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Stillwater ’A Saison Darkly’

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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed with dark malts and burnt sugars then lightly spiced with Rose Hips, Hibiscus, & Schisandra berries.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (11489) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle from Ölbutikken, Copenhagen. Clear deep amber beer with a decent beige head. Roasted floral aroma, rosehips, spicy notes. Spicy herbal flavor, rose hops, floral, quite spicy, perfume, some licorice. A bit odd, not your typical saison.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (7957) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle. Sugar, berry, and chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet-tart berry and smoky toffee malt flavor. Light body. Okay, but can’t really tell what they were going for here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10216) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2014
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, spice and light hibiscus. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, tobacco, spice and light hibiscus with a crisp dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (4100) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle: Pours clear, deep-ruby/black with a frothy tan head. Scent is cola, chocolate, berry, minimal yeast and licorice. Taste is sweet, dark berry, chocolate.... Dusty blueberry feel.... Malty and floral. Very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Anova167 (297) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Pours murky dark brown with a thin khaki head. The aroma is yeasty with notes of vanilla, clove, and chocolate. Flavor is smooth but with a bit of a tart start that transitions to earthiness with phenols on the finish. Complex interesting beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (897) - New York City, TURKEY - OCT 29, 2014
Draught. Dark brown with reddish tint, very small beige foamy head that dissipated immediately, very slight vanilla aroma, low carbonation, berry flavored coffee bean tinted taste trying to cover the alcohol in the background, longish finish with alcohol aftertaste. Interesting but reminiscent of a strong alcohol porter.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Natai (97) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a deep, dark brown with flecks of debris (yeast?) and a slight khaki head with little lacing. Subtle but complex aromas of fig, floral, herbs and a hint of caramel. Unusual but excellent, and the rose hips are easily recognized. Smooth on the palate with a balanced flavor that completely conceals the alcohol. Overall a very good brew. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the beautiful artwork on the label. Great for the Halloween season.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1270) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Dark black colour, very dark, creamy white head. Soft aromas, malty, chocolate, herbs. Gentle taste, complex but not intense, hints of roast, chocolate again, herbal sweetness and mild bitterness. I’ve not explained that very well but it was very tasty amd interesting, and I imagine would go well with food. Defies style classification.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6526) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle from Bo Brooks’ Lighthouse Liquors, Baltimore. Mahogany in colour, with a slight, off-white, head and decent carbonation. Dee Belgian yeastiness, candy sugars, dark fruits and spice, leading to a gentle finish. Alcohol was well hidden. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/19/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, berry, licorice, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, berry, licorice, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, berry, licorice, toast, dark bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome dark saison style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.


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