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

Deschutes The Abyss

I always open a special bottle of beer for my birthday and this year, it happened to be this one. I picked this beer up in Philly and let it cellar for awhile. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 12.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate. As for the great ‘drink it now or let it age’ debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious on release, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different pleasure after a year or more in the cellar.”

Random: After I found this beer in Philly after searching for years for a bottle, I kept finding it everywhere.

This beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly. It left very little lacing on my snifter glass. The body was an inky black color with no visible carbonation due to how dark the color was. On the nose, I got dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, tobacco and black licorice. This was a complex beer for sure. The taste was filled with vanilla and bourbon up front. The black licorice came through as well, but it wasn’t as strong as the nose. It also had a lot of bitter espresso and dark chocolate. There was a small amount of booze warming at the end. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with licorice and espresso. This was not a cheap beer at $22.99 for the bomber, which broke down to $1.05 per ounce. Despite the hefty pricetag, I would definitely have this beer again. It was perfection in a glass.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Deschutes Not The Stoic

I just heard at work that they’re taking elephants out of the circus because some consider it abuse. I’m not one for the circus, especially since I’m not fond of clowns, but I do remember liking the elephants. I also remember loving the Dumbo ride at Disney World as a very small child, although I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie. But, the whole idea of controlling my own car and going up and down was very cool. Anyways, brew time.


ABV: 12%

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Aged and sequestered in select oak casks. The result – a contemplatively brewed quad created in homage to all those who doubted the original. This unrepentant rendition is definitively Not The Stoic.”

Random: This whole conversation in the introduction started based on a driver being by the Bronx Zoo.

This brew poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation. The nose was really sweet with lots of molasses and raisins and a significant booze presence. The taste had a lot of raisins, booze, molasses and Belgian yeast. It was really sweet, but didn’t hit the mark of being cloying. The body was thick with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet with booze warming at the back of my throat. I really enjoyed this one. As is typical with my Pennsylvania beer pickups, I lost the receipt on it. But, another beer that I can’t get in Jersey that I really enjoyed.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Deschutes Jubelale

Happy Saturday! I don’t normally post on Saturdays, but this Saturday, the site is closed and I have a Dispatcher working from home. I definitely needed a break from work, although I’ll be checking emails today. Anyways, this is a beer that I picked up in Philly over the holidays. I’ve read a lot of positive reviews on this beer, so let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 6.7%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Warm spiciness and tradition grace this bold winter ale. Intriguing, layered flavors unfold to reveal chicory, dried fruit and toffee notes with a hoppy kick to finish. The deep garnet color pairs perfectly with holiday celebrations.”

Random: Despite being off today, I was stuck at work last night until almost 11. I was exhausted last night.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head that was slow to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on my Brooklyn Brewery glass. The body was a deep, clear, reddish-brown with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had chocolate, vanilla and cherry along with spice. The taste also started with chocolate and went into sweet caramel malt. Dark fruit, specifically cherries came through as well along with light spice at the end. The alcohol was not detectable. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was long with chocolate and dark fruit. For $2.45 a bottle, which broke down to $.20 per ounce, this wasn’t a bad price for a flavorful beer that I would definitely pick up again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA

I think by now, everyone has seen the new Bud commercial making fun of craft beer. They proudly call themselves a “macro brewery,” say that their beer isn’t to be fussed over, then discuss how theirs is beechwood aged. Throw in a bunch more crap, especially about a pumpkin peach ale and there you have one of the dumbest commercials I’ve seen from a macro company. What makes this one even more funny is the fact that this company has acquired a few craft companies because they made beer to be fussed over. Yes, I’m looking at you Blue Point, Goose Island and most recent acquisition, Elysian. I guess it’s obvious that big beer is starting to become fearful of craft beer. Anyways, let’s see how this beer was.


ABV: 6.4%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This mouthwateringly delicious IPA gets its flavor from a heavy helping of citra and mosaic hops. Don’t worry, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer.”

Random: I lost the receipt from when I got this beer at The Craft Beer Outlet.

This beer poured with a three finger, off white head that was exceptionally thick and dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on my IPA glass. The body was a gently hazy, moderate orange color with high carbonation visible. The nose was strong with grapefruit and tropical fruit. There was no malt in the nose. The taste was all hop. It had a lot of grapefruit, tropical fruit (specifically pineapple and mango) and hop bitterness. The alcohol was well hidden and dry. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was long with lots of hops and grapefruit. This beer was exceptional and everything that I would want from a fresh hopped IPA. Definitely worth grabbing this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Every year, I say how I’m going to start my Christmas shopping early and be done before December. Every year, this idea fails pathetically. This year is no exception. I have only purchased two gifts. My plan for this weekend is to do massive amounts of online shopping to limit the amount of time that I will actually have to spend in stores. We’ll see how that goes. Anyways, brew time.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “With a dark beer as our first and flagship brand, Black Butte defined Deschutes as a radical player. A slight hop bitterness up front enhances the distinctive chocolate and roasted finish. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors.”

Random: My favorite station on Pandora has to the 90s station. Nothing like a little Montell Jordan to make the day go by faster.

This brew poured with a two finger, tan head that took forever to dissipated. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had notes of smoke, dark chocolate, roasted malts and cocoa powder. The taste was just as good as the nose. The dark chocolate and coffee came through first, quickly followed with roasted malts and a touch of smoke. The flavors were really enjoyable and balanced. The body was on the thinner side with medium carbonation. It finished rather quickly with smoke and chocolate. I can see why I’ve heard so much about this beer over the years. It really is a benchmark for the style and one that I will definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Deschutes Conflux No. 1 (Collage)

At the end of our trip into Philly, my girlfriend saw a doughnut place that she wanted to go into. We walked past the place and said we’d come back. A few storefronts down was The Foodery and I looked at all sorts of beer that I wanted to bring home. We decided to move the car and have doughnuts and then bring a few brews home that I couldn’t get in Jersey. One of them, was this one. When I got to the cashier, this one rang up for about $20. She thought they rang this one up wrong, and I had to tell her that I spend way too much on my beer budget. Anyways, here we go.


ABV: 11.6%

Style: American Strong Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Deschutes Brewery and Hair of The Dog Brewing Company join forces to weave The Dissident and The Stoic and Fred and Adam into an artistic collage of cask-aging alchemy. Damn, beer is fun.”

Random: It’s freaking cold outside! I just went to take the other half’s garbage out and I am not a fan of it being this cold.

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a very cloudy dark brown with light visible carbonation. The nose had a lot of smoke and bourbon that was coupled with a lot of hot booze. Some vanilla came through as well. The taste had a lot going on. The first thing that hit me was that it was incredibly booze and really could have used some age to even out. The next thing was some wood, oak and smoke. Some vanilla and caramel came through as well, but this was a really wood dominant brew. The booze evened out a bit as well as it opened. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and booze. Despite how much was going on, I really enjoyed this brew, but I think it could have benefited from some age.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0