Sunday, February 20, 2011

Deschutes Obsidian Stout

My first-ever Deschutes beer! I've been wanting to try something from this brewery for a long time. This bottle was sent to me in a trade with I also recently saw this beer reviewed by Gary who really loved it, which made me want to try it even more so. Also, this review features a new camera location for Chad'z Beer Reviews - enjoy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (624) - Albany, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Got a 12oz bottle in a trade with StumpyJoeJr (thanks, Ryan!)
Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Jet black but slightly translucent. Nice dark tan, foamy head that retains well but lacks lacing.

Smell: Typical American stout with a light dairy quality, a touch of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Taste: This is everything I look for in an American Stout - sweet, tasty, milky/oaty flavor up front and deeply roasted (almost burnt) malts on the backend. Not quite as robust or complex as I’d prefer, though. It remains sweet throughout, but the malty notes fade as I drink on. There’s a touch of chocolate here, but I have to reach for it.

Mouthfeel: Not too thin, not too thick. Slightly fizzy on the tongue - very belch-inducing for a stout.

Drinkability: Because the palate is flavorful, but not too intense and the body is only medium, Deschutes Obsidian stout is dangerously drinkable. 6.4% ABV actually seems a little high as this beer has the drinkability of a more deliberately sessionable stout.

Overall, a good American stout. I’m surprised this beer is rated as high as it is because there’s nothing here you can’t find in any other American stout. Definitely a solid performer, though.

Grade: 7/10

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