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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2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2012
750ml bottle and served in Unibroue tulip: Pours a very deep brown hue with an initial huge foamy beige head and okay lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of bittersweet chocolate, crystal and roasted malts along with some tropical fruit hops (Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe blend perhaps?). A fair amount of Belgian yeastie esters and even a nose of lacto sourness too. The taste started a tad light tart fruit with a roasted and chocolate background. Sounds great right... well the problem here is the lack of depth and not helped by an over-carbonated tongue. I am now thinking Citra more than Nelson due to the "lemon pledge" overtone on the finish but yet it still "white winey", I dunno but something missed the mark here. A watery overly acidic, homebrew extract, Belgian Porter, yeah that is it! Everything about this beer should be right up my alley but the whole experience is utterly disappointing. No respectable farmhouse would be serving this brew.


2.9
Oakes (17685) - 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 (1052) - 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 (15403) - 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 (537) - 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 (4973) - 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 (5591) - 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 (454) - 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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