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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 (1632) - 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 15/20
Habanero (2802) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2015
Tap. Deep amber body with a small, lacing off- white head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate and hoppy notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and slightly bitter. Mesium bodied, oily texture and soft carbontion. A very nice brew indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (904) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Subtle aroma of oak, malt, Belgian yeast, licorice, perfume and alcohol. Taste is yeast, oak, malt, hop, raisins, chocolate. Balanced. Subtle finish. Dark fruits, figs, raisins, oak, malt, booze. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gerbeer (2038) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark mahogany color with moderate head. Aromas of plastic, vegetables, light spice and light toasted malts. Flavors of wet malts, bitter nuts, a little licorice and other bitter spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (3266) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2015
33cl bottle at The Kings Arms, London. It pours a dark rich copper color with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet and malty, with notes of caramel dark chocolate yeast marzipan vanilla and earth. Taste is similarly mostly sweet an a little tangy in the finish, with notes of vanilla caramel dark chocolate and earth. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, nice Belgian ale but quite sweet

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
supershea (19) - Bella Vista, Arkansas, USA - DEC 30, 2014
You can’t judge a beer by it’s color. I was expecting a more robust aroma as well as flavor. This is leaving a lot to be desired. A dark pour with a small almondish head. Hints of smoke, black cherries and almonds. The finish is flat and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (2296) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2014
12oz bottle shared by Pizz5116 after work (Christmas Squad beers round 2). Poured a dark brown color with a small foamy tan head. Aroma of mainly belgian yeast and dark malts. Taste mimics the nose, with more pronounced belgian bubble gum/banana notes, and roasted coffee in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
[6312-20140509] Bottle. Mild yeasty grains aroma. Clear, dark ruby red body with a quick foamy off-white head. Grainy bread flavour has a light boozy finish. Medium body. Good, simple. (6/3/7/3/13) 3.2
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8582) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2014
355ml bottle bought at Vinmonopolet Vika. The noisy pour reveals a clear dark brown coloured body. Dissipating fawn-coloured head, fragile lacing. Aroma of dark bread alongside hints of liquorice and dark fruits. Blended flavour profile of dark malts, chocolate and caramel, herbs, and dark fruits, mild anise to it. Roasted bitter finish. Fine bodied. Perfect nightcap (hotel room, Oslo 09.12.2014).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fakebeersnob (193) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Must admit...I did not care too much for this one. Pours a cola brown, with a dense head that diminishes to a lacing that remains until the end. Has a yeast smell familiar with the style. A bit of a candy hint to it. Bit of a clove. Tastes of dark fruit, with a bit of spice. The finish is lightly bitter, but also a sourness. Not really a fan of the sourness. Seems a bit aggressive on the carbonation, also. A decent beer if it wasn’t for the carbonation and sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (2270) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige head. A quite sweet brown ale with a twist of belgian yeast.

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