Deschutes Obsidian Stout

Val and I have started talking about where we want to go on vacation next year and the front-runners are Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. I’ve never been to either place, but I’ve heard both are nice. Tonight’s beer happens to be from Oregon.

ABV: 6.4%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Deep, robust and richly rewarding, this is beer to linger over. Obsidian has distinct notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt and black barley, with just enough hop bite to cut the sweetness.”

Random: This is a year-round beer that comes in at 55 IBUs.

The beer poured with a half finger, thick, tan head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was so dark that it was almost black. As a result, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose was filled with espresso, dark chocolate and smoke. The taste was much of the same. The espresso note was really apparent and pleasant. Dark chocolate came through next along with smoke and char. There was dark malt that came through as well. There were roasted nuts and a touch of black licorice as well. The body was thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with espresso and dark malt. I picked this bottle up for $3 while we were out in Pennsylvania, which comes to $.25 per ounce. This is a beer that I’ve walked passed multiple times because there was always something more exciting. This beer is exciting and I will definitely be picking it up again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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