The Stoic | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by msubulldog25 on 08-03-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,513
Reviews:
275
Ratings:
814
pDev:
13.44%
 
 
Wants:
88
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294
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Ratings: 814 |  Reviews: 275
Photo of REVZEB
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally got around to trying this one. Unique quad from the blending, could see how this one would be polarizing as it is not what one thinks of flavor wise as traditional. The feel is brighter, but not necessarily lighter. Little astringent in the booze, but works well enough in my opinion. Taste is golden raisin with oak barrel, some light funk, caramel malts, apple, pear, sugared oranges, booze, and belgian yeast. Nice complexity there. Smell is booze heavy with some lingering oak, nectarine and golden raisin, but falls apart a little at end. Would have again, but really is a different cat

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Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 2015 that’s been in my cellar for three years. Nice orange-brown color, fairly cloudy with a good bit of sediment (not surprising). Aroma is a bit understated but nicely complex with winey, stewed fruit and vanilla notes. Taste is where this beer really comes alive: rich and complex, beautifully mellowed by a little aging, it’s everything a good quad should be. Strong sour wine tones, golden candied fruit, a touch of white pepper and much, much more. Feel is light and vineous. Overall an excellent American quad that has aged beautifully.

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Photo of JerryHelper
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

tried to crack this a few times, never actually did. finally stripped the wax and time to drink it. Best by 8/04/2012,/ so plenty of age on this.

Pours a surprising decent sized head, but bubbly fizzy head that fades quickly, faint lacing, very hazy sediment laden bright orange-red color

Nose is interesting, probably not what it should, be lots of esters, apple cider, pear, loads of that aged soft malt effect but a little continued attenuation in the bottle yeast thing and a bit of oxidation, some wine barrel and vinous wine notes, some toasted oak but not really whiskey, caramel, nougat, rye spice, loads of sweet malt and alittle tart acidic fruity wine like note, really wish I could try it fresh too

Taste similar to the nose, loads of sweet malts, candy all over, caramel, candi sugar, icing, a bit of aged soft older malt, with plenty more fruit as well, apple cider, pear, some dates and figs, nice fruity esters, but mixed with interesting baking spice phenol notes, possibly spices from barrels as well as there is some vinous wine and wine barrel, but also a little acidic winey fruit flavor, hint of cardboard oxidation, vanilla and toasted buttery oak, no whiskey, some warming alcohol presence and a little tingly as it warms, butterscotch coming a bit later, sticky sweet finish, a little drier with more tingly alcohol, all of the flavors combined seem to linger

Mouth is fuller bod, plenty of alcohol tingle and warmth, light but decent carb

Overall interesting, def wish I had it fresh to compare, some quad characters in there, a little oxidation and plenty of age, nice fruits, decent barrel but missing a lot unfortunately, still enjoyable sipper

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Photo of sendbeer
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TooGood
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottle.Pours into a stemmed glass a clear rich burnt orange infused golden with a half finger creamy-like off white head atop.A sour/lactic tinge in the nose along with a bit of cork,slightly funky but appetizing none the less.Red wine deep vinous notes up front on the palate with mild phenols,finally some spicy rye hits in the finish.It has some nice complexities,would have liked more rye on the palate,still a very nice complex sipper.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Theogre83
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mltobin
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bl00
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ControlVolume
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015, a year after the BB date. Turned into a barleywine except its actually good. No head when cold.

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Photo of Savan
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

opened my 2015 today :) I love quads and had much hesitation on opening as in this neck of the woods they are rare to find at the beer store! ANYWHO..... Poured into a trappist glass, no head to mention. Smell of sour dough bread and passion fruit is present. Taste is kinda sour and a lil sweet and tangy. I am not getting allot of defined flavors but I get a slight pepper underbite which sorry to say I don't think should be there. Overall... I am a lil thrown by this "Quad" not what i was expecting, then again it was not terrible. I do not know that I will revisit.... we will see.

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Photo of Raziel313
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dbonescapone
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2015 EDITION. Pour is a bright orange with a bit of expected haze, sticky eggshell head with delicate lacing. Nose is of dark fruit skins, strawberry jam, a touch of oak and some alcohol singe. Flavors are fruit forward, pomegranate juice and a touch of bitter pith, plum skins, (hop?) spice undertone, and appreciable oak tannins define the mouthfeel. Lightly thin body causes waves of booze heat swept away by a bold fruity malt character with hints of caramel for some backbone. Fleeting sweetness and an overall dry finish leaves a sticky, delicious linger. Big fan, and if you can find it in stores for the deal I got, pounce on it! Could sit for even longer, next sampling in 6-12 months.

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Photo of bshefftz
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pants678
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly bright orange with receding white foam.

Spicy.

Spicy and a tinge of tang that skews toward orange. No roast or char or booze, maybe a tad citric. Needs more punch from the malt bill. Still prefer the traditional version but this is a fun change.

Full body

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Aging nicely. Heavy vanilla, apple, and old world fruit.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quick Review: The Stoic pours a light mahogany color with a decent finger's worth of head. There is okay lacing when the head breaks. The smell is sweet with the elements of a quad present: candi, dark fruits and a slight booziness. The taste is not what I expected. To my palate the pomegranate was easily the dominant taste, making this beer almost too sweet. Barrel flavors were minimal, and the sweetness buried the other quad elements. The feel was full with good carbonation.
Not the beer I expected, I would like to try fresher next time.

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Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 814 ratings