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RATINGS: 495   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2999) - Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/5/2013. Pours lightly cloudy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 3 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, pear, apple, toast, peppercorn, clove, herbal, floral, grass, dark bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, pear, apple, peppercorn, clove, herbal, floral, grass, dark bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roast, caramel, toast, pear, apple, peppercorn, clove, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice crisp malt/yeast flavor balance with zero cloying after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately prickly, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dark saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2794) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a dense tan head. Malty aroma with chocolate, dark fruit, yeast and spices. Flavor was lightly sweet with caramel, chocolate, yeast, earth and dark fruit. Smooth texture, medium body, good carbo

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6572) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Where and how: Bottle at Volo
Aroma tad predictable with its aromatic hop profile. Behind noted with vineus vanilla vibes.
Appearance :
Top: finely beaded cap.
Base: amber- brown.
Palate : medium bodied.
Taste: hint of smoke, fruity feel with touch of sweet grapes. Ending with sweet Hungarian plum..
other notes solid

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willisread (173) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 13, 2015
12oz bottle from Mitsuya’s in Asagaya, Tokyo. Poured into a snifter. Dark prune color with minimal tan head. Nice oak and malt aroma present with a hint of spice. Dark fruit on the palate. Undertones of chocolate, brown sugar present. Alcohol taste is present as well. Solid Belgian style farmhouse.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gandalf39 (90) - - FEB 4, 2015
Gros arôme de caramel très cuit, bouche douce et riche, final acidulé, un bonne mais peu commune stout.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1951) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2015
12oz bottle. Dark raisin colored pour with no head. Aroma is dark fruit and alcohol. A little thin but rich and delicious. Easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2869) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2015
Tap. Deep amber body with a small, lacing off- white head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate and hoppy notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and slightly bitter. Mesium bodied, oily texture and soft carbontion. A very nice brew indeed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (942) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Subtle aroma of oak, malt, Belgian yeast, licorice, perfume and alcohol. Taste is yeast, oak, malt, hop, raisins, chocolate. Balanced. Subtle finish. Dark fruits, figs, raisins, oak, malt, booze. Nicely done.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gerbeer (2107) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark mahogany color with moderate head. Aromas of plastic, vegetables, light spice and light toasted malts. Flavors of wet malts, bitter nuts, a little licorice and other bitter spice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (3406) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2015
33cl bottle at The Kings Arms, London. It pours a dark rich copper color with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet and malty, with notes of caramel dark chocolate yeast marzipan vanilla and earth. Taste is similarly mostly sweet an a little tangy in the finish, with notes of vanilla caramel dark chocolate and earth. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, nice Belgian ale but quite sweet

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
supershea (19) - Bella Vista, Arkansas, USA - DEC 30, 2014
You can’t judge a beer by it’s color. I was expecting a more robust aroma as well as flavor. This is leaving a lot to be desired. A dark pour with a small almondish head. Hints of smoke, black cherries and almonds. The finish is flat and dry.


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