Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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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
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#2,367
Reviews:
1,180
Ratings:
3,994
pDev:
9.52%
 
 
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Photo of Weston64
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harrison8
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with two fingers of caramel-khaki foam that retains well. Aroma is roasted, toasted, nutted, and caramel malts with a smooth induction of dark flavors, without being soul-condemning dark. Flavor profile is, again, a smooth induction of malts that blend deep and dark with smooth and sweet. Notes of roasted, toasted, caramel, nutted, and bread malts all poke through. It has a splendid smoothness and balance. Mouth feel is velvety, with a medium thickness, offering up the texture of much larger stouts, with the consistency of a more approachable beer. Overall, a good balance of daily consumable with large and boisterous. A true classic.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of BlueTomorrow
3.07/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of lfeinauer
2.32/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Photo of Curt3
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cnealc
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samEBC
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenDragonPurse
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark tan head, which vanishes quickly, on deep sable liquid. The smell is very dark roasted coffee combined with a mustiness like a decaying forest floor. Flavors of cacao and espresso with hints of burnt caramel, bubble gum, and soy. There's a mild bitterness which comes in the middle of the sip and doesn't linger long.

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Photo of Justincredble
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulytasker
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

"Best by 1/7/19"; drank 8/18/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE tan head; frothy lace.

Dark chocolate, wheat & fresh earth notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate & faint raspberry flavors up front; fresh earth notes on the finish.

A fine, sturdy American stout. I'd have another...

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Photo of Bach_And_Beer97
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Demi
3.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of wati47
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kcc
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Antg8989
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is really just a whatever beer for me. It's definitely not bad. But certainly nothing I would want to remember. Pours black with a medium brown head. Standard dark roast, alcohol and raisins. Taste is an off, dark roast coffee. Feel is light on the tongue. Light-medium carbonation. Deschutes, despite its reputation, has been just barely above average for me. What am I missing?

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Photo of lacikuss
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of laketang
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured pitch black and had a brown colored head.roasted notes give a dark chocolate bitterness and espresso notes too. A light - medium mouthfeel, good depth of character for a non ba stout.

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Photo of robotic_being
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad stout. Maybe a smidge hoppy for my ideal stout. But it is still a delicious stout.

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Photo of dafla67
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Got a 12 oz bottle of this to try. poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown, practically black color that's not at all interested in letting in any light at all. Has a fluffy looking, tan head that's over an inch thick when poured with good retention. Good lacing too. Aromas of very roasted malts with chocolate and caramel notes as well as bit of roasted black coffee goodness. The taste is pretty much the same, only much stronger than the aroma, with roasted malts with a bit of caramel sweetness, dark chocolate bitter sweetness, and black coffee bitterness along with some earthy hops that add some additional bitterness. The sweet cocoa notes really come out more as the beer sits and warms a bit. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth, and somewhat frothy and creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Also has a bit of a lactic like quality, which is a nice touch here that works well for this beer. Has a clean finish with a mix of a sweet, butter, and lactic like after taste. A good warm weather stout on this warm summer night here in Cleveland.

Eric

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Photo of bcm119
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite widely-available American stout. The roasty flavors are as fine as the tannins of a great Cab. The hops are fresh, green, and minty, setting off the semi-sweet chocolate and espresso flavors in perfect balance. Mouthfeel is full, almost creamy, but finishes clean and bitter. The benchmark craft stout.

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Photo of RodSmith
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cactusbee
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome flavor! Good value stout!

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,994 ratings