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:
#2,266
Reviews:
1,186
Ratings:
4,027
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
587
Gots:
905
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Ratings: 4,027 |  Reviews: 1,186
Photo of dsippel
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KevinMc
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dwiech
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Greener
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnDon
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eppCOS
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Black as death, foamy head retention nice top glass lacing. Proper
S - Interesting and alluring bitter dark chocolate aroma, with strong roast, a little coffee whiff.
T - Solid but falls a little after 3 months in the bottle, loses some of the strong flavor
F - Good carbonation, stays prickly on the mouth, without being dominant
O - Still one of the better stouts out there by a major American brewery, and perhaps one of THEIR best beers at Deschutes. Not too many other D beers turn me on anymore, but this one is an exception.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Weston64
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harrison8
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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 -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of lfeinauer
2.32/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Photo of Curt3
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of samEBC
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenDragonPurse
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
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 +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulytasker
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Demi
3.23/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of wati47
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kcc
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Antg8989
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
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 -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 4,027 ratings