Wednesday, February 8, 2012

DESCHUTES’ “THE STOIC” – I’M JUST NOT FEELIN’ IT

Careful and regular readers know that we’re pretty hot to trot on the specialty beers DESCHUTES BREWING in Bend, OR pump out every year. From THE ABYSS to MIRROR MIRROR to BLACK BUTTE XXwhatever to THE DISSIDENT (which, though we never had it, we just know we woulda loved), these guys are masters at making masterpiece high-alcohol beers that are rich, full-bodied and full of flavor. Their regular lineup isn’t too shabby either. I went to their pub in Bend a while back and was pretty doggone excited about my sampler. So it’s with a heavy heart that I must report that THE STOIC, their quadrupel that came out near the tail end of last year, just isn’t quite measuring up to past glories.

For starters, THE STOIC is a much thinner-bodied quad than most. It’s actually very yeasty, which breaks all sorts of stylistic “boundaries” but does little when matched with the butterscotch, syrupy taste. They talk a lot about depth and complexity on the bottle, but I’m just not feeling it. It’s not the quad knockout I was hoping for. It’s good enough to drink all the way through – oh yes, I did do that – but when matched against the Deschutes reputation, it’s not stacking up. Maybe that’s why there are still so many of these on the shelves. Or maybe I need to have another one. 6/10.

PS – Are you getting tired of seeing the stair bannister in my kitchen and the same glassware every blog post? I imagine you are. I’ll try and take pictures somewhere else, and maybe even drink a few beers out of the house for a change. SF Beer Week’s coming up, starting Friday. More to come.

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