Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Deep, robust and richly rewarding, this is beer to linger over. Obsidian has distinct notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt and black barley, with just enough hop bite to cut the sweetness.

IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful. Near-opaque dark brown body with a thick, dark mocha head.

S - A lot of dark chocolate, some roasted malt, a little fruitiness. Straightforward, but enjoyable.

T - Deep and complex. Begins with a big delicious malt taste with sweet chocolate and dark fruit notes. This is followed by a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness. There are just a little more hops than I would have liked, it distracts from the other flavours. A lot of roasted malts in the aftertaste, almost burnt tasting, with some lingering bitterness. Very interesting.

M - Also great - nice and thick, with a nice amount of zest from the carbonation.

O - A complex and tasty stout. Would prefer a little less bitterness, but overall, very enjoyable. Will definitely drink again.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out black with light tan head.

The aroma has sweet roasted malt and chocolate, but it's not a huge aroma.

The flavor is huge roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. There's also a hint of some dark fruit. There's a bittering finish as well.

The body on this is surprisingly light. This is one better stouts (non Imperial) I have had. The flavor is really spot on and really nice and roasty. The issue for me is the lighter body. I wish it was more creamy and luscious.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with best by date of 30 Sept. 2013.
Pour is black (obsidian) with only a hint of dark bown at the edges. Opaque, even in bright light. Creamy tan head has moderat retention and leaves bands of sticky lacing.
Aroma: sweet and dark roasted malts
Flavor: Sweet up front, mildly bitter by the finish. Loads of dark roasted grain flavor. With hints of dried plums, dark chocolate, and coffee. Very slight burnt toast component.
M: Full body; medium carbonation. Approaches 5.
O: A excellent, robust stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at dfw airport.

A: one finger nitro cream head. Stellar retention. Mocha colored head. Fork, opaque brown. Stellar lacing as well.

S: dark roasted malt slam. Darkened fruit, bitter chicory and liquid smoke.

T: alcohol heat is present o n the finish and accentuates the dark fruit. Still mainly a smoke / coffee monster. Long, bitter finish that is equal parts charred grain and hoppy deliciousness.

M: the best part of anything nitro related. Exceptionally creamy. Huge mouth feel.

O: not a stout to mess with. Big flavor and a welcome respite during my cross country travel.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Poured out of a 12 oz brown bottle into a stein with a textured outer surface and an embossed "50 cl". Label is clearly marked with a 'best by' date of 9/16/13

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a finger of frothy caramel-tan head sitting atop a pitch-black body. Faintest element of walnut coloring around the edges where the light shines through a tiny bit. Foam dissipates after a few minutes, leaving silky lacing and a medium film of bubbles on top.

Smell - Dominated by roasted malts, with some hints of bittersweet chocolate and ground coffee coming through as well. Some phenolic characteristics.

Taste - Creamy semisweet chocolate, burnt sugar bitterness, and hints of french roast coffee and even some peanut brittle. Do I sense a kiss of earthy hoppiness on the finish? Parts of it remind me of Black Butte, but more robust.

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation with a creaminess to it. Nice medium-to-heavy body and a clean finish.

I've had a fair number of beers in the overall "stout" umbrella, but not many of the standard American variety. I can only imagine this is the standard-bearer for the style, as it's quite tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,957 ratings