Gerbeer (2567) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a weak mahogany color with very little head. Light aromas of grass, caramel, and raisins. Watery flavors of same with additional metallic notes. A miss.
rondphoto (3154) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 2, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- btld 8/26/13 Clear dark mahogany color, thin beige head cover, light lace smudges. Taste is dark malt infused with earth and prunes and candied fruit. Light carbonation and bittering on the swallow, then a fairly short watery finish. Maybe 16 months is too long for this bottle. It doesnít match with other reviewerís deScriptions. Not a keeper.
williamstome (1495) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep walnut brown, small offwhite head. Aroma of nuts and chocolate, flavor of chocolate, cherry, dark fruit, yeast, nuts
Chad9976 (1503) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stillwater is a gypsy brewery that never brews anything to style, and I respect and appreciate that. Though it does make their beers a little difficult to judge since I donít know what to compare it to. This purports to be an amber/saison hybrid, though I might describe it as an altbier/saison hybrid. Either way, itís got a lot of dark maltiness and a distinct saison character on the finish. Definitely apropos for the fall season.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 8/8/14 and cost $4.75 ($0.40 per ounce).
Appearance: Murky brownish/chestnut hut, though translucent. Pours to a two-finger, ivory, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.
Smell: Light nose of dark malts and a hint of saison yeast esters.
Taste: Brews in the amber/brown/altbier ballpark tend to have a malt-forward palette and thatís definitely true here. Lightly sweet flavors of caramel, combined with slight rustic notes of peanut, hazelnut and dry hops give it a well-balanced body. Thereís a subtle spiciness throughout due to the saison yeast used for fermentation, which really comes through right as it finishes. Thereís a quick burst of peppercorn, which is interesting, as well as a subtle coffee-like aftertaste. This isnít a typical palette, and for that Iím grateful.
Drinkability: Though technically a bigger beer at 7.2% ABV, Stillwater Autumnal drinks and feels like something more sessionable. Thereís not alcohol presence whatsoever, and the actual presence in the mouth is remarkably comfortable. The carbonation is light and the texture is smooth, which makes it easy to gulp down. Probably a good beer to pair with your Thanksgiving meal.
solidfunk (5953) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little along the lines of most reds. Pours amber with food head and lacing. Light coppery aroma and light hippy citrus. Light bitter finish. Tap at Love and regret.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Easily one of the best ambers Iíve had, although that may not be a fair comparison, due to the ABV of this one. Strong and solid malty notes. For a purported farmhouse, not getting any Belgian yeast notes, but that is OK. This one is super, super flavorful.
nealblind (1284) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red brown with light tan head that sticks around. Aroma acetate/green apples, some heavy wheat, hosin sauce. Tastes leather, boozy, sweet. Some rustic yeast cuts the big munich malts, but this one is a bit of a malt bomb.
DrSilverworm (9098) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pint or so on tap at Dutchís... Mostly clear red orange color, looks a bit darker in the glass, kind of brown. Thin off-white head. Few ropes of lace. Medium plus body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation, kind of crisp, with a slick finish. Caramel, lightly peppery malts, some mild dark fruitiness. Sort of toasty, and a little wheat creaminess. Lighter to moderate sweet taste, nice light to moderate bitterness. Good balance to the taste, lighter on the spiciness than most farmhouse ales. Good full malty body to it, but not too sweet. Some chocolate notes. Awesome autumn ale. A very nice choice to wash down my prosciutto sandwich. Perfectly balanced. Gets better as I go.
slowrunner77 (7863) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A well put together beer, but not really what Iím looking for in a saison. While the light funk, yeasty spiciness, fruity and slightly hoppy characterisitics of the aroma and flavor were nice, the beers faults were equal to itís strengths. Too much carbonation (about half the time in Stillwater brews) and replaces the sun-shiney aspect of the saisons i really like with a little dustiness. Still ok, but not at the pricepoint. Itís a 94/97 on RB, so iím kind of in the minority. Better on tap, 3.5to 3.1."
ajnepple (4074) - Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Barrels & Bottles. Amber, reddish and clear appearance with a beige head. Aroma of fruity esters, light yeast, earthy hops, floral notes, light caramel/toffee and dark fruits. Similar flavor, malty and fruity with medium sweetness and light bitterness. Medium to full body, pretty good overall.