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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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2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (6394) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2012
750ml bottle and served in Unibroue tulip: Pours a very deep brown hue with an initial huge foamy beige head and okay lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of bittersweet chocolate, crystal and roasted malts along with some tropical fruit hops (Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe blend perhaps?). A fair amount of Belgian yeastie esters and even a nose of lacto sourness too. The taste started a tad light tart fruit with a roasted and chocolate background. Sounds great right... well the problem here is the lack of depth and not helped by an over-carbonated tongue. I am now thinking Citra more than Nelson due to the "lemon pledge" overtone on the finish but yet it still "white winey", I dunno but something missed the mark here. A watery overly acidic, homebrew extract, Belgian Porter, yeah that is it! Everything about this beer should be right up my alley but the whole experience is utterly disappointing. No respectable farmhouse would be serving this brew.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2090) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2015
330 mL bottle. Ruby brown - beautiful colour - with just a thin ring of head. Very Belgian (dark) aroma, with chocolate and yeast. The flavour is less distinctive, and isn’t immediately identifiable as a saison. Not dry enough, no funk. It’s good, though. Schwarzbier with Belgian yeast.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blade86 (851) - Wrocław, POLAND - MAY 17, 2015
Brown, clear, medium off-white foam, yeast, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol, medium sweetness, medium- bitterness, medium body, little oily feel, average- carbonation, long chocolateish finish Overall: Not my style but nevertheless very good beer

-- rated with beerbasher

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
geophagus (531) - Lubin, POLAND - MAY 17, 2015
(Bottle 0.355l/ sample) Thanks Blade86. Dark brown colour with ruby flashes. Small to medium sized, fast to medium fast falling, beige head. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, medium oily texture. Aroma: Caramel, dark sugar, dark bread, prunes, chocolate, a bit roasted. Taste:Medium sweet, chocolate, prunes, caramel, Soft to medium strong, good balanced warming alcohol. Medium long,dark chocolate finish. Pleasant, a bit sweet but fruity and crisp finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3406) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle from Mane Liquor. I really dug this. Loads of plum and date and a nice roasty characteristic throughout where it sort of finished a little ashy and burnt which I enjoyed. Still had that familiar farmhouse and yeasty core but balanced nicely by the slightly heavier notes. Great stuff

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oliodnb (488) - ITALY - MAY 7, 2015
355ml bottle. Pours a beautiful very dark red with a minimal off white head. Aroma is very light with some roastiness, dark fruits, some yeasty acidity, light metallic note. Taste is similar with roasted notes more evident. Dry finish, mild bitterness, nice chocolate aftertaste. Medium body, medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (611) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Bottle purchased at Surdyk’s. Consumed in snifter glass. Aroma carries a strong roasted malt characteristic and a Belgian yeast quality to it. Appearance is definitely dark...brown/blackish with a tan head. Taste feels a little bit like a black IPA with a little bit less bitterness. The roasted notes from the aroma carry through the taste with an underlying earthiness. Borders on the darker Belgian dubbels I’ve tried in the past with less of an emphasis on sweetness. Coffee and dark chocolate come to mind. It’s got a dry mouthfeel that I actually kind of enjoy right now. Dark fruits are in the equation as well. Overall, a very solid beer. I would seek it out again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (744) - SWITZERLAND - APR 27, 2015
Dark amber color with big tan head. Smells very Belgian, yeasty, malty, bananas, bread, dark malts. Taste goes back and forth between a blonde belgian ale and dark malts. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice, but it has a weird switch between dark malts and fresh belgian banana yeast feeling.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (3089) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 27, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks Tom L. Cleardark brown-black with an off-white ring. Faint smoky aroma, malty and a little peppery. Mildly bitter, slightly dry and roasty. Mild fizz, medium body, roasty, sunflower seeds finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
woodychevy (589) - - APR 26, 2015
Bottle at home. Pretty decent, but I live in a beer town so tend to get spoiled. Dark, rich imposing pour. Definitely Belgian notes and sweetness somewhat lingering. Plums, raisins- intensely fruity. More roast than I think works in a saison. Somewhat boozy. Decent, but not blown away.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (3338) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Saw Farmhouse and assumed it would be lighter. The dark appearance belies any expectations I had. More fruity and caramelly than the typical farmhouse and a nice, crisp dryness at the end.


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