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:
No notes at this time.

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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4
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Photo of jbhollis1180
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of GRPunk
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (dated 07/01/13) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- 2-finger, brown head. Near black body. Head drops to a foamy lace. Consistent bubbling in the middle apparent only at the surface due to dark body. Little left on the glass.

S- A little powdered chocolate at first. Some berry-like sweet and tart characteristics. Hints of raisin? Licorice? Some black pepper.

T- Raisin and licorice are in there. Some chocolate, maybe even coffee-like. A little sweet and tart cherry/raspberry.

M- medium body. Slightly chalky. Moderate-light carbonation.

O- These crossover beers are hit or miss for me. As a fan of traditional saisons, this beer veers a bit too much for my tastes and becomes too stout-like. Taking expectations out of the equation, it's very drinkable. Maybe I'm not going to buy it again, but glad I tried it.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Focusf111
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Bsetz
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Squidly
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of kguard
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Dcunicelli
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Supergenious
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of dar482
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a black color with a slight bit of ruby coming through in the light. It has a tan head. Looks similar to a porter/stout.

The aroma has a hint of tartness, plum peel, saison character of lots of breadiness. Roasted malt. A good amount of phenolic note from the yeast. Some spices, licorice.

The flavor has a stout character with roasted malt and chocolate, it moves onto this complex gentle tartness of plum peel. There's a breadiness and continues with a phenolic saison flavor. The finish is slightly dry with roastiness and licorice.

Lots of carbonation on this one.

Tons of flavor for a 5% ABV beer and does the Belgian stout/black saison style really well.

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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 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 MacQ32
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep mudied brown/damn near black with a nice finger of light mocha colored head, decent retention, strong lacing.

S - Some sweet but mostly roasty/slightly smokey malts, lots of sweet caramel, minimal cloveyness.

T - Decent roasty with hints of sweet malts, caramel, light dark fruit, yeastyness

M - Light bodied, relatively thin, good carbonation, very drinkable

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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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of mconner666
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MacStinson
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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