Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery
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4.2/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Deschutes has come to PA at last and naturally, The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop was the one to make this (and others) available to me.
From the bottle: "Give into the deep, dark spell as the layers unfold."; "Like the plot of some eerie mystery you can't put down."; "Created for explorers everywhere since 1988"; "Deep, robust and richly rewarding, roasted malt and black barley give way to notes of chocolate and espresso. Smooth and black as the glassy volcanic rock fields it's named for."
Once again, a heavy-handed, aggro pour caused a pseudo-cascade as three-plus fingers of dense, deep-tan head formed with excellent retention and everything went on hold until it settled. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Obsidian, indeed! As the initial head settled, I continued my pour and now it looked like a muffin top protruding from the glass. Will this head ever subside? The nose smelled like Devil's Food cake - rich, chocolaty, slightly smoky, underlain by a coffee-like odor. It smelled like a birthday cake that I had when I was really young, like 5 y/o, chocolate with purple icing. Dig that! I was obsessed with purple when I was really young and my cake played into it. Mouthfeel was big, dense and creamy and the chocolate cake was having espresso as a chaser. Phew. You had better really like those kinds of intense flavors in combination with one another and since I am the king of intensity, it was right up my alley. Beautiful lacing began to form as I drank so I sat back and watched it do its thing while taking a contemplative moment for myself. Finish was exceptionally smooth. I had drank down almost half of it without a second thought. At 6.4% ABV, this would be a great beer to get people interested in the style who may be put off by dark-colored beers.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 23:03:39 | More by woodychandler
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