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RATINGS: 515   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


HonusWagner's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1702) - 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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bennetj17 (10) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Dark brown/amber color, with a rich tan foam. Head settles slightly but never fully dissipates. Aroma has an interesting mix dark fruit and light spice. Hints of brown sugar malt are inviting. There is a superb mix of flavors in this beer. Touches of brown sugar and plum fruit are well integrated, but never too sweet. The beer is fairly dry, with some light earthy spice abound. Strong, tingly carbonation. Medium body, finishes clean. Overall I feel this beer exceeded my expectations. Complex and balanced, it is a nice sipper which keeps my interest throughout the glass. I think I will be more inclined to try other Stillwater offerings

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
danielecamo (798) - ITALY - JUN 30, 2015
In bottiglia. aroma speziato, torrefatto, caffè, terroso ed erbaceo. Al palato corpo rotondo, alcool ben nascosto. sentori di legno, caffè, speziato, erbaceo .

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2826) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 25, 2015
12 oz bottle pours brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, earthy and toffee. Taste is fruit, malts and some yeast.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (2775) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 17, 2015
Dark brown body, creamy off-white head, some lacing. Roasty malt and a touch of dried fruit in the aroma. Taste is sweet, roasty, malty, not much hops. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2168) - 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 (935) - 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 (616) - 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 (3469) - 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 (533) - 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 (675) - 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.


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