Not The Stoic - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by puboflyons:
4.06/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From the waxed 650 ml. bottle dated 04/27/15. Sampled a little less than a year from that on May 25, 2014. This was given to me as a gift.
Dark brown to just about black pour with no head.
Sweet molasses and malts kick off the aroma but then the pomegranates express themselves in a mellow sort of way but just enough to let me know they're there. Licorice too. No booze for 12%. That's encouraging.
Medium body and semi-smooth.
That taste really fires up my senses because if its dark malt, licorice, and pomegranate notes. Alcohol is very well integrated into the beer. You'd barely know it was there except at the finish your head when you get a little woozy. A sipper or sure but a delightful one.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2014 23:10:18 | More by puboflyons
More User Reviews:
4.39/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle poured in to chalice.
Wow! What a great beer. I am somewhat limited in my experience of quads. But from what the style has to offer, this is one of the better ones that I've had. A complex beer, with extremely high drinkability. The beer has a sweet, but balanced entry. Sweet with residual sugars, raisin, prune. I picked up some nice grape notes as well, not sure I've had that in a quad before-welcomed, though. As the brew warmed, poured at about 50F, the brown sugar, cinammon, and molasses became more present. The sweetness is present from entry to finish, I didn't find it cloying or overbearing. I am a huge saison fan, so I don't particularly care for sweet beers. I did not find it to be too sweet. I really dig the estery, min clove, and spiciness from the belgian yeast. There is a nice sweet, bready and soft bitter finish to the brew. The beer is thin bodied. Alcohol is well masked with only a slight warming effect upon consumption. To me the beer drinks like a 7-8%, eventhough it's a 12 percenter. I thoroughly enjoyed the beer. Have one if you can.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 06:57:05 | More by mac31
4.26/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Let's be clear: The Stoic isn't all that great. It's ok, but complaints about various shelf-life issues causes the beer to resonate with craft beer consumers with varying degrees of popularity and notoriety. But the Deschutes brewers know that the recipe could be done with better justice. So to be clear, this is Not The Stoic.
Whatever it is, is a marvelously dark garnet beer with a deep and ominous gaze. As its creamy froth settles, mouth-whetting aromas of port wine, sherry, brandy and deep toffee sweetness completely mesmerize the soul. Grape and prune give soothing earthen sweetness and allow the early taste to meld seamlessly with its savory aroma.
Its dense and bready-sweet middle palate unfolds with molasses, brown sugar and spice cake. Cobbled fruit flavors lead with grape, but follow with blackberry, raisin, date, fig, plum and tangy pomegranate. Its barrel contributions are sweet, husken, nutty and slathered with those booze-soaked oak, as well as premiere oxidized succulence- taking on port and sherry proportions.
Spicy, warm and continuing savory flavors seep deep into the tastebuds and are reluctant to release, saturating the late taste with dessert like effects that render the ale as a sipping after dinner delight. Its full upstart finishes malty-sweet with balancing vinous and whisky spice that play onward, well into the next sip.
Serving type: on-tap
07-17-2014 16:26:37 | More by BEERchitect
Not The Stoic from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.