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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Thank Nietzsche for small favors... $8.99 four-pack from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham. Pours a lovely dark, dark brown with a foamy but think light tan head with decent lacing. Nose of tobacco, char, molasses, some banana, funky yeast, heather. Some wood and earth, and a hint of anise. Pretty dry finish. Really digging this four-pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (672) - Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Nice interesting beer. Pours a cola brown. Aroma has a Belgian profile but also hints of chocolate, molasses, dark fruits. Taste also is a departure off a Belgian backing….more roasted almost smoky malts and aforementioned flavors. Finishes bitter and slightly tart. Medium mouthfeel. All around cool beer. Go Nietzsche.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Danyel (708) - Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with off-white head. Aroma is roasty, smoky. Has a medium body, a bit of tobacco, tad smoky, chocolate. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
McGarnigle (551) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2014
4 pack. Honestly, I thought this was Atwater brewery until I couldn’t find the beer in the database. This is a nice, dark Belgian. Not a heavy quad type, but more of a dark saison. I don’t detect funk, but clearly Belgian yeast with a thin powdering of cocoa on top. More spice than fruit, and no dark fruits. Better not to let it warm too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopmelt (179) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Pours dark brown, slight deep red hues at the edges, finger tan, thick head, good amount of thin lacing. Aroma roasty, phenolic esters, mostly clove, bit of tropical fruit, mostly pineapple, slight fresh hay, and a bit of spice. Taste slight bitter, earthy, roasty, tropical fruit, over ripe pineapple, a bit of chocolate, phenolic esters mostly bubblegum, spice almost not detectable, a bit of dark, almost burnt sugar on the finish. Mouthfeel a bit towards full body, medium-high carbonation, very creamy and smooth, finish mostly balanced, a bit on the dry side. Overall interesting, flavor a bit over complex, but definetly tasty, not the most drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ametras (383) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2014
12oz bottle. Dark brown with a thin foamy beige head. Flavors are chocolate, roasted malts, biscuit, molasses, dark fruits, apples, lemon, cough syrup, licorice and toasted bread with peppery and earthy notes. Medium body, moderate to high carbonation, slick texture. What a mess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gaultier (314) - SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2014
@ Långasjö 29/7-14. Bottle from Kihoskh, Copenhagen. Aroma: Yeast, fruity. Taste: Dito + light acidic notes. Medium body, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapSeattle (8) - - JUL 23, 2014 does not count
Perhaps I got an unusual batch. Bought it at a Total Wine in Folsom. Strong yeast scent, actually very appealing. Dark brown color. In addition to traditional dark ale flavor, I sensed a bit of orange peel in the taste - a little sour, a little bitter. Not my favorite, but the aroma was a winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (605) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Pours a dark brown with short-lived head leaving no lacing - like cola. Aroma is Belgian, with more sweetness coming out as it warms. Taste is sweet moderately roasted grains, somewhat earthy and dry, staying sweet throughout. Some spices like clove come through in the end. Just a hint of warming. Not bad, not super good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1512) - Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2014
12 oz bottle- Pours brownish black with a thin light tan head that reduces leaving a collar. Aroma is classic Belgian yeast and spices, very Stillwater, candy and brown sugar open up as it sits. The taste is strong in roasted grains, Belgian yeast, chocolate. Body is medium and carbonation is high. Not bad, a little basic for a brewery of this caliber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gendv138 (1240) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2014
6 oz draft pour at Of Love & Regret. Black with off-white head. Aromas of herbal notes, dark fruit, chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, floral notes, herbs. Medium body with a dry finish. Medium-light carbonation.

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