Deschutes ‘Peanut Butter Obsidian’ Stout


“Who knew peanut butter whiskey would become as American as apple pie? We sure didn’t see it comming but, hey, we’ll cheers to that! Enjoy this inspired take on our very own Obsidian Stout.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Solid black with two fingers of finely beaded tan foam perched on top. Good retention and healthy lacing as it ebbs.

Aroma: Picking up the peanut butter instantly. We must say it’s nowhere near as direct as we thought it was going to be. Come to think of it the aroma as a whole is nowhere near as big and decadent as we expected. We’ve really gotta give the glass a good swirl and get our noses in there just to get the delicate roasted malts, sweet coffee, licorice, molasses and subtle whiskey.

Flavour: Disappointing to be blunt this early on. Not only does it lack pizzazz it hardly offers any peanut butter plus the base Stout comes across weak and tired. Not to mention that the whiskey/barrels only further accentuate its shortcomings and essentially turns it into a hot muddled mess. It actually finishes ok but it’s too late by then.

Mouthfeel: Oily but a little too thin for our liking. Medium body and a bit of effervescence to it. The 9.7% ABV reveals itself a little but it’s generally well concealed.

Overall: There’s no two ways about this…we expected a hero, and we got a zero. It’s tedious and unusually pedestrian for such a world class brewery. Don’t waste your money.