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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
Existent represents the philosophy behind Stillwater Artisanal. We strive to define ourselves through our passion and sincerity while accepting that not all aspects of life are readily explainable. To manifest this ideology we present an ale of intrigue. Deep & dark though deceptively dry, braced by a firm yet smooth bitterness and accented with an earthy hop and mild roast aroma. This is an ale for you to define..

’and if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.’ –Nietzsche

Note: Formerly brewed at Dog, now at Two Roads.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle:   This is a Saison?   Pours nearly black, thin to moderate sudsy head, light beige, spotty lacing.   Faint cocoa, chocolate, charred wood, campfire, peat, and some barnish funk.   Saison, meet Scottish Ale?   Que?   Musty and dirty straw on the tongue, roasty, not as Scotch like as the nose suggested.   Seems a little flat on the tongue, not thin, but certainly not as bubbley or chewy as I would like.   Not all that bright either, well not dull... somewhere in the middle I suppose.   Somewhat of an odd concoction.   This is one of those beers that you just cant put down because you cannot put your finger on it.   Before you know it, the beer is gone and you are left wondering... what the **** did I just drink?   Yeah, I am having that kind of moment.   Backside has some weak coffee notes, followed by some dirty straw.   I wished this one were a bit brighter.   Nothing off on it, but as a Saison I find it hard to wrap my head around the quasi Scottish Ale and Porter like qualities.   Certainly kept me entertained tho.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 1, 2011
(750 ml bottle from Rising Tide) Pours dark brown with deep rust/red hue. A finger of tan head recedes to a thin lasting layer. Nose is dark fruity with perhaps brown sugar. Mouthfeel is light, airy, a bit fizzy. Flavor of dark bitter chocolate with sweet and sour dark fruitiness, more sour. Some traces of ABV. Interesting that this is labelled as an "American farmhouse ale."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2011
750ml bottle. Dark brown pour with big, thick tan head. Aroma of roast, cocoa, mild coffee, belgian esters. There is some dust, earth, mild grassy hop presence. The flavor of this beer is dry and roasty, with mild belgian esters. I get some belgian yeast notes, hay, earthy flavor. There is also some smoke and charred wood. Mouthfeel is full, bordering on chalky. The finish has a light bitterness. Overall, this is a pretty different beer. I liked it, but not something I’m crazy about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - APR 23, 2011
22oz. bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a deep brown/black with about three fingers of tan head. Lots of carbonation. Chocolate and roasted malt in the aroma with just a bit of Belgian yeast spice. More roasted malt in the flavor. Light to medium bodied. Very dry with a long finish of roasted malt. Some Belgian yeast character comes through. Cascadian Saison? Interesting experiment, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 22, 2011
Draft at rattle. Smooth bitter cocoa brew... Tart and sweet but also some sour notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours almost completely black with mahogany showing through the sides. The head is huge and creamy, tan in color and shows super retention and lacing. Aroma is highly roasted for a saison with an almost coffee type aroma. But there is a hefty earthy yeast presence, very dry with subtle grassy hops in the nose. The taste is definitely a unique combination of traditional spicy saison yeast with a healthy dose of heavily roasted dark malts. There is more light fruit notes than I got in the nose, with some pears hiding back behind the dominant roasty/yeast character. The mouthfeel is dry and roasty with a strong, almost effervescent carbonation. Really dry in the finish actually with the yeast, malts and hops all adding up to a spicy bitter finish. Another unique saison from Stillwater with a strong blend of roast and earth. Not quite as good as Saison Darkly for me, but still really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2011
Draft at Taphouse. Pitch black with a foamy head that quickly quits. This drinks with a sweet toasty character, unfortunately a bit watery. (#4093, 4/17/2011).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - APR 15, 2011
bottle. syrupy thick pour. deep, dark brown under a huge, foamy, beige head. nutty, root beer, toasted malt aroma. flavor is nutty with brown sugar and earthy notes. palate is not as thick as suspected with a medium body and moderate to high carbonation. dry finish. seems very similar to the "saison darkly".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2639) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2011
Tasted on 4/10/11 from a bomber bottle at Lush West Town. Pours opaque dark brown with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to thin and uneven lace. The nose is cheese rind, coffee, brown malt, and some red berry fruits. The flavor is lightly sweet with creamy coffee, red berry fruit, and a bit of a tart flavor as well. The body is medium with very lively carbonation and a long fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2011
750 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting tan head. Aromas of earthiness, roastiness, bakers cocoa and light grapefruit. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, earthiness, light grapefruit and light cocoa with a crisp dry moderatly bitter finish.

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