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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,205 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,205
Reviews: 1,029
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 470
Gots: 490 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving
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Ratings: 3,205 | Reviews: 1,029
Photo of alarmclock314
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Balanced and drinkable. A staple stout.

Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of bitter, roasty, dark chocolate and coffee ground flavors from the roasted barley. Not as much sweetness as I was expecting, but whatever, this is one awesome stout. The dryness makes for a very bold, robust stout that's very true to the style.

Photo of RBryn
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rich dark colour is lightly topped by a half inch head of beige creamy foam causing the drinker to anticipate the hints of caramel and chocolate flavours about to be experienced.

Photo of centralpabrewer
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On nitro at FM Smokehouse Irving TX April 7 2015. Incredibly smooth no bitterness at all. Creamy mouthfeel. Aromas of coffee and raisin.

Photo of Libeertarian
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"Expired" (but bottle conditioned) almost three months ago, still an excellent beer. In large snifter, couldn't quite get the head to the top (unless I wanted to really overdo things, leaving the beer about only 25% liquid). Opaque dark brown to black. Frothy, lightly-creamed coffee colored head, with bubbles increasing in size as it slowly dissipates. Sticky, fast drying lace. Smells of roasted and sweet malts and chocolate, taste is somewhat similar but favors roastiness and chocolate more than sweetness, especially in the back. Like a medium roast coffee, so tangy/acidic qualities, but with a pinch of hop bitterness and spice. Seems lower than 55 IBUs, which indicates excellent balance. Thick, rich brew with perfect, prickly level of carbonation. A little oily, mostly noticeable on teeth. Warming, but not drying at all on my palate. This stout is right up there with some of the better black ales in my book.

Photo of kinggimp
3.32/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good beer but not great.

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: dark. black

S: deep dark chocolate brown, roasty, toasty

T: actually a bit fruity once I dug around back there-- on the sour side

M: brilliant but not 5 stars

O: great brew. I'll be back...

Photo of spoony
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle (best by June 21, 2015) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated March 25, 2015.

A-The beer pours with a dense, pillowy head of mocha-colored foam. Retention is good and there is some lacing left behind. The beer is black and opaque. Nice.

S-The aroma suggest dark chocolate with a mild, bitter twang of roast coffee and char. I also smell some anise, dark fruit, and a bit of roasted barley.

T-The taste is similar. Bitterness is subdued with lots of chocolate flavor here. There is some mild roasted grain character, some dark, a touch of fruity sweetness, and a smooth espresso-like finish.

M-The feel is lighter than I would expect for the style, but the beer drinks well. Carbonation is moderate.

O-This is a tasty stout that I should drink more of. The bitterness levels are just right for me.... It looks good, smells good, and tastes good. If I had to knock it, I would say that the mouthfeel is a little thin.

Photo of Cath
3.19/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No specific scent pulling through. Picking up mostly on burnt coffee bean. Leaves a bitter malty aftertaste that lingers for a few extra seconds. Meh.

Photo of takusan1000
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Obsidian is the standard I use for stouts. Midnight black tan lacing, complex dark roasted aroma. The taste is absurdly good, with bitter dark roasted malt and dark chocolate sweetness predominant, anise, rum-soaked berries, and a healthy taste of bittering hops that do not bite. It's a bitter brew, not for those expecting Guinness or stouts of that ilk, but the bitter is elegantly balanced by a complex flavor profile. Moderate mouthfeel. Overall one of my all-time favorites in this style and in beers in general.

Photo of maedhros09
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice deep black with big dark tan head
Smell: dark fruit, floral, roasty
Taste: roasty espresso and a little dark chocolate, very restrained sweetness - not as rich as expected. Moderate herbal hops. On the dry side. Opens up a lot as it warms - highly recommend serving at cellar temp.
Feel: smooth with medium body
Overall: The first time I had this a few months ago I remember thinking it was thin and lacking flavor compared to what I expect from a stout. After seeing the BA rating I figured I must have been missing something, or maybe I got a bad sample. Despite the very inviting presentation and a good balance I still found it to be lacking richness and flavor. In every other respect it is an excellent stout, and it is very drinkable - I will happily drink more of these. The Deschutes Black Butte Porter is more exemplary of its style in my opinion.

Photo of secondtooth
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black, with a thick head of tan foamy carbonation. Lovely, ornate lacing.

Aroma: Rich, bittersweet cocoa and chocolate. Stunning and full-on.

Taste: Rich, roasty chocolate up front, with some pronounced charred, burnt wood accents. I get a bittersweet, warming finish. A strong, sturdy, and perfectly-executed stout that packs tons of complexity and flavors into every sip. Wonderful and an ideal example. Deschutes are masters of the dark-roast ale, and Obsidian more than proves it.

Photo of Austin32
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just an excellent american stout.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look is black with a faint brown edge.
Smell is cocoa
Taste up front very kind of sweet maybe a little tart. Back end is not much a little roast taste in the very back of the mouth corners.
Feel not too slimy.
Overall-Good beer that leaves a little zip on the end of your tongue.

Photo of Redneckwine
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Jet black and totally opaque. Generous 1.5 finger, rocky, tan head retains well and leaves near perfect sticky lacing rings.

Smell - Nice coffee and cocoa notes coming in right away, roasty/nutty malts, licorice/fruity sweetness, earthy grassiness

Taste - Much like nose, but with a nice little hop bite on the end. Coffee/cocoa roastiness throughout, a touch of charred malt bitterness, a bit nutty, nice presence of fruity yeast esters, slight earthy/grassy hop nip on the end cleans, balances, and adds some mild bitterness in the offdry finish.

Feel - Creamy smooth and well carbonated medium-full body. Thick and rich feel, yet avoids feeling heavy. Doesn't exactly feel "sessionable", but that's not what it's going for anyway.

Overall - What a kickass stout, and for an insane value to boot ($7.50 a sixer for me). As you can see from my review, I think this beer rocks on all levels, and there just isn't much more to say about it than that.

Photo of ONUMello
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle best by 5/13/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a creamy two-finger tan head
S: Coffee, cocoa, chocolate malt, a bit of burnt malt
T: Malt-focused, particularly chocolate malt. The other notes of the nose come through as well
M: Full-bodied, smooth
O: As everyone below has mentioned, this nails the stout style

Photo of Beerma
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and good! Not too heavy a nice stout!

Photo of skiking70
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorites, from over twenty years ago. Finally got to have it again on a ski trip this winter and it didn't disappoint, it was as good as I remembered.

Photo of Jasonboerner
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a world class beer. The way a stout should look and taste.

Photo of brianmef
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one great tasting stout. Probably the best stout I've ever had.

Photo of bigbadbootydaddy
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and what a beer should taste like.

Photo of tlema1
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well balanced, nice and roasty...this is what a stout should taste like

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - by looking at it I think it's a nitro from the look. Dark as night with a tan head.
Smell - sweet dark chocolate espresso smell
Taste - dark rich coffee taste
Feel - creamy and goes Down smooth
Overall - great coffee creamy stout

Photo of Bierwolf
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as the dead of night, you will not see light through it. A nice creamy 2 fingers of brown head. It is fairly persistent and leaves a sticky lace.

Aroma: Coffee, malt, chocolate, caramel.

Taste: Espresso coffee, bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt. Moderately bitter with a dry finish.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied, creamy and slick. It sticks with you for a while.

Overall: This a great beer for a cold night. If you are a stout lover this a great beer anytime.

Photo of MNJR
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicious stout, very balanced flavor, not one note (coffee, chocolate, licorice, roasty malt, etc). like many stouts. Only the right flavors are in here, and blended in sweet harmony. Just enjoy this one and be grateful it exists.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,205 ratings.