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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,249 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,249
Reviews: 1,039
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 472
Gots: 513 | 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: 3,249 | Reviews: 1,039
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a sixer at my local grocer. The best by label suggests it's still good for about a month. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours coffee black--looks a bit like used motor oil as it goes in--with an inch khaki head that dissipates after a bit and leaves good cling on the glass.

S: Roasted malts dominate the nose. There's coffee notes present, along with a bit of vanilla. Very nice bouquet.

T: Big roasty malts at the front with a healthy dose of coffee and vanilla in the mix. Dark chocolate comes through a bit in the middle, along with some clear alcohol. Just a touch of black licorice. The back end has plenty of the malts carry over, but there's some definite hop bitterness that stays on the palate for a bit. Well-rounded and balanced flavors in this one.

F: Full-bodied and creamy. Very nice carbonation on this one. It's smooth with some nice bitter brightness at the back end.

O: This isn't a flashy stout, but it's impeccably balanced and smooth. I don't like being blown away by coffee or chocolate notes in a stout--I like to know that I'm still drinking beer. This one definitely delivers in that respect. Hats off to the Deschutes brewmaster in crafting such a lovely single stout.

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

Great tasting, with a hint of sweetness, this is a stellar stout.

Photo of toronadotornado
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Local corner store - San Francisco, CA - 12 oz bottle

Photo of Qbdoo
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark roasts, chocolate, medium feel. A benchmark of the style.

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

L: Pours a rich black with thick creamy mocha colored head. Good retention with a fair amount of lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, cherry, plum, caramel, berries, resiny hops are all detectable.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted grains, espresso, brown sugar, earthy hops, cherry, raspberry, even some subtlety sweet tartness almost sour like qualities. Excellent balance of a multitude of flavors.

F: Lighter then you would expect, moderate carbonation, nice creamy finish.

O: A very complex yet well balanced brew. Easily one of the best readily available stouts on the market. Deschutes truly does a great job creating quality beer.

Photo of Joe_Howard
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a great stout! Pours an almost pitch black body, with a big frothy tan head. The smell is chocolatey and roasty. The taste is perfect balance of coffee flavors and dark chocolate and has a full creamy body. If you have a chance get it, you will not be disappointed.

Photo of gjoker321
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

One dimensional and then. Ripest flavored nice but the clash with the hop bitterness.

Photo of wedge
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black crowned with a generous head of dense bubbly creaminess that coats the glass well. Aromas of roasty, smoky malts, coffee, caramel, malted milk balls, berries, and hops. Delicious hoppy stout flavor...bittersweet chocolate, char, slight fruity yeast character. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, finishing a bit dry. Excellent stout!

Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lingering coffee and chocolate, but overbearingly so. This beer reminds me of why I don’t smoke cigars: can’t get the taste out my mouth. Best aspect is the smell.

Photo of TBonez477
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reasonably fresh, started with a strong licorice flavor at cellar temp. This died as it warmed. Has strong roast flavor throughout and a bitter finish that lingers. Good mouthfeel on this one for the low ABV and medium carbonation.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unbelievable brew going on here. Dark and tasty. Easy to get in cali

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.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,249 ratings.