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%
 
 
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24
Gots:
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Pours a thin head on a dark red colored body. The aroma has lots of caramel, chocolate, milk and roasted malt. Nicely complex. The taste roasted malt sweetness with a bitter lemon back-note, some chocolate, finishes with a little sweet touch. The texture is smooth with good fizz. Enjoyable and different.

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Bottle.
Appearance: Dr. Pepper...dark Amber with a purplish hue. Thin head.
Smell: Belgian yeast. Not strong, but there. Plum.
Taste: dark Belgian. Plums and raisins, followed by Belgian yeast.
Weird hop? aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall. Pretty good. Not my favorite from this brewery.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a Duvel glass with a 1/4 white head that soon recedes to leave a ring around the glass, an island of foam in the middle of the beer. Some speckles of lacing with sipping.

The smell is an interesting mix of the yeast and roasted malt that seems to have a bit of dark chocolate character.

The taste is lighly sweet with dark roasted malt and light hop bitterness appearing about mid way through and then transitioning to a lightly burnt flavor. The whole then trails off into a nicely dry finish that leaves one ready for another sip.

Mouth feel is medium to light bodied with a background of persistent carbonation.

Overal this is an interesting and quite drinkable beer if only because it is my first that could be called a black Baison with dark roasted malt replacing the light and lighter roast malt ordinarly used in a Saison. Pleased to try this one and am always happy to try almost anything from Stillwater as they are usually both good and intersting. That said I'll probably not be going out of my way to seak this one out again.

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