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Folklore | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
443
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
49
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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 443
Reviews by GPHarris:
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled in 2011

a - poured a one finger thick creamy tan head into a tulip glass that left a nice ring and sheet throughout. the body was dark brown, almost black, with deep reddish-purple edges.
s - roasted chocolate with plum and dark grape aromas.
t - dark fruits and roasted malt.
m - creamy and bubbly, slightly dry.
o - really loved this beer. probably my favorite stillwater to date.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbryan5
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Nyved
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Homebrew35
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one and a half fingers worth of a mocha colored creamy head. Opaque black body. Great lacing and good retention. Is this a Belgian dark or really an imperial stout, let's move on to the smell.

Smells like a sweet, malty English style Imperial stout. Big chocolate, coffee toffee and sweet malts.

Tastes is quite complex as I enjoyed this one over a half hour. Initially I get a firm earthy hop bitterness, some chocolate and roast coffee and roasted malts. As it warms the 8.4% is detected and gradually overwhelms the palate. A big sweet almost cloying sweetness and boozy undertones send this one into the hard to finish category for me.

Medium full bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall this is a sipper. Big bold yet well integrated flavors. The boozyness and sweetness make it a bit hard to finish. I suggest spliting with a friend. This did not taste like a Belgian in anyway, but oh well I still enjoyed most of it.
$10.50 a 500ml was quite high. I would not pick this up again if I saw it.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Justin8mypants
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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 dogfishandi
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet dark malt forward aroma with big hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront hints of dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, toast, smoke, leather, chocolate milk, caramel, toffee, grains, and some Belgian yeast. Sweet hints of molasses as well as some anise spice. Big dark fruit presence with hints of cherry, prune, plum, and raisin. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and pretty sweet and juicy dark malt driven taste with big notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Dark roasted malts with upfront notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee beans, toasted bread, biscuit, grains, milk, smoke, leather, caramel, toffee, and Belgian yeast. Anise licorice spicing along with sweet notes of burnt molasses. Big dark fruit undertones with notes of dark cherries, raisin, fig, prune, and plum. Hops are pretty subtle. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Body feels on the lighter side of heavy. Carbonation is fairly high. Very creamy, silky, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a stout. Good chocolate and dark fruit flavor. The Belgian elements are minimal except for the heavier carbonation and yeast.

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Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label is enough to sell you on this beer there's the devil dancing with a couple Victorian era white dressed fiddling women out in the forest. Artwork is created marketing these beers with fantastic labels and a reputation as one of the first American gypsy brewers making kick ass saisons. Forms a dark cola body with a chocolate cake tinted tan foaming head that dwindles rather quickly, fine Belgian style lacing. Aromatics offer up dark ripened fruit a touch of smoke and dark roasted malt accents including a touch of dark chocolate. It doesn't seem overly decadent and has a nice spice profile as well, it was honestly hard to read the print on the side of the bottle so I'm not quite sure what other possible additions were on this beer. A very balanced flavor between spices, mild tree bark notes some residual sugar sweetness caramelized sugars at that. A depth of lively fruitines hidden amongst the dark roasts and hints of smoke. Mouthfeel was effervescent with carbonation medium to lighter bodied despite the big dark color going on. Finishes dry and interesting with spice interplay, smoke, and dark ripened fruits summing it up. Alcohol is hidden pretty well not overtly booze ridden definitely doesn't burn the palate or the throat a smooth sipper for sure. Overall I'm intrigued by this offering it inspires me, search out more of his gypsy brewed offerings.

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Photo of kwkdmk
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Looks like a typical stout, but diverges on all other dimensions. The body is smooth and full, with higher carbonation than usual. The aroma reflects Belgian yeast and spcies more than dark roasted malts. The roasted grains are quite evident in tasting, but this is still spicy and exceptionally complex. Hints of cinnamon and allspice in the lightly sweet flavor

O: Flavorful, spicy and complex, this is a particularly interesting Belgian Stout. Recommended.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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 SPRichard
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
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 JamesStreet
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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