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RATINGS: 539   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 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (6218) - 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 (2585) - 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 (12810) - 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 (5770) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sunevdj (3889) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 9, 2011
Pours black with a small off-white head. Dry with some sweetness. Malty and aromas of roasted malts. Also some prunes and spices. Peppery hints towards the end. Medium to full bodied. Dry toasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (21191) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2011
5th March 2011
ACBF. Very dark brown - black beer. Small tan head. Light dry palate. A little dark malt and coffee. Trace of licquorish spice before the now familar chalky dryness from this brewer kicks in. Flavour is good but really struggling with the palate again - just strips every last drop of moisture in your mouth away!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7400) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2011
750, capped and foiled. Pours black with a dense and creamy surging tan head. Takes a while to pour a full glass, actually. Big roasty nose, lots of earth there. Creamy medium body, moderate carb. Roasty, earthy mid-palate, with a long earthy finish.

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