Stillwater Vacuum Readymade

I like beers that make me think and do research. I had never heard of Marcel Duchamp or the work ‘Fountain.’ After about 10 minutes of research, I feel slightly (very, very slightly) more cultured. But, it did give me more insight to the label. I invite you to do the same if you pick up this beer.


ABV: 8%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “What is with the paradoxical term ‘Black IPA” anyway? Whatever it is, we do love black beers..also smoked beers, and of course everyone loves hops these daze.. A complex blend various smoked, caramel and subdued roasted malts lay the base for a combination of piney, dank and (dark) fruity hops.. While there is a lot to contemplate with this beast, just be sure to enjoy it without getting too sucked into its enigmatic composition. Label Design Notes: The layout of the label reinforces the absurdity by recalling both early promotional materials from Braun and Alfred Stieglitz’s photo of Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain'”

Random: I didn’t know what a ‘readymade’ was either.

This beer poured with a two finger, thick, light brown head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was black in color with lots of tan floaties. There was no visible carbonation due to the color of the beer. The nose was warm with roasted malts and chocolate malt. Given the description, I expected more smoke character to it. The taste was very strong with the smoke and ash that I was missing in the nose. It was moderately bitter with pine notes and coffee. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a long, smoky and ash-filled finish. This was $4.09 for the bottle at Half Time ($.34 per ounce). I liked this beer and thought it was interesting and different, my only knocks on it being that the smoke and ash in the taste took away from the other flavors and the high price tag.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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