Existent | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

BA SCORE
86
very good
647 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
ExistentExistent
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:
647
Reviews:
176
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.46%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
70
For Trade:
1
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 647 |  Reviews: 176
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.

 548 characters

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.

 606 characters

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

Photo of jsf14
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason_cs
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RichH55
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Screwtape49
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DevWand
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tracker83
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BKotch
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

 590 characters

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doc_logic
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doktorhops
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

 2,391 characters

Existent from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
3.84 out of 5 based on 647 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe