Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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3,848 Ratings
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:
3,848
Reviews:
1,140
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
570
Gots:
814
For Trade:
5
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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is Best by 5/19/13. Poured into a small wine glass.

O – An above average stout. A beer that required an entire 12oz for me to recognized as a beer worthy of recognition.

A –Poured black, nice tan 2-finger smooth head, nice lacing, nicely carbonated.

S – Coffee, roasted malt, a slight floral and spicey aroma.

T – Roasted malt, expresso/coffee, some mild sweetness, bitterness in the finish.

MF – Smooth.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Appearance
Pitch black with 2-3 fingers of creamy, tan head. Excellent retention leaves behind some thick, creamy lacing. No light penetration.

Nose
Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, cocoa, caramel and black licorice.

Taste
Semi-sweet chocolate, dusted cocoa and medium roast coffee. Tons of caramel along with notes of black licorice and suggestions of plum and fig. Finishes with roasted barley and milk chocolate along with hints of citrusy/piney hops.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth and almost silky.

Overall
It's all there and nicely balanced...chocolate, coffee, caramel and dark fruits. Impressive!

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4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

pours out an opaque blackened brown colour with a cascading dark tan head an inch high with viscous staying power. can't really look any better. the aroma is a conglomeration of dark unsweetened chocolate, dark roasted malts, nougat, toffee, java and NW hopping. smells delicious. the taste is a malt and yeast driven pillowy black patent maltiness with hints of funk and ripe red fruit. there is underlying cocoa and caramel layer complimented by a slight alcohol note and cascade type hops. tastes solid. the body of this stout is full and heavy, with a thick, rich and luscious and somewhat chalky mouthfeel. this is a very drinkable beer but one you'll want to take your time with due to the well rounded nature.

overall an american stout that brings it all to the table. this may be the quintessential example of domestic stout brewing. good stuff here and definitley recommended.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a large wine glass.

A - Very dark brown black color with about 2 fingers of tan head that disappeared fairly quickly.

S - Sweet caramel roasted malts, brownie chocolate, strong coffee.

T - Roasted malts, followed by the coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Good amount of hop at the back end leaving a slight bitterness. Nice.

M - Fairly heavy and syrupy. This one seemed slightly over carbonated though.

O - This stout has some excellent flavor and a surprising amount of hop in the taste that I was not able to pick up on at first through the smell. For the price its a wonderful stout which may become a regular.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,848 ratings.
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