Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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4.19/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Deep, robust and richly rewarding, this is beer to linger over. Obsidian has distinct notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt and black barley, with just enough hop bite to cut the sweetness.

IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,315
Reviews:
1,187
Ratings:
4,037
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
590
Gots:
907
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,037 |  Reviews: 1,187
Photo of cuyahoga
4.91/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Unclevince
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of B-rett
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MercInc
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gordman
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BradleySig
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it with my prime rib Christmas dinner.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown with nice brown head and good lacing. Smell of dark berries and chocolate. Taste of dark chocolate, blackberries, and roasted malt. A bit Smokey. Enjoyed it with Christmas dinner.

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Photo of shiu-chan
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Espresso, half inch head.
Toasty, toffee, charred caramel nose.
Rich espresso & dark chocolate.

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Photo of scottclark
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is a very good Stout. But what blows my mind is that it has 1/3 the carbs of most Imperials with around 75% of the taste. This is my new, healthier stout. I'll miss Ten Fidy and Storm King, but the 30gs+300kcal is just not good for me.

I'm fine with the 6.4% and 220kcal, and super fine with 10.5G carbs.

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Photo of BennyProfane
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Seamck333
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jroof1
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tp1962
4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Best by date stamped on label is '03/16/19'.
Nearly full black colored body, with the tiniest of dark brown highlighted edge. Two finger tan head stays around and reduces by a half. Leaves behind rings of froth lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. Expresses a touch of vanilla.
Taste is more harsh than the smell, with char attached to the dark roasted malts. In addition there is bitter espresso and dark chocolate. No sweetness here. Dry, chalky finish.
Medium mouth feel, with a smooth touch. Good carbonation.
A standard bearer for non-sweet stouts that express a dark, dry, and slightly bitter taste profile. Quite massive for its lower ABV%. Any hop expression is earthy and full of resin.

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Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of gmale9000
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thomguzow
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An exceptionally delicious stout that is jet black. It features notes of bitter chocolate nibs on the nose. The texture is medium carbonation that reminds me a bit more of a porter than a stout. The taste features rich bitter chocolate and a tang of sweetness at the end. Far less dry than the description would lead to you expect. While it isn’t entirely what it claims it will feature, I found it wonderful and would rate it one of my top picks for a cool winter.

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Photo of bigbutter
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jtollefson
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of breakakeg
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

O-M-G!

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Photo of Hotcupofclark
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like beer, coffee, women all the same; smooth, bold, and strong. This stout definitely answers all of these.

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Photo of CMC73
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Midnight black, finger tall, beige creamy head that slowly recedes and has good lacing.

Aroma is very pungent of dark chocolate, licorice, toffee, coffee, and dark fruit. Notes of roasted nuts and toast, along with vanilla.

Much like the smell. Taste has piney hops upfront, bitter aftertaste. Roasted nuts and toast, dark chocolate complements the hops and other malts. Feels somewhat smooth.

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Photo of Brennan27
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate, coffee, roastiness.
Very balanced and a solid easy to find beer.

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Photo of Rootscipio
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 4,037 ratings