Existent - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Existent - Bourbon Barrel AgedExistent - Bourbon Barrel Aged
BA SCORE
72.7%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 33 ratings
Existent - Bourbon Barrel AgedExistent - Bourbon Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by yourefragile on 08-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
33
Liked:
24
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
7.99%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of ConradKenney
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srletend
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Pours black with a light mocha head. This stays rich and sudsy, leaving back a smattering of spotty lacing behind. The aroma smells of oak, dark vinous fruit and spice. Smoky roast and cocoa sit underneath. The taste is dark fruit, acrid roast, some sweet Bourbon char and a strong spiciness that lingers in a burnt and oaky finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft yet firm creaminess that expands out into the mouth. There is some light warmth here but it doesn't inhibit the overall feel here. As far as BA Saisons go, this was pretty solid. The barrel added some flavor here but really didn't interfere at all with the base. Worth a look.

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Photo of nmann08
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ncaudle
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

A - Same as existent. Towering khaki head with moderately loose bubbles.  Great retention and stellar lace. Deep mahogany body.

S - A medley of tart grape, deep oak, vinegar brined vegetables, and dry barn aromas.

T - Dry raw wood up front into crisp bourbon: a kiss of smoke, oak, burnt caramel, and vanilla.  Surprisingly little booze.  Soft, semisweet finish.

M - Medium/light body with nice carbonation.

O - The profile grew on me over time.  One of the better raw bourbon flavors I've had in a beer, but not much else.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color with a small head. Has a nice combination of fruit and pepper along with some hints of chocolate, lots of roasted malt, and a touch of oak. Not really that much whiskey or vanilla. Maybe a touch of tartness. Light raisin and plum tartness on the flavor with wood, roast, and a bit of black pepper. Light vanilla with some sweet malt and sugar to balance it out.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this with Jdense during the Belgian fest at Max's.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. Nose is intriguing, as I pick up malt balls, Belgian spice and vanilla. In combination, it was a bit unusual, though still attractive I thought. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though I'm picked up some bourbon on the palate that I didn't notice in the aroma profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the alcohol well disguised and well integraged into the flavor profile.

An interesting beer, no doubt, though I'm not sure the barrel aging really improves this beer all that much.

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Photo of larryi86
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a brown color with great carbonation leaving a huge frothy cap. Bubbles remain halfway through the glass.

S: Lighter bourbon, oak and some light spice

T: Starts with a warming bourbon booziness, oak, underlying vanilla round it out with a light lingering bitterness and spice on the back courtesy of cocoa, hops and maybe some rye

M: Medium body but also thin and perhaps a tad bit overcarbonated, dry and lighter than I expected

O: A beer I was happy to try courtesy of Thorpe429

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Photo of Stew4106
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into tulip

Pours an opaque chestnut brown, nearly black. Thick, frothy beige head rests on top, retaining really well and leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.

Kind of a mix between a saison and a dryer stout in the nose. Hints of spice and light hops mixed with vanilla and chocolate. A little oaky and warm.

Nutty and slightly funky up front with a touch of spice. Light hop presence on the tongue. Touches of dark chocolate and leafyness, some hints of vanilla and oak from the barrel. Not too boozy, a soft warmth wraps around the palate. Decent malt character with slight sweetness and bread crust. Finishes a little warm and dry.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, creamy and slick on the tongue. An interesting beer from Stillwater - I think this definitely improved the base beer, which I wasn't really crazy about. Most of these barrel aged beers from them have been really tasty, I'm looking forward to more.

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Photo of N8DAGR8
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of s1ckboy
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of JAXSON
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, pours a dark, dark burgundy with a beige head. Nose is soft and pleasant, vanilla, cinnamon, a touch of bourbon. Very soft feel in the mouth, grainy and earthy, I can see the sharp quality of rye there, with a splash of vanilla and bourbon along the finish. Soft and balanced, sweet and earthy, a unique grainy edge, very nice.

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Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz into Lost Abbey Snifter stemmed glass. Purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA.

A: This pours a deep dark brown with reddish hues.  Half finger of tan head that is goes down really quickly.  On the swirl you get more of that tan head with tight tiny bubbles.  Some lacing in the glass but not tons.  Some alcohol feet.

S: Very interesting smells.  I had to really get in there on the swirl.  I got some mild funk.  I got some tart cherry notes.  Also some dark fruits: raisin and plum maybe. 

T: This may be a tad to cold to get everything out of it.  I got some of that funky twang initially then those cherry hints.  I really don't know where the BA comes in?  Maybe a touch of vanilla?  There seems to be a little touch of alcohol burn on the back of the throat but not overpowering.  Thinking it was to cold I let it come up a little bit: very complex beer!  Dark fruits from the nose are there for sure, dark cherry and plum.  That alcohol burn is probably the bourbon but again not overpowering.  Definitely oakey.

M: Medium bodied with good mouth coating.

O: B+ to A-.  Again, very interesting brew.  As advertised.  But all the same I would drink again.  Wonder what age could do to this, if anything.

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Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with two fingers of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and malty, brown sugar and lots of dark fruit notes. Mild alcohol too.

Taste: Mostly reminds me of the smell. Sweet malt dominates. Some caramel and vanilla as well as bourbon from the barrel. Smooth with warm alcohol.

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

Overall: I didn't like this as much as the Chardonay Stateside, but I thought this was a solid effort.

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Beer rating: 72.7% out of 100 with 33 ratings
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