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Folklore | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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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.

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Ratings: 462 |  Reviews: 130
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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark brown, nearly black, and allowing no light at all through the body. Head poured a thick finger of frothy tan foam. It's a damn-fine looking beer.

Smell: there's a light chocolatey character with a dry roasty after-scent. There might be a hint of phenolic character in there as well. Not bad, but a bit light on the complexity.

Taste: sweet malt with a good dark-fruit character. There are notes of tobacco and raisin here, and the finish is quite bitter and roasty. Frankly, the roast is a bit over-done for my taste. Mostly good, but the finish is a little too harsh.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and an OK creaminess. Not great, not bad.

Overall: I feel like this beer has some good elements, but it really doesn't grab me. It's just a bit hot and harsh and not at all the smooth, rich experience I like in a BSDA. Some of the dark fruit flavors are quite nice, but sadly there's just too much here that doesn't quite agree with me.

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Photo of ToadiesForCody
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours an opaque dark brown with a fine two finger light brown head. Aromatic fruit evident as it poured. Aroma of roasted and caramel malt, dark and dried fruit, chocolate with a mineral spiciness. Color and aroma similar to a stout. Flavor starts with toasted and lightly charred malt, molasses and chocolate with an interesting estery light fruit flavor developing in the middle. Finishes with toasted malt and light Belgian yeast and spice flavors, moderately hopped. The finish is like a stout and dark Belgian ale are duking it out for dominance (neither wins, but it is an interesting bout). Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation. This is quit unusual and boundary busting; I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured into a stem glass, dark brown, nearly black, with about a half inch of off-white head. Dark roasty malts in the aroma, coffee notes, some dark fruits, and a touch of smoke. Lots of roast in the flavor, dark malts, cocoa and coffee, almost stout-like, but lacking the body; after the roastiness mellows out, notes of grassy funk and yeast come out, along with mellow dark fruits and earthy hops. Dry and a bit metallic in the aftertaste. Medium body, and fairly drinkable overall.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
2.55/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Totally black with a big beige head in the narrow Crooked Line tulip. WIney aroma with a fruity, smokey nose.

Intensely flavored in a odd way. It tastes like fruit cocktail boiled in yesterday's coffee. A hint of cough syrup in the back of the throat. Aftertaste of ashes. Burnt raisin toast is the most pleasant of the flavors. There is fruit leather, sweet vermouth, guava jam, aspirin, and sweet pickles, all washed over by a medicinal bitterness. Smokey taste of grilled peaches dropped in the charcoal.

As near as I can tell, this is the same Folklore but now the subtitle is "Mythic Tradition Ale." From the 750 ml bottle bought at Bine and Vine in San Diego for $13.49. This is two expensive Stillwater brews in a row that leave me asking "what were they thinking?"

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From cask to stemmed wine glass at ChurchKey on 2/21/11
*From notes

A: Dark as night, a rich black. Really lovely one finger head and some frothy, sticky lacing.

S: Big time alcohol and roasted malt on the nose first. Strong hints of vanilla and toasty oak follow.

T: Woody and slightly funky yeast up front, followed by charry chocolate, chewy tannin and an essense of copper. It finishes with a trace of authentic vanilla beans.

M: Well carbonated and holds a nice amount of weight. It simply feels right and supremely well balanced.

O: Tonight was my first foray into Stillwater's beers and I must say that I'm extremely impressed. 25 to One is a devilishly good brew, and I'm excited to see what Stillwater does next.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is dark plum, nearly black. There is a nice full looking 2 inch head that is medium tan colored.

The aroma is mild with the dark fruit. There is a bit more chocolate in the aroma.

The taste is full of coffee and a bit of apple-like fruit to offset it. This seems a bit roasty to be a "Belgian Strong Dark Ale" but I don't think that's what it's trying to be.

This is medium bodied with crisp carbonation. This is pretty enjoyable; it's halfway between a quad and a stout.

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Photo of threedaggers
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of sneth019
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of target88
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mbeerdino21
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Pizzaria Paradiso over a month ago, took notes on my phone.

Murky muddy color with nice bone white head and pretty lacing. Brown highlights shine through. Very nice grain barley in the smell and taste, all covered in fudge. Smell is a little faint but nice, though the taste is quite full. Subtle oak and toasted oak in both aroma and taste as well which is pleasing. Licorice and subtle smoky flavors also are highlighted.

Deep and dark like a bigger porter but having a nice dry roasty finish like a nice brown. I hardly notice the 8.5% and the feel is a great creamy medium to thick feel. Medium clean. Good stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 462 ratings