Sensory Series V.1 - Lower Dens | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Sensory Series V.1 - Lower DensSensory Series V.1 - Lower Dens
BA SCORE
3.9/5
141 Ratings
Sensory Series V.1 - Lower DensSensory Series V.1 - Lower Dens
BEER INFO

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

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
http://www.stillwatersensory.com/

Added by ThePorterSorter on 12-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
141
pDev:
8.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
11
Trade:
1
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Photo of mothmanscott
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From December 2013 notes: Pours a hazy pale amber producing a huge (to the point of being difficult to pour), white, billowy, finely bubbled, lasting head that leaves streaks & wisps of lace. Aroma is lemon heavy & orange, spicy in an herbal tea sort of way with some Belgian yeast funk, faint smoke & brine in the background. Taste similar to the nose with prominent citrus, spice & earthy notes, but I also pick up white fruit notes of apple, peach & pear, floral/herbal tones with a low level of bitterness that develops after mid-sip & intensifies in the finish & aftertaste. Alcohol is detectable in the spicy component. Malty sweetness is at a low level making for a balance that is slightly bitter heavy. Mouthfeel is light bodied with heavy carbonation, spicy on the tongue & astringent in the finish & aftertaste.

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 ml brown bottle with some visible sediment in the bottom. Uncapped with a fizz and soon foams up over the top, but it poured without foaming up too much in the glass.

A: clear golden hue with a semi-durable white head. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: moderately strong, with too much suggestion of over-ripe, slightly rotten fruit. Some floral tones too.

Flavor: much better and less funky than the aroma suggests. Some bready and nutty notes in addition to ripe soft fruits and lemon. Just a touch of hibiscus showing in the finish and aftertaste.

Feel: medium-light body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall: b careful when uncapping and get past the aroma for an interesting and pleasing ale.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with white head. Aroma is fresh, lemony and a bit spicy. Taste seems slightly tart at first but it isn't, just a bit astringent. It's mostly spicy, yeasty and slightly bitter on the finish. Body is medium-light with high effervescence. Overall I don't like it very much, the spices are a bit too strong, the body too light and there is some residual sweetness that doesn't integrate very well.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of life_of_agony
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paresis
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of barczar
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fairly peachy aroma, lightly malty and a touch funky. There's a bit of sweet caramel character.

Flavor is somewhat muted, peachy, with a light diacetyl character.

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Photo of Moose90
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into tasting glass

A — Pours a bubbly and bright, hazy pale yellow color into the glass. Puffy off-white head leaves behind some nice lacing along the inside of the glass.

S — Smells bright, yeasty, lots of funkiness. Balanced with some hibiscus sweetness and floral undertones.

T — Much like the nose, though there is a bit more sweetness, lots of yeast character, some brett presence and hibiscus sweetness.

M — Dry and bubbly, almost champagne like.

O — Nicely done overall, lots of yeast character and a bit of hibiscus sweetness, would seek out again.

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Photo of sammyslick
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dataylor21
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer has a slightly hazy deep orange body with a thick billowing white head that slowly breaks down into sticky lace. There is a swirling carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The soapy mineral esters smell has some club soda yeasty notes and a dry herbal hint in the finish that might be coriander.

T- The hint of citrus esters and dry herbal leads to a flowery coriander note and a slight bitter note that lingers. There is a wheat dough hint in the finish as it opens.

M- The light mouthfeel has a tight little fizz that makes it almost creamy and no alcohol heat.

O- This has an odd mix of flavors, so I guess it does blend with the song, but the soapy spice character was really the dominant flavors making it pretty underwhelming. Especially for the price.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bubseymour
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Super incredible fruity smell Pineapple and a slight funk from the Brett. Taste comes off dry, dirty and earthy. No sweetness or tartness like you get in the smell.

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Photo of SpasmWaiter
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AngusOg
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DougT
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Oakenator
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NateF90
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tjvan2
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Had the version "remastered with brett" so not sure how it compares to the original product but it comes out a nice orange tinted gold. Great amount of bubbling and slight sour hint in the air. Really comes at you with a quick flash, if you will, of sour then mellows and finishes clean. Maybe nothing special to some but I liked it and could do a couple in a row if given the chance.

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Sensory Series V.1 - Lower Dens from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 141 ratings
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