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:
3,848
Reviews:
1,140
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
570
Gots:
814
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,848 |  Reviews: 1,140
Photo of Derrix10
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schimschim
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nizzle8287
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Black/brown highlights, big khaki head with beautiful lacing all the way around
Smell: Sweet... if-it-tastes-as-good-as-it-smells delicious
Taste: Awesome creamy blend of cocoa, black coffee and light toffee
Feel: Full bodied with medium to high carbonation, alcohol makes it feel bigger than it is
Overall: Amazing stout, PERIOD

Served at 55-60 F in a tulip

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Photo of Southside830
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great stout !! More complex char to sweetness IMO. Gets better as it warms up. A great value on a readily available and high quality stout.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of GregJ
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with dark brown edges. Thick and foamy light brown head dissipates quickly leaves nice lacing down the glass. Smells sweet roasted malts. Tastes dark roast coffee, mocha and dark roasted/burnt malts in the aftertaste with a little hoppy bitterness. Nice medium body.

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Photo of kds2437
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ranbo67
3.46/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of misternebbie
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gordonj
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 4-13-15.

APPEARANCE: pours completely black, even when held to light nothing penetrates the darkness, one-finger tan head that dissipated to a thin, broken layer of small bubbles, there was significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: roasted grain, chocolate.

TASTE: initially very sweet then a blast of roasted grains and chocolate, the 6.4% alcohol is perceptible.

PALATE: medium carbonation, creamy, full bodied.

OVERALL: I am not a huge fan of stouts but enjoyed this one when included in a sampler pack, not something I'll seek out by itself but worth trying. If you like the stout style this is one of the better examples for sure.

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Photo of torwart68
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of torwart94
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ardeer
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BoJengs
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LastMalkieri
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RDW
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fr0stb1te
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jishguy
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a solid black body with a one finger mocha colored head. The head did dissipate after about two minutes or so. The lacing on the glass is moderate when turning from side to side.

S - The immediate smell of espresso dominates the aroma, along with sweet caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. Very inviting

T - Very similar to the aroma. Dark roasted malts immediately up front followed by the chocolate and sweet malts on the backbone. A tiny hint of alcohol is present in the aftertaste, but not to overwhelming.

M - Not bad, but definitely the most disappointing aspect of this brew. Creamy, but could be a bit more.

D - It does sit heavy, which is not uncommon for a stout. I could drink three or four.

Overall, a solid brew. a friend brought me a six pack while on vacation. I'd definitely buy another.

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Photo of MichaelNeelsen
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

L: Pitch black, pours thick, with a one-finger width cinnamon-colored head.

S: Roasted malts is the overwhelming aroma. Maybe some espresso and uber dark chocolate.

T: Roasted malts again. Espresso. Nice finish.

F: The highlight of this beer for me. It's medium-full, bouncy, fluffy, pillowy body is the way an American stout should be.

O: A great baseline for stouts, and another great beer from Deschutes. It's not as special as The Abyss or Black Butte, but it's very good.

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

Photo of Taybeh
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a single into a Bell's snifter (and consumed sitting by the fireplace after shoveling snow)

A: rich jet black with a 2 finger puffy tan head (looks amazing)
S: roasted espresso, toasted barley, bitter chocolate, grassy hops
T: nice layers of flavor that follow the nose, though the chocolate is less pronounced than the nose suggests; lots of toasted dark malts with some ashy burnt flavors too; ends fairly bitter (both grassy notes and some char). First one of this winter, but in winters past, this is one of my staples. God bless you, Deschutes!
M: creamy, smooth, with some pleasing bitterness and acidity. maybe a little on the thin side.

Overall: These guys win. This is a stellar stout.

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

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,848 ratings.
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