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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 (1680) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3610) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2015
bottle from liquor express. pours black with a massive white pillow head. leaves a shitload of lacing in the glass. lots of malt on the nose. Definitely get some of the dark fruits on the tongue you’d expect with the style. Nearly 8% which is well hidden. Finishes fairly clean. Solid but not spectacular for style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15750) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
Draught at Erzbierschof’s Bar Krone, Bern
Black color, compact beige head. Mild aroma of milky dark malts. Lean body, dynamic mouthfeel, some roasted malt, not ashy or burnt, moderately sweet, with a touch of chocolate, some yeast character, correctly bitter.
A good beer, nothing surprising though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1136) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle to goblet Pepper, smoke, hops, and wheat. Transparent red with a creamy white head. Plum, farmhouse yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (606) - Louisiana, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Appearance: very dark maroon almost black color, pours with a very small tan head that dissipates quickly Aroma: strong coffee, plum Taste: plum, coffee, dark roasted malt, kind of sweet, not too bitter Palate: light mouthfeel, average carbonation, plum aftertaste Overall: not as wild as I thought, reminds me of an abbey beer more than a farmhouse ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chucklemation (647) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Pours a dark mahogany color with an off-white head. Aroma is dark fruits. Flavor is dark fruits, some roast, and a lightly bitter finish that gives it a bite. Has a thin body. This isn’t bad, but it’s not very memorable either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nilsas (1973) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2015

Lukt: Lakris, karamell, gjær og røyk.
Utseende: Mørk kastanje, nær sort farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Tynt skum, noe karbonering.
Smak: Fruktig, lakris og karamell.
Hvor: Kjøpt/Nydt@Cardinal, Stavanger
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@7,4%, Når@10.03.2015

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2828) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a dense tan head. Malty aroma with chocolate, dark fruit, yeast and spices. Flavor was lightly sweet with caramel, chocolate, yeast, earth and dark fruit. Smooth texture, medium body, good carbo

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Where and how: Bottle at Volo
Aroma tad predictable with its aromatic hop profile. Behind noted with vineus vanilla vibes.
Appearance :
Top: finely beaded cap.
Base: amber- brown.
Palate : medium bodied.
Taste: hint of smoke, fruity feel with touch of sweet grapes. Ending with sweet Hungarian plum..
other notes solid

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willisread (398) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 13, 2015
12oz bottle from Mitsuya’s in Asagaya, Tokyo. Poured into a snifter. Dark prune color with minimal tan head. Nice oak and malt aroma present with a hint of spice. Dark fruit on the palate. Undertones of chocolate, brown sugar present. Alcohol taste is present as well. Solid Belgian style farmhouse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gandalf39 (105) - - FEB 4, 2015
Gros arôme de caramel très cuit, bouche douce et riche, final acidulé, un bonne mais peu commune stout.

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