BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was very approachable, yet not boring stout. I really enjoyed its moderate roastiness, and thought it very drinkable.
It pours a slightly viscous black, with a fluffy tan (nude pantyhose colored) head formation of tiny bubbles. Aroma was light roastiness. Flavor was more roastiness with some good "burned pizza crust" character and some chocolate and coffee flavor notes. Slightly creamy, but definitely not an extremely thick stout. Highly drinkable.
I had a roommate from OR who said that Deschutes was available in most gas stations & c-stores there...how wonderful that would be! Far from the biggest and baddest in this style, but very nice. Highly recommended.
I bought this at Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO during a visit to attend the GABF.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade with Jake65. Aroma of charred sweet caramel and toffee. Dark chocolate. Some fading hints of vanilla and alcohol. Pours dark, dark brown. Almost black with a thin khaki head. Flavor was quite dry with lots of roasted and charred malt. Come coffee and dry chocolate notes as well. Medium boded. Would have liked it to be richer and creamier on the palate. Thanks Jake!
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 Pours a dark black with a thin tan head. Nutty with a hint of chocolate. Very smooth with only a little bit of a bitter finish. Overall a good beer.
gauguin007 (11) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours color of old motor oil with attractive parchment tan head. This stout looks good and leaves a nice lace on the glass. Scent of bread, chocolate, toffee and pine tar, maybe some figs. Smooth mouthfeel w/ sharp bitterness. Flavor of ethiopian coffee and caramel chocolates. Big hop presence at the end but overall not overbearing and leaves you wanting more.
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted alongside Lion Stout. Aroma of airy cocoa. Brown head frothy. Tastes of roast coffee, but not overpowering. More crisp and lively than Lion. Finishes slightly bitter
EithCubes (5475) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via jake65 - thanks, Jake! Robust aroma has a coffee bean, roast, and chocolate profile similar to that of much bigger imperials. Pitch pour with a rocky, bubbly, lacing light brown head. Superbly balanced chocolate and roast taste, nothing really standing out or dominating, just smooth and tasty all the way through. Somewhat dry with light hop funkiness (and just a super faint hint of grapefruit. Picking up some mocha notes in the chocolaty aftertaste. Thin body but very sessionable. Only lightly bitter, and just as salty. Not the obvious powerhouse - but luscious and pleasant. There’s a lot of joy to be had here.
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pour is nearly coal-black with light brown head - bitter aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee, burnt wood - chocolatey/coffee/toffee taste with a slightly burnt taste (which is why I would rate it down slightly more than most seem to in this forum)
ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark (opaque) brown. Large thick foamy/creamy head. Aroma is slightly bitter with notes of dark chocolate. Flavor hits you quickly big sweet with slight alcohal taste. The usual suspects are here. Charcoal, coffee, dark chocolate, yet they are weak and most definitley in the background. The sweet fruity flavors that come through in the nose is slightly overpowering. A quality stout.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Sneed (8) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very tasty, nice dark tan full head, flavors of chocolate and coffee are present but not overpowering. My favorite stout.