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The Stoic - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

583 Ratings
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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 66
Gots: 182 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

'Brewed with pomegranate with 16.5% being aged in oak wine barrels and 16.5% being aged in oak rye whiskey barrels'

20 IBU

August 2011 - Released in 22 oz. bottles and draught.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 08-03-2011)
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into and oversized wine glass/goblet. Liquid comes out a bright blood orange with a lot of particles and sediment floating around in there. Glows a slightly lighter shade of the same color when held up to the light, but the light barley seeps through. Small fizzy white cap that goes away fairly quickly leaving just a ring around the edges of the glass. Not much in the way of lacing.

I initially didn't like the smell, but it grew on me quickly. Smells of vinous fruits, honey, oak, slight citrus and maybe a bit of a tart/acidic fruit like cranberry or pomegranate. A bit of sweet grain kicking around in the nose as well.

Taste is a step up, and slightly more representative of the style. Sweet maltiness comes out strong in the flavor, miixed in with the oak that has a strong presence and even a little bit of rye. Still theres's plenty of veinous fruits.

Mouthfeel is easily the best part of this beer. It's light bodied but it somehow works, because it still has a lingering flavor. Modest carbonation level the flavor cover all of your taste buds and it has a nice clean, semi-dry, bitter finish. Crazy drinkable, probably the most drinkable 11% beer I've had period.

Great beer overall. Maybe SLIGHTLY past it's prime, I slightly wish I had it this summer because it has a lot of refreshing qualities, but it's a good quad. I like it a lot. Thanks Geoff for the recommendation and trade, a solid brew that I'm really glad to say if've tried.

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A: poured into a snifter to a clear and deep orange with a finger of dense white head that fades quickly to a small mat
S: smells of stone fruits, dark fruits, wine, oak, and caramel
T: taste is somewhat muted but notes of wine barrels, a little oak, some caramel, vanilla, pomegranate and some spicy yeast notes. swallow is a little alcohol, some phenols and spice, plus a lingering pomegranate and fruitiness. Rye whiskey becomes a little more apparent with each sip in a good way but the beer still has great complexity
M: fairly full in body with soft but present carbonation and a dry finish
O: This beer is one smooth sipper with great flavors that blend and play well together. It stood up well even though this one has a best before date instead of a best after date.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with a "best by" date of 8/4/12, which is hilarious because all of Deschutes bigger, barrel-aged beers now come with a "best after" date. This is the third beer in sequence of my Conflux No. 1 deconstruction tasting. Poured into an old fashioned glass.

Appearance (3.75) - Pours a golden amber color, much lighter than you expect from a quad, with even some hints of goldenrod where the light passes through and refracts in the bottom of the glass. It was also hard to coax much of a head out on this one, building up to a half finger at best before almost immediately disappearing to leave a ringlet of white suds and a waif of film partially across the liquid surface.

Smell (4.0) - Pleasant notes of graham cracker and vanilla alongside some subtle hints of medium-fruit in the vein of figs and of course, pomegranate. The barrel is definitely present and imparts subtle vinous notes with some malbec-like spiciness and oak tannins.

Taste (4.25) - While the aroma left me a tiny bit wanting, the taste is really quite nice, with a pretty heavy presence from the pomegranate. Luckily, that fruity sweetness, which also calls to mind cranberry gives way to some richer notes of vanilla and clove spice, with some hints of the rye whiskey barrels in which it was partially aged, but pretty faint. I could do with a little more rye whiskey.

Mouthfeel (3.75) - Lighter bodied than I would have expected, but perhaps the extended time aging has allowed this beer to take a downward turn as far as body goes. Moderate to low carbonation at this point in it's life cycle and a slightly lackluster effervescence on the tongue.

Overall (4.0), an interesting take on a quad. At this point in time, I don't really get a lot of the quintessential dark fruits that you expect from a Belgian quad, but this one steps a little outside the box with the use of pomegranate molasses and being partially aged in wine and rye barrels. It's hard to compare with Not The Stoic, given the time lapse, but this one has held up quite nicely, especially for being over two years past the enjoy by date.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque orange with a white head.

S: Must, orange and stale malt in the nose.

T: Strawberry, orange, stale malt, must.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: A bit of a disappointment, but it's still a pretty good beer. I would recommend this, but it doesn't really taste like you would think it would, based on the description (barrel aged quad).

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The Stoic from Deschutes Brewery
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