Not The Stoic - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Dope:
4.19/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
06-02-2014 04:25:09 | More by Dope
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4.56/5 rDev +10.9%
Deep garnet red, almost black from the side. Aroma is fruity with apples, rum, raisins,
pear and caramel. Taste is outstanding, rivaling the Belgian quadsrupels. It definitely has persistent notes of red grapes from the wine barrels it was aged in to add to the richness. Although not as thick ar intense as a typical Trappist quad like Abt 12, I actually prefer this version of the style. The complex fruit and sweetness tantalize the palate instead of overpowering it. If it wasn't such a high ABV, I could easily drink a few of these.
05-30-2014 19:54:08 | More by wattoclone
4.45/5 rDev +8.3%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Label says best after 04/22/15.
Appearance: Pours a dark and hazy brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Small finger of off white head that quickly fades away. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.
Smell: A sweet, fruity, and fairly boozy Quad style aroma with big hints of dark fruit and whiskey. Upfront barrel presence with nicely boozy hints of rye whiskey, oak, wood, and wine like hints of cherries. Belgian yeast with hints of pepper and clove spicing. Toasted malts with hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, and toast. Huge scent of dark fruit with hints of raisin, prune, fig, dates, and grapes. Also some fruit hints of banana, apple, and pear. Sweet hints of molasses. A very good aroma.
Taste: Like the aroma, a fruity, sweet, and boozy twist on a Belgian Quad with big notes of dark fruit and whiskey. Big barrel presence with upfront notes of rye whiskey, oak, wood, and somewhat tart wine notes of cherries. Belgian yeast with some spice notes of clove and pepper. Sweet notes of molasses and candied sugar. Toasted malt with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and toasted bread. Dried fruit notes of bananas, apple, and pear. Big dark fruit presence with notes of prune, raisin, grape, fig, and dates. Nicely fruity and boozy with a slight acidic edge. A very good taste.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Fairly chewy and slick. Sweet but not overly cloying. Some alcohol is felt as expected but its not overly hot.
Overall: A really good twist on the Belgian Quad style. The rye whiskey and wine barrels add a nice kick to a very good dark fruit rich base.
07-06-2014 06:45:14 | More by MattyG85
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Had on-tap at Boneshaker in Rocklin, CA
Appearance - Served in a 10oz glass, the brew is clear and a deep auburn in color. A small, light brown half finger head sits atop.
Smell -Brown sugar and molasses with big raisin fruitiness. Hints of caramelized banana and a bit of heat from the alcohol.
Taste - Follows the nose to an extent. More caramel and banana then what was hinted, but strong notes of raisin and rum are the predominant flavors here. Sweet with heat. Finishes with a touch of metallic twang.
Mouthfeel - Full in body with low carbonation. Sticky. Smooth, then a drying alcohol finish.
Overall - Not bad, in fact pretty good. A bit too 'dark fruit and sugary sweetness' for my liking, but that's what you get with a quad, and there wasn't too much to turn me off completely. Glad I tried it on tap, but the price on the bottle I saw at the store the next day frightened me off from buying it. I liked it; didn't like it that much!
06-01-2014 17:47:49 | More by TheSixthRing
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Pours a slightly effervescent orange tinged scarlet with a sliver of tan head. Says effervescent. Not much head retention & or lacing , stays bright (2.75)
S: Plums, raisins, black currants & booze, leafy hops (3.5)
T: Juicy fruit, plums, dryness, raisins & booze, some apple skins up front. Raisins, plums, dryness, faint juicy fruit & figs as this warms. Finishes with some cidery acidic notes, pears, white grapes, oakyness, & leafy hops, figgyness (4.25)
MF: Medium bodied, slight over carbonated, a touch boozey, a little slick, some acidic notes biting at the enamel on my teeth, I like it! ( 4.0)
Goes down fairly easy, but interesting. This beer's best days are ahead of it, but can't find much fault with the taste right now (4.0)
08-27-2014 03:54:58 | More by russpowell
Not The Stoic from Deschutes Brewery
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