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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
444
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
19.59%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
49
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2
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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, with a chocolate brown head. In the aroma, a caramel roast and notes of molasses. In the taste, caramel, cocoa, a note of earth, and molasses. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry cocoa and small earth in the aftertaste. Quite stout like, with notes of what seem to be saison-ish.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Almost black beer with a bit of off white head. Faded to a bit of a ring and left some minor spots on the sides of the glass.

S - Lot of roasted malt on this. There is some dark fruits and a bit of yeast. Some slight earthy hops.

T - Taste is a lot like the nose. A good bit of roast, some dark fruits and a bit of earth. Nothing particularly distinguishing about this beer, but it's not bad. Yeast adds a touch of phenolic spice.

M - Medium bodied with some decent carbonation and a bit of a dry finish.

O - Didn't hate this beer, but it wasn't particularly memorable. I'd drink a bunch of other things before this.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

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 Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, hefty and sweet, celebratory take on a dark Belgian ale.

Presentation: 500 ml brown capped bottle. Simple grey label with name of brew, logo of Max's and Stillwater. Side narrative notes anniversary celebration, relationship and support between brewery and taphouse, alongside a brief description. Shows 8.4% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Very dark brown pour with a rich off-white head, moderate retention, nice surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Sweet and fruity nose wit a good roasted insinuation.

T - Taste follows with an intense sweetness coating memories of dried prunes, raisins. Roasted sense with a hint of smokiness, and a boozy sense that while not pushy is a bit noticeable. Spicy yeasts in the backbone seals the sense.

M - Medium/full body with similar carbonation, rather well tuned, with a good smooth sense.

O - This is actually pretty pleasing, another quality brew from Stillwater that maybe could do with a few months to soften the edge but that is pretty pleasing now in any case.

Notes: This is a nice anniversary brew, a tad expensive considering sizing and all but worth the try. Steers away from the free range o saisons but shows that it can handle pretty well a BSDA. Here's to another 25 years for Max's and Stillwater.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a deep black color with tan thick thick foam. Ok lacing...not great. Smells of alcohol...cherry chocolate and slight belgian yeasts.
Taste is of chocolatey cherry with vanilla and smokey wood. Alcohol is present throughout the sip.
I rarerly mention mouth feel, but this is superb. Its smooth as can be and so easy to drink.
This is a great brew. Not so much a belgian, but more closely resembles a stout. Either way its excellent.

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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 argock
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.49.

A: Very dark, almost stout-like, with a short creamy medium-beige head which is wispy but hangs around to leave a few lace tracings at the tops of the glass.

S: Somewhat astringent and metallic with some nutmeg/cardamom spice notes and some dark fruity maltiness. Muted overall and not very aromatic.

T: The flavor has a strong powdery cocoa quality with some fig and date dark fruitiness. Hops are minimal but their is a blandness about this beer all the way around. i don't catch smoke notes or many of the other complexities others report.

M: Carbonation is at least medium with a medium body and light cocoa aftertaste.

O: Glad I tried it but a bit of a letdown for an anniversary type ale. Not bad by any means, but I just don't think Stillwater and I are on the same wavelength.

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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 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 Sludgeman
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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 beergoot
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown body with a thick, sticky light tan head. Spicy, red pepper scents mix together with a roasted grain and bitter chocolate smell; figs and dates. Big dark malt flavors; fudge brownies; peppery hop bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied; semi-sweeet.

Lots of foam oozed out of the bottle. Not a gusher (and only minimal beer loss), but a bear to pour. Luckily, the wait to top off the glass is worth the wait. I didn't get any of the “wisp of smoke” the label mentioned, but there is plenty of depth and complexity to be found in the smell and taste. The touch of peppery heat adds a nice touch to the rich malt flavor characteristics. A nice discovery...

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Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The bottle says "untraditional stout", but I feel the style listed here is more accurate. The bottle I had was maybe a little old (7 months), but I'm not sure it would affect the style too much.

The beer pours dark, very dark, but with little head. The smell is dark: fruit, brown sugar with a tart-ish Belgian yeast smell behind it (which grew with some warmth).

Upon reading the label, I wondered what "untraditional" meant. I thought maybe some spice. On my first taste, I thought I noted some smoke, and reading the description above confirmed that. As I re-evaluated for the listed style and with the beer coming to temp, I enjoyed it a little more. The smokiness is subdued, but lasts to the end of the taste. The feel itself is a little weak, but the flavors compensate for that.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Black with ruby red highlights. Has 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Red licorice, plum, malted milk balls and roasted barley.

Taste
Roasted barley, overripe plum, red licorice and light roast coffee. Notes of malted milk balls and semi-sweet chocolate. Again, licorice rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, creamy and smooth.

Overall
Smooth, sweet and hides the 8.4% abv well. Make sure that you like licorice before buying.

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Photo of Moose90
3.26/5  rDev -16%
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 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 homebrew311
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a dark brown, chestnut color with ruby highlight, a collar of cocoa colored head, some lacing

S: nose is fruit forward with some oak and mild funk, dark cherries and berries come through, a touch of roast at the end

T: starts with some mild cocoa flavor followed up by a little bit of funk and a considerable amount of fruity sweetness, lots of flavor, interesting balance of flavors

MF: mild carbonation, thin body

O: this one skews a little towards the sweet side, definitely some interesting things going on but nothing too memorable

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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 CuriousMonk
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at ChurchKey in Washington, DC. Poured into a snifter glass. Pours a deep dark/murky brown/black color that resembles a Belgian strong dark ale. Pours a medium 2-finger tan head that quickly fizzles, but retains nice lacing throughout the session. This beer was almost served at room temperature which is pretty much the norm at ChurchKey. Nose picks up aroma of coca, dried fruit, light smokiness and spices. Tastes smooth, dark fruity esters, roast, coffee, and Belgian yeast. Medium to full bodied along with some stickiness. This beer has a nice balance and complexity overall. Though not among my favorites for the style. Interesting beer to commemorate Stillwater's anniversary. Cheers!

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Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thick, dark brown, 3-finger head that quickly dissipates into a persistent lace.

S: Strong syrupy roasted malts aroma with a caramel background.

T: Dark rich ale with a generous sweetness and sharp roasted malt bitterness. Slight chocolate and coffee overtones, with a nice malt background.

M: Very strong and boozy. Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent strong Belgian dark brew – nice and malty and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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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 bigbluebeerguy
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
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 OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with a tan dense head. Some splashy lace and limited retention.

A little tart yeasty funk combined with charred malt, cocoa, coffee notes. I like the nose on this.

Rich deep roasted malt, some french-roast coffee, a bit of sweetness, and bitter chocolate. Bitterness and malt play wonderfully here. Malt and lingering bitterness in the end. Alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied, a little loose. Just right carbonation.

Tasty beer. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Nice yeast component in this one to give it a bit of edge. Label notes a kiss of smoke -- ok, kinda. Nice beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
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 babaracas
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dark brown, one finger of fizzy fast fading light brown head. Thin ring remains, a few small dots of lace on the glass, but it has legs. Smell: brown bread, cocoa, prune, dates, earthy and vinous notes. Taste: sugary plum, light roast, chocolate, earthy, toast, anise note, pear finish. Medium+ bodied, lightly syrupy into pillowy. Tasty, enjoyable bsda/stout hybrid.

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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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Folklore from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.
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