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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,562 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,562
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 385
Gots: 234 | FT: 10
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

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Photo of Vanlingleipa


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whales are wonderful, but not plentiful. Which is why I appreciate Obsidian. Excellent brew, always in stock and you don't have to pay or trade the equivalent of 50 bucks per bottle. $7.99 a sixer does the trick.

Pours a classic porter dark brown - medium thick body. Decent amount of brown head. Wonderful scent of coffee with some creaminess.

Wonderfully complex first impression. Slightly bitter coffee is upfront at first taste, with a hint of bourbon/oak flavor, bit of toffee. The warmth of coffee is the finishing note.

One of my favorite everyday-type beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 19:31:27 | More by Vanlingleipa
Photo of MexicanSkittel


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. I get it at my local shop for 5.99 a six pack, Its there best deal in the house.

Pours a viscous dark black with hints of tan bubbles which begin to create a off white light tan head, about a 1/4 inch, foam holds up for a good while, with solid rings left along the glass during consumption.

Alot of roasted malt, coffee, oak, and bittersweet chocolate on the nose.
A balance of earthiness from the coffee and sweet from the malt and chocolate on the palate create the chance for this beer to linger well after it is swallowed.
As for it's drinkability, well yea I've often told myself I'll have 1 or 2 from a six pack, and find myself with 5 or 6 empty bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 21:26:34 | More by MexicanSkittel
Photo of cvfish


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a deep black color that produced a nice fluffy brown head that had great retention and left a beautiful lace on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and molasses

T - This beer had flavors of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, some great molasses, a bit of vanilla hiding in the back, and a little bit of creaminess to it

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium to heavy body that had a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was a wonderful example of a Stout, lots of flavors and complexity to it, a great beer, to bad Deschutes does not distribute down here

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 23:04:33 | More by cvfish
Photo of DanOLeary


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: On draught from a Nitro tap. The beer pours a deep coal black with a rich creamy almond head. As expected from nitrogen, the unrelenting head forms tiny bubbles consistently coating the top of this stout.

Aroma: Initial waft of dark chocolate leads a light burnt nutty aroma. No hops are detectable in the nose. As the beer warms there is a detectable vanilla and caramel in the background. No esters.

Flavor: Crisp, almost burning flavor of bitter dark chocolate focuses the pallet toward roasted chocolate malt. The flavor quickly fades to a sharp, clean and dry spice. The dry finnish almost stings the back of the throat but there is a creamy smooth sweetness that comes back to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Milky smooth with full body and low carbonation. While the creaminess is present in the forefront it drops off quickly leaving only a light slickness on the roof of the mouth. As you breath out after clearing your mouth there's a drying bite at the throat that suggests liberal use of a highly kilned malt.

Overall Impression: The balance of this beer is exceptional. Obsidian shows a focus toward dry dark chocolate malt sweetness and the roasted bitter bite of what I can only assume is a harmony of deep roasted malts and hops. Hop bitterness is barely perceptible however. What I can pick up I would classify as floral over citrus or earthy.

While I don't normally enjoy beers served on Nitro, I would certainly order this one again. I would enjoy reviewing this beer carbonated with CO2 as opposed to Nitro and compare the differences.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-14-2009 04:12:38 | More by DanOLeary
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date; krausened and hence, bottle-conditioned. Pours an impenetrable black, with a half-inch khaki head that retains very well and leaves lots of lacing. In the bouquet, dark malts contribute cocoa, espresso, roast and dark berries, and there is a kiss of hops in the back. Very roasty, almost burnt malts lead into a strong bitter from the piney hops while blackberries and cake batter meld with fruity yeast. Delicate and layered. Medium to full body, dry and chalky, with low carbonation and a long bitter finish. It has quite a strong flavor, but it is nuanced and well-balanced. A wonderful beer that is well-worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 15:20:52 | More by mmmbeer
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at wing central.

A pours a thick black color with a 1 finger head.

S lots of chocolate and coffee.

T even more coffee along with coco, and just a hint of hop bitterness on the finish.

M nice medium body smooth.

Overall this is a great example of an american stout. It is flavor full plus it is easy to find in the nw. Possibly deschutes best offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 04:48:37 | More by beerandcycling88
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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Black with a large light brown head that faded very slow and leaves a heavy lace
S-Roasted malt with some vanilla and dark chocolate
T-Coffee taste with a nice bitterness that gives you a nice coffee aftertaste that stays with you til the finish
M-medium carbonation and medium body
O-outstanding beer I picked up in Texas. Cannot wait to try the other beers from Deschutes Brewery

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 01:19:31 | More by a0lbudman
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Extremely dark brown that might as well be black. Has a large brown head at first that leaves some lacing rings.

Smell: Roasted barley, coffee, molasses and just a hint of chocolate. Initial whiff seemed hoppy as well, but that did not last. While it smells very good, this is the least powerful part of the beer.

Taste: Strong, almost burnt, roasted barley with a major coffee profile, some bittersweet dark chocolate, molasses, and just a titch of licorice. Ends somewhat bitter with a burnt and hoppy bite.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, very smooth, full and creamy profile, and a dry finish. The carbonation was a little higher than expected (krausening process?) but it is not overdone and may even make the otherwise full beer more lively.

Drinkability: This is about as good as a non-Imperial American Stout can get, but I may give the edge to Bell's Kalamazoo. Deschutes really knows how to make roasted beers (this, Black Butte Porter, Black Butte XXI, Hop in the Dark) - I have yet to try Abyss but I assume it will keep this trend alive.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 14:51:21 | More by bsp77
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a red tint. A one-fingered head forms but quickly settles to a thin cap. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma consists of a complex blend of roasted malt, chocolate, leather, and smoke or ash. There is a lot going on with this stout. The flavor is complex as well. Roasted malt gives the base with a burnt bitterness, but there is also bitter chocolate, some dark, dried fruit like prunes, and finishes with an ash, smokey flavor. Overall bitterness is moderate to high. Hard to pick out any sweetness in this one. In fact it makes it a little difficult to drink. Has a hardy body but it is a bit overcarbonated making it seem lighter than it really is. An outstanding stout that packs a lot of different elements in if you like bitter flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 17:23:52 | More by morimech
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best before Oct 16th 2011, we are good to go!

Super dark brown head off the pour and foamy bubbles, very large though and seem to be darker on the perimeter. Body color is a solid dark black/brown walnut, can't see a dang thing through it. Minimal lacing, I really love this head color and form.

Big airy malted dry grain off the nose, and a nice small milk chocolate. Very malt forwarded and even a little yeast like sour in character. Pretty unique I'd say.

Roast and lingering roast. Roast meats and carbon, roast char and charred but not totally blackened malts in the taste. A great lingering finish with a simple but good mouthfeel that is not thick but also not wet either somewhere in between. Just great. Love this beers finish and aftertaste!

Overall I am craving grilled meats with this beer like crazy and I can just pick the carbon out of my teeth with it too. It just goes to show for me that this brewery hardly ever disappoints me.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 20:09:12 | More by smakawhat
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice black body, with a semi-thick tan head that slowly fades. The beer leaves a lot of lace on the glass as it fades.

S: The smell is a pretty nice part of this beer. It has the roastedness of a typical stout and even has a little bit of chocolate sweetness.

T: This is for sure the best part of this beer. The flavors have a nice roasted malt flavor with a nice amount of chocolate and coffee.

M: The beer has a bit of crispness on the back of the throat and the tip of the tongue. There is also a nice full body from the carbonation.

O: This is just another great beer from Deschutes. I drink their beer all the time and this is for sure one of the tops.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 05:19:20 | More by gtermi
Photo of Cresant


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served this 12 oz. bottle in a New Belgium Globe glass. Dated best by: 7-02-12. The color is deep brown/black...you know, like obsidian. Frothy tan head that left heavy lacing.

The smell was ashy with candied fruit and toasted bread. Cocoa powder or shaved dark chocolate.

The taste was rich malty sweetness but not too much. Very well balanced with a drying, roast bitterness. Burnt biscuit char - in a good way! Nicely constructed.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with modest carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 21:59:41 | More by Cresant
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle (best-by date 02/17/10, batch 2042A) into an oversized red wine glass. Big thanks to MSulinsky for this one.
A: Black with slightly brown hues, it poured with a good creamy chocolate head.
S: Smokey banana caramel malt with a charred aroma and rum alcohol. It is very inviting.
T: Smokey, but more subdued than expected, and it leaves a sticky charred flavor. Everything else is what you'd expect from the smell.
M: Thicker, yet creamy and frothy.
D: Really good. Too bad we can't get this one in Ohio. It would be another stand-by.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 00:32:11 | More by ne0m00re
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian comes out completely black with great tan head that is very well retained.

Smell is slightly tame, with dark roasted malts, vanilla and breadyness. Has a little bit of a chocolate chip cookie character to it.

Flavors are bold, yet cohesive. Heavy on the dark chocolate - very roasty and somewhat sweet. There's also a touch of smokeyness. The finish is long and slightly bitter yet smooth.

The mouthfeel might be the least impressive characteristic of Obsidian - medium-bodied for a stout with fine carbonation and just slightly more carbonated than I would prefer.

This is a long-time favorite of mine and a stout that stacks up well next to many of the Imperial/Double stouts, despite coming in at a relatively low 6.4%. Very nice stout for any time of the year. Deschutes, you are truly great.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 03:27:46 | More by GeezLynn
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a trade with a061183. Thanks for the brew dude!

A- Pours a rich black color with a thick creamy coffee brown head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Rich and roasty with tons of coffee aroma. Nice malty/toffee scents with a bit of bittersweet chocolate.

T- Full roasted coffee bean flavor with a delicate chocolate rush throughout. Ground espresso and milk chocolate finish out the full malty taste.

M- Medium/full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Not quite as thick as I expected but still a nice slick feel.

D- Really nice hearty coffee/chocolate flavor. I really wish I could get Deschutes out here.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 04:05:29 | More by projectflam86
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a very dark--almost black--brown with puffy mocha colored head.

S- Nice roasted malt, chocolate, and a full nose of coffee. A hint of dark fruits and piney hop bitterness.

T- Full mouth of good roasted coffee. Keeps the coffee flavor throughout but introduces some chocolate and dark fruit. Superb fast.

M-Its on the thinner side, but still robust. Very very smooth.

Overall- Superb stout here. Absolutely fantastic

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 03:21:49 | More by BeerBuckeye
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bennetj17, a damn fine trader, for this tasty treat.

Pours black, and lets some light through its reddish-black edges. One finger tan head formed on the pour. Fine tan coloured lacings resulted from this finely and low carbonated stout.

Wow, theres lots going on here, chocolate covered dark fruits, creamy nuts, espresso, roasted barley, and a touch of earthy spice.

Yummy! Roasted barley with flavours of espresso and chocolate. Slight hints of dark fruit, maybe prunes and blackberries. Slightly sweet. Light earthy hops, for some reason they reminded me of autumn, dried, fallen leaves decomposing on the earth.

Roasted barley with notes of espresso and chocolate with only the slightest bitterness. Earthy hops are a nice compliment. Thin to medium bodied, slightly sweet, with a smooth and silky feel. Only slightly carbonated, which is fine for the style.

Very drinkable treat. Easily great session fare on a fall or winters eve. Even light bodied enough for year round enjoyment. Would also be a great stout to introduce rookie stout drinkers to. Would gladly drink again, but unfortunately not available in my neck of the woods.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 15:09:11 | More by demcorhip
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with dark brown at the edges. Nice and rocky light tan head. Very nice lacing, coating and webs all over.

S: Chocolatey and roasted malt. Coffee. A hint of citrus malt and a bit earthy. Very inviting.

T: Deep roasted malt, it gets close to burnt flavor, but not that far. Some chocolate and coffee. You get a slight acidic flavor from the roasted malt, but that is balanced nicely by the sweetness. Near the finish is a nice dose of hop bitterness. Leaves a lingering roasted taste with a touch of chocolate sweetness. Pretty complex, and very tasty.

M: Medium body. Slight creaminess. Thought it was going to be a little more creamy, but still pretty smooth. Moderate carbonation.

D: Good drinkability. A solid stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 23:52:56 | More by herman77
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looking forward to this one. Took awhile really.
Best by date: 12/13/11 - plenty fresh.
Nicely complex aroma with ample classic stout aroma with a nice layer of hops. Nice roast, mild coffee.
Big full dark head with an obsidian colored body (no hints of light).
Wow, nicely complex flavors for style. The finish lays really heavy with mild dryness, roast and a strong veneer of hoppy flavored bitterness. No sharpness at the front with just nicely roasted barley flavors.
Light side of moderate for feel with moderate carbonation that settles down quickly leading to ease of drinking. Tame alcohol.
This is as good as its billing. Flavorful, attractive and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 18:12:11 | More by garymuchow
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Less thick than I expected, still pours quite dense and solid. 99% total black, Ican see some highlights of deep brown at the edges of my imperial pint. A huge dense head erupts from a overly aggressive pour. Rocky, chunky topping. Already visible lacing starting as the foam fades. Mouthwatering looks.

S- Huge smells of bittersweet chocolate and Northwestern hops. Well blended, nearly seamless overlap of aromas. A subtle smokiness is present here, too. A rich, powerful nose.

T- The palette is greeted with a singing sweet malt start, then moves to balanced dark chocolates, strong cowboy coffee and a surprising and welcomed hops finish of almost citrus-y hops. Lots of stout character, sweet, bitter, roasty and earthen. Tasty stuff here, folks.

M- Not full bodied, more of a full medium body. Can't quite give it full credit, I wish this had a little more to it. Not watery at all, but just a tad too thin to support the full flavors calling out for a thick, cushion-y medium to express itself. Great natural carbonation, just enough to make it alive and not like molten lead.

D- Big beer here, at at 6.4%, a little less than sessionable. Quite tasty, this beer deserves a giant mug along side a hearty winter meal to really be just perfect.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 01:13:38 | More by SamN
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a local of mine, and for some reason, I can't even remember what it tastes like. Shame on me!
Best by: 7/25/11

A: Pours a black coffee with a hint more darkness and has only limited translucency. Single finger light latte head dissipates leaving a medium sheet of the same. Spots of lacing.

S: Roasty, oaty, coffee, grains, malts, light earthy hops. Hints of fruity yeast. Somewhat sandy scent. Very nice. Not quite Kalamazoo stout, but very good.

T: Taste matches the nose, very good. Only diff would be that here is a good bittering component I didn't anticipate. I really like this as a stout. As it warms, it gets better too. Absolutely one of the finer examples I've had.

M: Creamy and smooth beer. Mouth velvet. Lower carbonation, long resonance. Again, very nice. Lovely.

D: I think I might make this part of my regular lineup. It's just outstanding as a stout. I wonder why they've never made (to my knowledge), an imperial of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 16:34:33 | More by harrymel
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks thick as it pours; develops a tall, rich, fluffy tan head; head does not dissipate quickly, and it leaves thick clumps of lacing; too dark to see the carbonation

Smells really nice—roasted barley, dark chocolate, cookies, and a hint of plumb; smells also a bit like an imperial stout

Taste & Mouth Feel
Very flavorful and balanced. Surprisingly thinner in mouth feel than I expected, but it has flavor from front to back, first with espresso bitterness followed by chocolate chip cookies. The malt profile on this is very enjoyable. It leaves a nice aftertaste of cookies, chocolate, and espresso. Yum!

A fantastic stout that fits my preferences nicely. It really tastes like dessert with it's cookie sweetness. Thankfully it's not overly sweet and there's just enough bitterness and malt heft to round it all out. I used to think I preferred especially roasted tasting stouts, but this has shown me I can really enjoy maltier ones too. It's a nicely done stout, and one I wish was readily available.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 19:08:15 | More by JEdmund
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew from Wasatch in a recent trade. Thanks John.

This is an exceptional looking stout. A body that is completely opaque and either the darkest brown I can image, or just black. There is a pretty good amount of sediment swirling around the bottom. The head is huge, at least two fingers; it actually overflowed on me a little bit while I was pouring it into my pint glass. It creamy and a little chuncky. Has some pretty good retention also, leaving a fairly thick ring of foam on top of the body. Some great sheets and rings of lacing are left behind also.

A good roasted aroma in the nose that also comes with a good amount of sweetness and chocolate.

Some sweetness that tastes like caramel covered in dark chocolate is the first taste I noticed, followed by a touch of coffee. The caramel flavor dies and is replaced by just a good chocolatey coffee taste. A hint of hops comes up next, its a little earthy and spicy. The hops are pretty muted. The finish and the aftertaste are dominated by a pretty strong roasted aroma that stays with you for a while after you've swallowed a gulp. Pretty complicated for a straight up stout, and very nice.

The mouthfeel here is a little thinner than I would expect. Medium bodied, but on the low side. Solidly moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty damn drinkable stout. Definitely something I could drink quite a few of.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 02:35:42 | More by Hojaminbag
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with the slightest hint of red with a big umber frothy foam with great retention and lacing.
Chocolate and roasted earthy malt aromas. Taste follows with Dark chocolate and Italian roast coffee with a nice fresh earth bittering with a light linger with a touch of alcohol. Slightly foamy mouthfeel with a gritty viscosity, in a good way.

Probably my favorite stout thus far for drinking on a regular basis. Readily available and easy drinking for when I feel like a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 16:20:08 | More by Bfarr
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a cola color but settles in pitch black. a nice frothy two finger mocha colored head slowly settles into a ring leaving plenty of lacing down the side of the glass.

s: big roasted malt aroma with flavors of chocolate and coffee.

t: pure enjoyment. roasted coffee flavors play off the sweet chocolate and are cut thru by the hop bite on the end.

m: rich and creamy. slight bitterness from the coffee and hops.

o: very pleased with this one. everybody should have the pleasure of enjoying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 22:11:46 | More by match1112
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,562 ratings.