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Beer – #978 – Deschutes – The Stoic 2015

Deschutes The Stoic 2015, beer that they flag as best after a date, which is nice. Being as it’s a Sunday I’m also going to have a vinyl music, and today from 1978 Graham Parker and The Rumor.  This is not a beer that is commonly found in New Zealand, and the only reason I have one is that I’m getting close to that 1,000 and thought it’d be something to ease that journey forward.

spellbinding complexity

A bottle of beer that is 650ml in metrics, and has 11% ABV, which is  that’s about 330 calories a serve size. Also has 20 IBU things.  This would be about 5.64 standard drinks.

Brewed by Deschutes Brewery This one is in the style that is : Abt/Quadrupel and they do that in  Bend, Oregon  USA

Staunch more than Stoic

An American-style quad that is lighter in color than Not the Stoic. Brewed with pomegranate molasses then aged in Pinot Noir and Rye Whiskey barrels for 14 months. You will get notes of toasted caramel, citrus, vanilla and spice

The stoic malt beverage brewed with pomegranate with 16.5% being aged in oak wine barrels and 16.5% being aged in oak rye whiskey barrels.

Four nuanced fermentations. Aged, sequestered, in select rye whiskey & wine casks. Ergo a stoically brewed quad, with the spellbinding complexity of its medieval ancestors

So, What could possibly go wrong? Peeling of the wax to get to the top was what 🙂

Aroma on opening os very fruity,  orange perhaps, and delicate. Also a familiar yeast note.

Orange hazy pour with a small but persistent head that is tinged orange too. It does look nice.

Aroma in the glass is that bubblegum yeasty thing over quite a nice syrupy fruit thing

Just wow, Cracking aroma and lovely looking beer that delivers in taste and enjoyment from the beginning to the end, rich fruity syrupy with a underlying bitterness, to a sweet finish and lingering note, that competes with a dryness.

It’s very pleasant.

It’s also very sweet,  The sweetness would be from the pomegranate, and the faintly noticeable tannin would be from the barrels, not sure that the rye has made it in there, given time it might pop up.

The alcohol is well hidden in this, no real tang as you drink.

After all the excitement eases back and you’ve taken stock and sip some more you find that this is a beer that isn’t a s strong in the middle as you’d thought.

Second pour is magnificent the head larger and steadier, and it still looks a treat. I’m jumping about a bit here, and I’ve already indicated that this is ‘great’ n the pdubyah-o-meter and it is because it’s not a beer that comes to NZ generally, but reflecting over the  3 sides of the album of music you begin to realise that this isn’t as strong a beer as you started to believe, and it settles into a way to sweet beer that lacks body really, it’s not outstanding of the style and you end up missing that alcohol tartness in some forlorn way.

Over Excited and underwhelmed  comes to mind.

Chin up though, a beer that you’d never have had the chance of having if it wasn’t for the Beer Jerk Club, and I’m the richer for that.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. It’s held back only by the slightly too sweet taste that this has about it, and as it sits you realise that there isn’t as much in the middle as you thought, I think that if this was aged more it’ only get more syrupy and sweet, and I’m not sure that’d be a good thing really.

I’m also going to suggest that if that was a local beer I’d have been much harsher, possibly, probably, but I’m going to stock at the 9 because I’m in denial, although this is not the first time I’ve changed my mind on a beer from start to end.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? BeerJerk Beer Club.
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes, because it’s unusual in NZ, but it is rather sweet.
  • Would I have another? Yes, I’d have another, if only.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Of course yes, this is nice beer, aged by the brewer for a good reason, and enjoyable instantly, It might keep well, but it’s hard to know because it is very sweet.

Music for this:  The Parkerilla (Live) by Graham Parker & The Rumour on Spotify

The Rumour were a British rock band in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known as the backup band for Graham Parker, whose early records (from 1976 to 1980) were credited to Graham Parker & The Rumour.

Not convinced it’s aged well and it’s a bit hokey at times, things were different in the 70’s


Abt, or quadrupel, is the name given to ultra-strong Trappist and abbey ales. The name Abt was pioneered to describe Westvleteren and the beer that would become St. BernardusQuadrupel was pioneered by La Trappe. Abts are the darker of the two, with more rich, deep fruity notes. Quads are paler, with corresponding peachy notes. Neither have much in the way of hop, and both are very strong and malty. Though both are bottle-conditioned, abts trend more towards yeastiness. Alcohol is very high (10+% abv) for both.









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