The End Of Reason | Gigantic Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by dirtyskunk on 02-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, split, hill farmstead stemware

Muddy garnet - light tan lace, no retention. A "petite quad" - earthy, but sweet, light alcohol warming, brown sugar, tobacco, leather. A decent beer - no real wow factor, kind of reminiscent of a nice scotch ale.

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Photo of Hobbit
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No freshness info apparent.
Bottle poured in to tulip.

A - Very dark brown, almost opaque with an amber glow along the bottom. A thin layer of light brown head formed on the pour.

S - Dark fruit, raisins, clove, spice and a hint of chocolate.

T - Raisin, plum, chocolate covered cherries, spice, cloves and dark caramel.

M - Medium body but a touch thin at times for the style. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a fine half finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Mild aroma of caramel malt, dark stone fruit, slight alcohol. Flavor is a subdued sweet caramel malt, dark dried fruit, nuts, Belgian spicing, slightly earthy. Finish is a bit bland, but malty. Nice medium body with some creaminess. The sweetness and flavor components make this lean more towards a Scotch ale than a Belgian, although there are some Belgian yeast and spicing elements here. Interesting, but not noteworthy.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a deep amber colour. Not much to smell as far as the nose of this beer goes. A little bit of dark malt aromas. There's a little more on the palate, though nothing too complex. It's nutty, sweet and a lot like a Scotch ale, heavy on the malt, without much hops. Almost maple syrup like. You could reduce this down and pour it over pancakes. It's a good hearty, vaguely Belgian/vaguely Scotch dark ale.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle ordered from 9.49. No bottle date but if this site is correct, it was a one time release in early 2013. Served in a goblet.

Pours a ruddy mahogany with a finger and a half of yellowish tan head. The bubbles slowly fade to a thin halo and leave only ocassional dots of lace.

Smells of dark fruit, caramel, bready malts, brown sugar and a fairly mild Belgian yeast.

Taste follows the nose. Figs, plums, brown sugar, raisin bread, caramel, chocolate, toast, apple skins, woodsy note, clove, earthy tobacco, a little leather and some booze back there popping in and out between everything else. A pretty good blend overall.

Creamy medium body with soft but ample carbonation. Just a tad thin for the style. Dark fruit, caramel, chocolate and mild yeast linger in the long aftertaste.

A petite quad, eh? Fairly complex and hitting all the typical stylistic notes at somewhere around seventy to eighty percent. An enjoyable brew for sure but I'd probably prefer if they'd boost it to a full blown quad.

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Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Reswald
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of LampertLand
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gigantic Brewing's 'The End Of Reason' @ 8.3% , a BSDA served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $9

A-pour is a caramel brown / amber in color with a small off white head leaving a minimal amount of lace along the goblet

S-pleasant , not overpowering , no wow factor

T-crisp tasting especially on the swallow has that Belgian earthness to it

MF-high carbonation , medium/full bodied , warms the body as consumed

Ov-ok/good beer , big beer

sample alongside Trappistes Rochefort 8 , Unibroue's 'Grand Reserve17'
& Lighthouse 'Belgian Black12 &'13'

prost LampertLand

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Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a chalice, the beer is a hazy, opaque, dark caramel-amber coloring with a filmy, sparse, light, off-white surface coating of head. Aromas of rich, sweet toffee, tangy caramel, vanilla highlights, date, fig, woody notes, and some earthy notes. Very rich and sweet nose. Flavors are very tangy sweet forward, almost sugary, with hints of booze throughout. Caramel, date, fig, nut, and hints of chocolate blast the forward tongue, but the tangy sweetness blows everything else away. You do start to get some woody and earthy notes underlying the sweetness, and a little bit of building warmth from the slightly elevated ABV. Mid-bodied, but almost too light for the flavor profiles. The aftertaste is so cloyingly sweet, with the tangy caramel continuing it's reign of dominance over your taste buds. Slick, slightly oily finish, with a lingering cloying feel. This seems a bit out of balance, for me, for the style. Tasty, but could use some tweaking.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.7.13

A - Pours a dark amber-ruby hue with a one inch tan head with great retention.

S - Malt, plums, carmel, leather.

T - Malt, carmel, plum, tobacco, leather.

D - Heavy body and mediumb carbonation.

O - Fruity, but dark and heavy, very toabacco heavy and leathery.

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Photo of kmeyer45
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of harrymel
2.61/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: unk

Pours a rye bread brown with a etched surface of toasted cream foam. Smells of wood, hazelnuts, some grain, some flour, a bit of prune. Bitter, with some toasted grains, some dry charred character, a little bit of clove and alcohol. Medium on thin with moderate carb and a wet finish. Not very good.

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Photo of dirtyskunk
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep near black with clear ruby highlights. Moderate head retention, poor lacing, great color.

Nose of burnt caramel, sweet dark bread, and molasses.

Sticky toffee, rum, molasses, slight hints of dark cherry and cloves.

Mouthfeel is a little sweet and cloying, could be dryer. Not terrible, but not terribly Belgian. To be fair, the bottle makes no claim about the style of the beer. A little more prickle in the carbonation makes up for some of the heaviness.

A bit unfair to call this a Belgian Strong when the Brewery makes no such claim, but the site requires categorization. A pretty looking beer with spot on coloring but lackluster lacing. Weak in the nose where strong dark beers have a lot of potential. Growing complexity on the palate, and a slightly cloying mouthfeel. Good, but not the best offering from Gigantic.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mkennedy119
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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The End Of Reason from Gigantic Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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