A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2)A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2)

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus in Deinze-Gottem, Belgium with Dr. Canarus. This black saison carries qualities similar to a stout with light roast and burnt sugar flavors, spiced with Rose Hips, Hibiscus, & Schisandra berries.

Added by Thorpe429 on 11-13-2010

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

very cool beer, i havent had anything new from stillwater in awhile, so this is fun. on tap at world of beer downtown. it has some interesting ingredients, and they are really on display here. the hibiscus and rose hips give a bright floral but not perfumy complexion to a beer that seems to have the grain bill of a stout, or at least a heavy brown. very roasty with coffee notes too, so its uncommon to see such blooming summery things as these in a beer like this. the saison part is lost on me a little though, i am so focused on the interaction of the additives with the dark grains, that all of my attention is zapped, and whatever strain of yeast is in this beer fails to make an impression on me. that doesnt bother me though, i like it as a black ale, or even as a brown ale, its fun, totally different, and in line with the other stillwater beers out there. a belgian kick to the finish, some mild bitterness, and the hibiscus lasting through it all. clever beer to say the least, not perfect, not my favorite from them, but one to certainly admire and take in, as there isnt much else like it happening out there right now.

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Photo of paresis
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LehighAce06
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RyanCrawford
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of slasich
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nicholaspark
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHesk12
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark coffee black similar to a frothy porter. Smell is malty and yeasty. I think for the style this is an excellent beer. Nothing truly knocks you out flavor-wise but I must say that it's a great mix of a mild saison and a mild porter. Mouth feel may be the best part, extremely soft with a faint but not wimpy carbonation. Overall I'm drinking a well balanced mix of an elegant saison with some roasty porter flavors and dark color, I like it.

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Photo of mick303
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle served in a tulip. Poured a thick dark colour with a nice cap of amber tan head, showing excellent retention and lacing, looks very nice.

S - quite floral initially, gooseberry, wildflower honey, rustic malt notes, graham cracker, honey fruits with some pear. Some fruity/floral sweetness with strong berry tones, matched against some earthy grassy hops. Botanical notes come increasingly to the fore.

T - chocolatey malt, very creamy and stout like, then some berry sweet character (blueberry/ gooseberry / i've never heard of schisandra berries?) as well as cherry sweetness. Pear notes again, mixed with some cinnamon and floral rose character, a bit of orange citrus, ending with some warming earthy notes, again orange and some lingering dry floral spice tones. Very nice, though quite off the wall also.

M - Again far more creamy and smooth than I would expect for a saison, it has a creamy mouthfeel and moderate body, with a tight and refreshing carbonation. Well proportioned and easy to drink.

A thought-provoking offering. Seemingly blending a porter and saison. It has a lot of the same earthy malt character with hints of earthy and licorice along with the creamy malty body with a hint of cocoa, and also a robust berry and floral character also showing orange and a nice bouquet of flavour. I quiet enjoyed this and if available would enjoy this on a regular basis, spices really shine and the beer evolves as it warms up, showing more of the saison aspects and dryness, gets a bit more crisp, and the earthy dry floral fruits come out. An evolving and enjoyable offering.

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Photo of porter_collie
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass

A - A mahogany body with a very thin chestnut head. Minimal lacing.

S - So complex, it's hard to describe. Light coffee, gin-like botanicals, earthy/woody aromas, and coriander. Just a hint of barnyard funk.

T - Like the nose, very complex. Artisan bread maltiness, dark fruits, and savory botanicals are prevalent. Mild toast-like roastiness and spicy esters. The finish is dry, woody, and with not a hint of booze.

M - Silky despite the dry finish, with light carbonation.

O - An intriguing, beguiling ale that grew on me the more I sipped. The botanical flavor from the rose hips, berry and hibiscus give it a taste somewhat similar to a toned-down Pimms. Certainly worth a try for any Belgian beer fan.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

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

Aroma: Good, earthy aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked French baguettes, as well as Belgian yeast, candied sugar, licorice, and a touch of dark molasses.

Taste: Delicious! Toasted malt up front, followed by lots of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, some licorice, black pepper, a touch of some dried stone fruits, such as apricots and dates, finished with a touch of piney, hoppy bitterness. An interesting aspect of this beer’s flavor is that it is really short up front, almost non-existent, but really long on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation. With an ABV of 8.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate, as it is very well masked.

Overall: This is another damn good beer from Stillwater. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jera1350
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBishopco
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kguard
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NCStateAE
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a small, bubbly head that fades to a thin covering. Aroma is airy and floral to start, adding a light caramel and toasty malt note developing into more of a toffee quality after a while. Flowers, berries, nuts, and a gentle fruitiness. Tastes of berries, flowers, and caramel malt along with the expected clove-like Belgian yeast, toast, and slightly tart vinous fruit. Quite dry and crisp in the mouth. These dark Saisons are always iffy for me, sometimes clashing too much between edgy yeast and roasted malt, but this one is very pleasant. Fruity and floral, not too yeasty, the malts stay smooth and sweet, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbeizer
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of cratez
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stillwater A Saison Darkly - 8% ABV Imperial Black Saison - Consumed November 26, 2014.

A: Very dark brown, bordering on black, with ruby edges, a thin ring of beige foam, and some strands of lacing on the tulip glass. Head retains for the duration of the beer but lace subsides midway through. Above average appearance.

S: Big spicy yeastiness, black pepper, berry fruit, floral notes (almost perfumey in character), red grape, clove, hint of cherry, grainy malt (rye?), light phenols, and earthy hops. Boldly aromatic and complex nose that hits the style extremely well.

T: Berry fruit, spicy yeast, black pepper, slight roastiness, grapey-plummy notes, burnt sugar sweetness with some alcoholic warmth to end. More dark fruit, yeast, and alcohol esters in the aftertaste. Clean, solid flavours, and exactly what I expect from a black saison.

M: Full side of medium bodied, spicy-peppery carbonation, creamy and somewhat silky middle precedes a long, drying finish with more dark fruit, yeast, and alcohol on the cough.

O: A truly outstanding black saison, and easily one of the best examples that I've tried. Great beer.

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Photo of SimcoeKid
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A Saison Darkly (Import Series Vol. 2) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 348 ratings