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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Photo of scruffwhor
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Muddy molasses color with garnet highlights. Pretty sturdy tan head of about two fingers after a restrainted pour. The tan foam sticks around for almost the whole 750ml bottles worth. The bubbling is hard to see, but you can find it eminating like a good saison should. One of the darkest saisons I've ever had.

Done dry hay and wheat field. Dry, pumpernickel bread crust. Soft, yet dark herbal aromas. Smells like a pretty good, dark saison.

Dry, chalky, earthy bitterness, yet cottony. Dark malts and hinting herbals all combine quiet well. Add to that a dry, yet well carbonated, bubbly palate and you have a fun sipping beer to share with friends. Or in my case, slowly enjoy over the coarse of an hour ;).

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mikem0487
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of yourefragile
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of HarryHood
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of harrymel
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, not opaque, fleeting light chocolate head.

Subtle aroma, roast malt, chocolate, slight vinous character.

Chocolate, slightly sweet roast malt and an underpinning of funk and sourness in the flavor. A tad acrid.

A little too much roast flavor for my liking. Not enough funk to overcome the malt.

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Photo of iKrystin
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of M27
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Danny1217
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of MrCee
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So darkly brown it is almost black. It delivers a nice frothy head. Boldly carbonated in a way that makes it sit comfortably on the tongue for nice savor. Great malty flavor that does not overpower and yet is not to wan. Other beers match this type but not the near perfection that this one achieves.

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Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Mymancave
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a touch of brown with a finger of frothy khaki head. Fades slow.

S - Dark caramel malts, dark fruit, a bit of chocolate, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, a bit of grains.

T - Dark caramel malts, dark fruits, chocolate, clove and other spices. Belgian yeast, pepper, some grains, hint of caramelized sugars. Dark malts, Belgian yeast, spices, chocolate.

M - Medium bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, sweet, spicy finish.

D - Nice darker saison. Good balance of malt and yeast character.

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Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of SFC21
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep dark color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and fruity ester with light funky notes is pretty unique and very interesting. Taste is also dominated by light roasted malt with some light funky ester and some what of a fruity and dry raisins finish. Body was quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very different and complex – almost like a mix between some element of a foreign stout and a farmhouse ale.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light brown head. In the aroma, a lighter roast and notes of horse blanket. In the taste, dry to earthy small tartness and a caramel like roast. A small hop like bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry yeast and note of caramel like roast in the aftertaste. Nice mix of caramel and earth, quite pleasant.

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Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of DaleMcMutt
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Brew33
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BeerTruck
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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