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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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3,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,089
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 454
Gots: 410 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle best by 8/12/2013 poured into a Bell's tulip and quaffed today, 4/9/2013.

Aroma: Smells of cocoa and a sweet roasty maltiness, I want to say caramel. It also smells faintly of dark fruit which seems to fade off as it gets warmer and the roastiness comes out more. The roastiness makes me think of a little bit of nuts, but mostly some cocoa and chocolate. Very nice smelling beer, especially as it warms up. (4)

Colour: Dang! This beer takes after its name- pure black like the obsidian stones. It's very opaque, with just the slightest hint of brown at the edges when illuminated. It also pours with an impressive 3cm brown head that takes more than a minute to dissipate into brown film on top of the beer complemented by a beautiful, thick brown collar that persists as I finish. The lacing is thick but falls into the beer soon enough. What's really neat is that if you look at the edges in a bit of light, you can see all the carbonated bubbles rising to the surface, feeding the collar. Absolutely beautiful and black as obsidian. (4.5)

Flavour: Awesome! This beer brings even more to the table than Black Butte does in terms of caramel, cocoa, e.g. what I like to call roasty maltiness for the lack of a better descriptor. There are aspects of nuts mixed in with faint dark fruit flavours. This is basically a giant trail mix beer that somehow comes together in a beautiful dark liquid form. The finish is a nice and dry earthy hop bitterness. I love how intense this beer tastes! (4.5)

Mouthfeel: This is a thicker medium bodied beer with excellent carbonation that contributes a nice refreshing feeling with each swallow. It's very creamy, smooth like the Black Butte and there is no indication of heat even as it reaches room temperature. The aftertaste is of chocolate nuts from the roasted malt combined with an earthy bitterness that lingers a while longer. Very smooth and easy to drink! (4)

Overall: Awesome take on the American stout style by Deschutes. This is basically Black Butte on steroids- more flavour, even blacker and did I say more flavour? The flavour from the roast malt, which is what I love about Black Butte, is even more intense here. The hoppiness is also higher as well. I have to say that the other big difference is that Obsidian brings a bigger bitter quotient, as evidenced in the earthy bitterness that I don't notice much of at all in Black Butte. It also leaves a dry finish, whereas Black Butte will quench my thirst if I'm feeling thirsty. I really love this beer and I'm going to grab a sixer or two every time I return to Minnesota. I haven't seen this in Illinois yet, but once it shows up there, I won't return to Wisconsin without it. One of the finest examples of an intense, hoppy American stout that I've had! (4.5)

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass (Best by 4/23/13)

A- Poured black with big frothy mocha head that left dense glass coating lace. Exactly what a stout should look like.

S- Huge roasty, bready, caramel, mineral, and dark chocolate notes. Very bold aroma and well-balanced between roasty and sweet.

T- Big roasted notes, dark fruits, caramel, bready, smokey, mineral, and dark chocolate notes. Balanced and bold like the aroma. Quite a bit of coffee bitterness especially on the finish.

M- Full bodied, creamy, super smooth, dry, and a soft mouthfeel

O- A really great balanced stout with huge flavors, highly drinkable, great mouthfeel, and like all Deschutes six packs an incredible value.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When looking for a beer that is heavy and will keep you warm, this is one of the best. Dark with sweet hints, but not sickly. The carbonation is well used to make the beer go down a little easier than with an extremely heavy stout. Tasting notes are pretty typical of a stout, but it seems to pour well, and drink better than most.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,089 ratings.