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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.

jcr's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2013
750 ml. Deep brown body with ruby highlights. Huge, frothy beige head, fully lasting. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, tart cherry, brown sugar. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Dry finish with some tart, vinegary notes. Taste of roasted malts, nuts. The sweet malts give way to bitter hops which gives to way to taste of bitter chocolate, bitter roast and tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
LesArgen (299) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2016
Aromas of plum, cherry, grapefruit, chocolate, malt and coffee. Taste of coffee, raisin, chocolate, and some funky farmhouse flavours, with a slightly watery aftertaste. It’s a bit of a stretch to call this a farmhouse ale methinks, but who cares if it tastes good?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1439) - HONG KONG - MAY 15, 2016

330ml bottle bought at HK Brewcraft in Central.

Looks: Clear deep Cola blackish brown colour; Less than one-quarter finger head with residual soapy light beige foam which fades in 30 seconds; Fair sticky lacing with notable very slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant dark malt, with moderate funk, barnyards, strong caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, cream, light sugar, strong yeast, thin lemon and light grass.

Taste: Mid to strong sweet dark malt, with strong roastyness, burnt caramel, burnt toast, strong molasses, alcohol, strong dark chocolate, black coffee, floral, strong earth, spices, strong Bel yeast, lemon, strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Mid to full body. Very slick and smooth palate.

Mouth Feel: Strong dark maltyness in pretty creamy background. Strong roastyness with lots of burnt caramel and toast. Very sweet and quite boozy but well match by strong dark chocolates and light black coffee. Earthy, spicy yeasty with sharp lemon to round. Very nice!

Hoppiness: Thin lemon and light grass in nose. Strong earth, spices, sharp lemon and strong grass in taste. Bitterness is very strong for a lasting, very high astringent sweet bitter finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Sweet, burnt and strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one is very interesting - a Dark Belgian fused with some funk in araoma, lots of burnt toasty sweet maltyness with strong Bel yeast and earthy citrusy sharp hoppiness. Has a snobbish feel but taste-wise it’s quite balanced and bursting with strong flavors. Will buy again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2016
Pours deep dark brown. Aroma is full of sweet roasted malt, coffee and milk chocolate. Taste is very smooth, and has a coffee/chocolate flavor kind of hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (543) - HONG KONG - APR 16, 2016
Drank w Matt after Orange Peel drumming gig. Opaque black with creamy beige-tan head and big streaky legs. Smells of funky dark malt, pear, lightly sour in a fermented way, chocolate. Interesting combination of flavours in the nose. Tastes of burnt dark malt, moderate sourness, quite a bit of Belgian yeast, gentle clove and spice, very faint coffee/chocolate. Body is smooth, frothy, pepper/clove, bitter. Unusual to have funky sour yeast paired with burnt coffee malt, quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HKdIPA (621) - HONG KONG - APR 16, 2016
Bottle from Craftissimo at home after drum performance. Dark black pour with puffy tan head. Aroma is a bit farmy, a bit roasty, some earthy hops - subtle but nice. Taste is very round - a bit of everything. Some roasted dark chocolate-ish malt, some bitter hops, some farmy yeasty flavors, some spice and clove, some booze. Smooth but not rich palate with nice carbonation. Very interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ByTheirLimpin (248) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle to tumbler. January 2014 bottling. Didn’t catch it until I was pouring, but it held up. Dark ruby brown in the glass. Nose was vacant. Palate was intriguing. Little sweet blackberry somewhere up front. All barnyard and malts thrift through the middle. Complex, sticky. Little fine fizz to the syrupy mouth. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (5176) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine and Liquors. Dark brown body with slight head. Nose is oaky, plums, berries, caramel, malts. Really nice. Taste very malty, roasty and plummy too. Nice smooth texture. A really clean beer. Want to drink slow and enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (3778) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2016
Tap. Mother Kelly’s, Bethnal Green. Dark, cola brown. Film of beige head. Nose has blackberry. Blackcurrant. Hint of liquorice. Some notes of chocolate. Taste is light sweet. Hint of dryness. Hint of roast bitterness. Good body. Smooth. Light, fruity bitter finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swamp_Thing (49) - Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Well balanced and complex. Sweet and yeasty with fruity aftertaste. Goes down alomost too easy, but a memorable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Linnet (1562) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2016
Belgian yeast, malty, jam, earth, lightly roasty, alcohol. Ruby red, dark Brown, no head. Mid-sweet, lightly bitter, salty, ABV well integrated. Bit simplistic. Medium body, soft carbonation, sweetish finish.

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