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: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark brown with reddish hues and a nice light tan head with great retention and lovely lacing. Very attractive brew.

S: Just amazing, deep and complex. Smoky roasted malts accompany rich dark fruits and yeast funk. Notes of raw cacao and brett. I can't stop smelling this stuff.

T: Malty goodness, roasty and slight chocolate. Mildly sour and moderate hopping. Notes of figs, pumpernickel, brett, citrus, apples, and so much more. This brew evolves and changes it seems. Not as spectacular as the nose but still quite delicious.

M: Surprisingly light, perfect carbonation. Mild bitterness, dry.

O: One word: spectacular. One of my new favorite brews.

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

Existent opens to what is partly a nice farmhouse ale aroma, with bananas and cloves mixing with a musty funkiness that smells like fermented apple cider and the inside of a grain silo, and partly a very light Flemish sour, with light touches of vinegar spotting the edges. There’s also a nice dose of rosewater, lemon, and pink grapefruit from the hops, which mixes with the cherry, berry, orange, and apricot fruit esters well, though it can leave a bubblegum overtone. Toast crust, biscuit, whole wheat bread, and a smattering of hay form an earthy base. As a whole, the nose is very nice, the sour vinegar providing an excellent counter to the apple cider, and the full assortment of fruity aromas proving very enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a shot of bananas and cloves that mixes instantly with the fermented apple cider and musty funkiness of the farmhouse, followed closely by the touches of vinegar that add extra layers of flavor, and a few sprinkles of white pepper. Fruits follow, with berry, cherry, and orange dominating, though there are also flavorful threads of pineapple and syrupy sweet-tart maraschino cherry. Light grapefruit and lemon from the hops adds more citrus. Brown sugar and vanilla add a bit more to the mix, and the base of toast crust, biscuit, whole wheat bread, and light hay translate well from the nose. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, the farmhouse banana/clove/cider/must especially present, and lingering on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is a dry medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a well-made farmhouse ale which offers a wide variety of neatly-balanced flavors, and in good strength and proportion. There is a slight alcoholic overtone, especially later in the mouthful and in the aftertaste, but it doesn’t mar the palate. Worth trying.

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A: Rich cola exit from the bottle sits a flat black in the vessel accompanied by a 3+ finger porous, foamy, dark khaki colored head. Retention was good, sloppy patchwork lacing with a covering that sticks around for most of the drink.

S: For aroma some root-beer, sweet cola, soft nutty maltiness with some sweetened vanilla coffee roast with a moderate amount of awareness.

T: Flavor of coffee, roasted chocolate bitterness, nutty attributes, small grainy muskiness, dried cola with a roasty dry bitterness. A hint of sweet fennel, warm pine and some woodsy notes. Some creamer lingers over the coffee roast with a warm dry honey sweetness.

M: Mouthful was moderate carbonation, yeasty roastiness with some creaminess and a dry bitterness.

O: Overall drinks like a belgian stout, good yeasty attributes, smooth creamy roastiness and chocolate base. Good variation of spiciness, funkiness, solid good.

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Existent from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 647 ratings
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