Eschaton | Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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Wild Heaven Craft Beers
Georgia, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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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 argock
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz brown mini-growler into a clear glass goblet. Purchased from Hop City (Decatur, GA) by my good friend Erinn.

A: Dark brown with orangish edges and a short cap of light beige head with a few reandom spots of lace.

S: Dark fruit dominated by grape and raisin are most present coated in light carmael and earthy hops.

T: This is one hefty and wonderful brew with big grape, date, and raisin flavors, but without being overly sweet. It is broad in its maltiness. There is some honeylike, light caramel sweetness. The alcohol is enhancing and not overly prominent. The earthy hoppiness is minor. The complex play of maltiness, light sweetness, and heavy body is masterfully accomplished. The grape from the pinot noir barrels are virtually free of tannins and prevents the tangy sourness that I dislike. Still they manage to prevent it from being an overbearing maltbomb. Amazing.

M: The body is full with low carbonation and dark fruit and rumlike aftertaste.

O: Eschaton is a superb beer with superior body and exceptional flavor. The pinot noir barrel treatment enhances the dark fruitiness without pushing tannins whcih leaves it with just the right amount of dryness.

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Photo of shivtim
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had Eschaton a few times before; finally sitting down with a growlette to review.

Picked this up at Hop City.

Poured into a chalice. Murky but translucent brown with orange tints. Small off-white lacing.

Nose is earthy malts, grapes, oak, brown sugar, peat and almond. Spicy notes.

Taste is bready malts, Belgian sugars, oak and wine. Slight lingering sweet ethanol. Stronger pinot and plum flavors emerge on warming. Terrific example of the style, with the slight wine twist.

Mouthfeel is solid.

Probably the best Atlanta-area beer.

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Photo of whinton
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at Kaleidoscope in Brookhaven.

A - Dark brown with very little head.

S - Raisons and currents along with Pinot Noir. Can definitely tell this is a big beer from the smell.

T - Incredible complexity. Dark fruit flavors up front followed quickly by oak and Pinot Noir. I expected this to be more boozy but the alcohol is masked very well. The smooth finish made me want more.

M - Very good viscosity without much carbonation.

O - This is the best American-made quad I have had. Wild Heaven hit the nail on the head with this Belgian-style quad with an American twist. I'd recommend ordering this any chance you get.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Taco Mac Decatur. 11 Ounce Pour. Reviewed from Notes.

(Apprarance) appears dark brown with a round ring of cream lacing and light surface cover. Nice appearance. 4.5

(Smell) Dark candied sugars, vanilla maple sugar, bourbon, oak and cinnamon. Lots of flavor, fantastic. Potency medium. 4.5

(Taste) sweet maple syrup, dates, deep honey, touch of vanilla and minor spices like cinnamon and cloves. This is fantastic, offering a variety of wonderful flavors that mesh perfectly. Highly recommended. 5

(Mouthfeel) smooth with a touch of crispnesss. Heavy mouthfeel, minor alcohol presence. Great pairing. 4.5

(Overall) Fantastic beer by Wild Heaven, I foresee this brew going places and recommend it amongst Georgia's finest beers available. A must try. 4.5

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Photo of DKter
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown with a beautiful creamy head. It's malty and robust without being too candy sweet. And it has that lovely, spicy Belgian complexity. This is the first American quad that rises to the level of my favorite Belgian quads like St. Bernardus, Rochefort 10 or even Westy 12.

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Photo of ndepriest
4.89/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a reddish brown with little to no head.

S - Dark fruits, wine and a whole lot of oak.

T - Dark fruit up front, but the Pinot Noir chips quickly come in to sweeten it up even more. Oak and vanilla are noticeable throughout. It finishes with a bit of heat from the alcohol, but it's incredibly smooth for the amount of alcohol.

M - Full bodied and very little carbonation.

O - One of the best quads I've ever had. It rivals the big name Belgiums that it models. It's sweet and dangerously smooth for the alcohol. This is one I'll go out of my way to find.

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Photo of FATC1TY
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler.

A: Dark murky reddish brown color. 1 finger head to it after an aggressive pour to it. Slight bubbles, low carbonation to it.

S: Red wine, oak, sweet fruits. Woodsy fruit smell, figs, and apricots.

T: Wow, this shit is good. Smooth taste to it. Fruits and the red wine flavors come in, sweet malts. The oak flavor comes in, but it's not over powering, support role. The Pinot nior chips did a really great job of flavoring it. Berries and figs, sweet vanilla to it as well from the oak. Warm alcohol finish to it, that isn't too much, but lets you know it's not a wimp of a beer.

M: Full body to this one. It's not chewy, but the low carbonation makes it feel a bit heavy.

Overall: This is a damn good beer. Complex with alot going on for it, and some great taste to it. Not sessionable, but worth trying in my book!!!!

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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 EtOHMD
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Distillery in Savannah. Poured into sniffer. Really dark brown to black. opaque. Tan head only at the edges. Intense aroma with taste following. Oak, lots of bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate covered cherries. definitely sweet but seriously good. Dry warming mouthfeel. Couldn't drink more than 1 or 2 at 10.5% but still more drinkable than most quads. One of other reviewers said Wild Heaven has even better brews - would love to try em because this one is pretty damn good!

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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 Heischman
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer/Brewery - Eschaton/Wild Heaven Craft Beers
City/State- Decatur, Georgia
STYLE – Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV – 10.5%
IBU – 20
GLASSWARE – Beer Snifter
First, let me say thank you to the guys at “The Beer Growler” in Athens GA. Such a cool store!
APPEARANCE – A murky reddish brown, with almost no head
AROMA- Oak and bourbon with some roasted malts and hints of the unique Belgium smell
TASTE – Bitter sweet, more sweet than bitter. The bourbon slowly creeps up but it is defiantly there. The Belgium taste really stands out.
MOUTHFEEL – crisp, lacking in the carbonation but it works for this brew
CONCLUSION – A good brew, I really enjoy this one. I cannot wait to try it once bottled. It is a great brew, however not Wild Heaves best.

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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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