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Eschaton | Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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Wild Heaven Craft Beers
Georgia, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Paincane on 10-05-2011

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119
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
12.74%
 
 
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 119
Photo of gdoublerb
2.86/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I won't be giving a full sensory score to the beer. I live in Atlanta, and all the hype about this beer had me making a special trip to pick some up...Hop City btw, the best spot for beer in all of the A.

Eschaton is rated a 94 on BA and compared by a few reviewers to the better Strong Darks of Belgium. Nay says I. The beer could easily be mistaken for a barley wine because the yeast add so little to the aroma or flavor. Eschaton has none of the clove, pepper, banana, spiciness, etc. of an authentic belgian strong dark. The malt profile is sweet and bready, but not terribly complex. The hops are appropriately not an issue.

I'm not here to lampoon the beer, just to set the record straight. I like Wild Heaven beers. I think Invocation is an 85+ point beer. However, I feel like a bunch of hometown members have gotten on here and pumped up the score for this average American Quad. It's certainly not the best American Quad...I'd rate Weyerbacher higher in a heartbeat. I wouldn't even say it's the best quad out of Metro Atlanta...Sweetwater's BSP Quad was notably better.

Methinks we should celebrate this beer for what it is: a good effort at a very difficult style. But, let's not call it what it isn't, and it isn't world class.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.89/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review of new recipe: September 2012

A: Pours a dark amber with a half finger of off white head which receded fairly quickly, but the growler is over a week old.

S: Odd, I get sweet grape juice upfront with a bit of oxidation and bready malts. I get some dark fruits, but they are in the background.

T: Grape is still upfront, but it is a bit more refined than in the aroma and is paired with a good amount of prunes and raisins. There is a spiciness evident, but it's a bit offputting. Booziness is also quite evident.

M: Medium to thick with low carbonation.

O: The first batch of this beer was amazing, though certainly not typical for the style. I don't particularly like this new batch.

Original review: April 2012
Growler freshly filled day of review into a snifter

A: Pours very dark amber/brown hue with a finger of creamy beige head on top. Head slowly recedes to a fairly thick film atop the beer. 4.5

S: Starts out with a bright vinous fruitiness coupled with some raisins and prunes. I get some bready malts and caramel sweetness in the background. All good, but a bit subdued. As it sits, it seems to open up with stronger dark fruits. Oddly, I also get a bit of smokiness. The more I smell this, the more I like it. 4.5

T: A burst of many flavors all at once, kind of surprising after the aroma. Strong caramel and dark fruits are up front with some wine and oak in the background. I also get a good amount of vanilla sweetness. More on the caramel side than dark fruits, but very well balanced. I get a hint of milk chocolate, too. No hint of ABV. Very complex and absolutely delicious, but a bit atypical of the style. 4.5

M: Thick and creamy, yet easy to drink. 4

O: I was very skeptical when reading the reviews for this beer, but it really is excellent. There is a so much going on and still no hint of ABV. A bit stronger on caramel and vanilla than I'm used to for a Quad, but it only adds to the complexity of this beer. I'm extremely impressed. The only reason I didn't finish the entire 32oz growler is because I gave my roommate a pour. 5

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Photo of AlexFields
3.16/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a kindof plain wooden brown...first pour has a decent head, second has almost none. Maybe it's the growler but this appears slightly undercarbonated.

Smells is dry and very wine/grape juice like. Sugary malt character too but doesn't smell as rich and full as you'd expect for a quad.

Again, pretty dry--bitter even, though I don't know it's from hops or wine barrels. Grape skins, cherry,some other light fruit flavors, some spice and oak. Little sweetness or richness, again, not like a quad really.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, watery. May well be from the stay in the growler.

Fairly good beer but not what I was expecting at all. Wish I could've tried it on tap and not after a few days in the growler, the other reviews suggest it would've been much better.

6.3/10

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Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 12/2014 (revised and revised in July 2015).

Poured with a good sized, somewhat creamy tan head over a clear, dark, reddish brown body. Fine lacing.

Aroma: over ripe fruits including banana, wet wood, and some clove and other spices.

Flavor: too sweet with a strong sense of artificial vanilla, over-ripe soft fruits, dark dried fruits and mild bitterness [earlier review]. Dark fruit and light vanilla-oak notes. OK bitter-sweet balance.

Feel: full bodied with soft medium carbonation. High ABV a bit too apparent

O: I’ve had this beer several times and am always disappointed given how much I like many other beers of this style. Not bad, certainly, and will probably be much more appealing to some others.

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Photo of ChrisFurlowLSU
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Thin head, but good retention. I'll admit I haven't sampled many versions of this style, but I think this offering misses the mark on flavor in comparison to the Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Quad. Looks and smells appealing, alcohol is almost non-existent.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rust color with a light tan head. This is lighter in color than I'm used to with quads. Smells of fruit. Tastes of fruit, like peaches and maybe pears. This is sweeter than i'm used to also with a Belgium quad.

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Photo of jsanford
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy mahogany-red with a thin bone-colored head. Big aromas of raisin and fig with oak and red wine. Taste is quite close to the nose, big malt flavors backed up with raisin, baked bread, oak barrels, and red wine. Very smooth. Nice mouthfeel, perhaps a bit sticky, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Overall a solid Quad, I applaud the use of wine barrel-aging!

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Photo of jopezu
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

smells like an almost flat cola with some woody notes, and very mild dark fruit. taste is vanilla and wooden oak run over by a malty "cola & rum". simply too sweet for my liking, and not sure why it's labeled a belgian quad.

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Photo of SGDJosh
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wild heaven Eschaton Quad

Poured from a growler on 9/17 with the Thomasville Beer Club

Appearance is red/dark brown, 2 finger head which is light khaki in color that dissipates to moderate lacing.

Smell - dark fruit, raisiny brown sugar. Plums with a bit of bread on top.

Taste is complex with raisin, cinnamon, an lots of dark fruit almost as if the fruit has been burnt.
Dark sugar flavors that turn into more spices, peppery bite on the end.

Mouthfeel is full bodied which feels syrupy on my tongue. Not overwhelming, the heat cleans it up.

Overall - I'm not usually a fan of sweet Belgian styles but this is decent. Lots of fruit and complex flavors.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz Growler from Beverage World. Served at around 50F.

Pours dark reddish brown with a very small head, recedes to just a tiny ring and leaves a few spots of lacing.

Aroma is oaky, vinous, bready, a lot of dark fruit, figs, plums. Good to very good strength.

Flavor features tons of really rich dark fruits, oak, vinous notes, bready & yeasty, rather sweet, alcohol is REALLY well hidden for 10.5% ABV. Very rich, tons of flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, a bit sticky, low carbonation.

Nice, complex Quad. The Pinot Noir oak adds a nice dimension. Only real faults are the lack of carbonation and a sometimes high level of sweetness.

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Photo of T_Hass
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an interesting one. Its fairly light for a quad a little fruity and not as dark as most quads. The nose is a bit muted and I'd never guess the beer tasted so fruity. Overall not bad for a quad change up.

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Photo of NODAK
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma here has the Belgian candied sugars, but more predominately has a red grape smell to it, predominately what you'd find in a somewhat dry red wine. Not surprising given how it's aged. That said, I'm surprised it has so much grape character.

Pours a dark ruby in my Orval chalice. Looks nice, but with minimal to no head. Could be the growler's fault.

The taste initially has a good bit of Belgian sugars and some dark fruit to it...a hint of spice. Where the red grapes come in comes near the finish where they become a fairly dominant note in this beer. It's not tart nor really sweet at all. It's actually like the taste in a red wine without most of the dryness. Only a slight dry character is imparted. Pretty tasty.

Interesting and tasty take on a Belgian style. I really enjoyed this...and the alcohol wasn't really apparent either, which is impressive given the ABV.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 ounce pour - $8.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Viscous-looking, dark brown body with a slim, beige head.

Smell: Very thick malts with Eschatons of maltiness - notes of toasted bread, caramel, and butterscotch. Large grape-like scent here, coming across more like a large-sized snifter of port.

Taste: Presents a super sweet maltiness, pouring caramel and butterscotch sauce over bready, toasty, full-on chewy malts. A pass of port reduction with a hint of spice peering through the sugars. Spoonful of fruit chutney for a bit more, well, fruitiness. Warming and picking up more and more port-like tones on the heavy finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: This one's sweet, succulent, and a real slow sipper.

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We are learning to LOVE quads! Dark Fruit, roasted malt and a touch of vanilla. Tasty but lacking in complexity IMHO. We loved this quad until we found Three Philosophers. Then this took a back seat. Still a tasty brew nonetheless.

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Photo of julian89
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium brown orange body with a white 1.5 inch head and tiny bubbles, medium clarity.

S: Dark fruit mainly grape and raisin are most present coated in light caramel. There is a light flowery hops smell that is masked by a stronger alcohol scent.

T: This is one strong beer with big grape, plum, and raisin flavors. It's not as sweet as other quads. There is some honeylike, light caramel sweetness. They balance this beer brilliantly. Kudos.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Very good quad, I read somewhere that Wild Heaven used pinot noir grapes in this one, all the more awesome.

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Photo of Paincane
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with reddish tinge at edge of glass. Two finger frothy khaki head with decent retention along rim. Poured from fresh growler into pint glass.
S: Red wine, malt, oak, dark fruits, yeast.
T: Malt with touch of berry/dark fruit flavors are quickly overtaken by red wine and oak tastes. There is some vanilla present as well.
M: Full bodied without much carbonation. Warm alcohol finish.
O: A big American beer with big Belgian flavor. Glad I got to taste the first batch. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter the beer was a dark brown color. It had a thick, sticky tan head.

Sweet fruit aroma. Light toasted malt.

Very nice taste. Plums, raisins, peaches. Some late earthiness.

Chewy in the mouth.

Nice beer.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soapy, tan head that has good persistence. Strong, sweet aroma is a bit spicy and reminiscent of raisins and dates. Nice ruby/burnt sienna color. Starts with a rich mix of sweet dates and toasted malt. The toasted characteristic builds for a bit near the finish. The finish is dates on top of toasted malt, with a faint trace of floral hops.

This isn't bad. I am not a fan of this style, usually, but the toasted malt is balanced off the sweetness really well.

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Photo of normanbeats
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Little head that flattens out quick. Malty with dark fruits and a nice spice but a bit too sweet. Like most beers, it doesn't beat Ommegang (Three Philosophers) but its worth a try.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32oz growler from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 13.99. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours a deep ruby hued brown with a half finger beige head that occasionally leaves small patches of lacing. 

Smells of sweet grapes, caramel, cherries, and oak. 

Tastes of dark fruits, white grapes, candy sugar, woodsy vanilla, apples, wet leaves and some Belgian funk. Layer upon layer of flavor that opens up nicely as it warms. Goes down dangerously easy for over 10% alcohol. 

Medium full feel with light carbonation. Slightly creamy. A long sweet dry aftertaste. 

Probably my favorite quad. Wild Heaven has been teasing for close to a year about bottling this and it can't happen soon enough for my liking. The combination of dark fruits and smooth oaky wine is delightful. Highly reccomended. 

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Photo of QuentinCall
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Porter in the ATL.
This beer arrives with a tumescent bloom of head that immediately fizzles into oblivion leaving meager lacing atop a strikingly garnet and opaque body. Appearance-wise, this beer is not markedly impressive - with its stillness and particular redness it could easily be mistaken for a glass of Pinot or Cabernet. Accordingly, the nose (what little manages to announce itself) is wholly dominated by obvious wine-like grape notes and supple/elegant esters; there might be a spicy undertone (nutmeg? cinnamon? oak?) but I'd be hard pressed to effectively parse it and it might just be a cerebral concoction. However, once we have moved beyond these categories, this beer is radiant. The upfront taste is, primarily, a subtle grape sweetness that works cooperatively with a rather pleasant alcohol burn which is, in turn, ideally ballasted by a dense malt profile and an arresting clove note. The finish is faintly sour and wine-like with some hop bitterness, more pungent clove and a dream moment of graham cracker presence - of course, all of this is beautifully balanced. The feel is gently carbonated, extremely dense and somewhat ideal. Ultimately, this beer is a stunner, a lovely Quad possessive of a masterfully executed tangle of flavors, a rich, sweet and perilously complex beer that shouldn't be ignored.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark-chocolate brown that is opaque with a fairly thick light tan head. Malty, slightly spicy aroma has notes of caramel and brown sugar. Rich, sweet flavor has molasses and caramel tones, almost like a creme brulee, with hints of toffee, coffee and licorice. Very tasty, if a bit heavy on the sweetness. Smooth, full-bodied texture has a decent amount of fizz and leaves a sweet caramel finish.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I know that this is a draft only offering and i am reviewing a bottle...that is because barrelandzachary is badass and he counter-pressure filled this bottle for me.

Enjoyed from a wild heaven snifter.

a - glistening purple with a thin grey bubbly head...no creaminess that i love about the style. Looks like an american quad. Semi transparent, nice ruby tones. Spotty lacing.

s - nose is malty. Plum and nuts...some earthiness. Hints of the pinot oak chips, but subtle on the nose.

t/m - WOW, that is impressive! Opens with a really nice nuttiness and round plum flavors. Oak mellows things out...pinot is a glustening if not just a mental flavor. The feel though...OH DAT FEEL! Super smooth and silky. Abv is non existent. Is this quad juice?

o - overall, this beer is amazing. One of the best american quads i have tasted. It is nothing like a true belgian, but the feel is so juicy that you cant not love this...unless you are some beer hating alien of some sort, in which case, why would you even read this review? So there is that.

Cheers, great job on this beer!

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a rusty brown color capped by an inch of foam which disappears far too quickly for the style though it does leave quite a few squiggles of lacing behind

Smell: The burnt brown sugar base is enhanced by a range of dark fruit (dates and figs, primarily) along with vanilla; on the top layer is the viniferous cherry elements imbued by the Pinot Noir oak chips

Taste: All of the elements detected in the aroma layer immediately on the taste buds, with the vanilla moving to prominence, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Not sure how this was bottled but that may have impacted the carbonation (the bottles were used for a beer dinner rather than production), but the remarkable thing about this beer is that it was brewed without Candi sugar; that decision was genious as it keeps the beer from having the cloying aspect of many Belgian quads; also, the Pinot Noir oak chips really do their work to set this beer apart as they add a really distinctive element

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Photo of beer-princess
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Flimsy hangnail of a head disappeared quickly leaving neglible lacing.

Smell of brown sugar, pitted fruit, toffee, malts.

Very light carbonation with an oily feel.

What if you, being unfamiliar with oranges, bit into an unpeeled orange but inside the peel was actually toffee, brown sugar, rainier cherries, apricot. Ever think about that huh

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