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:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,869 |  Reviews: 1,147
Photo of Tbulling
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pdcleff
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AGoodStout
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

I have been drinking a lot of Evil Twins big stouts lately, so today, when I have been drinking beer (no ales) I thought I'd get my fix with a lighter one. This fits the bill and meets the expectations.

It's dark and foamy to start, with a beautiful malty aroma. The taste doesn't disappoint, it brings all kinds of sweet overtones that satisfy.

This stout finishes stronger than you might expect, leaving a solid aftertaste.

This stout is a great value and recommended for when you want to see what can be done without jacking the ABV up to 10-12.

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Photo of varian7
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of scott2269
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Shane-L-Waddell
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PMarcy78
2.94/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nihilistic
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of travelguy
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of pajfuwen
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of augustgarage
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 10oz nonic.

Opaque bistre body with a buff head forming a lasting collar and a delicate surface slick. Sandy lacing, average retention.

Aroma is like malt roasting in the forest. Hints of tobacco, hazelnuts, and brown sugar round out the nose.

Dark, brooding, and dry palate entry with a tantalizing malt profile (the black patent and roasted barley are forward but you can discern lighter/sweeter varieties as well - a lovely mix of grains). Clean earthy bitterness from the hops with a vanishing hint of fruit as well. Hints of cocoa nibs, coffee, tree bark, and over-steeped African black tea in the finish. I don't know if it is the water or more likely their house yeast, but there is a distinctive unifying quality to the flavor that makes this simply unmistakable as being crafted by Deschutes.

Medium-light bodied with zesty carbonation (almost a little too much for the style).

One of the first beers I ever had (I was born in Bend, though I was living in a different state when the brewery opened) - making it difficult to rate since it's sort of the equivalent of Proust's madeleine for me. Even if your glass isn't full of memories when you pour one of these, I can safely say it remains one of the defining recipes for the style and should appeal to anyone who enjoys a classic, middle-weight, dry, American stout.

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Photo of badmotorgrunge
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of delgotit99
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of brlelievre
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nimbus_
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Beautiful looking beer. Pitch black with a light creamy brown head.

Smell: I definitely notice dark chocolate right away. There is plenty of roasted malt and coffee in the aroma too, so it's balanced very nicely. I would keep my nose in the glass all night if this brew didn't taste so dang good.

Taste: Definitely not an unexpected taste from the smell of the beer. Right away there's a great sweet chocolate flavor. Then it turns to a slightly more bitter roasted malt taste. The aftertaste left is a nice roasted coffee flavor. It's a really delicious beer. Although, there is also a bit of a twang in the taste near the middle of each sip, feels almost like an alcohol sting, but it's not overbearing at all.

Feel: An awesome balance of light and creamy. It feels creamy on the palate, and yet it's very drinkable and doesn't feel too heavy. Mild carbonation in there as well. Definitely finishes a bit dry, especially with those coffee flavors at the end. As mentioned with the taste, there is a bit of a sting in the fell as well.

Overall: I rarely think of any beer as perfect, but I definitely think that this stout is as close as it gets to perfect. It pours beautifully, offers an enticing aroma, follows up with delicious flavors, and is as drinkable as a stout needs to be.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cold six pack, best by 1/2017. Outstanding stout. Love the fact that you can get this fairly easily if you're in the distribution geography. Motor oil pour with a dimpled, tan head that lingers for awhile. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee grounds. Taste is on point - bakers chocolate, dark roast coffee grounds, a little charred wood, tons of roasted malt and a fair amount of bitter hops. Moderate carbonation, long bitter finish that lingers and ends dry. Easy to drink, easier to enjoy. What a treat.

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Photo of shigg85
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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