Stillwater Sensory Series v.1- Lower Dens (Maryland, USA)


I had never heard of this series before, but I know Stillwater Artisanal, and that was enough. Read up on the background of this and I gotta say, it’s some serious wank……

Basically, Stillwater has teamed up with music artists to produce a beer that reflects the artist, in this case: Lower Dens and their track “In the end is the Beginning”. Their goal is to create a full sensory experience- sound, sight, smell, touch and taste. So, lets go into this with an open mind. If craft beer has taught me anything: keep an open mind. Even if it does sound like wank….

Style: Spiced/ herb Ale

ABV: 6%



Pours a hazy- lemon, wheaty colour with generous white head.

On The Nose:

Lots of notes of white wine grapes, hibiscus, stone fruits, juicy citrus and a berry spritz with interesting, funky yeast notes. Heaps going on olfactory- wise…


White wine comes through on the palate too. Lemon, orange, with a green apple acidity and great notes of cracked wheat. Lots of funky yeast notes and hibiscus coming through in the finish. Very refreshing, clean palate.

Final Thoughts:

Still waters do indeed run deep. On the surface of this beer (the pour), it does not look that interesting. But as soon as you stick your nose in the glass and taste it, the story changes. Majorly. An interesting, refreshing ale with a bit of a wanky back story. Don’t let that stand in the way though, very rewarding.


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