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Deschutes Obsidian Stout
Rating
9
Deschutes Obsidian Stout

Family Dark Ale Style Stout
Country USA (OR) ABV 6.4%
Price $$ Packaging 12oz/355ml bottle
Characteristics Roasty

Overview Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery receives a lot of attention these days for limited-edition Imperial porters and stouts (particularly the oak-aged Abyss) but they’ve been cranking out top-flight dark beers in the IPA-obsessed Pacific Northwest for over twenty years.

Flavors and aromas Obsidian Stout is a no-nonsense beer. It’s moderately austere; there’s no sweet soda quality here. The malt character is intensely roasted and dry. This is less bitter than straight espresso, but it shares much of the same language, with some acidity from the roast grains. Out of a bottle, the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but if you can find this on nitro in a pub, it’s well worth your time. This is a superb stout.
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