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%
 
 
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blind tasted alongside Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout and Sierra Nevada Stout.

A - Patchy carpet of mocha head lingers. Good retention.

S - Burned caramel, alongside peat and char.

T - Follows the nose but without the sweetness of caramel. Char and peat predominate.

M - Thick and velvety.

O - Well-constructed. Literally a stout beer.

Ranked Obsidian the highest, with Barney Flats second, and SN Stout slightly behind in third.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Location: Whole Foods Erdenheim, PA
Glassware: Delirium Tremens Tulip
Appearance: Pours Black with a light brown head. Light carbonation through and through.
Aromatics: Very sweet chocolates, some bitters.
Flavor: Lots of chocolates sweet and bitter. Hops come as the beer warms. The alcohol wraps itself on the young along with a very smooth mouthfeel.

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

Deschutes has come to PA at last and naturally, The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop was the one to make this (and others) available to me.

From the bottle: "Give into the deep, dark spell as the layers unfold."; "Like the plot of some eerie mystery you can't put down."; "Created for explorers everywhere since 1988"; "Deep, robust and richly rewarding, roasted malt and black barley give way to notes of chocolate and espresso. Smooth and black as the glassy volcanic rock fields it's named for."

Once again, a heavy-handed, aggro pour caused a pseudo-cascade as three-plus fingers of dense, deep-tan head formed with excellent retention and everything went on hold until it settled. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Obsidian, indeed! As the initial head settled, I continued my pour and now it looked like a muffin top protruding from the glass. Will this head ever subside? The nose smelled like Devil's Food cake - rich, chocolaty, slightly smoky, underlain by a coffee-like odor. It smelled like a birthday cake that I had when I was really young, like 5 y/o, chocolate with purple icing. Dig that! I was obsessed with purple when I was really young and my cake played into it. Mouthfeel was big, dense and creamy and the chocolate cake was having espresso as a chaser. Phew. You had better really like those kinds of intense flavors in combination with one another and since I am the king of intensity, it was right up my alley. Beautiful lacing began to form as I drank so I sat back and watched it do its thing while taking a contemplative moment for myself. Finish was exceptionally smooth. I had drank down almost half of it without a second thought. At 6.4% ABV, this would be a great beer to get people interested in the style who may be put off by dark-colored beers.

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

Thanks to BubalooBrewMaster for this one.

12oz bottle with a Best Before date of 08/08/14. Pours a black color with a half inch of brown head. Some lacing. The aroma is chocolatey with some roasted malts, cola, and espresso. The taste is chocolate syrup, roasty malts, earth and espresso. More chocolate and espresso towards the end with a bitter, roasty espresso finish. Slightly thick mouthfeel with a good deal of carbonation. This is an easy drinking stout with lots of chocolate and espresso flavor. Overall, worth seeking out.

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