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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Human history is filled with myths and legends that shape and define our culture. Rituals, celebrations, gatherings.. whatever. One thing that’s for sure, is we enjoy a proper shindig. So let’s get the stories flowing and share a little ’Folklore’. A bracingly deep ale, built dark and rich with an elegantly lean body, accompanied by heady aromas of Belgian yeast, earthy hops and gently kissed by a wisp of smoke.

This beer was formerly known as 25 to One.

Added by oline73 on 02-21-2011

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This fine stout pours a dark brownish black
with a modest had of khaki foam that settles to a thick ring. Nose of chocolate and dark
fruits with a touch of molasses. Flavors exceed the nose with dark fruited notes and dark
sweet chocolate mingling with a touch of dark molasses and a touch of lightly smoked
malts on the rear and aftertaste. Very nice mouth feel, smooth, moderately carbonated,
and full bodied without being chewy and a sweet subtly dry finish. VERY nice.


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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a small rocks glass: color is black with brown edges, head is light tan which presents 1/4 inch thick then dissipates to a ring.

Smell is light with light roast hints of plum/raisin like notes but they last quick and not strong.

The taste transitions from a subtle aroma to a big flavor and presence: flavors are moderate roast, then pleasantly strong plum/raisin fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, nice carbonation, solid sweet/bitterness.

Overall this is a solid dark ale with nice yeast byproduct flavors and enticing roasted malt qualities.

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

Folklore was given to me by a coworker who has found a new love in all sorts of stouts and found this one interesting. I would certainly have to agree with him. It's labeled a stout on the bottle, but from the pint glass, it was getting all sorts of other great flavors. I was reminded of some of my favorite ESB's and darker non-stouts, and overall I really enjoyed it!

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Photo of Flickerdart
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, opaque brown with thin white head. Nose is malty sweetness, coffee, and chocolate, a little oaky. Taste starts off as coffee and chocolate, rolls through a phase of bitterness, and then fades into plum and a little smoke. The mouthfeel is chewy and carbonated.

It claims to be an untraditional stout, but there's not really anything here to set it apart from traditional stouts.

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

Cocoa carob and caramel. Tastes a little bit like mixing a heavy duty stout with a strong, dark, Belgian ale. Lots of stuff going on on the palate. I would get this again. The label calling this a stout threw me off a little bit but I can dig it.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Tan head that dissipates quickly. Pours a pitch black.
S- Sweet and a little smoky. Chocolate
T- A little booze on the backend, but mainly smoke and chocolate.
M- Light carb and slick feel
D- A solid stout! Wish I could try their BA version.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep walnut brown and nearly black body. Quite opaque but a little bit of dark chestnut brown passes through, and with a simple one finger quite dark tanned head on top with a nice little mocha ring. Very nice looking brew.

Real nice deep milk chocolate aroma and small sense of Belgian candi sugar perhaps on the nose. Good chocolate with a nice amount of soft roast body to it as well which definitely seems to hint of stout territory as well. Interesting combination with the Belgian yeast which seems rather clean and not that noticeable and neutral.

Palate definitely seems to push out more fruity yeast components on first sip. Juiced grape and fruit mid component with a mild Belgian sweetness in the mid palate. A bit of milky chocolate washes through with some tight carbonation and almost wine like carbonation and tripel heat. Mild chewy raisin like texture and feel, with same complimenting flavors as well. Fruited Belgian qualities, and some soft chocolate roast stout character in the mix.

What a great interesting brew, not what I was expecting but certainly always glad to have another impressive Stillwater beer around too.

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Photo of Suds
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an utterly black beer with a wispy tan head. The aroma has licorice, slight hints of smoke, Belgian yeast, and a bit of roasted malt. Interesting. The taste is moderately sweet, with a bit of candy and phenols. Not bad, but the flavors seem a little muted. Warmth comes late, but is fitting. Full in body and interesting.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark fruits stand out on the nose, with plums and ripe cherries most notable. Bitter chocolate and wisps of smoke as well. On the tongue is a rich, slightly acidic coffee bean that yields to milk chocolate sweetness and tart cherries. Hop bitterness is mild and slightly earthy, with a smoked malt and cocoa powder finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. Nice beer.

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Photo of Moose90
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle

A — Pours a deep ruby brown into the glass. Nicely dark, there is a coffee colored head on-top of it that leaves some lace behind itself.

S — Smells of some lightly roasted malts, but its dominated by a sweet and fruity yeast component, fairly heavy dark fruit aromas dominate the nose.

T — Tastes lightly charred and roasted initially, as it warms it really becomes fruit forward and assertive.

M — Medium bodied, sticky and long finish.

O — Not bad at all, just a little too yeast forward for my liking.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Exceptionally dark brown (SRM 33-37). The slight, beige head leaves a ring of lace while occasional carbonation emerges from the darkness within the Dogfish Head snifter.

The aroma is super sweet with candied fruit, light floral hops, maraschino cherries and cherry liqueur.

Rum raisin and plum pudding with a surprisingly bitter finish. This one is also surprisingly earthy.

Full-bodied with warm alcohol, a silky texture, and ample carbonation. A tad medicinal.

Folklore pairs well with reading and likely would also pair well with a Charcuterie.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: An incredible 3” rocky tan foam cap with a very fine bead mounds up a half an inch over the top of the glass and recedes very slowly. S: Dark fruit and roast, a hint of aftershave, T: Malty kick off with spice, maple, and a hint of anise with chocolate in the aftertaste. Light sweetness with minor hop presence. F: Very creamy soft palate with full body, medium carbonation. O: Drinks like chocolate fruit cup with a light sweetness needs a little more zip – tartness or bitterness – to really go over the top.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark black, little head and no lacing. The smell was dark roast malt, chocolate and belgian spicy yeast. The flavor was dark roast malt and dark fruit. Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Nice beer, all the attributes point towards a stout, but it had that nice belgian flavor.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

This beer is an “untraditional stout” as the brewer proclaims. Many of its characteristics will make you want to classify it as something other than a stout. The smokiness and the aroma do set it apart from most. A balanced beer with an ABV undetectable to the palate. The brewer has done well but I am conflicted between what I taste and the style it supposed to represent. Is it a Stout or a Belgian Strong Dark Ale? You decide. A beer that I will drink again. 4.25

A – Pours black, but clear with a small light brown head. Minimal lacing. 3.75

S – The aroma reminds me of a Russian Imperial Stout, dark fruit (raisin), tinch of sweetness, some alcohol that is not reflected in the taste. 4.25

T – Smoke but not overwhelming, roasted malts, faint licorice, not excessively bitter, no coffee or chocolate. 4

MF – Medium bodied with a dry finish. The mouth feel of a regular stout. 4

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic with strong notes of roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked and toasted dark bread. I also get strong notes of dark molasses, brown sugar, a touch of coffee and smoke, and a touch of licorice.

Taste: Absolutely delicious! Strong flavors of roasted malt, imparting flavors of coffee, caramel, milky cream, some brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of nuttiness, a touch of dark chocolate and Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chew and pretty smooth, as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 8.4%, there is a slight touch of pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: I love this beer! It is an absolutely stellar, non-barrel-aged stout, and is one of the best beers by Stillwater I’ve had yet. Highly recommended!

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown so deep as to appear black with hints of garnet at the edges when held to the light. The pour produces 3+ fingers of tightly bubbled, effervescent, mocha, lasting head that leaves a streaky wash of lace. Aroma is dark, roasted malt, cocoa & semisweet dark chocolate, subdued dark fruits, Belgian yeast, faint coffee, smoke & herbal hop hints.Taste is dark malt roast, chocolate & coffee notes followed by a grape, dried cherries & dark fruitiness finishing slightly dry with spice in a mixture of fruit, roasted nuts, smoke, coffee, cocoa & floral hops which form the base of the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is minimal in taste (some bitterness that I believe is as much alcohol as hops) but is detectable in the warmth it provides. The alcohol spice, bitterness & warmth become more prominent as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, dry & crisp but smooth. As with most of these Stillwater Artisanal Ales this is very unique & quite tasty. I would suggest that this is an Irish dry stout/Belgian dark ale hybrid. After dinner sipping between nibbles of peppeemint bark candy pairs heavenly as a desert. Kudos Stillwater Artisanal!

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Photo of Tone
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, hint of liquor, sweet malt, alcohol, hops, hint of spice, yeast, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of slight European yeast, pale malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of liquor, hint of spice, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, feel, and complexity.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours almost no head on a black body.
The aroma has lots of roasted malt, a little burnt wood, coffee and dark chocolate.
The taste is great. Really roasty with background bittersweet chocolate.
The texture is thicker.
Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Stillwater Folklore has a thin, beige head, a dark brown (essentially black) appearance, and not really any lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, dark-roasted malt, black cherry, dark chocolate, and char. Taste is of dark-roasted, charred malt, black cherry, a touch of licorice, bitterness from the char, prunes, and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium, not heavy, as one might expect. Stillwater Folklore finishes semi-dry, rich, and surprisingly smooth. No real alcohol pick up with this one.


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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours black with a large fading head.
Nose shows dry roasted malt, cocoa, milk chocolate and oatmeal.
Flavours include big chocolate notes, dry roasted barley and a hint of liquorice too. A nice amount of residual sweetness.
Carbonation is a bit aggressive.

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Photo of tviz33
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, served in a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours dark brown with a short, quarter inch light brown head.

S- Roasted malts and loads of dark fruits.

T- Similar to the nose, but even roastier, with almost a smokey component.

M- Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation, especially for the style.

O- I would probably get this again if I saw it on tap somewhere, just to give it another go. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black body allows no light penetration. Generous mahogany head has decent short-term retention, but eventually dwindles to nada. Plenty of carbonation and decent legs can be seen.

Very malty and moderately sweet (molasses) to the nose. Cocoa nibs laced with coffee, a hint of smoked peat, and licorice. Trace cola and ginger root.

Everything your nose picks up will carry over in the taste with the addition of dark fruit right up front. sweet throughout with a bit of bite from the alcohol on the tail end.

Catch-you-off-guard light body and moderately carbonated. Easy to drink with a clean, sweet finish.

Another fantastic beer from Stillwater and a bit of a head-scratcher. The best way I can describe this beer is it's a Russian Imperial Meets a Black Lager or Schwarzbier. Easy to drink and packed with complexity and flavor, it's definitely worth your time (and money).

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 3.49/12 oz bottle at Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale
Bottled 01/02/14 at 50 degrees into standard pint
Aroma of roasted malt
Head large (> 7 cm), light brown, creamy/fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 9 mm layer
Lacing - none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor very strong roasted malt, slightly bitter; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl;
Palate medium to full, watery, lively carbonation.

Meets the definition of a stout. Price point seems too high.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/2/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark bread, pepper, raisin, plum, fig, light smoke, light licorice, herbal, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, pepper, raisin, prune, fig, light licorice, light smoke, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, pepper, raisin, prune, light smoke, light licorice, and roasted/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of a few different Stillwater brews when they arrived, this among them. 12 oz. bottle with a faun, or satyr, or something on the label. Bottle dated 1/12/14 & thanks to the brewery for that.

Pour is black with moderately high carbonation. Nose is nothing like I expected: huge Belgian yeast backed by a sweetness that's almost as intense. Less gods of roast & chocolate form a lovely backing quartet. Duo. Whatever.

Folklore is a double flute in an elementary band world. Belgian yeasts & slippery sweetness sets hooks in the palate, & they have barbs. Mid-palate brings a smorgasboard of jabs: roast, chocolate, smoke (which really adds a nice twist), plums, other stuff playing kick-the-can with my tongue. Finale brings the strong roast & a final donkey-hoof of smoke. Goes down quickly.

For a catch-all category, this is very good. Plenty going on here & the yeast/Belgian aspect doesn't overwhelm the other nice aspects. Well-brewed.

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