DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
After rating my first Stillwater as an almost transcendent experience, I was looking forward to tasting this new brew. While the consummate skill of the brewer is evident, the result is a bit lacking. This would be an excellent beer to drink in the desert, maybe its the sage. The aftertaste is long lasting and pleasant. The beer is light and refreshing. Not exactly my style.
Earlier Rating: 8/6/2010 Total Score: 4.3
What a pleasure to drink a beer that is so unique and represents a true geniusís devotion to beer excellence. Mr Stillwater is that genius and one can experience that genius in this beer. There is no desire to impress and overwhelm. There is no desire to do anything more than have the aware beer drinker give pause and wonder for a second or more, "what just happened to me?" The answer is that the devotion to wonderment found its way into a bottle and entered your consciousness through your tastebuds. Something happened that, while very brief, made time stand still, just for a moment, and in that moment your universe shifted, infinitesimally, but assuredly, and now you are a different person, not because you drank this beer, but because you experienced something ineffable, something that has no reason, something that transcends your ability to understand. You have witnessed genius in drinkable form. Your life will never be the same.
All things can be traced back to their origin. The origin of this beer is in genius, but you do not know what that means. It does not matter. Genius has touched your heart through your taste buds. It has made a mark on your heart and all marks there are eternal. This is because your heart only records the influences that matter. Those that return you, inexorably to your source. This beer will do that for you. After drinking it, you will find yourself on a journey from which there is no escape. Forever you will rue this day. Something has touched you and you know not what it is. You cannot know it. Its essence is deeper than knowing.
You can only surrender to its magical embrace.
Damico (2210) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is too light, a bit fruity and not really much funk. The color is golden with an orange hue and small white head. The flavor is a little bitter with subtle notes of the farmhouse yeast and a medium to light body.m
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml shared by Turdferguson - thanks, Sam! Pour was nice, an inviting deep gold with modest sediment and a thick rocky head. Nose was a bit more malty than expected, which was initially disconcerting. The impression deepened with a fairly uninspiring flavor that had hints of tartness, and was at times even too sugary. Something wasnít coming together. Subsequently tried a second time - bottle from Samís in Durham - and was much happier, as the brew was far more dry and Dupont-like. Bottom line: above average American saison (but pricey).
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. hazy orange with a heavy classic saison head. very nice. i really enjoyed this one. crisp and clean and refreshing.
JoeinEscazķ (1325) - San Jose, COSTA RICA - SEP 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden amber, toasty, malty, crisply hopped. But of sweetness and alcohol heat, but overall dryish, drinkable and tasty. Fruity yeasty esters are relatively restrained, compared to other US-made Belgian-inspired beers, but could be more so. Appreciated the beer more when paired with corn tortellini at Birch & Barley. Among the better US-made saisons Iíve had. Iím afraid thatís not saying much.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the Hawaiíi Admission Day tasting from a bottle shared by me. Clear orange-yellow, whitish cover. Aroma is spicy, funky. Taste is more spicy, pear, apple, funk.
OldMrCrow (1618) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My friend Ben brought three of these back from Baltimore for me -- heís the man. Golden orange pour, full off-white head. Aggressive nose of clementine orange peel and coriander, also biscuit and very subtle hints of mustiness. Somewhat sticky, clearly in the >6 ABV domain rather than lower and in more traditional saison territory. The flavor brings out the biscuity malts which are excellent, again that mandarin peel and coriander. Pretty strong hop close pushing rich hop oils late. I see this as one of the better American saisons Iíve had, though not my favorite interpretation of saison. A lot rests on how this one will age, Iíd say. If it mellows and brings out the dusty character, itíll be a winner. As it stands now, I feel that Iím being generous with a 3.8.
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Stillage at the GBBF, Earlís Court 03/08/2010
Floral aroma. Golden coloured and hazy in appearance with a fruity banana flavour. A hint of dryness in a spicy malt finish.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at R&H NY
Aroma mild , flowery , floral , citrus with alcohol. Good.
Appearance visible carbonation, clear golden brew. Medium fine top.
Flavor and Palate : medium bodied with soft base. Light bitterness with some dryness to it. Herbal top with citrusy finishing. Late touch of mint. Very nicely composed.
bhensonb (9825) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours dark amber gold with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is light earthy and citric sour. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is earthy/barnyard, tannic, yeast and citrus sour. Nice flavor combos.