21st Century Means | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Multigrain brett Saison brewed with Buckwheat and Rye – collaboration with Cigar City.

Added by BrittEBurke on 08-22-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
43
pDev:
8.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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0
Gots:
3
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by joemochas:
Photo of joemochas
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More User Reviews:
Photo of Meyers1023
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark reddish brown with a fluffy tan head. The nose has some lemon, pepper, and a bit of funk to it. The flavor has a spice right away before a little bit of funk and sweetness soothes it out. The feel is medium and well carbonated with a crisp finish. I enjoy this quite a bit. Everything works well together while all standing out at the same time.

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Photo of acurtis
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hophugger
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a rustic dark amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Messy spider web lacing. The aroma starts with some roasty nutty malts. Light bubblegum. Light vinous is over top of some sweet wheat and spicy rye. Crisp grassy sweetness. The flavor brings all of the previously mentioned aromas together decently. Slight vinous sticky sweet to lightly spiced rye-like aftertaste. Sticky sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body (a little heavier than expected), sessionable, somewhat. Definitely grainy on the feel. Overall, decent saison, not exactly a top notch one, but hey, nice to try.

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Photo of ConradKenney
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Fluffy and really neat bumpy top head. Tan light in color almost yellow banana cream colored of a nice little finger. Mahogany brown body with quite a bit of ruby red edges. Nice bit of clarity and some pinhead streams of tan carbonation on the sides. Very nice looking brew.

Spicy notes of hay and dry malt on the nose, with a very good fruity caramel and some sweet raisin quality. Subdued farmhouse funk with sweeter malt tones coming forward. Nicely balanced and put together as well, quite a solid pleasing aroma.

Palate brings a much more aggressive and sharp angle. Creamy slightly body with light malt caramel flavors at first, but a sharp brett that hints not just pepper but borderline metallic tasting. Quite a bit of nice playful carbonation on the tongue for a prickly sensation also.

A nice tasting beer but runs a bit hot in the funk and flavor department.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light amber color, with a small white head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like light lemony Brett, with rye, and generic sweet malt.

This doesn't feel all that good, to me- honestly tastes like an average amber ale, with a mild Brett infection. The rye adds a nice spicy graininess to, but it just feels a bit muddled.

This is lighter bodied, with a normal level of carbonation.

This is not up to the standards of either brewery.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dipso123
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful fine head disappeared immediately but left nice lacing. Nose is pleasantly malty. Taste of higher alcohols and rather unpleasant. Missing Saison yeast character. Overall, wouldn't have again. Very disappointing considering the collaborators.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I picked up a bottle of Stillwater and Cigar City's 21st Century Means for $12.99 at The Midland Cork N Ale. This one caught my eye and I'm a fan of both breweries and I'm interested to see what they can do with this one, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a unique art deco look that's a little eye catching. It poured a darker amber color that took on more of an amber orange color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of fluffy and slightly creamy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy lacing. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the funky yeast being the first to show up and imparts some noticeable brett aromas with some funky barnyard and wet straw aromas coming through and there's a good amount of lemon and lemon grass aromas followed by more herbal aromas with no single herb sticking out the most. Towards the end comes the malts which impart a toasted malt, caramel malt, pale malt, lightly grainy and sweet malt like aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it's pretty much what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma, but a lot lighter this time and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show and it imparts all the same aspects, but it's lighter this time and it quickly fades away. Up next comes the herbal aspect which is almost the same as it was in the aroma and it's followed by the malts which impart all the same aspects, but they are lighter this time and a lot more waterier. Towards the end comes the rye which imparts a noticeable spicy rye flavor an on the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a slightly medicinal, metallic, bitter and rye like aftertaste. This beer doesn't taste that great, it's watery and I'm not a fan of the aftertaste.

M- Not the smoothest, very crisp, very dry on the finish, ,medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is decent, but I wish it was smoother.

Overall I didn't think this beer was that great and it wasn't a great example of the style, it came a little close to being a drain pour with how watery the flavor was and that bad aftertaste. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, half a glass is more than enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, those are easily the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste, drinkability, and mouthfeel, they all need a good amount of work to get them where they need to be. I don't think I would get this again and I might turn it down if I didn't for sure that ir was really fresh. I can't say I would recommend this one, It just didn't come together as good as it could. All in all I wasn't too impressed with this one, on paper it sounded good, but when it came to the taste and drinkability, it wasn't really what I expected or wanted out of this beer. It's one of my least favorite Stillwater beers and it's not a great example of the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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Photo of eluvah
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chackman151
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craftaholic
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Well, if our better bread can be multi-grain, then why can't our beer? With a generous layer of rye and a sprinkle of buckwheat, the collaborative efforts of Cigar City and Stillwater brewers hits a grain-driven stride.

Medium brown and hazy bronze at its core, the beer's scent is tart with red berry and dried citrus with a peppery grain scent remiss of whole grain bread. Tasting grainy-sweet and with a hint of Belgian-esque candy, its early palate is sweet, savory and richly toasted.

But once the ale latches onto the middle palate, its finesse Belgian farmhouse character is foregone. A toasty, peppery and grainy taste hits high gear with burnt caramel, popcorn and toast. Its high rye grit offers a husken taste with the robust seared character of burnt bread and the sharp and abrasive bitterness that comes within.

Medium-bodied, the beer's bright efforvescnet lightens its body and highlights its spice, peppery and grain, but its steely caramels and toasted savoriness suggests something of lumber and cream. Winey, spicy and deeply earhten, the beer's buckwheat and rye character showcases way too high to allow the finesse of the saison underneath to make much of a show during much of the session.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 8/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep reddish copper/light brown color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass. Insane appearance. Aromas of big apricot, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, golden raisin, cherry, berry, mango, melon, peppercorn, hay, straw, musty/leathery funk, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, wheat, rye, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, dark/bready/rye malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, golden raisin, cherry, berry, mango, melon, peppercorn, hay, straw, musty/leathery funk, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, wheat, rye, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate peppery rye/yeast spiciness, pine/herbal/grassy bitterness, and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, golden raisin, cherry, berry, mango, melon, peppercorn, hay, straw, leather, funk, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, rye, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, dark/bready/rye malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance. A bit of lingering hop astringency, but not overwhelming. Moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is an awesome dark Brett saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, dark/bready/rye malt, and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV. Fairly aggressively bitter, spicy, and drying; but has a wonderful showcase of Brett complexity, with balancing malt character. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I enjoyed the 1st few sips of this beer- they were as expected for a sour. After a few more sips a strange metallic bitterness settled in that eventually made me drain pour the rest. Oh well.

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Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 43 ratings
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