I bought this bottle of The Stoic months ago. It’s been moving from the fridge to a box I call the cellar and back again. I just couldn’t get myself to crack the wax. But I found the best by date last week and figured it was time to open it up.
I split my Stoic with Sarah last night. I figured she could appreciate an ale aged on pomegranate seeds and a mixture of fancy barrels. The first thing I noticed was yeast. That spicy Belgian yeast all hot and tingly. But the heat might have come off the alcohol. The Stoic is only eleven and a half percent, but it was hot. Tingly too. The pomegranate came through so heavy that even Sarah said it was nice. Maybe even a hint of nectarine. And some wine barrel.
My criticism are aimed at the look of the beer. This is not a dark quad. I want some more sweetness and some heavy fruit in my quad. The Stoic delivers fruit; it has the heat; it’s tasty, but it isn’t the same as other quads out their.
Today, I heard on Twitter that Deschutes dug a few extra cases of The Abyss and The Stoic out of storage, so I went down to the brewpub to pick up a few. I’ve wanted to try the Abyss for a while. I missed this years batch because I was in Virginia. When I got home, there were no bottles left in Portland, so I was pretty excited. And the Stoic just sounds amazing.