Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery
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3.25/5 rDev -22.6%
Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Ralph's Deli & Grocery, Seattle, WA
Poured a thick, super dark and opaque pitch black with a one-finger, frothy, coffee-colored head that lasted and left some sticking lacing along the glass.
The aroma was rich, smooth and very sweet. Chocolate was quite apparent, with dark and milk chocolate and powdered cocoa notes all coming through at various points. Coffee was noticeable as well, along with sweet cream and vanilla. A touch of alcohol appeared as the beer warmed.
The taste was quite different from the aroma. Huge roasted malts came through up front along with a rather bitter, mineral-like quality. Roasted coffee was noticeable mid-palate. The huge, hoppy and espresso-like finish was powerful, slightly tannic, bitter and lingering. As the beer warmed, the bitterness intensified to the point of being overwhelming.
The mouthfeel was somewhat thin and a bit over carbonated.
Overall, this beer seemed to be a bit of a disappointment. While many may be attracted to its deep, roasted flavors, I found the bitterness to be too much to handle.
07-11-2007 23:19:21 | More by Damian
3.33/5 rDev -20.7%
12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
black as night with nearly an inch of tan head that leaves plenty of thin lace.
woody, smoky charred malt in the aroma, along with some floral, piney hoppiness. faint hints of bitter chocolate and some soy sauce as well.
roasted and chocolaty malts in the flavor with a bitter, smoky, lingering finish. medium body with a medium-high carbonation; seems like it should have a bit more weight to it. flavors are passable but stiffly bitter finish hurts the drinkability.
08-13-2006 04:05:09 | More by Prufrock
3.35/5 rDev -20.2%
Black in color. One finger of a beautiful light brown head. Good stout appearance.
Roasted malt in the smell, light, very smooth.
The taste is quite intense, of a robust stout, with a good amount of roasted malt.
Some coffee notes here and there.
Very drinkable, smooth.
Good, but not exceptional.
08-14-2008 19:03:46 | More by stcules
3.4/5 rDev -19%
Pours a pitch black with a low retention head.
Faint aromas of chocolate, coffee and roast.
Roast malt and grain step forward and finish with a metallic tasting hop. Not very sweet at all.
Mouthfeel all the way through is very silky, velourish and creamy.
Never had such an incredible mouthfeel fall so one dimensional. Aroma was muted and taste was off-set with a metallic taste, cold draft to even warmed up. Mehhh. Feels more like a porter or even pretty close to their Black Butte Porter. Sowwy!
08-29-2013 00:31:11 | More by joeseppy
3.4/5 rDev -19%
A: Pours black with about a finger of light tan head that quickly recedes into little more than a thin ring with almost no lacing.
S: Some smokey, roasted malts up front followed by sweetened cocoa powder. There's a very dry character to the chocolate aroma, reminding me more of hot chocolate powder than of whole chocolate.
T: Similar to the aroma, the roasted malts come first followed by a bit of sweetened chocolate flavor. The finish is of bitter, almost burnt, coffee.
M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, but with a bit of a watery feel to it rather than being creamy like I prefer.
D: Goes down fairly smooth, though the lighter body and slight burnt coffee aftertaste keep it from being extremely drinkable.
Overall, not a bad stout, but not much stands out about it either.
02-24-2011 17:00:43 | More by n2185
3.43/5 rDev -18.3%
12oz bottle into a pint glass
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers
Thanks to 3hops for sending this one over as an extra.
A: Pours a thin appearing black with some browning on the edges and 2plus fingers width of mocha colored head, which dissipates down at a moderate rate to a thick film that hangs around throughout the entire drink. Leaves a good amount of lacing.
S: Roasted malt, burnt wood, heavy cream. The roasted and char notes are by far the most prominent aromas, and I dont get much else.
T: Follows the nose. Roasted malts and charred wood. Some mild dark fruit notes that I didnt get on the nose. A bit of anise and some medicinal phenolics. Surprisingly bitter on the finish, not necessarily in a good way.
M/D: Smooth, appropriately low carbonation, good drinkability but somewhat limited by the odd lingering bitterness on the back end. Could be creamier too.
O: Overall, not bad, but not terribly good either. Seems pretty mediocre, and I dont really see why the ratings are so high. Ive had a number of American standard stouts significantly better than this one. Its not bad, but its just slightly above average in my book.
01-13-2013 01:08:38 | More by zac16125
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,654 ratings.