Dragon99 (57) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - NOV 3, 2001
A great stout. Dark, heavy. Good malty flavor, light hops. Roasted flavor is distinguished. BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Smooth. Had this on tap at iron barley in St. Louis. Very nice beer pours very dark, and though somewhat roasty is smooth. cwill (97) - Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Pours jet black with huge frothy rocky tan head that sticks all over. Aroma of chocolate, espresso coffee, and cocoa. Taste is very smooth and creamy with a malt sweetness up-front that is cut quickly by the bittering acidic burn of the roasted barley which lingers. Some sugar flavour make their way to the taste buds. The hop bitterness is at par with the roasted barley. Espresso, roast coffee flavours appear midway and fade a little with the other roasted flavors. This a great stout, one of the best I’ve tasted.
Fitztout (1) - Billerica, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2016 does not count
Its my favorite, and while there may very well be a better one out there somewhere, I haven’t found one I like more, so I gave it my top rating freekyp (2363) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2017
FreekyP is drinking an Obsidian Stout on nitro at Blue Rock, High Point NC. He thinks it is the best stout he has had in quite some time. The nitro pour brings out all best qualities of this beer. FreekyP thinks it may be the creamiest beer he has had in recollectable history. Unfortunately, recollectable history does not go that far back for FreekyP due to excessive consumption of malted beverages. This one strikes a perfect balance between roast and chocolate with espresso bitterness rising in the finish. FreekyP is impressed with the huge dollops of tan lace that are stuck to the sides of the glass as he consquarbles this beer. He thinks of heavenly thoughts, like midgets covered in chocolate syrup squirming in a trough of cotton balls. FreekyP has an extensive roster of issues which will not be discussed in this public forum, but he has an expert beer palate, and vehemently insists that this beer is "the shit". And so it is.
HourGlass13 (1000) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2017
Sans aucun doute l’un des meilleurs succès. Les plus magnifiquement dans le verre sont brun foncé profond, avec une tête nitro en cascade. Saveur de chocolat noir avec malt sombre. Le goût est soyeux lisse et crémeux. Doux, mais pas trop. Presque parfait. Magnifique bière. Sur le robinet à Blue Rock Pizza High Point, NC. krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
I had this on nitro tap. Dark black brown blocks out light. Big creamy head. Nutty smoothness in the scent. Creamy head floats on a chocolate coffee nuttiness, perfect beer for nitro. Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2003
Sampled on Nitro.
I went to a bar tonight, which I rarely do, and I noticed some writing on the Obsidian Stout handle that the bottles didn't have. I looked closer and noticed that it had "NITRO" in big red letters across the handle. Deschutes is my favorite brewery anyway, so I had to give it a shot. I couldn't be more glad that I did.
Please note that this review is primarily comparing this version to the bottled version, so if you want to read my full review, scroll down a bit. This is everything the bottle gives and more.
Deep black pour with an incredibly fine and thick head. It didn't leave lace, it left a sheet behind on the glass. The scent was a bit more subdued than the bottled version but it was still excellent. Tasted heavenly, of course, since I don't think Deschutes could make a bad beer if they tried.
The mouthfeel is where the difference *really* kicks in. Guiness only *wishes* it could be this creamy and still maintain this kind of flavor.
pelicanfleck (15) - Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
I picked his bottle up at a local store and decided it was time to try it. Here is my review:
Aroma: The aroma was of strong coffee and dark chocolate. No real hop aroma to be found.
Appearance: The brew poured into my glass a dark cola color. No ruby highlights could be seen on the sides. The head was a medium tan color and was about a finger width. Carbonation was very low to none.
Flavor: This brew tasted like coffee and roasted coffee beans. The taste has a bit of a "bite" to it, though after about two drinks, that goes away. The burnt coffee taste also shoots to the foreground and really sets this brews taste apart from others.
Mouthfeel: Not harsh nor bitter. No carbonation bite. Smooth and very very dark feeling.
Overall Impression: This is a damn fine example of a Master Brewer strutting his craft and knowing how to brew a craft beer. I really don’t understand how some could give it such a low review as they have done...but to each his own...this is a dman fine brew.
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