RATINGS: 548   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Existent represents the philosophy behind Stillwater Artisanal. We strive to define ourselves through our passion and sincerity while accepting that not all aspects of life are readily explainable. To manifest this ideology we present an ale of intrigue. Deep & dark though deceptively dry, braced by a firm yet smooth bitterness and accented with an earthy hop and mild roast aroma. This is an ale for you to define..

and if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. Nietzsche

Note: Formerly brewed at Dog, now at Two Roads.

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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1898) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2011
dark fruits, malty, berries and funk. Molasses, dark brown, hazy tan head. Nice carbonation, light chocolate. Woody aroma, raspberry. Finish is dry bit astringent and bitter. Lots of fruit, want more funk, but very good

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark bruin body with a tan head with a big lacing and creamy head. Fruity with light belgian yeast esters but a strong malty backbone. Coffee, light char, chocolate malt tones. Dark fruits, very spicy with a drying and herbal bittering finish. Quite a bit going on here, i enjoyed this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9779) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
750 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Pours a dark brown color with a big, foamy beige head. Aroma of earth, roasted malts, chocolate, Belgian yeast, grass, dust, and a little musty funk. Flavor of chocolate and roasted malts, earth, dry coffee, toast, grass, Belgian yeast, and straw. Medium-bodied, with a dry, roasty mouthfeel and medium soft carbonation. Im normally not one to go for dark saisons but this one was working for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle:   This is a Saison?   Pours nearly black, thin to moderate sudsy head, light beige, spotty lacing.   Faint cocoa, chocolate, charred wood, campfire, peat, and some barnish funk.   Saison, meet Scottish Ale?   Que?   Musty and dirty straw on the tongue, roasty, not as Scotch like as the nose suggested.   Seems a little flat on the tongue, not thin, but certainly not as bubbley or chewy as I would like.   Not all that bright either, well not dull... somewhere in the middle I suppose.   Somewhat of an odd concoction.   This is one of those beers that you just cant put down because you cannot put your finger on it.   Before you know it, the beer is gone and you are left wondering... what the **** did I just drink?   Yeah, I am having that kind of moment.   Backside has some weak coffee notes, followed by some dirty straw.   I wished this one were a bit brighter.   Nothing off on it, but as a Saison I find it hard to wrap my head around the quasi Scottish Ale and Porter like qualities.   Certainly kept me entertained tho.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 1, 2011
(750 ml bottle from Rising Tide) Pours dark brown with deep rust/red hue. A finger of tan head recedes to a thin lasting layer. Nose is dark fruity with perhaps brown sugar. Mouthfeel is light, airy, a bit fizzy. Flavor of dark bitter chocolate with sweet and sour dark fruitiness, more sour. Some traces of ABV. Interesting that this is labelled as an "American farmhouse ale."

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2011
750ml bottle. Dark brown pour with big, thick tan head. Aroma of roast, cocoa, mild coffee, belgian esters. There is some dust, earth, mild grassy hop presence. The flavor of this beer is dry and roasty, with mild belgian esters. I get some belgian yeast notes, hay, earthy flavor. There is also some smoke and charred wood. Mouthfeel is full, bordering on chalky. The finish has a light bitterness. Overall, this is a pretty different beer. I liked it, but not something Im crazy about.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - APR 23, 2011
22oz. bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a deep brown/black with about three fingers of tan head. Lots of carbonation. Chocolate and roasted malt in the aroma with just a bit of Belgian yeast spice. More roasted malt in the flavor. Light to medium bodied. Very dry with a long finish of roasted malt. Some Belgian yeast character comes through. Cascadian Saison? Interesting experiment, but I wouldnt go out of my way to buy it again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 22, 2011
Draft at rattle. Smooth bitter cocoa brew... Tart and sweet but also some sour notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours almost completely black with mahogany showing through the sides. The head is huge and creamy, tan in color and shows super retention and lacing. Aroma is highly roasted for a saison with an almost coffee type aroma. But there is a hefty earthy yeast presence, very dry with subtle grassy hops in the nose. The taste is definitely a unique combination of traditional spicy saison yeast with a healthy dose of heavily roasted dark malts. There is more light fruit notes than I got in the nose, with some pears hiding back behind the dominant roasty/yeast character. The mouthfeel is dry and roasty with a strong, almost effervescent carbonation. Really dry in the finish actually with the yeast, malts and hops all adding up to a spicy bitter finish. Another unique saison from Stillwater with a strong blend of roast and earth. Not quite as good as Saison Darkly for me, but still really nice.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (6516) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2011
Draft at Taphouse. Pitch black with a foamy head that quickly quits. This drinks with a sweet toasty character, unfortunately a bit watery. (#4093, 4/17/2011).


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