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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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2013
I’ve debated my 1000th rate for a while. Should it be Gratitude, as a symbol of the thanks I’d need to give to the many great beer geeks, here and elsewhere, who have generously shared with me on my journey down the rabbit hole? Should it be La Fin Du Monde, the first microbrew I ever tracked down, only to hate it when I wasn’t aware that it was meant to be poured into a glass? Should it be the rarest walez imaginable, regardless of emotional significance? I settled on none of these things, because ultimately rating beer is about expanding ones horizons, about loving the art even when it gives you things like Peated Black Hole and any sour beer produced by Dark Horse. This random, potentially delicious, beer in my fridge represents my belief that ratings milestones are just markers on the endlessly rich journey of a beer geek. Pour is dark brown or black but with the sort of light, bubbly head you expect from a black ale rather than the frothy, creamy head of a stout or porter. Aroma is a fascinating melange of characters, a light hint of soy sauce, a spicy character reminiscent of the DeCiccos/Captain Lawrence chestnut beer, some kind of stone fruit character, maybe plums, a dash of fusels/alcohol in the nose, minor smokiness, earthy, overall a bit like a malbec, very complex and fascinating. Taste is a bit sweet up front, modest carbonation carries the fruit flavor to the forefront with spice notes of black pepper not far behind. Earthy, semisweet, clean on the back end, minimal bitterness. Mild tartness, curious. Highly drinkable. Good stuff. From here we go sublime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ametras (343) - 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 (237) - SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2014
@ Lĺngasjö 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 (6) - - 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 (572) - 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 (1491) - 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 (1045) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strap (403) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - JUL 10, 2014
Deep and dark with little head. Aroma of brown sugar and earthy flavors. Stout and sweet, strong malt flavors. Some alcohol warming. Very good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arkurzynski (1487) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Pours like a cup of coffe with amber hues. Nose of dark fruit and light nutty roast, Belgin yeast and dark candy. Flavor is faint dark fruit and burnt biscuit with lightly sweet candy and finishing with dry nutty roast. Decent amount of lingering roast and coffee. Mildly dry. This dulls with further drinking. A nice strong with dubbel aspects and dialed-up roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (333) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle pour in the middle of my own personal Stillwater brewfest at home. Pours near black with a super sticky, lingering head. Roasted malt forward aroma. Flavor is a smooth roasted malt with a little bit of a smokey finish. Solid beer overall. Enjoying the brews from these guys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (1832) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 24, 2014
@ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear dark ruby brown with a ragged 1" head that slowly drops, ragged splotches of lace. A rough, but good looking brew. Taste is dark roasted malt that grows into the palate with the addition of dark earth laced with citrus. The finish turns somewhat bitter, but as it lingers, dark chocolate appears out of nowhere, making this a complex and amazing brew. A great example of a Dark Belgian Ale.

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