17thfloor (2433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample thanks to Ryan at RBSG 10, I had to buy another bottle and give it a fuller rate though! Pours a lightly brown orange with a larger big bubble sticky tightly packed white foamy head. Aroma is soapy with noticeable alcohol, delicate, very floral and fruity, like peaches, well attenuate with nice summer fruit. Flavor follows exactly, big peach and passionfruit, NZ galaxy hops?, melds perfectly with the light graininess and yeast profile, nicely dry, so much fruit, melon, passionfruit, peach, just a light kick of alcohol in the finish. Light bodied, corse fizzy carbonation, very dry but avoids been overly bone dry.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a golden yellow with a small head. The aroma was grass, yeast, and citrus. The flavor was the same with some hops and bitters at the end. Overall, a very tasty saison.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma was of yeasty bread and spices. Appearance was golden brown with lots of carbonation. Taste was bitter hops, some funk, and yeasty esters. Patate was thin and carbonated fully. Overall, not a bad saison, but nothing special.
HonkeyBra (3528) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange pour with huge white head. Big, yeasty aroma. Some flowers, light citrus, some hay. A musty earthiness. Flavor is citrus sweet and lightly bitter. Almost like dandelions. Dry citrus and slightly vegetal bite. Gets a bit too much as I drink. Medum bodied with good carbonation, mouthfeel is pretty nice. Finishes with a bit of spice, maybe jasmine. Misses the mark a bit.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours a cloudy yellow with a big froathy white head. The head deminishes quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma is wheat and spice. Good carbonation. has a light body. Very refreshing. Decent flavors. A very easy drinking beer. Has a watery texture. A good finish with a good aftertaste. A good beer.
adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Capones. Pours a hazy light honey color with a medium white head. Aroma of staleness, funk, fruit cocktail, grassy notes, bitterness and earth. Taste is bitter with hints of grassy notes, earth, funk, citrus, fruits and light hops.
Atom (1443) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours yellow orange with fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus, yeast, spices, and soap. Nice bready yeast flavors balanced nice with fruits light alcohol on the finish. Very nice.
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark yellow with a fizzy white head. Good strong dry straw and fruit aroma and taste with nice bready notes throughout.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 On tap at Commercial Taphouse on 03/31/2011. Hazy orange body with a medium rocky white head. Dry spicy aroma with some fruit and floral hops. Dry spicy flavor, fruit, and a dry floral bitter finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/7/4/15 3.6
On tap at Mekong on 11/11/2010. Slightly hazy orange body with a small frothy white head. Sweet citrus and spice aroma. Big spicy flavor with citrus hops. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
7/3/8/4/15 - 3.7
Bottle on 07/11/2010. Golden body with a large rocky off-white head and heavy belgian lace. Sweet fruity aroma with some dry spice. Fruity malt flavor, some grain and light astringency. Light citrusy hops and a dry finish. Medium body with modeately high carbonation.
7/3/8/3/15 - 3.6
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 genius’s 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.