SPDickerman (825) - Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours golden orange with small white fizz around the edges. Smells of pomegranate, strong malts and an ester yeastiness, and hints of fruity wine and spicy rye, with subtle hints of vanilla. Tastes super malty with some fruity sweetness and a hint of tartness and tang. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and a little more than average mouth-carbonation, Deschutes The Stoic finishes abruptly though still pleasant.
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really like this. The aroma is very intense. Sweet fruit sugars, probably from the pomegranate, one of my favorite fruits. The fruit notes are such that itís really hard to believe this is 11%. If it werenít so expensive, Iíd probably be able to drink this session-style!
slowrunner77 (186) - reno, Alabama, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
of the few reviews on those other sites, this has well above average, but not amazing reviews so far. i think it is getting pigeonholed because as soon as you pour it, itís hard to think of it as a quad. pours a golden ornage color with small tight white head. fragrant and fruity, with lots of yeastapice on the nose. i am used to darker brews for the quad style (usually) with a different fruit profile. despite being 11% and sweet, this is a decent summer beer. other than that, decent goes out the window. the aroma and flavor as as "stiringly deep and contemplative as advertised". i honestly canít understand a couple of the reviews that think of this as a one trick pony. the belgian yeast seems to be complemented by the rye barreling, and the fruity aspects (and the fruit itself) conplemented by the wine oak. LOTS of little nuances to pick up on here. And at the end of a 22 (solo) i wanted more, which is quite rare for me. started at 45 and got warmer. awesome beer...this is why Deschutes is among my favorites
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours pale golden tawny with a solid head that lingers. Delicious aromas protrude, coaxing my nose toward the brew. I smell brown cakebread and dried fruit from a hikers lunchbox. Medium nectar with excellent carbonation. A touch of malty sweetness sets this off running with complex flavors reminiscent of the aroma. The finish lingers like Iím stuck in my own Dutch Oven. Overall this brew is a worthy specimen of the style. It does lean toward the lean and mean side but has the complexity Iím looking for. This is the best American example of this style I have had, period. Bravo!
badlizard (5520) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear light golden with a creamy white head. Nice caramel whiskey vanilla and oak aroma. Great buttery palate and a taste that can only be described as whiskey candy and vanilla with wine hints Awesome.
dreamflower (433) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 1, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with nothropfrye. Golden honey colour - very pretty and clear. Smell is quite sweet, a little smoky. Taste is a little bit of smoke, then sweetness. I find this beer super delicious.
spjensen (84) - Davis, California, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours golden, overall very sweet can diffenatly taste the pomengrantes. Very drinkable but still complex.
ddfrazee (66) - Flat Rock, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent taste and aroma. Beautiful even head, great color and so smooth. God bless Oregon!
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by n8h at Slutfest 3, Richmond, VA, 4/21/12. Thanks! Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of raisin, pomegranate, cherries, spice and brown sugar. The taste is raisin, tart cherries and pomegranate, toffee and spice. Medium-full bodied. Maybe my favorite beer from the tasting. Amazing.
lawman357 (93) - Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gorgeous quad from Deschutes. Poured from bottle, hazy leaning clear amber orange with a frothy lasting head. Caramel, citrus, dates on the nose and palate, lightly sweet and boozy with a lasting finish.