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Folklore | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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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

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443
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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.

RJT

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Photo of hmph
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle.

A - dark, with a big bubbly and foaming dark khaki head

S - initial smell is malt, creamy dark chocolate malt with a lot of dark fruits coming through as well, raisin for one

T- Wow, really smooth combination, very malty mixed with fruity spice. ABV is not very noticeable, a nice dryness at the end with some lingering taste

O - Really loved this brew, something you could really drink a lot of on the right night. Great collaboration and combination of flavors.

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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 Tone
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
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 mothmanscott
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
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 facundoCNB
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very dark brown almost black pour, 3 fingers of tan foamy head giving off a decent amount of lacing. getting some sweet molasses in the nose, chocolate, coffee, caramel, raisins, pecans, licorice.. with a belgian yeast strain. almost smells like a blend of RIS with a quad. the flavor is fruity at first, lots of nutty flavors.. this is a very strange stout-like beer with quad characteristics, but wonderful.. think of it as a liquid fruitcake.. dark fruits, nuts, BUT with a chocolate/coffee kick, and lots of dark roasty notes. medium/full body with moderate carbonation. goes down very smoothly, for as sweet and heavy as this beer is, it's pretty damn refreshing as well. REALLY liking this one.

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Photo of bum732
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Floral fruitness, rasberries with some other dark fruits, vanilla rasberry ice cream sums it up. Some vanilla bourbon notes, very rum-like.

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black, light tan head that dissipates quickly, looks carbonated.

T: Dark fruit malt, dark cherries followed by a light coffee malt. Medium high earthy bitterness with splashes of dark cherry fruitiness throughout. Finishes on a dry, slightly roasty side, some liquorice on the finish perhaps?

M: Medium high carbonation, prickly, medium bodied.

Very pleasant and unique beer. Nice that its not phenolic like most belgians. I definitely wanna try other beers from this brewery.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

opague nice tan with a huge, head that towered 3 inches above the glass. Tons of lace, a fantastic overall appearence.

lots of fruity tones. Hints of apricots and figs with a nice spiceness in the back. Hints of apples, just a great well rounded and very impressive overall profile. Tons of carbonation and lots of activity on the palate. Huge flavor assault , lots of dark fruits, figs, hints of yeast, and a pronounced grainey flavor

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Photo of timtim
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

darkest dark brown with a cocoa-tan colored head that shrinks to a collar. nose is roast, chocolate, licorice (but very light), fruit and a faint hoppiness. yum. taste exudes great balance of all of the above, and the roasty turns a bit bitter as it mingles with the hops in the back end. great, fantastic body on this one... medium-full and creamy as can be. alcohol just barely detectable in the finish, and it comes off herbal and raisiny almost, yet amplifies some of the other bright fruit flavors. dark beer with bright flavor. brian, you do this well. beautiful tribute to a legend of a bar. winner.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Humongous thanks to 321jeff for always looking out for me and my stillwater addiction. poured into my stillwater tulip.

a - opened the bottle and filled the branded stemware. more of a brown than a plum, but certainly purple/reddish characteristics can be seen when held to the light. nice classic yeasty head...really creamy and very to style. far superior to most american BSDAs. good lacing, but not super thick.

s - all the usual suspects with a soft spicing. in the way that cellar door has that sagey vibe on a saison, this has that peppery sagey vibe on a BSDA...and it works very nicely. gives it a crisp or fresh smell...almost vanilla/booze that you'd find in an oak aged brew.

t - much like the nose, the flavor is like a BSDA on sage. there is a fresh, crisp coating on the overall palette. this is a tasty beer, but not super classic...it is classic but with a twist.

m - even before noticing the taste, the body showed itself. nice rich and fullness. not like the originals, but much closer than most american brewers are offering these days. probably like 75% creamy.

o - overall, better than i had expected. a lot of the classic belgian strong dark ale elements are there, but the beer has a twist. i would guess sage (being a fan of stillwater overall). this is a very solid beer and again stillwater proves his worth in the beer he brews. i really hope to see this beer some point again in the future.

really good and unique.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of chocolate frothy head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Dark caramel and chocolate malts, dark fruits, coffee, Belgian yeast, spices, touch of black licorice, touch of vanilla, hint of booze.

T - Dark caramel and chocolate malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spices, black licorice, coffee, bit of vanilla, a touch of smoke, and a hint of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced BSDA. Good malty base with the yeast character balanced nicely.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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 lackenhauser
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive black color with a tan head on top. Nice nutty, mellow cocoa aroma. Malty and nutty flavor upfront. Pleasant roasted flavors, somewhat mellow which is fine. A faint spicy quality. Lingering cocoa flavors in the finish. Very solid mouthfeel. Another great beer from Stillwater. I had this on cask at Max's Belgian fest and it was great there as well. Well worth trying and enjoying...

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Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL poured into a Chalice

A- Dark brown/black with a one finger dark tan head

S- Dark fruits, hint of chocolate and spices

T- Dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, spices, bigger flavor than the smell, robust and complex, very enjoyable.

M- Smooth, meduim body.

O- This is another great beer from Stillwater. Really glad I have another bottle for later.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Paid $3.49 for the single from Vintage Estate. Belgium Strong Dark ale or Traditional Stout? Soon I will find out.

A - Well it looks very stout like has a deep almost pitch black hue with a 1/3 inch of head that sticks around forever. This head is a deep mocha and makes for some great lacing.
S - Smell is very sour but not brett induced. Dark fruits and some cherry notes so I guess its not very stout like. Still I am excited to try.
T - Quite different than most Belgium Dark ales. Starts off as any other mildly sour then goes sweet with some plum and raisin but toward the finish I was amazed with actual chocolate and mild coffee roasts. The flavors are complex and constant with every sip. I love it.
M - Quite smooth medium bodied beverage with a chewy body.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer it was a clash of two styles and it worked out great. Next time I am at Vintage Estate I will be sure to grab another.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
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.

Aroma:
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.

Taste:
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.

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

Overall:
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 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 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 Dreadnaught33
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Photo of sulldaddy
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. the beer pours a cola brown color with brown fizzy tan head of 1 cm tha fades pretty quickly to a thin edge layer and one large wispy island.
Aroma is roasted malt and some dark fruit with prunes and molassess coming through, plus maybe raisin and fig.
First sip reveals an average body and slightly sticky texture with mild rolling carbonation. QUite nice no the mouthfeel, makes it easy to drink.
Flavor is fruity and malt based with again the plums and raisins and bits of molasses and brown sugar, fairly sweet but not cloying here. No real hop presence and the ABV is well hidden as well.
Nice drinking complex yet not palate killing brew. I enjoyed my sampling of it and would probably try it again, only drop is the lack of head retention on my sample.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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 Beer4Baltimore
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle with sediment well settled.
A - rich dark brown to near black with a big foamy head.
S - chocolate malts, yeasty spices.
T - a roasted,toasted malty bomb with a Belgian twang.
M - thick and mouth coating but enough carbonation to keep it from stopping.
D - the 8+% is well hidden under the malts and if you like stouts you could drink alot of this.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark cola with mahogany highlights.  Dirty beige, creamy head. Nice retention, low lace.

S - Fantastic chocolate liquor nose.  Hints of merlot wine and cognac. 

T - Dry opening of merlot and medium roast grains. Nice bright acidity.  Bitter cocoa and powdered milk sweeten the center before the fantastic dry roast returns for the finish.  Touch of smoke and woody hop bitters on the backend.

M - Medium body with a firm, dry backbone.

O - An excellent brew.  On the drier side of the style.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Beige head, moderate retention on a almost black body. Nice lacing, sticky. Aroma includes beef jerky (smoke), banana (overripe), candi sugar, roasted malts, caramel, biscottis. Taste follows closely with the aroma. Nice dark ale with a Belgian inspiration...nicely done.

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Photo of u2carew
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head, tight, creamy, dark tan in color. Body is opaque. Heads settles slowly.
S) Potent, imperial stout type aroma. Hints of cherry, chocolate. Woody, cedar-ish. Yeasty.
T) Chocolate. Alcohol. Coffee. Some oak notes. Subtle hop bitterness in the finish.
M) Chewy. Thick, full body. Creamy. Alcohol warmth.
O) A delicious "stout" whether Belgian or untraditional. I'd definitely would drink another one.

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