The Stoic - Deschutes Brewery
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4/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
08-27-2014 05:31:10 | More by LambicPentameter
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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).
08-11-2014 05:20:55 | More by BierJager89
The Stoic from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.