The Stoic | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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
Ratings:
798
Reviews:
270
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.91%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
290
For Trade:
14
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Ratings: 798 |  Reviews: 270
Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of megapyro6
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange-amber. Half inch off-white head which fades quickly to lacing.

Aroma: Odor of belgian esters, caramel, and a little fruit. There is a slight alcohol aroma. Some honey type odors. Perhaps some floral hops or aroma peeking through as it warms. There is a lot going on, and it's a little difficult to hone in on particular components

Taste: Very belgian and complex. Esters, dark raisiny fruit. Caramel and honey sweetness blends well with the other flavors. Little to no alcohol bite. Not cloying at all. I'm not explicity getting any pomegranate, but it could be hidden in other flavors. There is a little bit of spicy and vanilla oaky flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel. Thick, but not cloying or sticky.

Overall: I enjoyed this. I didn't know much about this beer going in, and was expecting a dark ale going in. A little surprised by the relatively light color, but it's good. It's well balanced, and all of the component flavors combine for a very good beer.

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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jcole524
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeremy7
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of leaddog
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours an orange amber with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Vinous aromas, caramel, bready malts, dark fruit (grape, plum, raisin), hint of woodiness, honey.

Taste - Predominantly vinous along with grape, caramel sweetness, malts, and dark fruit. Not really picking up on the whiskey scale. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth body with a lingering sweetness on the palate (close to cloying).

Overall - A Belgian quad that delivers on malts and vinous qualities, but lacks on some of the promised deliverables of whiskey barrel woodiness and pomegranate. I feel that the wine barrels take over. I would have liked to taste more fruity esters beyond grape. Not certain if this is worth the hefty price tag.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GoBeerGo
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WookieNextDoor
4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Version, Best By Date of 05/08/16

Apperance - Pours slightly hazy and mostly copper in color with a half finger of head that fizzes away nearly before I can put the bottle down, leaving a barren surface with only a trace amount of bubbles around the edge.

Smell - Caramel, toffee and banana hit the nose first, then some tartness and musty grape. Distant clove spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Prominent caramel and banana notes, with lesser clove spice. Big notes of 'white wine' character creep in by mid-taste. Dry, tart apple. Grape skin. Residual sugary sweetness. Finishes sweet with light, lingering tartness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with low, slightly tingly carbonation. Fluffy texture that dries quickly, almost like cotton candy.

Overall - Kinda tastes like a hefe with a splash of white wine and a spoonful of sugar. Between this and Not The Stoic, I prefer this, but I doubt I'd buy either again. Like most quads, I find too much residual sweetness for me to love past the first few sips, and the hefty price tag doesn't endear me to buying it again, either.

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Photo of JamesGrove
4.66/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IckyT2012
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dukeufo
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Desimoaj
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of captnr3dbeard
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - another American baby whale that has decided to come sniffing around up north.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some low-lying volcanic island profile lace around the glass as it swiftly abates.

It smells of strongly alcoholic phenols straight off, musty caramel malt, wan, yet still biscuity toffee, some wayward son yeast, a weak under your parents' basement stairs otherness, apple pie, poached pears, brown sugar, muddled baking spices, and some tame earthy, weedy, and perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is rather sweet 'n gritty caramel/toffee malt, a heady sauced orchard fruitiness (apple, cherry, white plum, and bruised pear), well-behaved yeast, a bit of barrel oakiness (more or less indistinct between the wine and whiskey notes), lame spice, and a still understated by design earthy, leafy, and perfumed hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty listless in their plainly quotidian frothiness, the body an average middleweight, and more or less smooth, only the hovering booziness proving any sort of immediate threat. It finishes sweet, but in a barely moderated sense - the malt and fruit characters letting themselves go just a wee bit too much.

Overall, this seems like the typical New World craft brewery way of fucking with traditional styles - were Quads not fruity or boozy enough in the first place, that they needed a double dose of barrel treatment as well? Not to mention the large serving size, the rest of which I will have to save for later (so not a bad deal, eh, future me?). In the end, not bad, but not worthy of the rather dear shelf tag, unfortunately.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slack
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color and a bit cloudy. Maybe ΒΌ inch of head and minor lacing in the glass.

Picking up a lot of fruit on the nose along with oak. Caramel is also present along with something floral.

Taste the same fruit with notes of alcohol, white grape/wine, oak, and sugar. Whiskey is absent.

Mouthful is medium with medium carbonation.

A departure from the typical quad. The lighter version is an interesting take. Lighter fruits really make the difference here. Very drinkable.

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Photo of utahgiebs
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Stoic from Deschutes Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 798 ratings.
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