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Stillwater ’A Saison Darkly’

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RATINGS: 273   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed with dark malts and burnt sugars then lightly spiced with Rose Hips, Hibiscus, & Schisandra berries.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3729) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 17, 2014
12 oz. Pours an opaque ebony with a loose ring of bubbles. Aroma is artificial banana candy, soy, merlot and blackberry. Taste is lightly tart blackberry, spicy merlot, oxidized apple, salty soy, raisin and maybe a touch of wooden hop. Medium-large body is smooth and well balanced. Medium carbonation is smooth and doesn’t distract. Lots of complex tastes but they end up in a small, overlapping and interfering wave pool of flavor. None of them grabbed me so that I’d just hang on out to sea floating it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slimspady (185) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
Dark pour. Big white head. Grassy, yeast aroma of a saison. Taste is a little heavier though. Smooth and enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BLADT (625) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle pour. Dark, matte brown. Near black. Limited white head that didn’t last long enough for me to finish this sentence. Aroma is dominated by roasted malt notes, followed with milk chocolate. Light herbal and tea. Medium to light body. Consistent candy sugar flavors under tastes of light cocoa, licorice, kvass, and cherries. Drinkable, I suppose.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4402) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Pours dark mahogany into a tulip. White head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Dark hot pit fruit aromas. Dark caramel and pit fruit upfront turning to dark hot sweet summer meadow in the lasting finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
chucklemation (479) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Pours a dark mahogany with a thin off-white head. Aroma is an overpowering sweet Belgian yeast, along with some other aromas that are less pleasant. Taste is Belgian yeast and tart fruit, along with other spices. The combination is just off. Sits very heavy on the stomach as well. Overall it’s not terrible, but I wouldn’t get another one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (284) - - AUG 16, 2014
Decent saison. Not as overpoweringly spicy as some saisons. Very dark and faintly fizzy.

1.1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
Jamesthebrit (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Whooooo. Had this in tap and it was better than out the bottle. This is out the bottle. Aroma is unbalanced. Licorice. Cinnamon. Really not fruity. Now that it’s warmer... Never has a beer smelled more like acetone and freshly paint nails. A complete disaster. Looks purple color with little tan head. Taste is like the aroma. Super bitter licorice. Yeasty. Dry fig. Hand soap. Car oil. Aggressive and dry on the palate. On tap this was killer fruity balanced by this earthy notes. Here in the bottle it’s just super dry and bitter and licorice. Gotta be a bad bottle. This is beyond drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (6283) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Tap. Very dark pour with a spotty frothy light beige head. Malty, berries, and herbal. Unique flavor and pretty good overall.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Draft at Good Dog. Dark indeed. Poured an opaque black with white foam. Not looking in any way like a Saison. Dark bitter floral tea flavors with a notable spicy hop bite. African violets. Watery chocolate. Chipotle. Liquorice. Rotted vegetation. Burnt thistles. Blood orange spice. Feels completely off the map. Points for that - but cannot see myself drinking this a lot.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2250) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Almost black pour. Big tan head. Plenty of lacing. Yeasty aroma with some malt. Taste is malty.


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