RATINGS: 554   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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2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
alassio (96) - USA - DEC 20, 2013
I can’t believe I’m drinking the same beer others are describing, but it does say Stillwater Existent on the label. This is a bitter, unpleasant beer with no redeeming aspects. The hops are total tree bark, roots, and surrounding soil. On the other hand, the palate is light and fizzy, almost watery. Fantastically unbalanced, with the phosphate carbonated character not exactly overcoming the morbid hop skeleton. Like drinking swampwater scooped out an empty tomb - - maybe a plum did fall in there and then decomposed (and yes, as another poster mentioned, it does have the aroma of old gym socks).


2.9
Oakes (17684) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2017
Medium brown, tart and maybe a fair bit of coffee. With a tartness, it’s not my favourite.

3.9
stantheman (1050) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2017
On tap takeover at Darby’s Gastown in Vancouver. A dark brown beer with a bit of off-white head and faintly fruity nose. Dried fruit notes up front, trace of roasted malt in the background. A bit sweet with low bitterness. 3.9

3.7
Ferris (15336) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2017
Draft - Dark roast and dark cocoa notes. Jet brown with a small beige head. Dark fruit, dark sweet notes and a long nice finish.

3.5
Holdwine (1232) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2017
Nice, dark, slightly musty, dry pour. 7.4% is a bit high, but still pleasant for a Belgian Ale.

3.6
JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 29, 2017
Dark, slightly woody hops. Somewhat flat in feel. Mild pine. Damn lent starts in 4 minutes… Good by beer. 3/11.

3.6
unclemike (3124) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Bitter vinous fruit nose (like white grape) along with some roasted malt. Flavor starts with bitter fruit rind, then turns to malty roastiness with some chocolate before a burnt coffee finish.

3.7
rumore (534) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 18, 2016
From the bottle. Pours rather dark with average quantity of cappuccino-coloured foam. Aroma is intense of licorice, fruits under spirits. Body is medium-dense. Taste is not too sweet, with some bitterness coming out afterwards. Finish is dry.

3
MarcoDL (4964) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2016
Draft at beertemple. Aroma of caramelised malt, licorice and yeast. Flavor of yeast, caremelised malt, licorice and soy-ish malt. Too much licorice for me.

3.8
Maakun (5577) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2016
Tap at Oproer. Deep mahogany with creamy beige head. Looks lovely. Soft raw cocoa, dried fruits, light spices, plums, fresh figs, toffee. Over medium sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied with creamy feel. Very nice.

3
PanMarek (447) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2016
Pours a dark opaque ruby with quick, thin beige foam. Strong toasted malt nose with licorice and brown sugar. Initial dry taste, light body and thin fizz followed by broad roasted malts and a slipper texture. There are some notes of instant coffee and some dried fruit, chestnut and mild spices. It tastes very much like a Belgian ale, which is what Rate Beer calls it. On its website, Stillwater calls it a dark existential farmhouse ale and they have what looks to be a more traditional saison. It’s a strong, dry, roasted malt Belgian more than anything.


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