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Deschutes The Stoic


Deschutes The Stoic cover

Well, color us fans of the newest in Deschutes's Reserve series. We sampled the Stoic on tap, and while it definitely is Deschutes's own special take on a "quad", it's that own special take that makes this a fun beer.

It pours a nice deep amber color with a slightly golden hue and a thick head. Lacing and retention are both decent.

A quick sniff is almost a bit disappointing; the spiciness is definitely there, but there's not much more to it. Is this just another take on a Belgian?

No, thankfully not. Now, make no mistake, the spicy flavors you expect do hit the mouth, but there is a lot more depth here. Cherries flourish almost as broadly as the Dissident, though with a smoother mouthfeel, and there are wine-like qualities all around. Makes sense, seeing the ale was aged in wine casks.

This is an 11% beer, and you wouldn't know it. The deep, mildly sweet flavors hide the alcohol perfectly, to the point where you don't even think of it. That's pretty impressive and just a bit dangerous.

It's fashionable to be unimpressed by Deschutes these days, which... OK, whatever, most everybody wants to be a snob, and most everybody fails spectacularly at it. This is a great ale, and it'll hopefully hit Spokane taps (and bottles, obviously) soon. The Stoic might not quite be the Abyss, but I'll be damned if it isn't a great ale.