Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery
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4/5 rDev -4.8%
Bottle to tulip.
A: Very dark brown. Poured a 2-finger head that slowly retreats to an amber, frothy film.
S: Mild fragrance. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.
T: Minor hop bitterness blends nicely with major notes of dark roasted malts, coco, coffee, and chocolate. A slight sweetness prefaces the hop bitterness. Nicely balanced with a chocolaty finish.
M: Full body, slightly harsh (sometimes a down side of hops), moderate carbonation.
O: A very good imperial stout, especially for a year-round, mass-produced ale. Tons of flavor, but the finish is a minor setback.
08-15-2014 19:46:13 | More by macher0
4.46/5 rDev +6.2%
I really like stouts but I bought the sampler pack for the porter and this was the last I tried. It seems I saved the best for last.
A - Black color but still slightly clear. Light brown head with coarse bubbles and nice lacing.
S - Tremendous stout aroma with the traditional malt along with caramel/chocolate/roasty tones. All of the flavors swirl together seeming to create an invitation for you to smell it some more.
T - Very similar to the smell this beer is full of malty goodness that coats the palate with the chocolate and roasted characters that I was expecting. The flavor is strong with sweetness but is balanced with the coffee/roasted/burnt character that can hint on your palate after you swallow. Light bitterness is there but the overall flavors linger and make you wish you had a bigger glass. There is really no hop character but with all of the other flavors it isn't a bad thing here.
M - Moderate to high mouth-feel, definitely not as high as a RIS. Light carbonation perfect for the style. The substantial body with a more moderate ABV makes this brew a delicious finishing beer.
Overall, this is probably one of the best "standard" american stouts you can get. I could understand someone wanting an imperial over this but it is a great beer and the best part is you have no qualms drinking more than a few and enjoying it longer since it is not >10% ABV. If you like darker beers you will most likely fall in love with this one. Will try to make a clone and hope it comes out half as good as this one is.
Glass- Stout glass (looks like a compromise between a tulip and a snifter)
08-14-2014 15:08:22 | More by dmgeng
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
Appearance: Nice black color with good light brown head with great lacing
Smell: Good roasted malts, with some sweetness to it
Taste: Good malt sweetness, with some bitterness from roasted malts, some fruitiness, nice earthy hops, a little bit of coffee
Mouthfeel: Full body, light carbonation, very smooth and creamy
Overall: This is a fantastic brew, definitely a must try for anyone who gets the opportunity
08-14-2014 02:08:23 | More by MadCat
4.79/5 rDev +14%
I am not usually a fan of stouts. This is a extremely wonderful surprise and a absolutely WONDERFUL beer. I'm a hefe, witbeer, type of guy (but my tastes are changing, I recently tried a APA that I actually liked!)
With that being said, if you're wanting to try a stout, and are afraid to do so, this is the beer to try. It makes Guinness take like absolute trash. And I'm serious. It's like comparing Bud Light to a Belgian Trapist. A damn near perfect blend of hops and malts in this stout that is black as night. I held it up to a 100 watt bulb. ZERO light penetration. This beer is a black hole of good flavors, it sucks up all things wonderful you'd expect in a stout, and obliterates that bad.
The only thing (and this is truly minor) is its mouthfeel. I tend to like a stout a bit less "liquid"... when I think stout, I almost think I should be chewing the beer, not sipping it. My favorite beer for mouth feel is Köstritzer Schwarzbier.
If you're looking to venture out and try a stout, and you're a bit afraid to do so. Don't be afraid to try this stout. If you don't like this stout. You wont like ANY stouts.
08-13-2014 05:10:45 | More by Dan_Metcalf
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,685 ratings.