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Obsidian Stout by Deschutes Brewery, Inc.
American Stout
6.40 % ABV


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Review by tavernjef on 11/12/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 2010
Obsidian sits in the glass a used oil black color with a firm pinky high head of light brown hue, turns a bit crusty as it fades and leaves a very thin skim on top and thin whispy sheets of lace stick.
Aroma has a soft bakers chocolate and a good load of dry coffee thats well rounded and quite roasty, nearly burnt. Taste is quite roasty as well, burntish dark malts, slight coffee tone, slight bittering, all gaining a bit more in the finish which is nice. Finish builds with an overall burntness with touches of coffee and bitterness, turning dry and fading off slowly leaving more bittering coffee notes and later still, some chocolate. Nice finisher. Feel is just past medium body, nearly full with a solid carbonation and pretty strong with its drying efforts where burntness and coffee sensations really take hold. A solid stout, not what I'd call a super drinker with more then I like for burntness and coffee drying, but very nice to let settle and sip.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 02/20/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 7 15 4 7 2010
12oz Bottle
$1.55 Single
Liquid Solutions

Obsidian Stout pours the blackest of browns (if that makes any sense). Mahogany highlights only when held directly to the light and only creeping through the bottom of the glass. A strange looking big three finger tan head formed on the pour. I say strange because it was soapy looking and creamy at the same time. Very odd but definately a tasty looking stout. Leaves excellent lacing.

Unfortunately the nose seems to be lacking. Mild lightly roasted malts are there in the background but weak. Mild dark fruits, a lactic quality, and a pronounced metallic twang. If I smell deep I can pull out the aromas I like to expierence in a stout but they're all just too weak and distant.

This is a quality stout. Roasted malts start things off with faint flavors of anise. Mild nuttiness mid-palate along with a creamy lactic quality. Nice balancing on the finish with bitter roasted malts and a touch of hop bitterness that make this smooth and exceptionally balanced.

Medium body with a slightly airy but creamy mouthfeel as it moves through the mouth. Nice lingering bitterness from a comonation of the hops and bitter malts.

This is a very good sessionable stout. Perfect beer to have on hand from Autumn through Winter if you're in the mood to sit down and have a few to warm up.

I believe this is only my second beer from Deschutes (the other being Black Butte Porter) and I wouldn't hesitate in buying either one of them again. Both very good examples in their respective styles.

Reviewed: 10/1/07

Price: $1.55 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/12/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
Pours dark with almost two inches of soapy foam.

Aromas of milk chocolate, nutty malts, cocoa, malted milk, and a touch of vanilla. A bit lactic, sweet hazelnut and cream. Very subtle notes of coffee.

Taste of nutty malts, mostly sweet milk chocolate with a touch of dark chocolate malts. Some taste of warm milk as it warms up.

Well carbonated, maybe a tad too much but not enough to complain about.

One of the best affordable, year-round stouts available.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 7 16 4 8 0
A - Pours a dark brown/black body with little light getting through it. Substantial light cocoa colored head has nice retention and is made of varying sized bubbles.

S - Nice, dark roasty toasty malts. Baker's chocolate. Coffee and slight alcohol.

T - Starts with a nice bittersweet baker's chocolate flavor. Dark roasted malts play on the tongue for a minute along with a slight coffee bitterness. Finishes with cocoa.

M - Medium full bodied with smooth carbonation.

D - This is a very nice stout. Could drink it with regularity. Deschutes continues to impress.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 11/26/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 9 18 4 9 0
Served chilled and poured into a Midnight Sun 12oz glass.

Appearance is good. Pours black but overly thick with some nice head retention. Ton of lacing for a stout. Thick mocha colored head forms then settles to a soapy, sticky thin film.

Smell is good. Heavy aroma of dark roasted coffee with a dairy-like presence.

Taste is very good. Same as the smell with the strong roasted coffee and dairy/lactic-like flavor. Malts aren't sweet but roasty and not over-bearing. Sharp hop bitterness finishes things out. Balanced and well crafted. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is very good. A little over medium-bodied but lighter than "thick." Carbonation level is perfect. Great chewy texture and has a nice presence on the palate.

Drinkability is very good. Going down very easy. Almost thirst quenching.

Overall: Probably the best made standard American Stout on the market. Insane drinkability for the style. Always a pleasure to have. Highly recommended.

Served In: Pint Glass

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