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:
3,848
Reviews:
1,140
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
570
Gots:
814
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,848 |  Reviews: 1,140
Photo of ABabbidge
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Solid black body with a creamy tan head. Good retention at lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso.

T: Much like the nose, lots of chocolate and dark coffee flavors. Also some fruity sweetness in the finish.

F: Moderate carbonation and moderate to full bodied. Lingering slightly bitter coffee taste in the finish.

O: Very good. Fairly light bodied for how strong the taste is, which makes it pair great with dessert in my opinion. At only 6.4 percent, this will be a great dessert beer when I don't want the super high ABV of most imperial stouts.

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Photo of SuomenAmerikkalainen
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SaltofOH
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle BB 3/26/17. Guinness pint.

A: pours a completely opaque black that light barely gets through on the edges when held to the light. Thick 3-finger frothy head, light tan in color. Impeccable lacing. Good retention.

S: sweet, milk chocolate and roasted malt. A little nutty.

T: lighter, sweeter arrival than expected. Sweet and malty mid-palate. Light bitterness at the end, mainly from the roasted malt. This is a sweet stout, for sure. Founders porter was more bitter and roasted. Still, the taste grows on you.

M: lighter side of heavy. Mild carbonation. Slick, but not motor oil as some stouts can be. Enough bittering to finish cleanly.

O: a very good dessert beer. A touch on the sweet side. Not overpowering as stouts go, but very clean and balanced. Handsome to look at and smells great, but the taste leaves me wanting something else. A great baseline stout. Worth revisiting.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian Stout brewed by Deschutes Brewery, with an ABV of 6.40% This American Stout pours out a deep brown color with a nice off white head. Kinda puts you in the mind set of coffee There is a decent amount of lacing to this stout, it sticks to the side of the glass nice. The smell is rich with roasted grians and malts, and some nice earthly hops. There is also a nice mild sweetness to the smell of this brew. Obsidian Stout has the look and smell of most American Stout on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is bold with rich deep flavors. You first pick up on roasted grians and malts. Then a nice mild bitter sweetness of hops. There is a lot going on in Obsidian Stout . I like how smooth this brew goes down, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.40% ABV in this brew. Obsidian Stout has a real super nice balance to it. The mouth feel of this American Stout is Bold, Rich, Clean Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Obsidian Stout a 4.50 out of 5. I would buy this American Stout again. Deschutes Brewery, did a super nice job this brew. If you are a fan of stouts look this brew up.

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Photo of ribby
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is deep reddish brown, almost impenetrable to light. The head is thick and creamy, and fades nicely. The smell is somewhat mild, reflecting the relative maltiness of this stout. The overall flavor is just a bit bitter. The finish is more chocolate than anything else, with some hops and sweet malt. The feel is as good as you would expect from the look of the head. Very drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of JamesLeung
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Caveworm
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this brew's head is three fingers thick brown, and spongey, with solid lacing, and a body none more black.

I smell dark chocolate, raspberries, black licorice, light oak/tobacco, and a slight earthiness.

Tastes like chocolate pudding, coffee, a bit of dark rum, black licorice, and the aforementioned earthiness.

Mouthfeel is slightly heavy with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery with a 4.75. Nearly perfect...

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Photo of hydrate
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious. Very dark, coffee, carmalized flavor. Very slightly sweet but not like a milk stout. Really really good.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 101NEOGEO
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NICE FROTHY HEAD UPON THE POUR... HANGS AROUND JUST LONG ENOUGH....
SMELLS, LIKE... "I WANT SOME RIGHT NOW!"....
VISCOSITY COULD BE A TAD THICKER TO MY LIKING, BUT NICE, AS IS.....
TASTE?....I GAVE IT A 5!...HOPPY, WITH A DARK CARAMEL TASTE....

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bones349
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little light

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Photo of oline73
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amguerra305
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a touch thin for something that is supposed to be a stout. Cola brown with a Khaki head that lingers throughout. Smell is roasted malts with not much nuance going on. Perhaps it is still a touch too cold and needs to open up. Taste is coffee on the front end with a dark finish. Very tasty. Feel is light for the style. Overall this has the body of a porter with the more pronounced roast flavor of a stout. It really should be called a porter but I rated on what it is supposed to be and it falls a tad short for a stout.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pico_suarez
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Greasy
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OhioSmallCraft
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of AJmon13
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyLaw
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid stout, great look and head.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of C_Peterson
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sappyjoker
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Millersbrewers
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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