwide from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec 12, 2019
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peensteen from Canada

4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 20, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I got a can of Stillwater's Stillwater Is Nothing, Big Bunny Is Everything for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I've been meaning to try this beer and I'm interested to see how this milk stout turns out, so lets see how it goes. Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. 2017 Vintage.

A- The can looks good, it's got a unique design that goes well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a finger and half of creamy slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a weird fruity and nail polish like aroma being the first to show up and it goes into a little more sweetness which is followed by the chocolate which imparts a nice dark chocolate like aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart some dark malts, roasted malts, light coffee aromas and a little more sweet malts and it has a little bit of a boozy aroma towards the end. This beer has a decent aroma, but the weird nail polish remover aspect holds it back.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with a little bit of that weird fruity sweetness being the first to show up and that goes into the chocolate which impart the same dark chocolate aspects along with a smooth cocoa flavor this time and it's followed by the booze which is a little lighter this time and a little noticeable. Up next comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there's more of a charred malts aspect and on the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with some more sweetness and it has a roasted, charred, chocolate, sweet and light coffee aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I could go without the weird fruity sweetness.

M- A little smooth, a little velvety, creamy, a little crisp, on the thick side of being medium boided with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was smoother.

Overall I thought this was a nice decent and I thought it was pretty close to being an average example of the style, it's not bad, but it had some aspects that just didn't help this beer and they held this bee back. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I don't think I would turn one down and I can't say I would recommend, it's not to hard to find a better example of the style. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a very nice looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is the aroma and the weird fruity sweetness, those off aspects ended up holding this beer back. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this beer and I thought it was pretty close to being average, it was just rough around the edges and it could use some cleaning up. It's not a favorite beer from Stillwater and it's pretty close to being an average example of the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little more work.

Mar 28, 2017
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AngusOg from North Carolina

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

Oct 28, 2016
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superspak from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into snifter, best before 9/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, light dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/lactose, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, light dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted brown bread, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/lactose, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slight dryness from roast bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly chalky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial milk stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/lactose, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Jun 02, 2016
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sonofliberty2 from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 02, 2017
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A roasty and sweet dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of milk chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, caramel, and slight smoke. Sweet hints of lactose, vanilla,and molasses. Dark fruit hints of fig, raisin, and prune. Also some hints of anise. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with notes of milk chocolate and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, biscuit, toast, smoke, and caramel. Sweet taste of lactose, vanilla, and molasses. Dark fruit undertones of prune, raisin, and fig. Light notes of anise. Subtle hop bitterness. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A very good Imperial Milk Stout. Good milk chocolate sweetness balanced by some roast bitterness.

Sep 05, 2016
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

May 08, 2016
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BMart from Pennsylvania

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

Aug 04, 2016
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vfgccp from New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 10, 2017
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deonreds from New York

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

Aug 12, 2016
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CaptDavyJones from New York

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

May 15, 2016
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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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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a thin halo of light tan head. Aromas of sweet cream, semisweet chocolate, and subtle coffee bitterness. Flavors are richly sweet forward, heavy on cream and chocolate. Solid highlights of caramel, nut, and subtle coffee and roasted backbone. Very rich throughout. Smooth, creamy, layered body. The aftertaste is all chocolate, rich and sweet, lingering past the slow, creamy finish. Solid beer.

Dec 28, 2016
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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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