Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout
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:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,869
Reviews:
1,147
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
576
Gots:
827
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,869 |  Reviews: 1,147
Photo of andrewh995
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark black beer with a tan head. Smells of sweet chocolate and some coffee. The flavor has both bitter dark chocolate and some sweet milk chocolate along with more coffee, burnt sugar, and some dark fruit. Also relatively light for a stout which is great. One of my favorite stouts out there.

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Photo of whynot44
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black brew with a nice off-white head that retains well and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is dark roasted malt, mild coffee, hints of chocolate and slightly sweet.

The taste is along the same lines, lots of rich roasted malt up front, a bit of coffee and chocolate with some fruitiness - raisins or plums, with a touch of earthy hops, complex but nicely balanced and very drinkable.

Medium bodied, creamy smooth, easy to drink.

Altogether, this is a very enjoyable stout, not too heavy but very tasty.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

dark pour with a tanish brown head, good retention and lacing. notes of earthy bitter chocolate, leather, dark roasty malts, hint of espresso and char, hops providing a nice level of bitterness.

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Photo of briantullis1
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This most excellent stout pours
a deep coal black with a fantastic head of light brown foam that subsides
to a thick layer with excellent lacing. Nose of subtle cocoa, moderate coffee,
roasted malts, and subtle cream laden char. Flavors exceed the nose with
rich coffee and bakers chocolate with subtle char, light cream on the rear
mingling with subtle herbal hops for balance, and light notes of dark fruit
on the back. Very nice mouth feel; smooth, rich, lightly creamy, and loaded
with dark roasted malt notes. Overall a sensational stout from an excellent brewery.

Cheers

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Photo of beagleyx2
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjp217
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stebbi7833
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitch
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with a best before date of 30th January 2017, poured into a Spiegelau Stout glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a big frothy three fingered mocha brown head with pretty good retention and great lacing.

Aroma: Light roasty, milk chocolate, coffee and a hint of raspberries.

Taste: Sweet-ish milk chocolate, a touch of dark fruit with a bitter roast coffee bean and espresso finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to light bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall: An easy to drink Stout with nice chocolate and coffee notes.

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Photo of Luckydog91
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Glanzman
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/10

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of everyhumanist
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of J10Jordan
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dewsby
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akopczyk
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CypherAnt
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours nice and dark with a tan head. Nose a bit muted and Boozy. Tastes great, but feel is a bit too carbonated for me. I enjoyed it and will buy again.

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Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petrusek23
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tripledbrew
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ABabbidge
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Solid black body with a creamy tan head. Good retention at lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso.

T: Much like the nose, lots of chocolate and dark coffee flavors. Also some fruity sweetness in the finish.

F: Moderate carbonation and moderate to full bodied. Lingering slightly bitter coffee taste in the finish.

O: Very good. Fairly light bodied for how strong the taste is, which makes it pair great with dessert in my opinion. At only 6.4 percent, this will be a great dessert beer when I don't want the super high ABV of most imperial stouts.

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Photo of SuomenAmerikkalainen
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SaltofOH
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle BB 3/26/17. Guinness pint.

A: pours a completely opaque black that light barely gets through on the edges when held to the light. Thick 3-finger frothy head, light tan in color. Impeccable lacing. Good retention.

S: sweet, milk chocolate and roasted malt. A little nutty.

T: lighter, sweeter arrival than expected. Sweet and malty mid-palate. Light bitterness at the end, mainly from the roasted malt. This is a sweet stout, for sure. Founders porter was more bitter and roasted. Still, the taste grows on you.

M: lighter side of heavy. Mild carbonation. Slick, but not motor oil as some stouts can be. Enough bittering to finish cleanly.

O: a very good dessert beer. A touch on the sweet side. Not overpowering as stouts go, but very clean and balanced. Handsome to look at and smells great, but the taste leaves me wanting something else. A great baseline stout. Worth revisiting.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian Stout brewed by Deschutes Brewery, with an ABV of 6.40% This American Stout pours out a deep brown color with a nice off white head. Kinda puts you in the mind set of coffee There is a decent amount of lacing to this stout, it sticks to the side of the glass nice. The smell is rich with roasted grians and malts, and some nice earthly hops. There is also a nice mild sweetness to the smell of this brew. Obsidian Stout has the look and smell of most American Stout on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is bold with rich deep flavors. You first pick up on roasted grians and malts. Then a nice mild bitter sweetness of hops. There is a lot going on in Obsidian Stout . I like how smooth this brew goes down, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.40% ABV in this brew. Obsidian Stout has a real super nice balance to it. The mouth feel of this American Stout is Bold, Rich, Clean Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Obsidian Stout a 4.50 out of 5. I would buy this American Stout again. Deschutes Brewery, did a super nice job this brew. If you are a fan of stouts look this brew up.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,869 ratings.
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