Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #770
Ranked #22,076
3.78 | pDev: 11.64%
May 10, 2021
Nov 13, 2010
Very Good
Notes: Existent represents the philosophy behind Stillwater Artisanal. We strive to define ourselves through our passion and sincerity while accepting that not all aspects of life are readily explainable. To manifest this ideology we present an ale of intrigue. Deep & dark though deceptively dry, braced by a firm yet smooth bitterness and accented with an earthy hop and mild roast aroma. This is an ale for you to define...
’and if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.’ –Nietzsche
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Photo of Sigmund
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Sigmund from Norway

355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.4%. Dark mahogany colour, moderate off-white head. Very malty aroma and flavour, medium sweet, some acidity, notes of caramel, minimal hops.

May 10, 2021
3.67 by bobstockwell from Massachusetts on Aug 26, 2018
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a mildly dark brown close to black color with a slim finger-ed foamy to filmy (mildly puffy looking off white color) head. Dissipates at a nice pace. Thin filmy lacing runs around the glass. The smell starts off with sweet dark bready malts with subtle dry milk chocolatey sort of malts. Subtle roast and then a nice spicy little bit of rye. The taste was pretty much the same. Full sweet dark and milk chocolatey sort of sticky flavors come together and then bring in that spiciness nicely. All combines on into the aftertaste and slides on into a slight sticky sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fair sessionably semi-sticky sort of feel all around. Carbonation rides fairly light. Stickiness is somewhat tame all around. Overall, as a saison of the "dark" quality, I can see it. Probably be better for the winter season as I’d come back to during that time.

Jun 08, 2017
2.14 by tfsimpkins from Florida on Mar 20, 2017
3.75 by AngusOg from North Carolina on Jan 31, 2017
3.25 by MAUEX_MFA from Alaska on Jan 03, 2017
3.75 by irongator from Kansas on Sep 08, 2016
3.75 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BrownAleBollocks from Kansas

Pours a deep brown with red highlights and a long lasting fluffy beige head. Aroma is caramel and toffee sweetness, a little bit of dark fruit, and an earthy overtone that has hints of almost gose like acidic tartness. Taste is earth up front, with bittersweet chocolate, and light toffee hints of dark fruit, tartness, and saison spice. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, yet somewhat mouthcoating. Overall, this is a very interesting take on the saison, with some hints of the style, while also having unique attributes that give it a different feel.

Jun 03, 2016
3.75 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas on May 20, 2016
3.85 by AD17 from New Jersey on Apr 26, 2016
3.5 by Hopstout from Minnesota on Mar 05, 2016
3.99 by AMCPhD from Virginia on Feb 29, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a brown body with one finger khaki head that died slow and left lace patches. Aroma has hints of tartness/funk but is mostly a mish-mash of roasted malts and yeast. Medium bodied beer that flows easy thanks to yeast and balances a yeast (not so much bubblegum) and chocolate sweetness as well as roasted malt presence that gives dry finish. Intermingling with these flavors are minor tastes of funk but not enough to make this a typical funky saison. Not a bad beer but not much shines through other than the chocolate and roasted malts.

Feb 25, 2016
3.39 by MGibbons from Maryland on Feb 21, 2016
3.25 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Feb 15, 2016
4.15 by grittybrews from Washington on Jan 01, 2016
3.84 by bb-magic from Florida on Dec 27, 2015
3.5 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Dec 18, 2015
3.96 by xungmound98 from New York on Dec 11, 2015
3.93 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on Dec 01, 2015
4.1 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky on Nov 28, 2015
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by T-34-85 from New York

Interesting beer.

Poured a very dark red, almost cognac color. A sour, acidic scent with a tone of earthiness. Great flavor with a moderate bite of bitterness, a surprisingly dry finish, a mild sweetness, and a unique malty base. Excellent mouthfeel from the high level of carbonation.

Overall: A pleasant surprise from a beer which was difficult to anticipate its character before trying. This beer has a hearty foundation flavor paired well with a round frothy mouthfeel and a mild but nice aroma. I found this beer to resemble a Belgian Dubbel almost more than a saison, but solid none the less.

Nov 20, 2015
4 by Gkruszewski from New York on Nov 05, 2015
1.89 by Invinciblejets from South Carolina on Nov 03, 2015
3.71 by sammyslick from Australia on Oct 25, 2015
3.74 by Scarfer_Brad from Florida on Oct 22, 2015
3.46 by jsf14 from District of Columbia on Sep 20, 2015
3.89 by Jason_cs from Florida on Sep 17, 2015
3.81 by RichH55 from Illinois on Sep 14, 2015
4.09 by Screwtape49 from Minnesota on Sep 11, 2015
3.82 by DevWand from Oregon on Sep 03, 2015
4.18 by Tracker83 from Michigan on Aug 29, 2015
3.92 by BKotch from Texas on Aug 21, 2015
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Taybeh from Minnesota

from a single into a GI tulip. looks great though unlike any saison I've ever seen... light black with a little red tinge and a khaki head. Nose is interesting/odd for the style. Some raisins, prunes, plums, as well as some roasted malt....a tinge of citrus, clove and hay, but these are lesser notes and take some time to get. Taste and mouthful make this really delicious: a little bittersweet chocolate that I missed in the nose, some great layers of flavor that unfold slowly, a little twang at the end that surprises, and fairly dry. Unlike any saison I've had but very enjoyable.

Aug 21, 2015
3.53 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania on Aug 20, 2015
4.21 by doc_logic from Ohio on Aug 15, 2015
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by doktorhops from Australia

Nietzsche once said “If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” how exactly this relates to Stillwater Artisanal Ales Existent Farmhouse Ale, well I guess I’m about to find out, it’s on the label so there must be something “abyssy” [word: made up. me. you know the drill] about this brew. It couldn’t be that dark given the Saison style in comparison to a Russian Imperial Stout. If that is what the reference is then I’m preparing for some disappointment... otherwise, well let’s just see what we find then.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep cloudy brown with cola highlights body with a firm half centimetre beige cappuccino froth head that slowly dissipates. It’s dark, the darkest Saison I’ve encountered, however it’s no abyss when it comes to a Stout of any stripe... looks good nonetheless. 8/10.

S: Complex and moody as the bottle would suggest with dry white wine grape, green apple, hint of smoke and sour cherry, touch of raisin as well... some good aroma notes to draw on right there. Not picking up any cocoa or cacao as some other reviewers have suggested, I’m wary as this brew has been cellaring for a little while. 7/10.

T: Interesting as this comes across quite Dubbel-like in the flavour with dark fruits (such as: plum, date, raisin) then hits with some brown sugar notes, a touch of toasty/breadiness from the yeast, and finishes dry and lightly bittered with medicinal herbs. It’s really quite a good drop. Aftertaste hints at something metallic which detracts from a perfect score. 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a touch of wateriness and a tight but light carbonation. Could use a bit more carbonation, the mouthfeel betrays the 7.4% ABV. 6/10.

D: This one was a bit of a surprise as it comes across on the label but it is really more of an American take on a Duppel... only negative: is this really worth coming back to at the price per bottle (which I recall was around the $8 mark over here in Australia) when there are so many good Belgian Dubbels that go for cheaper? (Grimbergen is one off the top of my head where it was perched erratically awaiting the rise to the correct drinking temperature before being poured into my glass - a common beer warming practice I assure you). 7/10.

Food match: Cheese platter, rich roasted meats - beef/lamb, with roasted vegetables and such.

Aug 13, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pat61 from Minnesota

L: Dark and moody deep chestnut brown pour under a 2” cream colored foam collar that quickly disintegrates. Very lacy. S: Faint laundry, slight funk, fruit, and grain. T: Dark fruit, fig, hint of caramel, saison yeast, grains, light chocolate, and some earthy notes. F: Very creamy and effervescent, medium full body, O: An interesting beer with a strong brown ale flavor intensity wrapped around a saison body and mouthfeel with a dose of funk.

Aug 10, 2015
4 by WastingFreetime from Wisconsin on Aug 09, 2015
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