Sensory Series V.2 - Small Black | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Sensory Series V.2 - Small BlackSensory Series V.2 - Small Black
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dbrauneis on 07-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
127
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
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Photo of mconner666
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of ZoomanCru
2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

App: Very dark, more in line with a stout. Small amount of reddish hue towards the outside of the glass. Thick head of small bubbles, again more in keeping with a stout, dark head however that fades quickly.
Smell: Dark earthy notes but not without that certain saison sharpness.Not nearly as floral, definitely leaning towards the malt end. Slightly sour aroma with notes of wet wood and figs.
Taste: Dark roasted malts in the beginning, giving way to a crisp but mild saison finish. Lacks the floral wallop of most saisons. Slightly bitter throughout with a mild metallic sharpness that's off-tasting. Repeated sips yield stronger but no more complicated flavors. Saison sourness with almost no sweetness. Smokiness never really harmonizes with yeast flavors.
Mouth: Slightly over carbonated. A bit stinging at first, only serving to mask the initial deep roasted malts. Thin without any mentionable body.

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Photo of jwhancher
2.69/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a bottle at Pinnoccio's in Media on Thanksgiving day. Bottled on date reads 7/1/13. Poured into snifter for review. Appears black with large tan head. Smell is really dormant. Some earthy tones but overall nothing that really pops. Maybe some really subtle phenols but pretty BLAH for any saison standards. Tastes like a stout that was fermented at higher than normal temps. Mouthfeel is about medium. More on the bitter side as dryness along with the dark malts completely mask any residual sugars.

Overall, this one is a dud for me. My first Stillwater brew for me. I hope their lineup is much better than this.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.69/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Sampling right now on 4/11/14. Bought this single 12 ounce bottle for $3.29 last night. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass stein.

Pours a pitch black in color with a almost 2-finger head that settles down after a while to around 3mm that covered the top. Spotty lacing is seen that clings to the glass. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with a spice, maybe coriander (?) The taste is bitter right up front from a sour roasted malt. At first I thought I had a bad brew but couldn't read the date that looked like 'Dec.--, 13'. I checked some reviews on this one and others wrote that this is sour. Very close to dumping it out but seen to just get a tad better BUT not much.

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Photo of jlindros
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Bottled 7/01/13, more than a year old, not surehow it got so old, between store and my cellar I guess.

Pours a smaller fizzy darker head that disappears pretty quickly, mild lacing, dark pretty much pitch black beer. 3.75

Nose some dark malts, a little cocoa and roast like but not much, black malt like, into saison with some grainy wheat and toasty malts, even a touch of pilsner like, with nice saison yeast, peppery phenols and touches of chemical phenols, spices and herbs, esters, faint herbal earthy hops. 3.5

Taste brings more phenols, all over phenols, chemical almost paint thinner like phenols but not quite that chemically, hot tingly acidic phenols, and peppery spices with the phenols. Mild saison yeast herbal notes and spices, into herbal spicy hops as well, little vegetal and oily feel too, almost rancid oil. Flashes of darker malts that sour a bit. Finish is spicy hop note, herbal vegetal like, more chemical phenols lingering too. Probably should have been enjoyed a year ago. I'll have to try it again I think. 2.5

Mouth is a bit chemical burny, sticky almost slimy, over carbonated as well, and touch oily like. 3

Overall either not very good beer, or way too old, probably both though seeing the fairly high rdev and lower ravg. So need to try again if I can, but not very good. 3

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Photo of akademiklee
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my flavor pallet but I'm new to the saison world and never had a black.

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Photo of sd123
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of MathNut
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of QuentinCall
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Initially ineffectual Coca-Cola collaboration.
That with exposure, moments of hands,
Warmth, an incalculable number of minutes
(for further perception's sake),
Became basically pleasant.
Though, unwarranted or impenetrable in a way
That is merely black so as to be black,
And not in the charge of nuanced virtue or spirit.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jmaharaj
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks nice, black with two finger, dense head, but that disappears quickly. not as rock as I would have expected. Smells pretty good too, some Belgian esters, blend nicely into a restrained roast, there is a tough of spicy hops. strong cardamom. taste is weird, slightly tinny and not very complex. mild debittered roasted malts and that's kind of it. mild sour note on the finish. Unpleasantly thin. Im usually happy with my Stillwater beers, but I don't like this.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is milk and roasted malt, but nicer than that sounds.
The taste has a dull bitterness that borders on metallic with a roasty malt profile towards the end.
The texture is crisp with a lot of fizzy carbonation.
It has a good flavor but the carbonation level was too high.

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Photo of Tuckersmth
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Beestin
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KevT
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Braseltonage
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of xungmound98
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Proclarush
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of beerist
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of timoteo833
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of kmos27
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nose light cocoa, yeast, & coffee, malt, faint ash, cola, & anise. Taste slightly sweet roast, faint sourness, chocolate, spicy, tobacco, licorice, faint oak, medium body. A little bit of a conflict between the two styles (Schwarzbier & Saison) which makes the beer sloppy.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 7/1/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, grain, earth, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour roasted malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with an interesting sourness in the taste that clashes somewhat with the roast aspects in my opinion.

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Photo of garuda
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Super deep ruby, nearly black. Thick, fluffy off-white head retains and laces well.

I'm getting a yeast funk typical of saisons up front, then it gets a little spicy with a dark fruitiness in the smell.

Yeast, lemon flavors first, rounded out by a vague, dark fruit sweetness with a touch of chocolate. Earthy pine hops in the finish, but only a slight bitterness is detected. There's some depth of flavor, but it doesn't seem to meld very well for me. Not really digging the dark fruit flavors after getting that saison funk. Mostly sweet and dry with a very light body and delicately high carbonation. Stays smooth across the palate.

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Sensory Series V.2 - Small Black from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
3.59 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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