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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,340 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2340
Reviews: 935
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%


Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001)
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GMB

Japan

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Obsidian Stout pours a body that refuses to allow any light to penetrate it. Thin strips of crimson do appear at the edges and bottom of my glass, but only after I hold it directly against a strong artificial light source. The head is a real surprise and a marvel to behold. A lighter shade of mocha than I would expect from such a dark beer, it appears slightly gassy at first, but proves to be extremely sticky and resilient as it falls. It clings to the glass as it settles into a thin disc on top of the beer's body. Viewed from the side, this appears as a basin of mocha terrain which hides a dark chocolate underworld.

The nose is rich and deep without being muddy. I expect to pick up dark fruits and chocolate in a stout, but these aromas are extraordinarily pronounced here, and the faint smell of alcohol suggests that these figs, dates, dark raisins, and prunes i allowed to ferment before they transmogrified into liquid form and found their way into my glass. The roasted malt is deep and inviting.

I rolled my first sip around in my mouth for almost a minute. The mouthfeel is almost perfect; the foam is not as chewy and viscous as I had hoped it would be. The roasted flavors take time to develop. Sweet dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, emerge and recede in turn before relinquishing the palate to lingering flavors of blackened meat (e.g., the burnt ends of brisket), and figs and prunes braised in browned butter. Floral notes emerge as the beer warms. Have confectioners considered experimenting with chocolate, chrysanthemum, orange blossoms, and braised prunes?

I cannot imagine improving on the taste of this beer when it is at its best. But the alcohol seems less integrated as I approach the end of my glass, and so I am compelled to deduct points from its score. Would that I could give it a rating of 4.75 in taste!

I can't recall the last time I took such small sips and kept each sip in my mouth for so long. I'll be revisiting this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 01:17:49 | More by GMB
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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,340 ratings.