Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,009 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,009
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 439
Gots: 371 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001)
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a pint glass the beer was a dark black color with a small tan head. There was a bit of lace.

Roasted malt aroma, coffee and chocolate.

The taste improved on the aroma. Espresso/chicory/burned coffee. A little bit of chocolate.

Nice mouthfeel. I liked that charred, burned sensation. Chocolate took a back seat in this beer.

Very enjoyable!

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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours seal brown with an abundant cap of craggy, beige foam. The retention is excellent, as the froth morphs into a network of variegated crevasses. Broad swaths of reticulated lacing adorn the glass as the beer descends. The aroma is quite roasty, with hints of dark chocolate and salted caramel.

The taste matches the aroma, with the borderline astringent, burnt malt serving as the foundation for the flavor profile. Limited complexity is afforded by notes of semi-sweet chocolate and earthy, herbal hops that meld with the bitterness of the roast. There's also a wet, metallic flavor that's slightly off-putting, though not especially noticeable. Dark chocolate rides the roasty wave into the finish. The mouthfeel is exceedingly smooth, almost to the point of being too loose, but this makes for exceptional drinkability. The lively carbonation lends some nice texture and facilitates an almost airy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is an excellent session stout that beats the pants off of Guinness and comparable offerings. It's flavorful without becoming cloying (albeit not especially complex) and highly drinkable on account of the smooth, airy mouthfeel. I've not tried anything else by Deschutes thus far, but this was a good start.

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3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Totally black body, creamy tan head whose lacing coats the glass. Head is so thick the individual bubbles aren't even apparent- looks like a tan blanket. The line between body and head is stark, clear, and beautiful. In 92 reviews, this is my first 'perfect' rating ever. No carbonation visible through its opaqueness.

S: Faint, but some cream, milk chocolate, and dark malts come through. Clean, almost floral.

T: Also disappointingly faint. Chocolate, smoke, cream, dark malt, all balanced but on a low level. Something a little off-putting is in there too. Still, it has a fairly long finish. Overall sweet.

M: Rich, full bodied, creamy. Enjoyable to me, but on the verge of being flat.

O: Strong in everything but aroma and taste. Even besides the meek nature of those components, the flavors just didn't stand out to me. A picture of it could be considered fine art, but beyond that, I have a few other favorite milk stouts to which I'll be returning instead.

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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Deep, dark color with beautiful, thick, brown head which slowly dissipated to thin band of bubbles. Great retention and lacing. And the nose! Inviting scent of dark roasted chocolate portends something truly special. And yet, on the palate, the taste was startlingly thin and disappointing. I was expecting something much warmer and seductive, but instead found the taste to be bitter, thin, and sadly cheap (like somebody poured Miller Lite in my stout). Not sure I'll finish the six pack. Sniffle, sniffle...

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,009 ratings.