Eschaton - Wild Heaven Craft Beers
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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
2.83/5 rDev -32.1%
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.
04-14-2012 19:00:52 | More by gdoublerb
2.95/5 rDev -29.3%
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
04-12-2012 00:56:42 | More by coreyfmcdonald
3.16/5 rDev -24.2%
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.
02-21-2013 03:21:42 | More by AlexFields
3.73/5 rDev -10.6%
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!
08-23-2012 22:04:38 | More by jsanford
3.8/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
09-18-2012 02:10:12 | More by SGDJosh
3.8/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
08-08-2012 03:42:18 | More by elgiacomo
4/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
08-21-2012 01:13:41 | More by NODAK
Eschaton from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
92 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.