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RATINGS: 542   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 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 (6312) - 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 (2618) - 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 (13106) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
On cask at the Bilbo Baggins event with Brian welcoming Stillwater to Virginia. Brian described this as being inspired by a combination of a schwarzbier, IPA, and farmhouse ale. Served into a wine glass. Pours nearly black with a one-finger tan head. Large carbonation bubbles with some pretty good lacing. The nose is quite earthy with a bit of light roots. Some slight resin as well. Maybe a bit of birch. The taste adds in some nice bitterness with earthy and pine hops. Some really nice earthy notes. Slight wood and birch characteristics. The finish reminds me a bit of that of Life & Limb, which I’m thinking is due to birch in that one. Feel is light to medium with a nice, dry finish. This is really intriguing and tasty; looking forward to being able to grab this in bottles fairly often. Serving type: cask Reviewed on: 11-13-2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
Black with a foamy off white head. Sweet herbal, dark fruit, and Belgian yeast aroma. Tastes of chocolate bread, plum, and subtle vanilla with a dry finish and biscuit notes lingering on the back end. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer5000 (5866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2012 750 ml bottle. Dark brown body with a thin beige head. Aroma is light malty, light roast, liquorices and fruity. Flavor is quite light and refreshing malt, fruit, some roast, liquorices and coffee. Medium body and moderate bitter. This is a bit strange beer, mild and almost subdue in flavor, still really delicate and impressive. A nice and sophisticated brew. Re-ratet 11. may 2012. This is simply a really fantastic brew.

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