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
Ranking:
#1,144
Reviews:
1,169
Ratings:
3,963
pDev:
9.52%
Bros Score:
4.7
 
 
Wants:
586
Gots:
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leantom
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes makes solid beers. This is another solid offering from them. Here goes:

A: Best thing about the beer. Pours a deep black with a massive, dark, lace-producing head. Great.

S: Charred and smoky burnt malt. Fair amount of cocoa and dark chocolate, but these scents are somewhat faint.. But beyond the smokiness and faint dark chocolate, there isn't much to it. Good nonetheless.

T: Follows the nose. Taste somewhat more complex, however, with dark fruits in the aftertaste to complete the cocoa. It's still very smokey, however, but this isn't a bad thing.

F: Solid, if a little light.

O: A good beer. Probably would've thought it was great six or seven years ago, when I began drinking craft beer. However, I think the evolution of the craft beer scene may have left Deschutes behind somewhat.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with almost no head, low carbonation and a small amount of light tan foam dots.

Smells of charred cedar, dry dark cocoa, and some sweetened cold brew with a touch of cream.

Starts off mildly sweet with chocolate and vanilla and white oak. Dry cocoa finishes with a mild bittering. Clean and direct. Almost a little one note I thought at first. After some time, caramel, vanilla and booze come out more pronounced after it warms up. Yeah, this one is better a little warmer.

Smooth texture with a creamy thickness. Finish is smooth and crisp and even a little salty leaving a dry thirsty sensation that encourages you to drink more.

I always thought of this beer as setting the standard. It executes the traditional style very well, but never stood out as innovative. Traditional or novel, it doesn't matter, this is delicious.

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Photo of MO1978
2.89/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Viaduck
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a thick & pretty looking tan head. Smells sweet, dark chocolate & brown sugar. Tastes bitter, salty & then a hint of sweetness. It’s flavor is chocolate, hops, dark roasted malt & espresso. Feel is moderately thick & smooth. Interesting, a bit bitter for a stout.

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Photo of Half-full
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zbelair
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of corywalston
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marzen_Fan
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Red_Zeke
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Donbeerlvr
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another Deschutes great beer!

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Photo of Paul_Bruce
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopguy28
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of maxmilan4
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wolvmar
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Working from memory; just logging for my notes. Beautiful pour but otherwise uninspiring. Tried twice but won’t try again.

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

Photo of Trboley
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bluehende
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nobel96
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Warren2621
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hreb
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best before 08/01/18. I've been drinking these for years, how have I never reviewed Obsidian Stout before? Is it because I confuse Obsidian Stout with Black Butte Porter? Served in a chalice.

Beer oprus black with a medium brown head which falls before too long. Aroma is wickedly nice, with loads of roasted barley, burnt toast, and hazelnuts. Flavor is bold, with a presence of bitter baking chocolate but a tinge of hops in the finish. Served cold I'm finding the carbonation too aggressive for the style, although it does keep this big American Stout from feeling heavy.

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

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,963 ratings