Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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3,874 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:
3,874
Reviews:
1,148
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
576
Gots:
832
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,874 |  Reviews: 1,148
Photo of dpgoblejr
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Westyn
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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

Served this 12 oz. bottle in a New Belgium Globe glass. Dated best by: 7-02-12. The color is deep brown/black...you know, like obsidian. Frothy tan head that left heavy lacing.

The smell was ashy with candied fruit and toasted bread. Cocoa powder or shaved dark chocolate.

The taste was rich malty sweetness but not too much. Very well balanced with a drying, roast bitterness. Burnt biscuit char - in a good way! Nicely constructed.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with modest carbonation.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wer34truh
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A massive head, with a stylistic dark body.

A traditionally coffee smell, with sub-tones of sweetness and malt.

The taste is relatively subtle, considering the style. With a sweet roasted coffee-flavor dominating, with hints of caramel and vanilla.

Overall, a very good stout that could very much become a go-to beer when there is a lack of interesting seasonals.

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Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jrob21
3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MidwestBA
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sneaks2210
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev -5%

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

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate/black with one and a half finger width of creamy mocha head. Nice lacing and head retention.

Smell - Roasted malts, barley, hint of espresso/coffee bean, dark chocolate.

Taste - All the aromas come through in the flavour with bold intensity and roasted taste. Great bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Touch of smoothness.

Overall - A well-crafted and flavourful stout from Deschutes. I really enjoyed the bitterness from the espresso/coffee bean and it makes this brew a real stand-out.

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Photo of jwswigs
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of tourdot
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Auror
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Brabander
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer with an in person trade with a BA. Last thiursday i decided to drink some dark beers and this was the second one i drank. Here we go!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks perfect. Derp deep very depp darkbrown fluid with the most wonderfull lightbrown head, tine bubbles all over the place.

For the rest i can say this is a good beer, no more no less. There is a nice coffee like laste and smell and the feel is a bit too thin, more alcohol would boost this one into the A+ league.

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Photo of bonkers
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of ocelot2500
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a mocha head that fades. Not much lacing left on the glass.

Smells of dark roasted coffee with some chocolate notes. A little hop note can be found.

Tastes of the big roasted character up front. It is a little sweet and then it changes quickly to a bitter roasted and hop character. The hops feel a little citrusy, but are assertive and do not hide in the background. Chocolate notes are also present in the finish, but this features more of the coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full.

This is very drinkable.

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Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of stumac
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of bismarksays
4/5  rDev -5%

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