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

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

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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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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is dark brown with a nice retaining head of beige / off white bubbles and lacing on the glass. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is nutty with hints of yeast esters and other solvents, not the best aroma i've experienced from this brewery.

Beer is light in body with some minimal roast at the end of the palate, it is a little spicy with some nice phenol/esters in the midpalate, black pepper, mild bitterness at the end. Pretty good.

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Photo of oline73
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap during Baltimore Beer Week. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with a layer of fluffy, off white head.

Smell: Sweet with spices and caramel malt. Reminds me a bit of apple pie.

Taste: Quite smooth. Caramel malt and some fruity notes. Reminds me a bit of a hoppy barleywine. The finish is quite sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very well made beer with hardly any trace of the alcohol. The only Issue I have with it is there is no wow factor.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into two small snifters.

A: At first, it pours a typical quad-ish, dark, cola-brown color. I decided to swirl around the yeast at the bottom of the bottle and pour it into my snifter. What I got looked like chocolate milk...or some English Breakfast with milk. Slowly swirling tendrils of suspendid sediment. A khaki colored layer of foam spreads out on top and slowly melts down to a creamy collar that left a fair amount of lace behind.

S: Rich and yeasty in the nose. Plenty of dark fruit, carmelized brown sugar, fudge brownies, and chocolate chip bread pudding.

T: See above. Caramel and molassas are the leaders here with dark chocolate, fudge, coconut, white pepper, and vanilla. Heather came up with carmelized oatmeal.

M: Slick and chewy. Quite sticky and coating. Very rich and satisfying with an interesting layer of bitterness that left a peppery prickle on the tongue to sizzle long into the finish.

O: This was a good, but not great, BSDA. I love the collaborative spirit but I'd pinned my hopes on Struises' involvement being a game changer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Murky dark brown body with a very substantial tan head. It almost overflows, but careful pouring saves the day. The head slowly recedes to a beautiful pillow of foam and eventually into lacing that is as dynamic as the changing storms on the surface of Jupiter. Forgive me for my over indulgence there.

Smell - I get an apple smell that I normally get from mediocre old ales. The fruit smell is certainly more powerful than the description I read here, but I do get some floral notes in the background. I wouldn't have gathered the saison influences without being told, though.

Taste - Rich caramel with a lot of fruit undertones to keep it interesting. The initial flavors are simple, but the finish is far from boring. It ends with an earthiness and a peppery finish that I didn't need to read about to notice. Interesting take.

Mouthfeel - Doesn't taste like 10% at all. Rich and creamy at first, but finishes dry and spicy. A nice dichotomy that keeps the palate interested.

Overall - Not as interesting as the description makes it out to be, but still a nice take on the style. The finish separates it from just any other BSDA.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black-brown color with a hint of red and a finger of tannish frothy head. The head fades down slow leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet dark fruits (raisin and fig), some roasted caramel and chocolate malts, some spices, and some floral elements.

T - Started off with a mix of roasted chocolate and caramel malts with some light dark fruits and some spice. Through the middle, the raisin and fig flavors stepped up a bit with some stronger spices, floral flavors, some wheat, and bit of yeast. The finish is a mix of roasted dark malts, dark fruits, spices, and floral flavors that linger.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and roasty with a bit of a warming feeling from the alcohol level.

D - Very drinkable. Really complex and full of lots of different flavors, but at the same time, very balanced.

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Riley's. Said Belgian wit, it was anything but. A stouty saison cross-blend. smooth thick mouthfee of roasted malt, chocolate, and some spices, fig, chestnut, toast, caramel, pepper, cola. very rich and drinkable.As complex as a superior Belgian ale.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at some bottle shop in Brugge. Served in a Struise cervoise in our hotel room in Brussels. Not quite a Stillwater glass, but appropriate since it was made at Struise. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderately-dark brown with a long-lasting tan head and some really nice lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light spicing and phenolic character with a bit of nuttiness. Light toast as well. Flavor is slightly nutty and peppery with some bread toast. A bit chewy with a dry finish. Quite nice.

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

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a hazy chestnut with a huge, three fingered light tan head. Head is made up of a nice mixture of large and small bubbles, and is slowww to drop. Nice chunky lacing left behind.

Aromas of peppery spicy yeast, caramel malt, figs and raisins. Citrus hops.

Flavors of dark fruits, dried figs, raisins, caramel malt, spicy peppery yeast, and a touch of flinty mineraliness.

Mouthfeel is medium, malty, some drying astringency, and a good level of carbonation.

Overall a fantastic DSDA. Nice saison touch to a big beer base. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of cosmonick
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a medium sized snifter

Appearance: Even though I poured fairly gently, the brew still poured with a thick tan head. The body is a medium brown with dark orange tones.

Aroma: I pick up sour plum, grapes and what seems to be dry white wine.

Taste: This starts with a very sweet and smooth red grape and plum front, a fairly spicy middle, and slight dry grain (maybe wheat?) finish. That doesn't really do it justice... this is a pretty complex brew and I'm having a difficult time nailing it down. It is reminiscent of a sweeter Rochefort 8.

Mouthfeel: This ale is just a little thicker than water with medium carbonation.

Overall: There is a noticeable alcohol warmth but I really don't taste it. This is a very enjoyable and, at 10% abv, surprisingly drinkable beer.

Edit: After letting the brew warm a bit, the scent of alcohol is much more noticeable.

Eis Igian,

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Photo of Fux
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Charles Quint goblet.

A: Dark brown, opaque. A 2 fingers nice, dense head with a good retention.

S: Floral notes, spicy. Very hoppy for the style. Very pleasant !

T: Sweet malts, candy sugars are predominating but not overwhelming. Tastes of yeasts, bread, with spicy, quite complex aromas of dark fruits, reminding quads. Alcohol is noticeable. Bitter notes also. Aftertaste is very soft however.

M: Medium bodied, with probably too much carbonation. Nothing special here.

O: Interesting brew. Relatively easy too drink

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes. Served in a St. Feuillien goblet.

Pours a thick dark brown color with a creamy tan head that fades to some lacing.

Smells very fruity and floral. Notes of anise, sweet malt, and a light cake aroma.

Tastes are raisins, candied sugar, sweet bread, noticeably spicy and very much along the lines of Belgian Dark or a Quad. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium and easily drinkable.

Overall is really good with tons of different flavors going into this beer.

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Photo of claytong
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - mahogany with a bit of ruby tints here and there. nice little head.

smell - yeast is throwing me off along with all the spices. interesting choice of yeast, not sure im liking it. outside of that theres too many things for my nose to really handle.

taste - yeast is less dominating, malt is pretty strong, funky, clove, banana, licorice

mouthfeel - under carbonated, mediocre body, seemed a little sluggish

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Photo of MasterSki
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - Giant billowing light tan foam that has excellent retention, and leaves behind splotches of lace as it slowly settles to a thick cap. Dark brown body that has some transparency and reddish highlights at the fringes.

S - Huge sharp wheat and spicy, estery yeast, along with some floral and perfume notes. Some green apple and pears, along with cloves and bananas, and some faint cocoa and caramel malt in the distant background. Hint of alcohol as well. Exactly as described - a Belgian Dark Wheat Ale brewed with spices.

T - Taste is actually better in my book, with more of the cocoa and candi sugar malt character coming through, and less spice and clove character. There's still some perfume character and fruity apples, but they actually blend well with the chocolate. Alcohol is much better hidden.

M - Smooth texture, medium-full body lower carbonation, and minimal alcohol warmth. One of the few Belgians that I think could use a more spritz actually.

D - I liked this significantly more Of Love & Regret, and once I got past the over-spiced nose there was a pretty decent beer in here. Split a bottle with the wife and finished my 16.5cl no problem.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass. No visible best before or bottle on date. Label reads 'Dark Belgian Wheat Ale'.

A: Three fingers of gorgeous, tight head. So dense at the top I suspect it could support my weight. Startling retention. The beer is opaque, Coca-Cola brown (well, actually it's several shades darker, bordering on black). Smallish bubbles up the sides.

S: Belgian yeast. A touch of grain. Spicy/earthy scents.

T: Exceptional. Quite strong, with alcohol leading the charge, followed into battle by a corps of gently floral fruits. Spice beats the drums of war, keeping the flavours in line and offering a staccato of accents (pepper, vibrant yeast, sharp cinnamon). Earthy hops take a reserve position, ready to rush forward and support any flavour that falters, but never on the front lines or in the heat of battle. Throughout it all, sweet, intoxicating malts support the taste and body, facilitating and empowering the host of other flavours -- the horse, in our metaphor, carrying both man and materiel on its back, but rarely the focus of attention. The aftertaste is soft and fleeting, the wisps of smoke drifting away from the battlefield and simply dissolving, leaving no trace of their presence.

M: A wheaty smoothness presents itself, along with a titillating spiciness and tell-tale carbonation.

O: Even though I love this beer, I don't think I'd want another for a long, long time. Perhaps it my enjoyment was simply the lucky confluence of several factors, but even towards the end of it, I find my appreciation waning. It was glorious while I was in the thick of it, but now that it's over, I find the whole experience rather anticlimactic. By all means recommended, but with a modicum of hesitation.

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Photo of Meerkey
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Enormous, light beige head. Burnt umber with some red, cloudy. Looks like dark cherry wood when held to the light.

S: Sour yeast. Grains, some spices. Little bit of fruit. Hint of hops.

T: Yeast and grains. Spices and some dark fruit. Some sweetness/maltiness. Little bitter and dry at the end. Slightly metallic? -that may just be my imagination. Lot of flavors happening here. I think it's delicious.

M: Full, strong, heavy and carbonated.

O: I love the label. Gorgeous looking beer. Smell is kind of faint and not very interesting, but I like the taste a lot. Drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of jamescain
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Dark brown with red hues and an off white head that fades into a thin lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with hints of mint, chocolate, vanilla, roasted grain, raisins, and dark fruit.

Taste: Dark fruits and chocolatey-coffee blend together to create a sweet yet bitter blend.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation with a thick body.

Overall: This was the most interesting beer we drank at our tasting. I think the combination of Belgian yeast and dard wheat was an interesting combination, somewhere in between a dubbel and dunkelweizen.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip with a full half inch head that is slightly khaki colored. The body is very dark amber.

The aroma consists of mostly raisins and is fruity in general; the aroma indicates a relatively sweet brew.

The taste is like liquid dried fruit. The finish is very fruity. There isn't much in the way of maltiness here, it seems the yeast is the dominant flavor maker.

This drinks a bit lighter than the usual Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and it is aggressively carbonated.

Overall this isn't bad, I prefer a bit more body and depth though. I'll probably pass for better options next time, but I'll enjoy this one for what it is now.

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Photo of readbaron
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy dark brown with impressive (nearly excessive) tan foam that has minimal lacing and fades into a thin ring.

Nose is complex - definitely a meld of wheat (bananas, malt) and quad aroma (clove, nutmeg?, figs, floral yeast). There's also a peppery element, a bit of alcohol, and the overall combination of odors ends up with a slightly medicinal quality.

The first sip was a lot sweeter than I anticipated. Now that my palate has adjusted, I get all the flavors indicated in the nose. I can't exactly describe why, but this one isn't quite coming together for me. Maybe there's just too much going on. Too much spice/pepper for me to really enjoy this one. Also, some medicinal quality intrudes from time to time. I imagine age would help smooth and mellow the flavors.

Feel is pretty good - a bit over carbonated. Otherwise, its medium bodied and a bit sticky.

An interesting beer. Not my cup of tea, but unlike anything i've tried before.

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Photo of drpimento
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Photo of hmph
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at ChurchKey after having some of the Outblack collaboration. Honestly, I preferred the Outblack, but this was still pretty wonderful.

It pours a very active, carbonated deep black. The beer/head really doesn't stop moving after it's poured. Lots of bubbling and swirling. Smell is sweet and you get some of the juniper, but even more booze. I think this beer is almost like the barleywine approach to the content of the Outblack, nice, but less balanced.

Mostly, I look forward to grabbing a few bottles of this to age. I think in a year or so it'll be soft/outstanding!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy dark brown color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of banana ester with light cloves notes. Taste is a complex mix of cloves and banana ester with semi-sweet wheat malt with nice Belgian twist. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another very well brewed beer from those two fine brewers.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first brew from this gypsy brewer. As with most gypsy brewers, the beers tend to be a little on the pricey side, but the upside is that a lot of different brews can be produced and the brews can be quite creative. I'm glad to see this brewer's beers available in Atlanta, and I look forward to a lot of future sampling. I really enjoyed this particular beer- apparently a strong Belgian style beer, but made with wheat. You get a nice dose of Belgian-like sweetness and spice from the yeast and malts, but a nice soft smoothness and light, tight graininess from the wheat. There is also a pronounced herbal and spicy bitterness on the finish that nicely conterpoints the semi-sweetness of the rest of the beer. The spiciness has almost a pepperiness to it along with some clove and perhaps even a slight bite of tgrue cinnammon- warming notes for sure. There is some light tropical fruit in the background, but nothing like the amount you'd get in a strong wheat beer like some of the German styles. The more I drink of this, the more I'm struck by the very tasty union between the warming spiciness and the fruity, smooth, wheat. Quite delicious.

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Jaded (Import Series Vol. 3) from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
4.04 out of 5 based on 145 ratings.
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