Insetto | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dry-hopped sour ale with plum.

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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by DamienArk:
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4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a clear light reddish/amber color ale with a medium foamy head with OK retention and limited lacing. Aroma of tart notes with subtle plums notes also noticeable. Taste is a mix of tart notes with light plums with hard to notice dry hops notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice refreshing beer but I would have liked plums and dry-hopped notes to be even more pronounced.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of wedge
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Lightly hazed pinkish orange hue with a good sized head that crackles away to a clingy ring. Aroma is super mellow...airy strawberries, flowers, stone fruit, white wine, and subtle warm biscuit malts. Very flavorful by comparison with a big citrus juice tartness upfront, plum, peach, green apple, cherry, brine, and mineral water. Crisp, sour, medium-light body. Refreshing.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

And so begins another day on The CANQuest (tm)! I am bound & determined to get as many CANs drank, reviewed & rated as I CAN while I have the time available to me. I have a CANsiderable backlog here at Chez Woody & it inspires me to get it winnowed down.

From the CAN: "A dry-hopped sour ale with Italian plum".

Tres interresent! I am not a fan of Sours, drawing the line at Tarts with Goses & Berliner Weisses, but in making my rating, it will be done to style & NOT to taste while my review's verbiage may reflect my pesonal taste. Exceptional? We shall see!

I began by Crack!ing open the vent & CANmencing a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. I was pleasantly surprised by two (2) things right off of the bat: 1) it was a brimful craft CAN & 2) it was highly effervescent as it was decanted from the CAN into the glass! Beyond the three fingers of fizzy, foamy, soapy head with marginal retention was the foam's pinkish hue. 8=O Color was a slightly-hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with a slightly pinkish cast, undoubtedly from the inclusion of the plums. Nose struck me as more Tart than Sour since I got a LOT of lemony citrusiness out of it, making my lips pucker in response. At the same time, I was also getting an undefined Sour funkiness, so all was well. The first sip erased any question. It was Sour as heck! My eyes watered, my nose began to run & my ears began to ring as my jaw flew open to try to counter this onslaught. Phew. There was also some light tartness as my lips gently pursed, but this was definitely a Sour. I could not taste the plums for all of the sourness brought about by the wild fermentation, but is that worthy of dunning them? Probably not, but it was prevalent on the label, so it is a CANsideration. The taste was undefined except by its sourness, which becomes difficult for me to quantify. I am not a CANnoiseur of the style, so I do not have the verbiage at my disposal that others may. The ingredients are simply listed as: "Water, Malted Barley, Hops, Yeast, Plums". What sort of malt, I wonder? The hops were not at all evident. It was clearly a Sour Ale, but beyond that, I was scoobied. Finish was mighty dry & I was left debating between my asthma inhaler & a glass of water. Perhaps both ...

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy peach color and a decent cap; a few dots of lacing hang around

Smell: Citrus and tropical tones with the plum adding another dimension

Taste: There is some sweet malt at the outset but the lactic tropical tones readily emerge, with the plum notable; through the middle, the citrus arrives, with mango, grapefruit and pineapple; nicely balanced between the sour and bitter tones through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice duality between the sour and bitter tones makes this an enjoyable beer

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Complex yet effortless, the Stillwater team cover all their bases from sour to bitter, to floral, and to a pep of earth and spice to round things off nicely. Plum additions and dry hopping are just a few techniques that go into making a beer both drinkable and artful.

Pale golden and light amber, the beer's frothy pour precedes a mouthwatering flood of aromas that follow. Citrus, stone fruit, cider, wine and tropical notes round out the bulk of the beer's perfume. Light sweetness is of saltwater taffy, hard candy and a gentle maltiness of sourdough breads.

With the ale washing the middle palate with sourness, the floral hops turn fruity and complement the plum additions perfectly. Pink grapefruit, radiant orange peel, mango and pineapple pull from the hops and wrap around the juicy taste of plum while the malt sweetness rapidly flees the tastebuds. A light bitterness and strong sour duality graces the finish with an herbal, grassy, fruit peel and bulap laden closure.

Juicy and trending dry, the beer's body is medium light and highly thirst quenching. Refreshing to its core, the balance of fruit and bitterness work in unusual fashion but pull together masterfully for a medium length aftertaste of ripe fruit, fruit peel and a gentle must of weathered balsa.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent amber with a pinky of ivory head. Zero head retention & less lacing

S: Tartness, sweet orange & pear

T: Tartness, a little orange, a little plum & plenty of dryness up front. Lemon sweet tart & plum, plus dryness as this warms. Finishes dry, tart, with plenty of lemon & a little plum

MF: Medium body, light carbonation

Drinks easy enough, not life changing, but solid

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber with pink highlights. There's a fingernail of off white over three quarters of the top and part of the rim. The aroma is a tart Brettanomyces and sour plum with a grape like note. The mouth is moderately carbonated as well as offering a champagne like dryness.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can
BBE: 02APR20

Poured into a tulip a nice translucent pink/orange color, nice carbonation, with a nice thick/creamy/fizzy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some plum, some funk, tart. The taste is malty, yeasty, tart, some funk. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a dry finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that faded away, leaving only a few specks of bubbles on the surface and a minuscule collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sour plums are present in the nose along with faint hints of funkiness.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of green grapes and plums along with a light to moderate amount of sourness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the fruity flavors and sourness.

Serving type: can

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Photo of pin
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear mahogany color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral notes, slight citrus hops, hint of salt, hint of bacterial funk, slight Euro yeast, and slight caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is an elevated tartness. Tastes of floral notes, slight citrus hops, hint of salt, hint of lactic acid, hint of bacterial funk, slight Euro yeast, and slight caramel malt. Overall, better then Trendsetter due to more complexity and better blend.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tilley4
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just an absolutely amazing beer.... definitely tart but not overly sour, the plums give this a nice juicy aspect. Super refreshing while sitting by the pool. This is a perfect summer beer. I'm not a big fan of overly tart sours so this one is right up my alley. The fruit really really sets this off. This is delicious!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Best before Feb 29th 2018.

Really neat mix of body colors. Pours a pale pink, and fills with a glowing grapefruit orange body color. Excellent hues through a somewhat opaque body with a classic middle column of roaring carbonation. Rocky head, with quite a good top of three fingers tall. Bleach white composition, but with some rocky cling, but also some quick dissolve. Great looking brew.

Floral mellow notes, and chewy touches of bretty yeast on the nose. Thick amounts of grapefruit rind, with touches of funky faint sourness. Quite a good solid impressive front aroma.

Very impressive palate. Juicy fruit tones, with a good mix of tangy almost vinous wine like flavors. Faint touches of grass like hop and fruit plum that goes into an almost tangy cherry quality. Finishes brett fresh without a lot of harsh tones, and a thick chewy malt bill that provides a lot of support and density.

Real good quality experimental take and mix. Delicious.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Onenote81
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Average finger worth of loose foam, plenty of larger bubbles popping across the surface as it sizzles away to a thin surface dusting, initially there’s a few nice lacing splotches but they have no stickiness. The liquid has a haziness to it, likely from purée particulate, very odd coloration as if the purplish plum pulp gave the orange base hue a purple tint, strong glow throughout, any bubbles spread out, no beads. The plum bursts through the nose, stiffening and sour, touch of honey, pie crust, iron flecks, vinous and medicinal, scorched earth sort of funkiness, were it a wine you might say it shows signs of volatile acidity, interesting but sure to put off some. Medium-bodied and closer to light, clean and acidic, electrifies the pallet. More quinine, mineral and witch hazel notes, the plum here to dominant with supporting grapey vinosity. The carbonation is not high but better than expected and matches the overall body well. A bit of graininess in the background. The honey touch from the nose comes off more as corn syrup here. Perhaps a shade of white grapefruit but not clearly distinct. On the whole it’s a good drink, if monochrome.

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Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gentle pour yields a one and a half inch off-white head over an almost bright, slightly copper-hued golden body with some sticky lacing. Nose of funk and slight plum. Taste of sour and plum and very refreshing. Very nice carb and feel with a plum dry finish. Overall a real nice dry hopped sour. Cheers!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really love this beer the plums, the sour notes, the slight hoppy flavor. Just wish I could get it cheaper than a 4 dollar single. If I see it again in a four or six pack I will be sure to buy it what a tasty brew!

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