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:
3,856
Reviews:
1,141
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
573
Gots:
818
For Trade:
5
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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

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3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Artwork: That's one fantastic label. Great artwork and fairly fitting for a beer of this caliber. A true classic.

Appearance: Ink black, viscous-looking and with a huge tan head.

Nose: Lots of coffee upfront, strong roastiness too. Burnt bread and some dark fruit.

Taste: Fairly bitter. You can taste some coffee and some burnt starch.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and with carbonation that bites. Interesting combo.

Overall: A very nice Stout. I perhaps drank it a little colder than I should have so I may have missed some of its true complexity.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black...very deserving of it's name. The head is a dark brown one finger cap with some nice brown lace coating the glass.

S - Bitter espresso beans and dark unsweetened chocolate. This is one of the most coffee intensive stouts that I've ever smelled. Literally smells like the strongest dark roast espresso with a huge chunk of baker's unsweetened dark sugar lumped in.

T - Again, huge espresso and bitter dark chocolate. There are some woody campfire flavors in there too.

M - Bitter, medium bodied, with some raspy carbonation that is a bit too rough for the style IMHO. The finish is bitter and "stoutish" as hell, and will stick to your teeth for the next few hours.

D - Pretty good stout honestly. I prefer less dark bitter coffee, but I know that's exactly what a lot of stout lovers are looking for so I can't fault it for that.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served this 12 oz. bottle in a New Belgium Globe glass. Dated best by: 7-02-12. The color is deep brown/black...you know, like obsidian. Frothy tan head that left heavy lacing.

The smell was ashy with candied fruit and toasted bread. Cocoa powder or shaved dark chocolate.

The taste was rich malty sweetness but not too much. Very well balanced with a drying, roast bitterness. Burnt biscuit char - in a good way! Nicely constructed.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with modest carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,856 ratings.
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