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Beer – #916 – Deschutes – Obsidian Stout

Deschutes Obsidian Stout, a beer for the BeerJerk club night. Summer has made another appearance, and it’s warm and sunny outside, and here I am inside but happy.

Deep, robust and richly rewarding

This is a 355ml bottle of a beer that is 55IBU things in a beer hat is  6.4% ABV, this works out as  192 calories a serve, and is about 1.82 standard drinks in NZ .

Brewed by Deschutes Brewery this one is styled as a Stout  and that happens in BendOregon  USA

Deep, robust and richly rewarding, this is beer to linger over.

It’s all new

A stout as black as the nearby volcanic flow from which it is named. Dive into its dark, robust depths with intense layers of espresso and chocolate. Roasted malt and barley give it a full, toasty finish.

Obsidian has distinct notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt and black barley, with just enough hop bite to cut the sweetness.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Big burnt roast aroma on opening this, like thick chocolate.

Pour is rich and thick with a lark dark chocolate head of substance and form.

A Sip… and that’s a beer that’s not holding back or leaving much on the table. Full bitter, almost green taste with a big mouthfeel and a lot of things going on, mostly all good.

The hops really come through in middle of this, giving you a tweak of difference and a bit of an attention grabber.

Lovely mouthfeel though and a nice bitter hop like finish make this a rather interesting and exciting  beer.

But for all that I’m really not sure about hat hoppy green bitter bit in the middle that is there. This is very good beer though and it is very easy drinking and all that… but…

I don’t think I could go another. As much as I like it it’s not a beer that grows on you, I don’t get as engaged as I think I might should be, which is weird and in some weird way started looking to the end of the glass so I could move on.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. I might not be in synch with this as a beer but it’s a nice beer, and has a punch and packs a lot of things in that make it rather nice to drink, even if for me only a little bit.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The Beer Jerk beer club.
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes, it’s very pleasing
  • Would I have another? I don’t know…
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? This is a lovely bit of beer, and it is well liked universally, mostly, but I do feel that the bitter part of this is a little jarring and uncomfortable for such a full beer. Probably not.

Music for this:  ” A Thousand Hours ” with a self titles album on Spotify 

They’re from Nome Alaska. – and they’re all about dreamy echoes, melancholic tones, slow progressions.


Many stouts do not fit the classic “Irish” definition as exemplified by Guinness, either due to their hop or roast rates, or higher gravity (in the case of many American stouts). They are still basic stouts, however, not falling into any of the subclasses.


One comment on “Beer – #916 – Deschutes – Obsidian Stout

  1. Pingback: Beachy Area Beer and Cider Crawl That Has Something For Everyone | LAwonders

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