beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Pours pretty much black. Large fluffy tan head. Aroma is malty. The burnt sugar is lovely. Caramel. Some fruitiness. Dark fruity. Berries. Yeast. Mild spice. Some chocolate. Very interesting. Flavor is similar but even more complex. Great roastiness through the finish with the mild spice, fruit, and light to moderate alcohol. Quite dry, woody, cobwebs. Floral. Lighter Medium body. Sweetness to balance. I really got a kick out of this. Creative, interesting, and very enjoyable. Impressive. MetalNHopHead (2021) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2016
In Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly a narc goes so far undercover he loses his own identity. Thanks to the highly addictive psychoactive drug called Substance D, Agent Fred develops an alter ego in the form of delinquent lowlife Bob Arctor. While Subtsance D has the power to divide the mind into competing personalities, Stillwater’s beer brings two competing personalities together. A Saison Darkly brings golden Saison and black Stout together. The result is complex and appropriately trippy. It’s floral, fruity, funky, spicy, and even a bit smoky. Belgian-style fruits and spices meet darkened malt richness. The feel falls somewhere between full-bodied (Stout-like) and smooth (Saison-like), almost creamy. It’s a sci-fi pairing worthy of PKD. ALIBALI (2212) - Kiel, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2017
SourLambiko mit beerigem FrambroiseTouch. Wenig Saison, viel LeatherSpicer im Marmeladenbad. Wow. Hotter Cooler ✨😉 Süßholzraspler im KRIEK! 375ml Bottle von dem DEMOLEN Online Shop. obguthr (6458) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Milk chocolate and prune aroma. Black, thick yellow head. Smoky initially but transitions swiftly to candied plums and returns to smoke in the finish. Well balanced, very flavorful, neat transitions. Outstanding once again. Thank you Stillwater! MrsSwoop (11) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Bottle, dark cola pour with reddish hues, aroma is "fruity roast". Flavor is like a light crisp coffee, like a stout but lighter mouthfeel. Non complex but I think that’s why I like it. Rating #6
OldMrCrow (2443) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle from Big Star.
MarinEvelyn (854) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Gorgeous pour into an Orval chalice. Nearly impenetrable black with dark red-brown highlights at the margins, abundant beige head slowly settling to a fine lace. Carbonation is relatively aggressive but just right for what this beer is. The aroma is the dusty house yeast, sweat, spices, with unexpected undertones of blueberries and chocolate. The flavor is--as many other raters have noted--a delicious surprise, veering into quad territory with sweetness of plum and berries surrounded by dark semisweet chocolate rather than the expected saison profile. Long delicious finish with the sweetness flickering in and out among the hops and spice.
I’m really taken by this beer; it reminds me of Pannepot as much anything else I’ve ever had.
Smells a little like a wine, but heavier. Dark and fruity like a wine. Strong, rich, succulent. Rich taste, a slight bit bourbon-y. Spices, malt, a sweetness, light fruit. hopwine (670) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Berry/cherry acidity in the nose, mild roast. Taste is same plus mild woodyness, herbs, cola. Navers (186) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2017
Bottle from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer, Glasgow. Beer served in 9°C, Tulip Glass. Pours black with impressive foamy head. Aroma is similar to belgian yeasts characteristics, berry, ashy, cranberry, floral, molasses. Flavor is roasty, malty, tart fruity note, sweet dried fruits, berry juice, herbal tea, bitter. Surprising and complex. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2012 One of the most complex beers I’ve ever had, its got some much going on. It’s crazy how the aroma doesn’t match the taste.