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:
3,874
Reviews:
1,148
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
576
Gots:
832
For Trade:
5
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours nearly black, with just barely a trace of red highlights during the iPhone flashlight test. An admittedly gentle pour resulted in one finger of dark khaki head that retains wonderfully as a creamy cap. Good bits of lacing down the glass. This one could have benefitted from more eye candy, but that's no fault of Deschutes. Even a weak pour resulted in commendable lacing. A more aggressive pour would have surely resulted in a blanket of beige.

S: Gorgeous roasted profile. Lots of dark roast coffee beans, toasted malts, and slightly burnt caramelized sugar. A nice hint of semi-sweet chocolate underneath as well as some dark fruit.

T: Chocolate fades a little bit on the tongue, giving way to some glorious roasted coffee that tastes as fresh as the first cup of morning joe. A little bit of brown sugar underneath struggles to carry the weight of the dark bitterness, offering only a little balance. It's eventually completely pushed out of sight as a nice rush of fresh hop flavor melds with the coffee. The aftertaste is exclusively black coffee.

M: A stout that drinks almost like an imperial... Damn near full-bodied with tons of creamy smoothness to be found. Doesn't quite reach the chewiness of an imperial stout, but who's complaining? This bad boy drinks like a charm.

O: I never found Deschutes to be the most outspoken brewery around, and with beers like this, they don't have to be. Everything Deschutes has to say gets said as you take a sip of their brews, and Obsidian Stout is a perfect example of what Deschutes is all about. There's no gimmicks or arrogance here... just a divine stout from a company who knows how to brew legendary beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is nearly pitch black with mocha foam. The foam is darker than some beers.

Coffee and roasted malt scent. Noticing a slight metallic aroma as well.

Taste is much lighter than I was expecting from the appearance and smell. Roasted malt and caramel is certainly present, but there is a refreshing hop finish.

More carbonated and thinner than most top stouts. However, it works pretty well with the refreshing finish mentioned above.

This is a little on the weak side for a stout, especially one called Obsidian. Nevertheless, it's unique and drinkable.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky black - opaque. Thick, creamy brown head that settles down to ice cream float. Thick, sticky lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malt, grainy and a bit of ash. Light chocolate and faint faint hops.

Taste: Sweet roast and vanilla chocolate. Very little bitterness.

Mouth: Creamy and thick. Not really slick. Malty.

Overall: Very balanced and tasty. Sweet.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,874 ratings.
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