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Stillwater Sensory Series v.1 - Lower Dens



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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
The Stillwater Sensory Series is a collaboration between Stillwater Artisanal and singular musical artists. In this first collaboration, Stillwater works with Lower Dens to make an ale based on an interpretation of their song, "In the End is the Beginning." On the bottle itself, a QR code will link to an exclusive Lower Dens performance of the song. Ultimately, this is a true artistic collaboration that aims to create a full sensory experience - sound, sight, smell, touch, and taste. www.stillwatersensory.com

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sulawang (1051) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2016
Visual: Pours pale golden orage with a smallish lasting 2mm head, decent fine micro retention, clusters of very fast active streams.

Nose: yeasty wheat malt sour funk, cotton candy/hibiscus, red field berries. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-creamy-thicker

Mid-palate: brightness, hints of chamomile, (lvl-5-sweetness), toffee-toasty barley malt, dissipating short sour-tangy

hibiscus berry-like Finish: bready honey, gentle wheat malt roughness, very subtle bitter hops

Summary: Wow this is a fantastic spice/herb beer. Super sippable, seamless transitions, good complexity and depth along with a smooth mouthfeel. Every sip offers a different texture/taste depending on what you focus on. Although it was a bit $$$, I’m glad I tried it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (6530) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2016
355ml bottle. Clear, orangey golden colour with average, frothym half-way lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Sweet-ish, biscuity malty aroma, floral-herbal overtones, notes of hibiscus, rose hip. Taste is slightly sweet biscuity malty, minimally tart, floral-herbal, notes of hibiscus, rose hip, red berries, dry hoppy overtones. Full body, tickles the whole basic taste senses quintet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sunevdj (3965) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 23, 2016
On tap at CBC 2013. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a small white head. Quite sweet with a light bitterness. Light fruity aromas of apples and bananas. Also hints of Belgian yeast. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciocanelu (1425) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - DEC 23, 2015
Hazy orange color with white head. Aroma is fresh, lemony and a bit spicy. Taste seems slightly tart at first but it isn’t, just a bit astringent. It’s mostly spicy, yeasty and slightly bitter on the finish. Body is medium-light with high effervescence. Overall I don’t like it very much, the spices are a bit too strong, the body too light and there is some residual sweetness that doesn’t integrate very well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UncleKorm (1228) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle poured a slightly hazy golden hue w/ large creamy white head. Moderate funky citrus aromas. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are kiwi, hay and funk. Light bodied. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (2007) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2015
375 ml. bottle shared with my Boo; from Liquor Barn (Springhurst). Aroma: Moderate lemon peel with light wildflower presence balanced by a little musty basement. Appearance: Opaque yellow gold pour with a foamy white tuft that settles into a firm skin. Flavor: Musty and floral notes are more prevalent up front, but in a more muted way. Lemon comes in more midway through, and takes on an unexpected honey character; the finish is semi-dry and endures a bit. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, lingering finish. Overall: Not a world beater, but a nice enough one to try either way. Not sure what hibiscus does here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bulldogops (2270) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 24, 2015
Rating #1176 13.07.2014 - Bottle from CBI. Pours the colour of a bubbly golden ale with a white foam that bubbles away quickly. Aroma is orange zest, and hibiscus flower. Extremely floral and potent. This floral sweetness lingers into the finish and is slightly overpowering. Cool tropical, floral beer. I tried it with the song playing - i don’t feel it added to aromatic or palate experience but it’s a fun concept.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
varanid99 (1033) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2015
Orange/gold pour with a decent puffy white head. Wheaty, herby, floral and yeasty notes. Taste is wheat-beerish, yeasty, slightly sour, floral (which I assume is hibiscus, don’t think I’ve ever tasted it though). Finishes with that sour yeasty note. I don’t love it but it’s interesting I guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (1632) - Besançon, FRANCE - OCT 9, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 375ml. Blonde claire. Nez floral léger, bel équilibre au palais, douceur, pointe maltée et cité herbeux bien présent. Agréable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freretoc (1723) - Besançon, FRANCE - SEP 28, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 37.5 ou 50 cl ? Bref le format de base. Couleur blonde, peu de mousse et peu d’effervescence. Grosse attaque sur la fleur blanche au nez, sensation de douce effluves d’hibiscus. Attaque en goût sur la même teneur que le nez avec une pointe de malt caramélisée. Juste un bon équilibre pour une bière bien ronde en bouche.

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