Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3)Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3)

Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with good friend, Urbain Coutteau of De Struise Brouwers. Urbain describes this work as "Dark chess-nut coloured ale with a nice steady off-white head. Aroma is all about finesse, loads of blossoms and spring flowers. The mouth-feel is refined, playful and complex with Saison like peppery flavours. Soft nutty after taste with a bite."

Added by beerpirates on 02-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of larryi86
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A very dark brown with a three finger off-white head

S- Dark fruits, spices, pepper, floral notes, Belgian yeast, great complexity, can't get enough of the smell, screams drink me!

T- Beautifully complex and very close to the smell. I am loving the mix of the dark fruits and roasted malts with the lighter floral and pepper flavors, great balance.

M- Medium body, creamy, smooth.

O- This is a great beer that exceeded my expectations. I will put this tasting up there with the first time I tried Pannepot and Rochefort 8. I will be stocking up on this when it is available.

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Photo of morningthief
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fellow BA Pahn for the birthday gift!

Poured from a bottle into a Pabst chalice. Color is dark brown, the hue of a fine piece of mahogany furniture. A one-finger, off-white head dissipates slowly and leaves a half-centimeter layer of foam atop the brew. Funnily enough, the colorway of this beer is identical to the walls and trim of my apartment (sadly, not my choice).

Smell is overwhelming with Belgian yeast character, some vanilla, and dark fruit. This is one of the finest smelling Belgian style ales I have ever had the privilege of sampling. Very in your face, and it compliments the taste quite nicely.

Whoa now. What follows the nose is an explosion of well balanced malty flavors. Fruit flavors of apple and raisin, slightly roasty, slightly boozy; perfectly balanced. Dare I say the profile rivals that of Rochefort 10. A faint tartness conjoined with some lingering hop bitterness in the finish rounds out the exceptional flavor.

Honestly, we can stop right here. Jaded could feel like a warm can of Pepsi on the tongue and I would still be impressed. Alas, this is a perfectly carbonated brew, with a distinct, refreshing medium body that only compliments its other characteristics.

Consider this my gateway to the plethora of Stillwater offerings. If dude's other brews are half as good as Jaded, I shall consider them rousing successes.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a clear red-orange amber with a thin off-white head that dissipated to patch foam and a ring around the glass with slippery lacing. Interesting aroma of toasted malt, dark dried fruit, dark fruit esters, almost like a rich porter blended with a Belgian dark. Flavor is dominated by the dark dried fruit emphasizing dates and figs, sweet earthiness, rich caramel malt with hints of toasted malt, finishes with sweet fresh and dried dark fruit, leaning towards a barleywine profile, but retaining the dark Belgian fruitiness and character. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Very nice flavor balance. Hope I can find another bottle of this one. Stillwater is amazing, but combined with de Struise, a sublime collaboration.

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4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for the bottle share.

This pours a nice looking murky raisin-brown color with a nice amount of foam. Bear in mind that I got the tail end of the bottle in my pour so I’m also looking at some yeast and sediment kicked up in the glass. But that’s because, as my buddy put it, I like that kind of thing. Heh.

There’s a fantastic aroma of raisins and figs, really more like this thick, dark, dried fruit scent that is in itself just amazing. Tastes fantastic. It’s malty yet light on the palate, thanks to its effervescence. Flavors of raisins and figs and a touch of tobacco coat the palate in layers, with this hint of it’s 10% abv only coming across at the very end. If you can only have one beer tonight make it this one.

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4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ho- boy, is this a beer, or what! Let it warm up to temp out of fridge and then poured with grand, light tan, sudsy, foamy, frothy, fluffy head and lots of clingy lace. Color is a cloudy dark brown amber. Aroma is amazing: I kept getting different things each time I took a whiff - black pepper, pot, caramel malt, toffee, dates but not raisins, hops, rich black earth, bacon. Flavor has a lot more sweetness and suggestions of the nose characteristics and kept in check by the soft, but still there carbonation. Body is full and luscious. Finish is like flavor with notable alcohol warmth. Definitely a sipper. Very well done.

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4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Dark ice tea body with an off-white head. Nice lace and retention.

S – Toffee, walnuts and brown sugar. Nice orange zest accents.

T – Orange marmalade, caramel, and brown breads up front. The middle adds a touch of spice with black pepper. Back end is fruity with raisins, dried plums, and apricot. A bright acidity frames the profile nicely.

M – Great effervescence. Medium body. Sweet, raisiny finish.

O – Simply delicious. There's very little keeping most of the categories from being a 5.

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4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Easter Sunday, decided to go all Belgian-y on this wonderfully chill spring day. This beer has been waiting in my beer closet for some time.

11.2 ounce brown bottle with more of that amazing Stillwater label art - seriously one of the best in the business. Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.

A. Walnut brown, deep and light-absorbent. The tan toasted marshmallow head is dense and even, a finger tall and supported by little rising bubbles from below. A very pretty beer. Tiny lace dots stick to the glass, but the head itself is everlasting.

S. Ahh, this is complex stuff. I added some of the yeasty lees, at first blush Jaded gives up a very Maudite-y aroma, heavy sweet malt, rich prunes and yeast character, mildly peppery. Some alcohol crunchiness too, but this is 10% after all. I'm looking for the wheat and it's elusive; this is a very yeast-driven smell, hearty and sweet.

T. Heck yes this is good. A large, billowing beer full of rich toasted malt, dark, sugary raisins and prunes, finished off with some delightful alcohol heat. The wheat adds deftness here, I think, and the yeast character on display is grand - complimentary, but reserved enough to know when to quiet down. Spicy, peppery notes and a minor herbal quality offset the malt sweetness and turn this into a complex, enjoyable delight.

M. Full, expansive carbonation keeps this from being too dense or sweet, while the finish alternates between candi sugar / malt sweetness and candi sugar and yeast driven spicy notes. Has a Weizenbock thing going on too, interestingly.

De Struise and Stillwater struck mithril here. Jaded is a very good beer, and maybe the best thing I've had from Stillwater. I will buy more and you should too.

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4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Moderate pour yields a 3 inch, fizzy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving little lacing. Pours the advertised dark chestnut color, and leaves a couple small islands of lacing.

Smell: Floral and fruity... at first. Apparent early on that this beer isn't kidding around; the aroma continues to grow and change for the entire life of the beer. First it's flowers and light fruits, then spicy quad-like Belgian yeast and cola, then some herbal, foresty hops, then a thick layer of brown sugar and caramel, then a mild banana ester and some wheaty roundness, then gingerbread and fresh cookies.

Jesus. With warmth, there's pepper, more flowers, raisins, a mild citrus and booziness, fig, date, plum. It just keeps going, and all of it smells delicious. Complete and utter success. Reminds me why BSDA/quad/dubbel is my favorite style of beer.

Taste: Almost as good as the smell. At first, spicy Belgian yeast with a punchy finish that's kind of bready and fruity. Some alcohol flavor through the front that positively influences the taste. Soon some clove and mild pepper come out. The aftertaste becomes chocolaty and spicy.

It doesn't take long to become clear that I'm not going to be able to pin down an "overall character" to the flavor of this beer, or a "typical sip," or even a dominant flavor. It keeps changing, bringing at least 3 pleasant and intriguing flavors with every sip. Here's a spicy BSDA candi sugar hit through the middle leading to an apple finish, here's smooth caramel and clove with a chocolate finish and long marzipan aftertaste, etc. The flavor, like the aroma, simply does not stop developing.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Very carbonated. Gets creamier with time, which is nice. Not too sugary. Long aftertaste, mild heat.

Overall: This is a beer for the strong Belgian beer lover who doesn't want to get bored while drinking. There is no danger of that with Jaded. You could almost call it "messy" or "confusing" if it didn't smell and taste so damn good. Very impressive beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a tulip wine glass.

Appearance: Very deep chestnut brown body; almost opaque with the amount of yeast haze. Massive ivory coloured head that displays great retention and leaves decent lace.

Smell: Mmmm, I didn't expect such a good nose. Lots of spices (cloves and cinnamon), fruits (plums raisins and apples), cocoa, caramelized brown sugar, a light nuttiness and oddly some jasmine and other floral notes.

Taste: Superb flavour - this beer has really surprised me! Dark caramel, cocoa, nutty malt, plums, raisins and lightly cooked apples, cloves, white pepper and a touch of hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much perfect for the style - medium full body with a high level of ultra smooth carbonation. An absolute pleasure to drink!

Overall: I'm not sure why, but I wasn't expecting much from this beer. I am happily surprised - this is a superb BSDA and one I will buy again!

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4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazelnut color of brown, with a slightly reddish tint to it. Very hazy and cloudy and with a good amount of sediment running through it. A good two inch plus of head formed on the top, a nice tan colored pillow like but sticky head formed on the top and really never faded.

Lots of dark spices here. I could pick up even some dark fruits, plums and maybe even a bit of grape in the nose. The deep caramel like sweetness was also present here and gave it a good lifet and a nice fullness. Some apples and plums, maybe a fig mixed in seemed to bring out the lighter notes. Meanwhile, underneath that was a deep caramel like flavor that blended in with a earthy or bready like back. Very complex and yet remarkably smooth

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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky chestnut brown with an explosive fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Nice fluffy lacing left on the side of the glass.

N: Big wheat notes, faint banana and tones of chocolate. Some dark fruit is also apparent.

T: Darkly roasted wheat, banana and notes of fig upfront. Mid-palate brings in some molasses, cola and semi-sweet chocolate. Finishes with a slight earthy hoppiness, tobacco, overripe plum and dark Belgian candy sugar.

M: Full bodied, velvety, creamy, sticky and smooth.

O: This is incredibly smooth for 10%. Beautiful complexity. This is a stellar BSDA!

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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: nice dark brown with a nice sized head with a creamy toffee color, good amount of bubbles and lacing

S: a bit of raisin on my first whiff but also some fruit and large amount of spice on the end, but not overly harsh, after a few sips I got a large yeast style as well

T: Nice mix with some complexity, you get a lot more of the yeasty bread like taste mix with the taste, still large spice and fruit taste

O: really liked this beer, never tasted its 10% for a second, very well made, will look forward to more Stillwater beers

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Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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