The Stoic - Deschutes Brewery
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3.58/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I have had this beer in the cooler for six weeks or so now, and tonight seems like an appropriate night to give it a shot.
Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy burnt orange color with a small 3/8" head of small bone white bubbles after a very careful pour. There were lots of bubbles rising, so the head stayed the same height for quite some time. As the beer sits, it gets quite a bit clearer and there is a steady cascade of bubbles rising to the top. Also, there is some decent lace on a small part of the glass after drinking, so the beer is redeeming itself in the appearance department as it sits.
Aroma: In the very cold beer I am getting lots of fruit in this beer with bananas and citrus fruit being at the top of the list. There is some bread dough, and a little bit of sweet caramel. As it is sitting a little and the head is starting to fall a little bit, it is getting quite a bit more perfumy. The fruit is turing toward tangerines in the nose as the beer sits further.
Taste: The flavor pretty much follow the aroma in that there is a lot of fruitiness to this beer. In the flavor you can tell that a good bit of the citrus is from hops rather than any fermentation or anything. The body is medium overall and the carbonation is definitely adequate for this beer. Though there is some hops in the initial parts of the flavor, they are very reserved in the bittering so that the malt is in charge along with the carbonation and alcohol to control the finish. As the beer warms up quite a bit, the flavor is getting even more fruity almost to the point of being a mixed drink. I guess this is the pomegranate that it mentions on the label.
Opinion: I don't really know what to make of this beer to be honest. It isn't a bad beer by any means as it has a lot of complexity in the fruit department and the 11%ABV is very well hidden as it doesn't add heat or much spice for that matter. I really like malty beers, and sometimes the sweet ones are nice, but this one is a bit much even for me. I will gladly finish this bottle, but I am not sure that I would be prepared to drink this beer again. Since it is so big and well balanced, perhaps it would be a good one to let age for 3-4 years and try it again. I imagine that it would be quite different on the palate by then.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2012 07:02:45 | More by SkeeterHawk
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