Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery
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4.25/5 rDev +1.2%
Picked up a 6 pk of these for a cool $7-BB date of Sep 17, 2012.
A-Poured into a pint glass this beer is a heady beast. Extremely thick tan head with a pillow like appearance-reminds me of a root beer float. The head laces and has tremendous staying power. Black.
S-Tons of toasted malts hit you right away (chocolate, cookies, mild coffee). Surprising that the NW US hops (pine, citrus) come out even among all the toasted malt character in the aroma of this beer.
T-Stouty...heavy on the roasted malts (definitely chocolately and coffee like) leading into a long somewhat bitter finish. The hops are more easily picked up in the aroma than in the taste.
M-Moderate to high carbonation. Medium to heavy bodied with a rather thin end note-not creamy unless you get a gulp of head. Fairly bitter lingering finish. No alcohol detected until its in my belly.
D-Pretty damn good. The bitterness is just high enough to keep you wanting that next drink.
O-A wonderfully made stout with tons of flavor delivered at a great price. Deschutes has to be in my top 5 breweries in the US, they knock every dark beer they make out of the park.
05-08-2012 00:25:01 | More by deebo
3.48/5 rDev -17.1%
Pours dark black with brown head.. smells sweet and chocalatey. Taste chocolatey with a little coffee, a little boozy.Mouthfeel is thick, heavy, with low carbonation. overall its good, but there are a few better stouts out there, this is one of the better american stouts ive had...
05-07-2012 02:33:48 | More by Beermazter310
4.13/5 rDev -1.7%
12oz Bottle from City Beer Store San Francisco CA for 1.99 - thanks to j for this one
Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size frothy brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.
Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee
Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, coffee, chocolate, and some faint dark fruits. There is also a little bit of a hop bitterness and some light smokey/burnt notes. It ends with a malty chocolatey aftertaste with a surprising amount of lingering hop bitterness.
Overall - One of the better stouts I've had so far and a must try for any fans of the style. I'd drink a ton of this stuff if it was available to me locally. Probably the best Deschutes beer I've had to date.
05-02-2012 23:50:13 | More by spinrsx
3.75/5 rDev -10.7%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:
A - Pours a jet black color with a thick, creamy chocolate colored head of 1.5 fingers. Retention is pretty good and the head leaves nice lacing as it recedes. Inviting.
S - Sweet cream, bold roasted barley and surprisingly spicy. Subtle coffee notes, though I don't find any chocolate even when I search. Moderate in strength.
T - A creamy open smooths the abrasive nature of the deep roasted malt. The malt is the main focus. Light plum and caramel bleed through the lightly bitter finish. Very, very well balanced. It's far from complex, but the quality of the ingredients speak volumes. Slightly boozy on the finish.
M - Strangely light and coarse, though it's got an awesome dry finish. I wish it were thicker and much more creamy. Probably the most glaring fault.
D - Another great offering from Deschutes. I don't think they can make a bad beer (or really an average one for that matter). High quality and incredibly approachable.
04-24-2012 03:35:42 | More by blakelive784
British Columbia (Canada)
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a black stout with ruby highlights and a nice thick tan head with great retention. Fine looking beer, although I was expecting darker with the name obsidian. Not going to hold that against them though. Aroma is also great with mounds of chocolate. Coffee and dark roast malts, so breadiness here too.
Taste is top notch as well with chocolate and dark malts, and a nice bready malt body. Nice balancing bitterness here as well, with some earthy tones.
Mouthfeel is smooth and, as mentioned, perfect bitterness. Easy drinker. Overall probably the best stout I've had to date.
04-22-2012 03:18:02 | More by IllNate
4.18/5 rDev -0.5%
Sixer on sale at Round Rock Specs for 7.99
Black pour into my 512 pint glass. Rousing full tan head that left a coating of lace on the glass. Lovely looking stout.
Clean, crisp scent. Roasted malt followed unsweetened chocolate. Not much sweetness at all...but sweetness does get a bit more pronounced as it warms. Good!
Flavors of roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate and bitter coffee. This one is quite tasty. Leaves you wanting another sip as you put it down...always a good sign. A very nice blend of hop bitterness at the end as well.
This is a great example of an American Stout for those not willing to take the boozy Imp Stout leap. Flavorfull, but it won't knock you on your ass.
04-21-2012 23:48:50 | More by obrike
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
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