Existent | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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648 Ratings
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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): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Thorpe429 on 11-13-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
648
Reviews:
177
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.46%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
70
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
2.14/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of irongator
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AMCPhD
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of MGibbons
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesK
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of grittybrews
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwbetts
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of xungmound98
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RobinLee
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of T-34-85
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Invinciblejets
1.89/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of sammyslick
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Scarfer_Brad
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Existent from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
3.84 out of 5 based on 648 ratings.
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