Not The Stoic - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Dope:
4.19/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Best after 04/22/15, 12.1% ABV.
A: Pours a murky reddish brown. Very tall, very frothy and airy light brown head. Head fizzes out somewhat quickly, decent head retention. Little fluffy bits of lacing.
S: Interesting aroma. Definitely get some dry wine and some spicy rye whiskey, despite only being partially barrel aged. Sweet sweet sugary raisins and plums. Prunes too. Maybe even a hint of berries.
T: Up front is a really nice rye whiskey flavor. Really nice. Lightly spicy with oak. Almost a cola-like flavor at points (reminds me of a coke+rye whiskey mixed drink to be specific). More cola in the middle with light dark fruits mixing in. Prunes and raisins primarily. Pomegranate too? Chocolate in the middle and finish. A nice earthy dark chocolate, cocoa-like at times. Light oak and more rye whiskey in the finish.
M: Heavy but super smooth. No sign of alcohol really.
O: Nice quad. No real sign of the wine, just the rye whiskey to me. Nice complexity and strength but surprisingly smooth and easy drinking for over 12% ABV. Lots of cola, chocolate and fruit in this one. Really enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2014 04:25:09 | More by Dope
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Well, I thought The Stoic was excellent, so I hope Deschutes didn't fuck the beer up because everyone else didn't like it. 22 oz. black-waxed bottle split with my wife.
Pour is a dark enough red that I have to hold it up to the light to accurately ascertain its color. Carbonation reports in: low. Smells like a light wine with a side of quad sweetness. From the nose, hard to believe only 15% of this came out of wine barrels.
Not the Stoic redefines the word 'interesting'. First up is big dark fruits which I'm going to attribute to the 'pomegranate molasses' on the label - & what the hell is pomegranate molasses, anyways? Does syrup flow out of them trees, too? Or is it just syrup with fruit added? I love maple syrup. Especially on Belgian waffles. Belgian, yeah, speaking of which, the quad creeps in mid-palate but it's subtle, quiet. Wood, bit of bourbon, sweetness, topped off with a shart of brown sugar. Very full. Half a big bottle of this is enough.
Complex, original, & pretty tasty. Nonplussed. Good beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 02:39:05 | More by maximum12
Not The Stoic from Deschutes Brewery
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