onceblind (6895) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brownish amber with a thin Rocky light beige head. Smooth and earthy sweet nose with some nutty brown malts and dried autumn leaves. Big flavor that’s high on saison esters, nice earthy tree fruit tones, Belgian hay and grains, a little dark earthy sweet malt and a little roast, smooth earthy semisweet and estery nutty finish.
Slubgob (297) - West Hartford, USA - JUN 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle into tall gob6.let glass. Foamed over on opening -- bottle’s been kicking around for a while, so not sure if it’s secondary fermentation or if it got shook somewhere along the way. Dark mahogany color, thick off white head which lingers. Warm, malty nose with a touch of yeast. Full, round flavor, again malty. Back end note of... prunes? Some unexpected dark stone fruit. Finish lingers, with yeast and stone fruit playing with one another.
ejh8 (118) - - JAN 10, 2015
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not as good as the overall rating. Dark like a double bock, dryer like a rye style. A little malty tasting too. It's also capped and not corked like a true 750mL craft beer bottle should be. I'm glad experienced it, but I'll probably pass on this one again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Gerbeer (3020) - 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 (3836) - 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 doesn’t match with other reviewer’s descriptions. Not a keeper.
williamstome (1707) - 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
ChadPolenz (1649) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 don’t 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, it’s 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 that’s 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. There’s a subtle spiciness throughout due to the saison yeast used for fermentation, which really comes through right as it finishes. There’s a quick burst of peppercorn, which is interesting, as well as a subtle coffee-like aftertaste. This isn’t a typical palette, and for that I’m grateful.
Drinkability: Though technically a bigger beer at 7.2% ABV, Stillwater Autumnal drinks and feels like something more sessionable. There’s 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 (7212) - 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 I’ve 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 (1648) - 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.