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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..

íand if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.í ĖNietzsche

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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2011
750ml Bottle: Strange aroma of hard roasting, hops, malt, coffee grounds, slight pine, yeast, and a hint of menthol. Poured dark brown with hints of ruby and mahogany in color, and a medium-sized, creamy, light brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Opaque. Not sparkling. Fair lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, hard roasting, coffee, light chocolate, hops, slight caramel, and a touch of salt-brine. Medium body. Thin, chalky, dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, hard roasting, coffee grid, and light chocolate finish also has a hint of hops, as it becomes dry and chalky. 7.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2029) - Manama, BAHRAIN - FEB 4, 2011
Iíll preface this with the fact Iíve never had a Dark Saison. Nearly black pour with minimal head. Aroma has very light roasted malts, robust spicing, dark fruits, and the jus the faintest soy sauce. Flavor comes in fairly delicate. Has a nice sweet chocolate, malt, roasted malt backbone that supports light fruits, spice. Finish is quite dry. Thin mouth. A really interesting beer and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (2781) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Pours black like a porter or stout. Aroma of bread, spice, and vanilla. Complex flavor of roasted malts, bread, spice, vanilla, and caramel. Sweetens as it warms. Really nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2011
750ml bottled poured into a tulip glass. The beer has aromas of doughy yeast and cereal. Appearance is a lovely dark brown with a substantial tan head that dissipates, leaving nice lacing on the glass. The taste is a good combination of sweet backed by bitter chocolate and coffee flavors that do not overwhelm as many stouts do. Palate is medium body with medium carbonation and a nice longish bitter finish. Overall, another solid offering by Stillwater...ranks right up there with Cellar Door.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Pours blackish brown with minimal off-khaki head. Nose is cacao, raisins, broiwn sugar, some yeasty and dark fruity notes. Tastes raisiny, figgy, resiny hoppy, on the dry side, with some roasty dark malt notes, even charred (why do so many beers taste charred to me these days?), and fairly complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Hazy dark brown color with a light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices, floral hops, some roast, dark malts, vanilla, and light alcohol. Taste of roasted malts, some faint dark chocolate, citrus, and a dry, lightly yeast, spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2693) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Itís dark mahogany with almost no head yet the aroma of bread, yeast and smoke rises. The flavor is very complex and changing on the temperature. Cold itís malty sweet with some earth and grass notes which changes to a smoky caramel, molasses as it warms. There is just enough hops to balance. The finish is surprisingly dry and refreshing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1324) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2011
750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours dark brown with a very small tan head that went away quickly. There is a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is very nutty, and the brew also smells like caramel, chocolate, bready malt and coffee. It tastes like roasted and bready malt, spice, nuts, dark chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit and orange peel. Thereís also a lingering roasty, nutty finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick with low carbonation. Drinkability is good, itís smooth and goes down easy. I think itís a pretty good brew, regardless of what style itís supposed (or not supposed) to be. This is the third brew Iíve tried from Stillwater, and Iíve enjoyed all of them so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMurphy (41) - Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Certainly a very interesting beer... a very nice balance of a stoutís smokiness, a Belgian aleís esters, and malty fullness that doesnít spill all the way over to sweet. Iím afraid, though, that I found it a bit overpriced, given the beers I was comparing it to in my head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsmerig (1246) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Pours as dark and thick as coffee with very little head. What head there is is a foamy tan with an earthy scent. Almost reminscent of sourdough bread. Starts sweet with maple and vanilla overtones. A bit of roasted coffee comes through too. Ends a bit sour with stout bitterness.

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