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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Defreni (2771) - Husum, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2011
Fad: Mørk sortbrun gennemsigtig øl med et lille skumhoved. Smagen er meget lige udaf landevejen belgisk uden noget tvist. Alkoholen bliver ikke brugt til noget andet end den er skjult hvilket er et plus. Lidt skuffende.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Courtesy of Pailhead. Black, decent white head. Earthy aroma, nutty, farmhouse, anise. Flavor has a bit more roast, light chocolate, nutty. different but works. Really clean for everything going on. Well attenuated. Highly carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5398) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Courtesy of MaxxDaddy

Bottle: The aroma is very roasty along with some black licorice, faint chocolate, and a hint of nuts. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights with a small off-white head. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate that is quickly overtaken by moderate roast, black licorice, and just a hint of sour fruit. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Pours an opaque brown with an off-white head with an off white thin head. Aroma is roasty coffee with hints of licorice. Flavor is much the same. Lingering licorice aftertaste. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5204) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Sampled at the Stillwater tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits last month. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Bitter vinous fruit nose (like white grape) along with some roasted malt. Flavor starts with bitter fruit rind, then turns to malty roastiness with some chocolate before a burnt coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 12, 2011
[3/4/11] Bottle at ACBF 2011. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruits, some earthy notes and hops. Flavor of roasted malt, yeast, fruits, light sourness and a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (37773) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2011

Bottle 750ml. @ Th. 4th. Alvinne Craft Beer Festival (ACBF) 2011, De Kasteelhoeve, Doorniksesteenweg 314, Outrijve (Avelgem), Belgium.

Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, roasted, chocolate, yeasty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to lively. [20110304]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2011
750 ML Bottle-dark mahogany pour w/no head & some lacing. Looked a little off, was worried it was flat; no carbonation. Roasted malt aroma w/a touch of spice. Dry flavors of malt, some hop, some belgian spice, colander. Perked up some as it warmed up, but it was very different. Definite after dinner sipper, alcohol was evedent. Solid, but not quite up to the other samples I’ve had from these folks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3739) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2011
Bottle at ACBF 2011. Dark brown pour. Aroma is spicy, cardamon, yeast and dark malts. Flavor is spicy, slightly sweet, slightly bitter and yeasty. Ok but a bit boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. The nose is a little doughy with a good bit of roast. The flavor has some soy up front but then you get assailed by over roasted malt and tannic notes. Seems over extracted. Bone dry and just too much roast with no balance. I just did not enjoy this brew.

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