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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,990 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,990
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 436
Gots: 358 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Likely the greatest (American) stout I have ever had. Poured up absolutely black with a bit of a rocky sand coloured head. This is precisley how a stout should look, IMO. Smell was phenomenal. This is the perfect stout smell, to me anyway. Coffee beans, unsweetened baker's chocolate, a bit of a lactic sourness, some smoke, the smell of dried cereals, and perhaps most importantly, it is bereft of any hops at all. At the very least, it is bereft of any cascade, cenntenial, or any other really piney/citrusy hops, anyway. This is a truly great stout. Taste starts out a bit sweet, and then turns dry toward the finish. Flavour profiles include coffee grounds, a bit of caramel, bitter chocolate, and a tiny touch of smoke. Mouthfeel is very solid and heavy. This, to me, is exactly what a good stout should be. Absolutely amazing!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Served a little below room temperature.

Appearance: Really dark brown to black in color. Two finger pillowy beige head with good retention.

Aroma: Coffee and cocoa beans are dominant. Nice balance of bitter and sweet.

Taste: The coffee notes really dominate here. They are not overly bitter though. Some cocoa bean notes in there too. Not really bitter at all, in fact the sweetness dominates. There is also a hint of smoke in the background. Balanced and solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, but with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Really smooth and balanced. I could definitely have a couple of these.

Overall, a very good stout. Nothing stuck out as particularly memorable or great about it though. Just a really solid stout overall.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Brewing "Obsidian Stout @ 6.4% from a 330 ml bottle 6 pack
A-pours a very dark brown/black with some subtle crimson along the glass edge with a fine cola head leaving some spotty lacing along the pint glass
S-roasted malt , black barley both very mild
T-a sweet/sour start with just enough hop bite to cut thru the sweetness , crisp finish
MF-deep robust , richly rewarding , good carbonation , full bodied
Ov-a slow sipping beer that you can linger over , over , again , again
just a bit better than Black Butte , both great beers , well done Deschutes

Cheers LampertLand

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12 ounce bottle, poured into my CBS snifter, complements of FishPondManager from the TMToBA Jeopardy competition.

A: Pours a deep black, with a half-finger mocha head. Pretty.

S: Roasted barley, chocolate malt, bittersweet chocolate, light hints of coffee. Slightly sweeter nose than expected and some light alcohol, which surprised me given the fairly low ABV for the stout. Very nice.

T: Super roasty, with some coffee underneath. Chocolate malt shines through, but not really similar to the semisweet chocolate from the nose. Mild bitterness from the hops, which also creeps into the finish. Overall, the finish is roasty, no alcohol to note.

M: Just shy of medium bodied, with moderate to high levels of carbonation.

O: A good stout, but not anything extraordinary. Would likely grab occasionally if I saw on the shelf, but would not trade for.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,990 ratings.