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The Stoic - Deschutes Brewery

The StoicThe Stoic

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541 Ratings
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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.92%

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
'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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Photo of gtermi


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice orangish gold with a thin white head tht quickly fades.

S: There is a nice amount of "Quad" scents, but the pomegranate for sure sticks out on the nose. There is also a nice fruity smell that I seem to pick up the more I have my nose in the glass.

T: Again has a very nice quad flavor, but then it starts to really show the pomegranate flavors that dominate the flavor. It is very nice and different for a quad.

M: To me there is a little bit too much carbonation in this beer. It is very crisp and burns a little going down. With a high alcohol beer like this, I like it to be more of a smooth carbonation.

O: For 14 dollars I much would have rather bought a St. Bernardus 12, but its hard to compare to that. This is a very good beer from a great brewery. This isnt your typical quad and I respect Deschutes for stepping out of line with that.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 05:55:13 | More by gtermi
Photo of jar2574


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Debatable whether the black wax top adds to the experience or merely annoys the drinker by forcing them to work harder to get to their beer. The beer was poured into a Chimay goblet so the head was thinner than if it'd been put into a pint glass. The beer is a cloudy dark orange color.

The smell is citrus hops, Belgian yeasts, very nice.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick with a slight alcohol burn on the tongue and not that much carbonation.

The taste is slightly acidic and very complex. Different fruit flavors - grapefruit, pomgranete and cherries. Oakiness from the aging process, I guess. And a little bit of sourness and funkiness, maybe from the yeasts.

This warmed up quite a bit as I drank the bottle and it was as good at room temperature as chilled.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 00:36:36 | More by jar2574
Photo of siradmiralnelson


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz wax dipped bottle into chalice.

A. Poured a half finger of head that disappeared very quickly. Very little retention. A little bit of lacing. Color is surprisingly a pretty vibrant orange color. Strange color for a quad.

S. Some dark fruit, a little bit of pear, some clove, and a little banana. Get a lot of different belgian aromas, not all quad smells though. Some candi sugar. Raisins, and pear are predominant. Has a little bit of bitterness. Smells a little bit more like a BSPA than a quad. A little bit of alcohol aroma, but not much.

T. Pear, light fruit, alcohol, clove, caramel, lots of flavors going on. Doesent really taste like a quad. Really a cross between a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. When you get past the fact it doesn't taste like a quad, you can focus on all the flavors going on. Pretty sweet. Not much trace of alcohol. Actually drinks pretty easy.

M. Medium/full bodied. Low carbonation. Finishes sweet.

O. Overall this beer definitely misses the mark as a Quad. All in all though it is still a pretty tasty Belgian beer. Has a lot of the flavor components of a BSPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 00:29:50 | More by siradmiralnelson
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Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy copper orange, thumb of head dissipated to a thin covering, lots of suspended floaties
S - fruity aromas of banana and tropicals, mild spice notes with some graininess
T - big tart tangy fruit flavours up front, a tropical fruitiness brings out the pomegranate infusion, mild touch of rye and woodiness from the barrel again, very unique
M - medium body with a slight creaminess, gives way to a tartness leaving a puckering feel, with the big ABV very well hidden
O - a very unique quad in terms of flavour mixing, the addition of fruits and different barrel aging is a nice touch, a must try

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 02:14:36 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of DocJitsu


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden copper with a white head that attenuates quickly. This is not my style, but I was pleasantly surprised. The bouquet is characterized by raisin, green banana, and Fruity Pebbles. Flavors of sweet green banana and raisin that finishes with tart grape. This beer drinks like a Belgian without that usual undesirable yeast finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 16:57:08 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of Duke

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

(From a tulip glass)

Appearance: The Stoic is almost clear, a dull amber in colour, with a tiny head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing. Lots of sediment.

Smell: Surprisingly bold, given the appearance. Pomegranate dominates my nose, with vanilla as a sidekick. It's sweet and floral. Banana become progressively more apparent. I don't smell any alcohol at all.

Taste: Very sweet. Quite malty. The flavours aren't as distinct as the scents, but I can taste the pomegranate, and perhaps some of that banana. One would never guess that this is 11% ABV. Never.

Mouthfeel: Gassy. Fizzy. It reminds me of Strongbow. The body is on the full side but the raw fizz is too much for my taste. There's a bit of a foamy finish too, and that's putting me off.

Overall: My nose liked this much more than my mouth did. I'm a big fan of the big quadrupels, so perhaps I might have been thinking too much of the great Trappistes. This is by no means a traditional quadrupel at all - it tastes more like a tripel with its spice and floral nature - but the beer just felt unbalanced and overly sweet, despite good promises from the nose.

There is a pleasant warmth that kicks in after a while, and that's very welcome indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 06:18:38 | More by Duke
Photo of zeff80


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It some sudsy rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pomegranate and other fruits. Some wood-like aromas and caramel.

T - Nice pomegranate flavor with some yeasty/spiciness. Good caramel sweetness with a touch of oak to add some needed bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - By no means is this a traditional Quadrupel, but it still a tasty beer and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 14:55:58 | More by zeff80
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention. Aromatic aroma of Belgian spices, a bit of light fruit and light malt. Taste is light fruit, a hint of banana and cherry, pomegranite. Light bodied. A suggestion of the wine barrel aging, not very much oak presence. This seems less like a quadrupel and more like a Belgian strong pale ale. Nice looking and pleasant to drink, but maybe not quite for the premium series price. I am going to age one of these to see how time treats it. I has good potential.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 03:21:34 | More by LiquidAmber
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West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in fancy wax covered bottle served in pint glass

A - Opaque dull amber with 1.5 finger khaki head with minimal retention and good lacing

S - Banana esters and sweet malt, clove

T - Woo this is a spicy, tangy lady. Most of the action in the side palate with tobacco and clove coming first to mind then sweet caramel banana malty esters to follow. End is sweet as an apricot. Booze never really pokes out to say hello. I'm not refined enough to taste the pomegranate, but do taste citrus, more orange than pomegranate. A bit of rye at the finish and some oak wine notes, the barrels really add a lot. Pretty sour.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Really unique spicy quad, quite enjoyable. Spicy and fruity.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 20:22:04 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of GreenCard


3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: copper-brown, thin layer of fine-beaded foam that slowly collapses

Aroma: fairly ethereal but there are hints of vanilla, yogurt, tobacco, and white wine

Flavor: syrupy sweetness with a subtle fruity tartness bordering on a yogurt (again) quality; hints of cherries (or pomegranate, I guess) and raisins; the 11% abv is really the only thing providing any balance to the maltiness; finishes sweet with lingering malt and spice

Mouthfeel: full body, pert carbonation, alcohol warmth

Other comments: I'm going to have to stoically say, "Meh."

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 23:11:55 | More by GreenCard
Photo of Scotchboy


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap @ Bittercreek Alehouse, Boise ID. Served in a snifter.

A: Gold, clear body as it warms, decent off-white head and lace.

S: Sweet bread, sweeter malt bill, banana, clove, spices, distant pomegranate, light rye whiskey notes.

T: Follows the nose, lots of bready notes, caramel, spicy, fruit notes, pomegranate, faint whisky presence.

MF: Spicy medium-dry mouthfeel.

O: Really reminds me of a Tripel or a Belgian Strong Pale. Decent, but nothing more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 02:26:55 | More by Scotchboy
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Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a fluffy off-white one finger head that settled fairly quickly. Head settled to a think cap with a dumpling of foam in the middle. Color is a deep hued blood orange. Some yeasty particulate can be seen swirling about. Lacing is small to moderate with no retention.

S: Belgian fruity yeast, banana, allspice. Toward the end I detect the ABV coming through like a freight train.

T: Like a multifaceted gemstone, layers of flavor. Light fruit, apricot, caramel, spices, yeast are prominent. It's really amazing how smooth it finishes as it leaves the palate.

M: Nearly perfect. The stickiness and balance of carbonation are refreshing.

O: A Quad for those with their training wheels on. Light and fruity, it’s a strong offering from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 01:52:58 | More by cooler4life
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours into my Lost Abbey Teku glass with a light amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale-amber / gold hue when held up to the light. The beer is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma smells of golden raisins, clove, woody pepper, biscuit like grain, toasted oak notes and some spicy oak character that seems fresh cut, but not quite green. The toasted oak aromatics mixes well with the toasted, pale grain notes. There is a touch of tartness to the nose that couples with the general fruitiness, a cotton candy like note, a hint of cantaloupe melon notes and just a general, pretty expressive fruitiness in the nose. There is a fair amount of complexity in the nose of this beer, but it is not quite as well integrated as it could be; it is not bad, but at times the hot alcohol, phenolics, hints of acetone, sharper fruit notes, and spicy oak clash with each other.

The beer is sweet with a general fruitiness that leans towards plums, pears and apples up front, but this fruitiness leans towards the anticipated pomegranate towards the middle. The finish has some phenolic clove notes, a touch of spicy oak character, perhaps a touch of green woodiness and an astringent woodiness. The flavor is perhaps not quite as fruit focused as the aroma, but it is close to the dominant note in the flavor. The oak character is actually quite soft here; it is noticeable, but mostly stays in the background. The malt character is actually quite a bit more muted than I was expecting; there is a touch of cracker like maltiness and a touch of dried hay like grain. The body of this beer is quite light considering the strength, though this is definitely a sipping beer. As the beer warms up a bit more hot alcohol begins to come out, and the oak gets a bit more toasted and perhaps a bit more spicy as well.

I actually think that a more palate coating maltiness would really help this beer immensely, there are a few too many sharp edges to this beer right now. I am sure some age will also smooth this out a bit too, so if you only have one bottle, definitely hold on to it for at least a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 02:57:29 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of BedetheVenerable


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top, nicely waxed, with beautiful, classy label featuring a monk. 2011 vintage; enjoy by August 2012. Poured in measures into my half-pint Black Sheep goblet.

Appearance: Orange amber brew, with lots of tiny sediment in suspension (the clerk up-ended my bottle as he was wrapping it up, ugh). This is capped by a nice creamy ivory head which shows good retention. Lazy, tiny carbonation.

Smell: Not at all what I expected. Some juicy, light-red fruits, along with what smells like a ghostly hint of funk, some fairly strong bubblegum notes, and a hint of barrel character. Not typical, by any means, but quite pleasant. If this tastes anywhere near so good, it seems that I’m in for a treat!

Taste: Opens with juicy red fruit, with notes of banana and a big bubblegum presence, almost like a Bavarian Weizen. Sweet pale malt (and maybe a hint of light crystal malt) through the middle. Ends with a light red-fruit tartness and a wonderfully understated barrel character (of the whiskey, rather than the wine, variety). The vanilla/dry oakiness comes through, more than the spirit, however. Very nicely barreled beer! I wish more breweries would recognize the merits of a subtle barrel presence. This is definitely warming, but 11%? No trace!

Mouthfeel: The fairly high levels of carbonation work well with the fairly rich, creamy body.

Overall: From the fairly low scores and the fact that we still have CASES of this sitting around town, when the Abyss and BB XXIII sold out in a few hours, I wasn’t expecting much from this at all. Turns out, this was quite a nice surprise, and I’m glad I treated myself after giving a presentation on my research today. If this is still around in a couple of months, I’ll gladly pick up one more, if my budget can handle the $13.00 hit at that point. For what it’s worth, I love Boulevard Brewing, and have to give props to my local brewery, but this beer is, IMO, far superior to their barrel-aged quad with fruit.
B+ to A-

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 14:14:31 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of Flatlands


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this to try a quad that had been aged, it turns out this is a great beer to introduce someone to a mellow quad style beer. I went out and purchased another bottle, relatively expensive for it's size, but it makes a great presentation.

This is a very smooth beer with a lot of fruity flavor. It is about the easiest drinking 11% quad you will encounter. I agree with the previous reviews that it does pick up a wine quality from the barrel aging. I am ranking this pretty high due to the smoothness of this Quad. I was surprised by it!

Deschutes did a collaboration with my fav brewery, Boulevard, and they are just now moving into Missouri. Welcome! I am glad you are here.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 17:53:44 | More by Flatlands
Photo of meatyard


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/orange with a quickly falling, 1-finger, white head that doesn't leave lace. There are several, small streams of carbonation rising to the top.

The smell is of nice Belgian yeast and a bit fruity. Maybe a slight peppery aroma as well.

The taste is much like the smell with the fruit more apparent above most all else. The 11% is well-hidden though it is quite warming.

The mouthfeel is medium with a surprisingly tingly amount of carbonation.

Overall: While not a superior quad, I find it very pleasant to drink. I had no trouble with one bottle but that would suffice for a while. As with many Deschuttes products, this too, is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 19:08:06 | More by meatyard
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear copper with a bit of sediment floating about. The off-white head was whisper thin.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, caramel malts, tropical fruit, earth, candy sugar, white wine, and a touch of booze.

The taste was Belgian yeast, raisin, and white wine upfront along with tropical fruit and candy sugar. White wine lingers thru the finish. The 11% alcohol was fairly well-hidden.

Medium body and syrupy with a moderate carbonation.

A very easy-drinking Quad considering the 11%.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 21:31:35 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of searsclone


4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a really cool looking bottle with black wax helping to seal the cap. The cap tells me "bravely done". It's an opaque deep amber with quite a bit of sediment floating. Not as much head as I had hoped for.

smells a bit like earth, but mostly like wine. If I didn't know any better, I would think I was smelling a glass of wine. Mostly white grapes, I think

Taste is grapes, and fruit. Maybe some alcohol, a little bit of hop. After reading some of the other reviews, I think that the hop that I'm getting is actually the pomegranite. I really don't get much flavor out of this one, it reminds me of a red wine.

The mouthfeel was a bit strange. To see the glass, there was very little carbonation, but in the mouth, it was quite sharp and clean. I think that the mouthfeel and drinkability was the best thing about this one.

If I see this one again, I may pick up another bottle and keep it for at least a year, and try it again.


Had this on tap, in a snifter.

Golden orange color with small head and decent lacing.

Smelled like earth and spices and honey

Taste like bubblegum, yeast, spice, honey, alcohol and maple syrup.

Crisp and sharp mouthfeel that left a creamy coating on the tonque.

I wasn't terribly impressed with this from the bottle, but on tap, I absolutely loved it.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 18:45:11 | More by searsclone
Photo of Bfarr


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Golden amber and thin white head with no retention. Lightly fruity, Belgian sugar and yeast aromas. Fruit and light yeast flavors, vinous and oak followed with a light spice and lightly dry cracker finish. Thick, robust slickness yet not syrupy and a light pleasantly fuzzy mouthcoating.

This beer has a great subtle flavor with nothing overpowering. There is a gentle warming that accents the flavor creating a pleasant drinking experience. The mouthfeel is quite well done as well as it is full-bodied with out the syrupy heaviness. This is a good beer to experience with others, particularly wine lovers.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 00:46:37 | More by Bfarr
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2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood CA on January 27, 2012.

Clear light amber/copper color with no head to speak of: just a fine off-white crown ringing the edges of the glass. Not as dark as a quad should be. Odd.

Aroma is esthery and rich with bubblegum. A floral note as well: clover? Not much else.

Flavor is heavy on the bubblegum. Slightly floral and sweet: honeysuckle. Fairly sweet with no alcohol or bitterness to contrast. No complexity or subtlety here I can detect despite all the alleged barrel aging and pomegranate.

Mouthfeel is unremarkable.

Innocuous and easy enough to put away, but not very successful as a quad.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 20:53:51 | More by charlzm
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4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle best by 8/4/12. Bottle had a thick layer of black wax on cap. When opened, the aroma of the beer erupted from the bottle.
Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a deep orange color, with some mild haziness. The beer had some thin and very bubbly yellowish head that quickly went away leaving some very light lacing on glass.

S- The malts and the yeast are the first things to hit my nose. After a couple of more tries, I get some raisins. The dark fruits that are noticeable in a Quad are there, but they are hard to pick out individually. There is also a musty wine cellar smell coming from the beer that is a mix between wine and oak.

T- The dry red wine aftertaste is the first thing I notice. It is very complex. Kinda Boozy.

M- Medium carbonation, medium thickness. Its not as thick as some other quads.

O- Enjoyable, I liked the "red wine" aftertaste. Maybe the 16.5 percent aged in oak wine barrels made a difference. I would like to age one of these to see how the flavors "smooth" out.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 03:07:57 | More by rfbenavi80
Photo of HOPPYKC


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 8/4/12. Had a really nice light straw appearance. Lots of carbonation. I had a bit of sediment in my glass. I didn't see to much on the polls about that so I don't know if it was this batch or what. Smell is huge of fruit and yeast. Light lager smell mixed with tons of fruit; apricot, apples, grapes. Taste tickles bc of the carbonation. Easy drinker for the huge abv. Much lighter than what I thought it would be, much dif than most of the quads that I've had. But in general this is not my favorite style. Overall this is a huge fruit bomb with tons of drink ability. Nice

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 04:09:22 | More by HOPPYKC
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to both cfh64 and MADhombrewer for both hooking this one up at roughly the same time. one of my fav styles from one of my fav breweries...as i pried the double layer of wax and finally got the cap off (bravely done) a pleasant odor filled the room, grabbed the bottle and poured into my chimay chalice.

a - poured a straw yellow that settled in the glass as a transparent orange. the head is thin and bubbly...certainly not creamy. visible carbonation jumped to the surface as the head fizzed away. i would think that this is another mis-classification of style by the first reviewer...but the bottle says "belgian styled quad". the color is more of a ipa and the head is like a bad american take on a quad.

s - smell is a bouquet of fruits and booze. there is great complexity with hints of white wine, green grapes, and some bubblegum sweetness. pomegranate is also in there. more on the lighter side of fruit than i typically go for in a quad, but this does have a very pleasant and complex smell.

t - much like the smell a medley of fruit. as a big fan of pomegranate juice, the pomegranate is really noticeable in the flavor. dominating. the barrels add a vinous quality to the flavor giving it a green grape soft bubblegum tint.

m - feels creamier than it looks. booze is well hidden in a medley of flavors. this isn't very quad-like, but definitely not as thin as most other american attempts at the style.

o - overall, this ain't yo mamma's quad. i understand the negative reviews since this is so different and in a way, almost comes across as a barrel wood chip aged fruit/vegetable beer. in a blind taste test, i would guess that this was from short's (no knock on short's, but they tend to make unclassifiable brews in my opinion...and they get beaten up for it a bit). the flavoring and smell are quite complex and enjoyable...but if you are expecting a quad, this is not your beer. i have to admit that i am a bit bummed that this came from one of my all-time favorite breweries as their first real attempt at a quad. i am pleased that i have another one of these to open at a later time though since i did find this interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 01:15:17 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of 2378GCGTG


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass
Appearance: 0.5 inch white head with no retention and light lacing

Nose: Bubblegum, sweet malt, vanilla and brown sugar

Taste: Bubblegum, hints of caramel and bananas, sweet malt and raisins finish.

Mouthfeel: Velvetty light body with a bubbly carbonation, this is pretty good.

Overall: A very good quadruple, one of the few in the style that I've actually enjoyed

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 13:28:58 | More by 2378GCGTG
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3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. Best-by date is 8/4/12.

Appearance: golden-raisin hue with a little bit of haze to the body. Head poured a relatively thin finger of ivory foam. A little bit lighter than I normally see in a Quad, but nice nonetheless.

Smell: murky, funky aroma with an interesting complexity. The funk runs along the lines of the "band-aid" aroma which some yeast impart; not bad, but a little unusual.

Taste: funky flavor right along the lines of the aroma. Pear, raisins and band-aid are right up there in the palate. I like a funky beer, sure, but in this case it doesn't seem to work terribly well. Not bad, but not a favorite.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: this beer does not really pique my interest. I suppose I can see what the brewers were going for, but in my mind this is not a terribly successful beer. It's interesting enough, and not bad to drink, but I feel like they went the wrong way with the funky flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 00:31:03 | More by flagmantho
The Stoic from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.