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RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2011
on tap at the birch. pours a dark, cola brown with a thick, bubbly, beige head and nice lacing. aroma is great with wet grass, orange peel, and farmhouse yeast with hints of brown sugar, dark malts, and subtle dark fruits. flavor is damn nice as well, like a funky black ipa, with notes of pine esters, lemon zest, and dry hop with notes of coffee, cedar, dark malts, and a touch of funk. palate is medium bodied with crips carbonation and a dry, herbal finish. overall, another nice belgian ale from stillwater.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle. Blackish beer with a dark tan head. Yeast and light citrus aroma with light roast. yeast and light spice flavor with light chooclate and light roast. Medium bodied. Yeast and light spice lingers with light citrus and light cocoa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrallen34 (3498) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Another server recommendation at Churchkey, this one was quite a bit better...Dark brown, with a light tan head...The aroma has tons of toffee, bread, grain, spice....The taste is roasty, with lots of chocolate, spice, star anise. The feel is warm from alcohol. Interesting, worth a shot but nothing out of this world

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11591) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2011
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar, Cph.
Pours light muddy deep brown with a small, staying, off-white to beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted, some chocolate and mild roasted coffee. Crispy malts and a bit of liqourice. Medium carbonation, fine dry mouthfeel. Crispy, light grainy malts, cofee, dark chocolate, light grassy and floral bitter. Quite delicious with a bit of tart astringency on the tip of my tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7115) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2011
On tap. Reddish amber pour with a medium off white head. The aroma is yeast, caramel, light peppery and fruity. Quite dry and yeasty flavour with notes of bread and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1704) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Pours black with dark brown highlights. The head is a tight tan cap. Some lacing. The aroma is dark bread, caramel, coffee, citrus hops, pears and some background saison yeastiness. It’s dominated by fruity/bready dark malt flavors. The hops and yeast are only present in supporting roles. The beer tastes rather sweet. It starts with some full sugary sweetness and transitions to a slightly less sweet coffee/dark fruit flavor. The finish is mildly bitter with roast and hops. The mouthfeel is smooth with oddly low carbonation for Stillwater. There’s some discoloration on the lip of this bottle, so this could be the result of a cap problem. It kinda works for the beer, but it does make things a bit thin and mildly cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 22, 2011
De barril. Deep dark brown almost black colour. Small beige head. Roasted malt and some spice in the aroma, bit fruit. Ok mouthfeel. Flavour has roasted malt with spice, some dark fruit, bit chocolate and bitter hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle @ ACBF 2011. A clear brown colored beer, with a beige head. The aroma of caramel with coffee, some bitter, some sweet. The taste is fruity, caramel sweet with some coffee bitter in the back. The aftertaste is bittersweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2011
Very dark brown, almost black. In the nose there’s yeast, a tiny bit of smoke and some chocolate tones. The taste has blackcurrant, liquorice and Saison-style spicy tones. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2302) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Tap at Churchkey. Brown pour with a big off-white head. Aroma holds heavy yeast presence, with dough, some plum and orange fruitiness, and clove. Flavor increases the malt backbone, with the yeast dropping back somewhat. Palate isn’t particularly noteworthy; medium-bodied, decent carbonation. Good, not great.

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