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%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
70
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Stingraystripe
2.27/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Very bready nose and I also smell some dried fruit. Poured with A thick foamy head and quite dark - an opaque chocolate color - unlike any farmhouse ale I've seen. Taste is raisiny and malty. Drinks like a barley wine - to the point I kept checking the label. I don't think this one is true to style at all. There's a slight sour at the end that hints of farmhouse but that's it. Stillwater greatly impressed me with their stateside saison and I assumed this was on par. It's a decent beer, but nothing like a farmhouse in my opinion.

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Photo of utahgiebs
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of izzyismyrott
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bcsbeer
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DucksFan16
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stirner
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's the perfect farmhouse ale!

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Photo of JasonTaverner
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Plakerio
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zachary_Willis
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very earthy, hoppy, with a slight caramel taste on the end.

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Photo of Alpha309
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of earlholman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KensWorld
4.76/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 4/25/2013. Picked up 4 pack last week and had no idea it was that old. I'm glad it was. I tried this back in 2013 & it was very good but nothing like it is now. Has aged very well. Best farmhouse ale I've had yet! Just perfect! 4.80

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Photo of mbmiche
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lochef81
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of timmy2b
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidSwords1201
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with strong aromas of toasted malt, which imparts notes of freshly baked French baguettes or biscuits, as well as some brown sugar, molasses, Belgian yeast, a touch of licorice, and figs.

Taste: Nice flavors of toasted malt, black pepper, Belgian yeast, candied sugar, a touch of dried stone fruit and a touch of sourness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty effervescent, as there is a lot of carbonation. With an ABV of 7.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: While this is the weakest of the various Stillwater beers I’ve had so far, (the others being at the time, Atumnal Amber, Cellar Door, Folklore, Of Love and Regret and Stateside Saison) I like this beer. It has good flavors of malt, Belgian yeast, sweetness and just a touch of sourness, balanced nicely in a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good head retention. Darker than I expected from a saison. A little spicy aroma. Taste was somewhat spicy and a bit fruity. Good mouthfeel. It stayed on the tongue a long time so you savor the taste.

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Photo of MattGrimley
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattias
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very atypical, dark saison

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Photo of babaracas
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Massive gusher, 10 minutes of cleanup required. Off to a bad start Freddie.

Forgiveness comes slowly, pouring a hazy dark brown with fluffy khaki colored head, settling slowly to a half inch; splotches of lace on the glass.

Smell: chocolate, caramel, roasty stale coffee and nutty notes, plum skin. Also substantial hopping which really mucks things up, coming off as a bit of green-apple scented windex.

Taste: green apple candy, cocoa, dark brown sugar, grainy, earthy with substantial clean hopping, some peach towards the finish.

Dark / black saison is goldmine territory but this one is significantly rough around the edges.

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