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Eschaton - Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 21
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Paincane on 10-05-2011

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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 31
Photo of ChrisFurlowLSU
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Thin head, but good retention. I'll admit I haven't sampled many versions of this style, but I think this offering misses the mark on flavor in comparison to the Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Quad. Looks and smells appealing, alcohol is almost non-existent.

Photo of WckdVbz
1.73/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not sure why this stuff is rated 92. It's one of the worst craft beers ever IMO. And it's not a Quadrupel. Tasted like a poorly made Eisbock.

Photo of chinchill
2.81/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 12/2014.

Poured with a good sized, somewhat creamy tan head over a clear, dark, reddish brown body. Fine lacing.

Aroma: over ripe fruits including banana, wet wood, and some clove and other spices.

Flavor: too sweet with a strong sense of artificial vanilla, over-ripe soft fruits, dark dried fruits and mild bitterness.

Feel: full bodied with medium carbonation. High ABV a bit too apparent

O: I've had this beer several times and am always disappointed given how much I like many other beers of this style. Not bad, certainly, and will probably be much more appealing to some others.

Photo of beer-princess
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

Flimsy hangnail of a head disappeared quickly leaving neglible lacing.

Smell of brown sugar, pitted fruit, toffee, malts.

Very light carbonation with an oily feel.

What if you, being unfamiliar with oranges, bit into an unpeeled orange but inside the peel was actually toffee, brown sugar, rainier cherries, apricot. Ever think about that huh

Photo of cosmicevan
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I know that this is a draft only offering and i am reviewing a bottle...that is because barrelandzachary is badass and he counter-pressure filled this bottle for me.

Enjoyed from a wild heaven snifter.

a - glistening purple with a thin grey bubbly head...no creaminess that i love about the style. Looks like an american quad. Semi transparent, nice ruby tones. Spotty lacing.

s - nose is malty. Plum and nuts...some earthiness. Hints of the pinot oak chips, but subtle on the nose.

t/m - WOW, that is impressive! Opens with a really nice nuttiness and round plum flavors. Oak mellows things out...pinot is a glustening if not just a mental flavor. The feel though...OH DAT FEEL! Super smooth and silky. Abv is non existent. Is this quad juice?

o - overall, this beer is amazing. One of the best american quads i have tasted. It is nothing like a true belgian, but the feel is so juicy that you cant not love this...unless you are some beer hating alien of some sort, in which case, why would you even read this review? So there is that.

Cheers, great job on this beer!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growlerette I purchased from Taps in Atlanta. I've been wanting to try this for some time, and I have to say, it didn't disappoint. To me, this an excellent example of wood treatment for a beer. The marriage of the classic quad style with the wood and especially the Pinot Noir is beautiful. Fairly robust, but a bit less sweet and heavy than a traditional quad, you still get the bready dried winter fruits and the bit of spicebox combined with the bright cherry, forest floor, and vinous notes of the Pinot, as well as some vanilla and wood notes from the oak chip itself. Perfectly balanced and truly enjoyable. I found the carbonation level just right, and certainly wouldn't review it from a growler unless that was true. A great beer.

Photo of AlexFields
3.16/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a kindof plain wooden brown...first pour has a decent head, second has almost none. Maybe it's the growler but this appears slightly undercarbonated.

Smells is dry and very wine/grape juice like. Sugary malt character too but doesn't smell as rich and full as you'd expect for a quad.

Again, pretty dry--bitter even, though I don't know it's from hops or wine barrels. Grape skins, cherry,some other light fruit flavors, some spice and oak. Little sweetness or richness, again, not like a quad really.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, watery. May well be from the stay in the growler.

Fairly good beer but not what I was expecting at all. Wish I could've tried it on tap and not after a few days in the growler, the other reviews suggest it would've been much better.

6.3/10

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a rusty brown color capped by an inch of foam which disappears far too quickly for the style though it does leave quite a few squiggles of lacing behind

Smell: The burnt brown sugar base is enhanced by a range of dark fruit (dates and figs, primarily) along with vanilla; on the top layer is the viniferous cherry elements imbued by the Pinot Noir oak chips

Taste: All of the elements detected in the aroma layer immediately on the taste buds, with the vanilla moving to prominence, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Not sure how this was bottled but that may have impacted the carbonation (the bottles were used for a beer dinner rather than production), but the remarkable thing about this beer is that it was brewed without Candi sugar; that decision was genious as it keeps the beer from having the cloying aspect of many Belgian quads; also, the Pinot Noir oak chips really do their work to set this beer apart as they add a really distinctive element

Photo of Zach136
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled March 2015, enjoyed May 19, 2015 from a WH first anniversary Spiegelau glass.

Appearance: May be confused as deep brown in a dimly lit bar, but shows a brilliant ruby red when held to the light. One beige head leave exceptional lacing for the alcohol content.

Aroma: Rich notes of pit fruit, raison, red wine, and oak, with subtle background characters of molasses, chocolate, holiday spice, and fresh earth. A truly spectacular bouquet.

Flavor: Follows pretty close to the nose. More yeast driven spice, oak up front, with a main course of dark fruit and red wine. Zero alcohol presence, even as it warms to room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied, with a scrubbing carbonation that keeps it insanely drinkable for 10.5%.

Overall: Call me fan boy, but this is an exceptional representation of the style. The best I've had from an American brewery. As with the rest of WH's beers, it's given a tasteful twist that adds a great layer of depth without being heavy handed and staying with in the style. An inspiring beer for anyone who has ever attempted to brew a quad.

Photo of SGDJosh
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wild heaven Eschaton Quad

Poured from a growler on 9/17 with the Thomasville Beer Club

Appearance is red/dark brown, 2 finger head which is light khaki in color that dissipates to moderate lacing.

Smell - dark fruit, raisiny brown sugar. Plums with a bit of bread on top.

Taste is complex with raisin, cinnamon, an lots of dark fruit almost as if the fruit has been burnt.
Dark sugar flavors that turn into more spices, peppery bite on the end.

Mouthfeel is full bodied which feels syrupy on my tongue. Not overwhelming, the heat cleans it up.

Overall - I'm not usually a fan of sweet Belgian styles but this is decent. Lots of fruit and complex flavors.

Photo of jsanford
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy mahogany-red with a thin bone-colored head. Big aromas of raisin and fig with oak and red wine. Taste is quite close to the nose, big malt flavors backed up with raisin, baked bread, oak barrels, and red wine. Very smooth. Nice mouthfeel, perhaps a bit sticky, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Overall a solid Quad, I applaud the use of wine barrel-aging!

Photo of NODAK
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma here has the Belgian candied sugars, but more predominately has a red grape smell to it, predominately what you'd find in a somewhat dry red wine. Not surprising given how it's aged. That said, I'm surprised it has so much grape character.

Pours a dark ruby in my Orval chalice. Looks nice, but with minimal to no head. Could be the growler's fault.

The taste initially has a good bit of Belgian sugars and some dark fruit to it...a hint of spice. Where the red grapes come in comes near the finish where they become a fairly dominant note in this beer. It's not tart nor really sweet at all. It's actually like the taste in a red wine without most of the dryness. Only a slight dry character is imparted. Pretty tasty.

Interesting and tasty take on a Belgian style. I really enjoyed this...and the alcohol wasn't really apparent either, which is impressive given the ABV.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32oz growler from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 13.99. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours a deep ruby hued brown with a half finger beige head that occasionally leaves small patches of lacing. 

Smells of sweet grapes, caramel, cherries, and oak. 

Tastes of dark fruits, white grapes, candy sugar, woodsy vanilla, apples, wet leaves and some Belgian funk. Layer upon layer of flavor that opens up nicely as it warms. Goes down dangerously easy for over 10% alcohol. 

Medium full feel with light carbonation. Slightly creamy. A long sweet dry aftertaste. 

Probably my favorite quad. Wild Heaven has been teasing for close to a year about bottling this and it can't happen soon enough for my liking. The combination of dark fruits and smooth oaky wine is delightful. Highly reccomended. 

Photo of elgiacomo
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz Growler from Beverage World. Served at around 50F.

Pours dark reddish brown with a very small head, recedes to just a tiny ring and leaves a few spots of lacing.

Aroma is oaky, vinous, bready, a lot of dark fruit, figs, plums. Good to very good strength.

Flavor features tons of really rich dark fruits, oak, vinous notes, bready & yeasty, rather sweet, alcohol is REALLY well hidden for 10.5% ABV. Very rich, tons of flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, a bit sticky, low carbonation.

Nice, complex Quad. The Pinot Noir oak adds a nice dimension. Only real faults are the lack of carbonation and a sometimes high level of sweetness.

Photo of Mavajo
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body; nearly opaque, with mahogany highlights when the light hits it. Thin light cream colored head.

Aroma is vinuous red wine, apple, caramel, brown sugar. The vinuous notes really hit it big. Taste follows the nose -- sweet, vinuous, dark fruits. I also pick up some of the "winter spices" -- can't quite pick out which one. Nutmeg, cinnamon? A slight warming from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied, smooth with brisk yet tame carbonation.

This is excellent. Absolutely the best domestic quad I've ever had.

A prior reviewer said he felt that Eschaton was getting overrated a bit and that it couldn't even compare to its progenitors in Belgium. I completely disagree. It lacks some of the typical Belgian quad characteristics, but this isn't a Belgian quad -- it's an American quad. The typical Belgian yeast notes are replaced by the vinuous notes, and I feel like it's a wonderful twist on the style. If this had a Trappist label smacked on the front of it, no one would be the wiser and they'd be praising it for its ingenuity.

Oh, and it's a whole hell of a lot better than Weyerbacher's quad. And BSP, which is a nostalgic favorite of mine which I still hold onto a couple bottles of, can't even hold a candle to Eschaton.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 ounce pour - $8.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Viscous-looking, dark brown body with a slim, beige head.

Smell: Very thick malts with Eschatons of maltiness - notes of toasted bread, caramel, and butterscotch. Large grape-like scent here, coming across more like a large-sized snifter of port.

Taste: Presents a super sweet maltiness, pouring caramel and butterscotch sauce over bready, toasty, full-on chewy malts. A pass of port reduction with a hint of spice peering through the sugars. Spoonful of fruit chutney for a bit more, well, fruitiness. Warming and picking up more and more port-like tones on the heavy finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: This one's sweet, succulent, and a real slow sipper.

Photo of julian89
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium brown orange body with a white 1.5 inch head and tiny bubbles, medium clarity.

S: Dark fruit mainly grape and raisin are most present coated in light caramel. There is a light flowery hops smell that is masked by a stronger alcohol scent.

T: This is one strong beer with big grape, plum, and raisin flavors. It's not as sweet as other quads. There is some honeylike, light caramel sweetness. They balance this beer brilliantly. Kudos.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Very good quad, I read somewhere that Wild Heaven used pinot noir grapes in this one, all the more awesome.

Photo of gdoublerb
2.86/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I won't be giving a full sensory score to the beer. I live in Atlanta, and all the hype about this beer had me making a special trip to pick some up...Hop City btw, the best spot for beer in all of the A.

Eschaton is rated a 94 on BA and compared by a few reviewers to the better Strong Darks of Belgium. Nay says I. The beer could easily be mistaken for a barley wine because the yeast add so little to the aroma or flavor. Eschaton has none of the clove, pepper, banana, spiciness, etc. of an authentic belgian strong dark. The malt profile is sweet and bready, but not terribly complex. The hops are appropriately not an issue.

I'm not here to lampoon the beer, just to set the record straight. I like Wild Heaven beers. I think Invocation is an 85+ point beer. However, I feel like a bunch of hometown members have gotten on here and pumped up the score for this average American Quad. It's certainly not the best American Quad...I'd rate Weyerbacher higher in a heartbeat. I wouldn't even say it's the best quad out of Metro Atlanta...Sweetwater's BSP Quad was notably better.

Methinks we should celebrate this beer for what it is: a good effort at a very difficult style. But, let's not call it what it isn't, and it isn't world class.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.89/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review of new recipe: September 2012

A: Pours a dark amber with a half finger of off white head which receded fairly quickly, but the growler is over a week old.

S: Odd, I get sweet grape juice upfront with a bit of oxidation and bready malts. I get some dark fruits, but they are in the background.

T: Grape is still upfront, but it is a bit more refined than in the aroma and is paired with a good amount of prunes and raisins. There is a spiciness evident, but it's a bit offputting. Booziness is also quite evident.

M: Medium to thick with low carbonation.

O: The first batch of this beer was amazing, though certainly not typical for the style. I don't particularly like this new batch.

Original review: April 2012
Growler freshly filled day of review into a snifter

A: Pours very dark amber/brown hue with a finger of creamy beige head on top. Head slowly recedes to a fairly thick film atop the beer. 4.5

S: Starts out with a bright vinous fruitiness coupled with some raisins and prunes. I get some bready malts and caramel sweetness in the background. All good, but a bit subdued. As it sits, it seems to open up with stronger dark fruits. Oddly, I also get a bit of smokiness. The more I smell this, the more I like it. 4.5

T: A burst of many flavors all at once, kind of surprising after the aroma. Strong caramel and dark fruits are up front with some wine and oak in the background. I also get a good amount of vanilla sweetness. More on the caramel side than dark fruits, but very well balanced. I get a hint of milk chocolate, too. No hint of ABV. Very complex and absolutely delicious, but a bit atypical of the style. 4.5

M: Thick and creamy, yet easy to drink. 4

O: I was very skeptical when reading the reviews for this beer, but it really is excellent. There is a so much going on and still no hint of ABV. A bit stronger on caramel and vanilla than I'm used to for a Quad, but it only adds to the complexity of this beer. I'm extremely impressed. The only reason I didn't finish the entire 32oz growler is because I gave my roommate a pour. 5

Photo of argock
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz brown mini-growler into a clear glass goblet. Purchased from Hop City (Decatur, GA) by my good friend Erinn.

A: Dark brown with orangish edges and a short cap of light beige head with a few reandom spots of lace.

S: Dark fruit dominated by grape and raisin are most present coated in light carmael and earthy hops.

T: This is one hefty and wonderful brew with big grape, date, and raisin flavors, but without being overly sweet. It is broad in its maltiness. There is some honeylike, light caramel sweetness. The alcohol is enhancing and not overly prominent. The earthy hoppiness is minor. The complex play of maltiness, light sweetness, and heavy body is masterfully accomplished. The grape from the pinot noir barrels are virtually free of tannins and prevents the tangy sourness that I dislike. Still they manage to prevent it from being an overbearing maltbomb. Amazing.

M: The body is full with low carbonation and dark fruit and rumlike aftertaste.

O: Eschaton is a superb beer with superior body and exceptional flavor. The pinot noir barrel treatment enhances the dark fruitiness without pushing tannins whcih leaves it with just the right amount of dryness.

Photo of shivtim
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had Eschaton a few times before; finally sitting down with a growlette to review.

Picked this up at Hop City.

Poured into a chalice. Murky but translucent brown with orange tints. Small off-white lacing.

Nose is earthy malts, grapes, oak, brown sugar, peat and almond. Spicy notes.

Taste is bready malts, Belgian sugars, oak and wine. Slight lingering sweet ethanol. Stronger pinot and plum flavors emerge on warming. Terrific example of the style, with the slight wine twist.

Mouthfeel is solid.

Probably the best Atlanta-area beer.

Photo of whinton
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at Kaleidoscope in Brookhaven.

A - Dark brown with very little head.

S - Raisons and currents along with Pinot Noir. Can definitely tell this is a big beer from the smell.

T - Incredible complexity. Dark fruit flavors up front followed quickly by oak and Pinot Noir. I expected this to be more boozy but the alcohol is masked very well. The smooth finish made me want more.

M - Very good viscosity without much carbonation.

O - This is the best American-made quad I have had. Wild Heaven hit the nail on the head with this Belgian-style quad with an American twist. I'd recommend ordering this any chance you get.

Photo of Jadjunk
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Taco Mac Decatur. 11 Ounce Pour. Reviewed from Notes.

(Apprarance) appears dark brown with a round ring of cream lacing and light surface cover. Nice appearance. 4.5

(Smell) Dark candied sugars, vanilla maple sugar, bourbon, oak and cinnamon. Lots of flavor, fantastic. Potency medium. 4.5

(Taste) sweet maple syrup, dates, deep honey, touch of vanilla and minor spices like cinnamon and cloves. This is fantastic, offering a variety of wonderful flavors that mesh perfectly. Highly recommended. 5

(Mouthfeel) smooth with a touch of crispnesss. Heavy mouthfeel, minor alcohol presence. Great pairing. 4.5

(Overall) Fantastic beer by Wild Heaven, I foresee this brew going places and recommend it amongst Georgia's finest beers available. A must try. 4.5

Photo of DKter
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown with a beautiful creamy head. It's malty and robust without being too candy sweet. And it has that lovely, spicy Belgian complexity. This is the first American quad that rises to the level of my favorite Belgian quads like St. Bernardus, Rochefort 10 or even Westy 12.

Photo of ndepriest
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a reddish brown with little to no head.

S - Dark fruits, wine and a whole lot of oak.

T - Dark fruit up front, but the Pinot Noir chips quickly come in to sweeten it up even more. Oak and vanilla are noticeable throughout. It finishes with a bit of heat from the alcohol, but it's incredibly smooth for the amount of alcohol.

M - Full bodied and very little carbonation.

O - One of the best quads I've ever had. It rivals the big name Belgiums that it models. It's sweet and dangerously smooth for the alcohol. This is one I'll go out of my way to find.

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Eschaton from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
91 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.