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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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of ChicagoNick
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Recless7
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of stbo101
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of CLaBarre
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Seanhillmusiccleaner
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

This stout will make your poo dark.

Very dark coffee/ chocolatey bitter. A tad higher ABV for Deschutes mass-markteted brews. If you like Guiness, this may be a bit too dark and rough. Lacks the levity and smoothness.

Not bad, but not something worth discussing. Why am I here then? Oh yeah, because I'm drinking it now and was looking up my next serving, Sprecher's Double IPA (Oh boy, I don't like the looks of those reviews. Here I thought I was getting a bargain finding a few of these in the $9.99 build your own craft 6-er.)

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Photo of Beerriver
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of JISurfer
3.29/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Got a bottle of this at a tiny shop in Honolulu. While the smell and look were on point, the taste was just too bitter for me. It left a nasty burned chocolate flavor in my mouth, wasn't a fan of it. I'd be willing to try it on tap, but for now, it's a no go for me.

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Photo of Damian
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Ralph's Deli & Grocery, Seattle, WA

Poured a thick, super dark and opaque pitch black with a one-finger, frothy, coffee-colored head that lasted and left some sticking lacing along the glass.

The aroma was rich, smooth and very sweet. Chocolate was quite apparent, with dark and milk chocolate and powdered cocoa notes all coming through at various points. Coffee was noticeable as well, along with sweet cream and vanilla. A touch of alcohol appeared as the beer warmed.

The taste was quite different from the aroma. Huge roasted malts came through up front along with a rather bitter, mineral-like quality. Roasted coffee was noticeable mid-palate. The huge, hoppy and espresso-like finish was powerful, slightly tannic, bitter and lingering. As the beer warmed, the bitterness intensified to the point of being overwhelming.

The mouthfeel was somewhat thin and a bit over carbonated.

Overall, this beer seemed to be a bit of a disappointment. While many may be attracted to its deep, roasted flavors, I found the bitterness to be too much to handle.

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3.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

black as night with nearly an inch of tan head that leaves plenty of thin lace.

woody, smoky charred malt in the aroma, along with some floral, piney hoppiness. faint hints of bitter chocolate and some soy sauce as well.

roasted and chocolaty malts in the flavor with a bitter, smoky, lingering finish. medium body with a medium-high carbonation; seems like it should have a bit more weight to it. flavors are passable but stiffly bitter finish hurts the drinkability.

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Photo of kinggimp
3.32/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good beer but not great.

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Photo of stcules
3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black in color. One finger of a beautiful light brown head. Good stout appearance.
Roasted malt in the smell, light, very smooth.
The taste is quite intense, of a robust stout, with a good amount of roasted malt.
Some coffee notes here and there.
Very drinkable, smooth.
Good, but not exceptional.

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Photo of BWED
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic

A- Black, slightly rocky brown head. Retention okay, great lacing.

S- Chocolate, a little roast, burnt sugar/marshmallow.

T- More roast. Espresso, a bit of cocoa. More bitter than sweet. Mellows more with a temperature rise.

M- Full body, less smooth than expected. Bitterness and roast lingers. Almost astringent.

O- Not so smooth. Aftertaste a little off. Aroma is nice and complex. Flavor less so. Overall okay.

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Photo of sudo
3.37/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black with a tan head. Alcohol, black liquorice, berries, bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of smokiness on the nose. Boozy, dark melted chocolate, roasted malts and some smoke on the palate. Soft bitterness, dark fruits that awakes in the finish. Pretty smooth and a touch creamy. Low to med-low carb.

Overall I enjoyed it, I'm not sure why I get so much booze on the nose and palate but it's kinda off putting to me at least. Would try it again, not my favorite.

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3.41/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of n2185
3.41/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with about a finger of light tan head that quickly recedes into little more than a thin ring with almost no lacing.

S: Some smokey, roasted malts up front followed by sweetened cocoa powder. There's a very dry character to the chocolate aroma, reminding me more of hot chocolate powder than of whole chocolate.

T: Similar to the aroma, the roasted malts come first followed by a bit of sweetened chocolate flavor. The finish is of bitter, almost burnt, coffee.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, but with a bit of a watery feel to it rather than being creamy like I prefer.

D: Goes down fairly smooth, though the lighter body and slight burnt coffee aftertaste keep it from being extremely drinkable.

Overall, not a bad stout, but not much stands out about it either.

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3.41/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.42/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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