Existent | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

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

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled 12 oz bottle into a 33 cl snifter. Bottling date 4.25.13.

Look- Deep brown, quite clear but you can't see through the glass. Pours with two fingers of soapy foam that falls quickly, minimal lacing.

Smell- Mild, toasty aroma. Lightly floral, some wet hay. Swirling brings out stone fruit and something vegetal.

Taste- Nutty, dry, light peppery spice and baker's chocolate. Meaty, buttery flavor in the finish- farmhouse, yeah, but this much DMS and diacetyl makes me think this is just off.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, mild prickly carbonation on the sip. Dry-ish finish, but coating, milky feel left afterwards.

Overall- Some farmhouse experiments are worthwhile, but this just seems like a really crappy brown ale. Maybe This is generally a good beer, but the brewers need to keep their culture in check. Didn't finish it.

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

Appearance: Pours very dark brown, can't see through it unless held directly up to light and even then only on the edges. Very thin head that dissipates quickly. Surprised to see a dark farmhouse ale, that is a first for me.

Smell: Don't pick up the spices like you normally would for this style. Smell more of a malty caramelly sweetness. Again, uncharacteristic for the style but interesting.

Taste: Doesn't look or smell like a farmhouse but tastes like one. Pick up some pepper and spice, and while the malt gives it some smoothness I taste the earthiness and spice.

Mouthfeel: Nice light carbonation and very smooth, not particularly dry. Lingering taste is a bit sweet, not really bitter.

Overall: Very interesting beer, my second from this brewery and I am impressed. A contradiction for the style, or at least my understanding of it, as it is a dark-looking beer with some sweetness but the real flavor is true to the style. I really like this beer overall.

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