jrob21 (2011) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy amber almost brown with a big tan head that fades after a bit. Very smooth drink with a lot of dark fruit working in the flavor. Yeast, wheat, baked bread, banana all in there as well. Aroma has some nuttiness and toffee. I did not know what to expect with this but am pleasantly surprised at the complexity and delicacy that this beer accomplishes. Many flavors melding together in a complementary way that keeps you entertained.
Brigadier (2230) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 ounce bottle
To make up for the mess that was a half baked pale lager I cracked open this nice Belgian strong ale. One of those somewhat spendy releases at $5.99 it was a good beer to throw in every once in a while as a reminder of what skilled brewers can do. I canít wait to try my next Stillwater "import".
Aroma / Appearance - The deep brown body bordered on having a black corona. The head was like drizzling pieces of melted chocolate over the top. Hopped up hot chocolate, dark malts, flat cola, and muddy earth were well balanced. It wasnít as bright as I was expecting but still fit well.
Flavor / Palate - Chewy mouthfuls of bakers chocolate, resin, and flat cola build with each sip. The dry finish hangs in the back of the throat gaining momentum. By the end it is hard to ignore the strength even though the alcohol itself is well masked. I may not be buying many more soon until the cellar is under control but with beers like this Stillwater has a long future.
alexsdad06 (3042) - Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a large khaki colored head. The aroma is dark roasted malts, mild coffee, sweet chocolate, mixed berries, herbal, floral and liquor notes. The flavor has dark, roasted malts with mild coffee, cocoa powder, toffee, peppery spice, yeast, ripe berries, lightly acidic, and alcohol. The finish is fruity, moderately dry with lasting warmth. The heat can sometimes be distracting, however I find all of these beers interesting and well worth a try.
blipp (4784) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours amber with a thin beige head. Fruity aroma with spicy yeasty and a hint of tartness. The flavor is like old fruity thatís about to rot, light spicy yeast, and lightly toasted malts. Decent.
andrejes (31) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from the Struise Brouwers, nice white head good apparince. Dark colour, tasted like peppers hot. Smell not good
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Mora2000 (4042) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of toffee and brown sugar notes, as well as some dark fruit. The flavor is very similar. I get quite a bit of dark fruit notes, as well as some toffee and a little bit of caramel. There is a touch of alcohol and some candy-sugar-like sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
kkipple (7) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Easter Sunday, decided to go all Belgian-y on this wonderfully chill spring day. This beer has been waiting in my beer closet for some time.
11.2 ounce brown bottle with more of that amazing Stillwater label art - seriously one of the best in the business. Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.
A. Walnut brown, deep and light-absorbent. The tan toasted marshmallow head is dense and even, a finger tall and supported by little rising bubbles from below. A very pretty beer. Tiny lace dots stick to the glass, but the head itself is everlasting.
S. Ahh, this is complex stuff. I added some of the yeasty lees, at first blush Jaded gives up a very Maudite-y aroma, heavy sweet malt, rich prunes and yeast character, mildly peppery. Some alcohol crunchiness too, but this is 10% after all. Iím looking for the wheat and itís elusive; this is a very yeast-driven smell, hearty and sweet.
T. Heck yes this is good. A large, billowing beer full of rich toasted malt, dark, sugary raisins and prunes, finished off with some delightful alcohol heat. The wheat adds deftness here, I think, and the yeast character on display is grand - complimentary, but reserved enough to know when to quiet down. Spicy, peppery notes and a minor herbal quality offset the malt sweetness and turn this into a complex, enjoyable delight.
M. Full, expansive carbonation keeps this from being too dense or sweet, while the finish alternates between candi sugar / malt sweetness and candi sugar and yeast driven spicy notes. Has a Weizenbock thing going on too, interestingly.
De Struise and Stillwater struck mithril here. Jaded is a very good beer, and maybe the best thing Iíve had from Stillwater. I will buy more and you should too.
PhillyCraft (1970) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at MAx. Poured a deep red tinted brown color. Head and lacing were avg. Toffee, apples, belgian spices, clove, chocolate oak, plums, and malt. Nice belgian yeast character. Other notes of apple and perfumey belgian flavors. Good dark farm/
jredmond (4014) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Linh. Pours a hazy dark brown body with light lacing. Aroma is sweet, Belgian spice. Mouthfeel is smooth with notes of sweet Belgian spice, malted candy.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice bottle from Stillwater via Belgium. Pours brown that grows a dark, murky tea color, with a billowing offf-white head that is damn sexy. Smells good, with a dark, toffee-and-apple tinted nutty nose that veers into English Brown Ale territory. Tastes nice, easy, very sippable and spicy yet with no trace of the 10% booze. Starts sweet, with a fruity wheat-ale tinged front, before delving into Anglo territory, again mimicking an English Brown with a caramel-apple and damp malt undertone. Verges on too sweet, but the spicy-dry finish cleans things up nicely. Still, the fruitiness builds as it warms, meaning this 33cl bottle is plenty for now.