Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery
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4.15/5 rDev -1.2%
Very good stout.
Cappaccino appearance. Poured into the glass like sweet black oil. Leaving a nice looking coffee foam head. Doesnt have that ashtray aftertaste that so many stouts can have. Perfect bittersweet initial taste. Follows through with a medium roast flavor. It's a beautiful beer.
09-05-2013 06:44:08 | More by RenzoD
3.69/5 rDev -12.1%
Best before 5/7/13. So a little old but nothing to worry about with this style.
Appearance: Super dark brown (basically black) and opaque with a foamy two-finger tan head that is lacing nicely.
Aroma: Charred malt with a great milk chocolate and coffee presence. Quite milky/creamy.
Taste: Big kick of bitterness to start things off with a grassy hop character. The bitterness is intensified by the charred dark malt. Nice black coffee bitterness that can almost be harsh at times. The cream from the aroma comes through as a whisper in the background. This is definitely not a balanced stout, which is both good and bad. The palate is continually bombarded with robust dark malt and a lighter hoppy character. The finish is surprisingly smooth and the aftertaste leaves solid burnt chocolate and black coffee flavor. The robustness is right where it should be for a 6.4% ABV Stout.
Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body with a tad too much carbonation. Average drinkability but probably too much harsh malt bitterness to session.
Final Thoughts: Not my favorite of the style, but a good Stout for those looking for robust dark malt flavor. Would I drink it again? Sure, nitro-tap would probably be worth seeking out.
09-05-2013 03:46:12 | More by JamesMN
3.73/5 rDev -11.2%
On tap at the Oxford Suites hotel in Portland. Really dark stuff. It's a Guiness black color, but a very different kind of brew. Some beige foam in the pint shaker. Spritzy mouthfeel. Some blackened grain flavors along with the warm, roasted malt. The sweet malt a thoroughly mellow base with the charred barley providing a pleasant balance.
This seems like a pedestrian dark beer at first sip, but it grows on you. Extremely drinkable with a lot of fat malty flavors. I'll have to get a six of the bottles. This seems like a flavorful, easy to drink brew to have around.
09-02-2013 04:47:00 | More by mactrail
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,654 ratings.