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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,078 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,078
Hads: 3,571
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 525
Gots: 662 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,078 | Hads: 3,571
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small dark head.
Nose shows intense roasted coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of smoke. Very nice.
Very similar flavours, lots of roasted malt and coffee beans with more noticeable smoke. Finishes with a light roasty bitterness.
Carbonation is a little too high.

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

Good tasting, with more than hints of burnt carmel sweetnes, no hoppy bitterness. Much more flavor than Guiness. Bold, confident - the stout that got me started liking stouts - I have moved on to Imperial's for the bigger flavor but this still stands there and says -drink me - I'm worth it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%

Been considering this one for awhile. Now it's time.

Appearance (4.5) : Pours out of the bottle looking like used motor oil. Now I know that doesn't sound particularly delectable, but in a stout, it sure is. It has an oatmeal colored head, reaching about two fingers. It leaves generous lace in delicate lingerie rings around the glass as it recedes. Color is obsidian black, just like the name. 100% opaque. Nothing penetrates. I like how this is looking.

Aroma (4.25) : Smokey, coffee bean, dark chocolate, campfire. A little licorice. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4) : Quite decent. Bitter notes set in right away with coffee bean and char, then some more grassy notes step in, some woody dark cherry, finally leaving with some dark chocolate and roast bean. Smoke and char is left lingering on the palate. It's not the best stout I've ever tasted, but it's not half bad.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Creamy mouthfeel with an underbelly of generous carbonation. Mildly zippy. I would say it's just a hair less carbonated than the Shipyard Blue Fin Stout I reviewed (which arguably was too much carbonation for its style). Could be better.

Overall (4.02) : This is not my favorite Deschutes offering. It is definitely a good smokey stout with heavy char and dark notes. Long after the swallow the taste lies lingering on the palate with roasted coffee and light smoke. It is a worthy offering and should be tried if spotted.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black. A large mocha head left plenty of spidery lacing.

Smell is of dark coffee and tobacco.

Taste is similar to the smell. Plenty of dark roasted malt with coffee and tobacco notes.

Texture is stellar. A medium body with some chew. Some carbonation and a bite.

A very surprising great feeling from such a low abv. My favorite part of the beer. Flavors are big and bold. It's not an imperial, so I can't expect more complexity, but it's well done.

DOA

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Photo of MiScusi
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle. A deep opaque black with a bubbly thin head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of roasted and black malts, and maybe cascade hops?, somewhat musty/sour. Taste is of heavy rostiness and coffee. Not too viscous, but has nice body. Carbonation is about medium. The flavor definitely carries this one with strong coffee character along with a fairly mild bitterness.

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Photo of Lupe
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a brown hue at the bottom of the glass when held to the light. Huge cocoa colored rocky tan that leave tons of sticky lace all over the glass. If you like them dark, they don't look much better than this one.

Big dose of acidic/astringent roast hits you with a hint of cocoa powder, and smokey notes. A touch sweetness rounds out the aroma.

A quick touch of dark chocolate sweetness is thrown aside by a bitter and acidic burnt twang of roasted barley. This lingers a bit before moving over for ripe fruit and burnt caramel. The first sip is almost overwhelming with roasted bitterness, similar to iced coffee sans milk and sugar. Once the initial shock is over other flavors come out. A hint of rum soaked cherries, smoke, and spice. Hops are herbal and leafy. Espresso/French Roast coffee lingers throughout. Finishes dry with lingering roast.

Medium bodied and smooth. A little biting on the tongue between all the roast and the carbonation.

Very robust. Drinks bigger than you would think - after being on a Imperial Stout kick, I figured a stout at 6.4% would be a session beer. Not quite the case. Alcohol gets warming and more noticeable midway through. High roasted character and astringency takes a notch or two away from the drinkability. Nice solid stout.

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Photo of Knilas
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Midnight black in the glass. Tan head...just not much of one. Heavy mouthfeel. Rich, dark coffee and chocolate. Some molasses in the background. Lotsa malt. Hops come in just enough to balance everything out. Well made. Worth the coin.

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Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best By: 04/09/12
0134 J

A- Aggressive pour yields a three finger-width, mid-mocha head on a black beer. Gread head retention with clumpy lacing.

S- A whole bunch of roasty, chocolatey, cola notes on the nose.

T- More roastiness, chocolate and even a hint of smokiness on certain sips. Perhaps some coffee thrown in there somewhere. Leaves a taste of bitter chocolate on the palate.

M- Smooth, medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D/O- Highly drinkable. First time having this Deschutes offering, I've been missing out. Thanks ruizjoseph for the long time want!

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black with a beautiful cocoa-brown head. The head dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a fair amount of sticky lacing on the inside of the glass...

The smell is inviting - the caramel and dark chocolate notes are pretty obvious with no real hops to speak of...

Taste is very rewarding. The primary notes are chocolate and caramel with no real coffee, smoke or 'burnt' taste to be found. It's rather reminiscent of some of my favorite milk stouts but there's no real sweetness to be found, only the illusion. The beer has a very dry finish without being bitter.

While it's a medium to heavy bodied brew, it clears the palate nicely and doesn't leave an oily aftertaste. Carbonation is medium to low but that's all that's needed to make the stout seem complete.

This is a very drinkable stout and I'm surprised to see the ABV so high (BA reports 6.70%, Deschutes website says 6.40%) This tastes like one of those pleasant 4%-5% stouts; there's no hint at all that it's hiding a higher than normal alcohol kick. Perhaps that's the source of the 'hint of sweetness' but whatever the case, it's quite a tasty brew.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass with a best by: 7/28/12. Glad I noticed this since it is 7/15/12

Appearance: Big beautiful 2 to 2&1/2 finger size head that is khaki color with tight condensed bubbles. It is a dark black beer with absolutley no light penetration through this beer. The lacing on this is ridiculous as I swirl the glass it really sticks to the side. I was taken by the head that formed on this. Awesome!

Smell: Upfront is the espresso and toasted malts along with dark chocolate and nuts. I get some slight molasses and some fairly noticable hops.

Taste: Roasted malts big time! Some bitter chocolate and mild coffee present. A noticable bitter hoppy finish for a stout that prevents any overly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a stout and rather carbonated. Not slick or viscous but that is nice on this one because it makes it highly drinkable.

Overall: This is a nice change of pace stout for me. Slightly hoppy and roasted goodness through and through. Low abv makes this easy to drink and that is apparent as my glass is nearing empty and only after about 10 minutes.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz to a pint glass, best by 3/18/14

Pours black with about a finger of khaki colored foam. Not any transparency when held to a lamp, shades of brown on the sides and bottom though. Head receded sorta quick, lacing is okay

Smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, dark fruit, vanilla, and a little bit of alcohol. Not super complex by any means, but a solid smelling stout

Taste is strong coffee and dark chocolate malts, cherry and dark fruits, vanilla, and heavy smoke on the finish. Comes together well

Medium/thick body, dry and sticky finish. Really bitter, alcohol concealed well

Overall nothing fanatical, but a solid stout

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Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev -5%

Had this Nitro in Maui. Very well balanced Porter, not too smokey, great head and look.
Could drink a lot of these with no problem. Very similar to their Black Butte, which seemed a tad less bitter, but both are very good.

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

Pours jet black with a decent tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is thick with coffee and malt. The flavor is very smooth, the bitter coffee and chocolate is balanced nicely with the roastiness of the malt. Avoids the soy-sauce bite. Good hop bitterness as well. A very good stout.

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Photo of far333
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, nearly black and opaque. A two inch head rises up strongly and lingers long and makes light popping noises as it settles slowly down.

Aroma of roasted malt, light molasses and some cocoa. Also a bit woody.

Rich flavor of cocoa and coffee, charred oak and smoke, some molasses and caramel. Finishes tangy with some sharp wood.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, finishes dry and tannic. Thanks to Sparky27 for sharing this one.

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Photo of nkersten
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Black13 - thanks! Poured into NB globe, opaque black with dark brown edges when held up to light. Thin tan head fades to collar. Smell is spicy hops, roasted malt, some coffee and black patent. Taste is a nice balance of bitter bakers chocolate and spicy hops with dark roasted malts in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lively medium carbonation - a bit bubbly even after a vigorous pour. A very drinkable American Stout, but not my favorite. Definitley gets better as it warms.

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

A: pitch black and fairly oily, decent carbonation considering the relatively high viscosity.

S: vanilla, sherry, charcoal, a little oak.

T: smoky bitter charcoal, semi-sweet chocolate, milky coffee

M: low carbonation, medium to full bodied, silky in a chocolate milk kind of way.

D: pretty standard stout. I would expect a little more form Deschutes, but there was nothing wrong with it so I really can't complain.

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

12 oz bottle boured into (512) wine glass.

very dark brown, opaque, no light through it. 1/2" head fades quick, leaves ring and a couple yeasty circles on top. (May have not poured carefully enough). Too dark and not clear enough to tell about carbonation.

Nose is full of bittersweet chocolate, malts, sweet dark fruit esters. Very alluring.

Surprisingly hop forward. This wasn't detectable on the nose at all. Sweet finish of molasses and licorice. Reminds me of a relative of the BB porter.

Mouthfeel is heavy and sticky. Lingers with that thick hoppy stout feel.

Overall, I think I was expecting more of this one, but delightful enough. Just no.... bang!

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

This is my new favorite. I work in a grocery store that sells alot of beer and this is the best I've tried. I like to drink it in tandem with a hot cup of strong coffee. I'm giving it a 4 only because there are alot of stouts I haven't experienced. But out of all the generallly available ie grocery store stouts and porters, this is the best. Black Butte porter a close second. Way better than Monkey Face, Pipeline, Guinness black Etc.

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

Paid $8.69 for a 6 pack of 12oz bottles. Poured one of them into a pint glass.

Tan head of an inch after an aggressive pour. Not too thick coming out of the bottle. The darkest shade of brown next to black. Opaque. Seemingly lightly carbonated. Minimal head retention. Some lacing.

Sweet, roasted malts and mild caramel with such a clean aroma. Some chocolate, nut and wood aromas as well. As it warms, some warming alcohol comes into play as well.

Very nicely roasted malts with oak wood and nutty undertones.

Mouth is medium bodied, quite light for a nice stout. Light carbonation. Mild viscosity, this one leaves a light residue on the tongue leading to a lasting aftertaste. Good drinkability.

At this price, who can not like this beer?

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

12 oz bottle pored into pint glass

A pours a dark black color with a nice fluffy tan head nice lacing as you enjoy the stout

S- is chocolate,roasted malts toffee and a touch of smoke

T- is great with semi sweet chocolate followed by roasted malts and coffee flavors

M- smooth creamy with a sweet silky smooth finish

O- a great stout that is very smooth and easy to drink..top notch

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

Nice extra thrown in on a trade - thanks Destral. Always been a fan of Deschutes when I've had the chance to try, and I'm glad to be sampling this one. Pours nearly black, no light, soft looking head. Nice charred aroma, roasty, subtle hops. Well rounded flavor here - really nice and robust, burned wood taste, malty as hell and nice dark roast to this one, balanced by a nice hop bitterness. Subtle tobacco or leather flavor, nice. Lots going on, but smooth and not muddled, making this a nice drinkable stout for the colder weather. Nothing imperial or extreme about this at all - just a nice flavorful stout.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap during my wife and I's lovely trip to Bend, OR in August 2009.

A: Pours jet black with a nice deep tan head.

S: Loads of chocolate atop a slightly sweet roasted malt base.

T: Good amount of chocolate alongside coffee and roasted malt. Nice balance between everything.

M: Medium body with lighter carbonation and a bit of a chewy nature.

D: Very nice all around. Nothing too outstanding, but a quaffable, fairly low abv dark brew, which I'm always happy to find.

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Photo of macher0
4/5  rDev -5%

Bottle to tulip.

A: Very dark brown. Poured a 2-finger head that slowly retreats to an amber, frothy film.


S: Mild fragrance. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.


T: Minor hop bitterness blends nicely with major notes of dark roasted malts, coco, coffee, and chocolate. A slight sweetness prefaces the hop bitterness. Nicely balanced with a chocolaty finish.


M: Full body, slightly harsh (sometimes a down side of hops), moderate carbonation.


O: A very good imperial stout, especially for a year-round, mass-produced ale. Tons of flavor, but the finish is a minor setback.

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

First had: on nitro-tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a pint glass jet black with a small, dense, tan nitro head. Very clean aroma, infused with espresso and roasty malts. Roasty, roasty taste, coffee, dark chocoate, more roastiness, almost burnt, but not quite. Silky and uh, roasty, with a coffee-bitter dry finish. Full body and quite drinkable.

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Photo of dc87
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful. Near-opaque dark brown body with a thick, dark mocha head.

S - A lot of dark chocolate, some roasted malt, a little fruitiness. Straightforward, but enjoyable.

T - Deep and complex. Begins with a big delicious malt taste with sweet chocolate and dark fruit notes. This is followed by a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness. There are just a little more hops than I would have liked, it distracts from the other flavours. A lot of roasted malts in the aftertaste, almost burnt tasting, with some lingering bitterness. Very interesting.

M - Also great - nice and thick, with a nice amount of zest from the carbonation.

O - A complex and tasty stout. Would prefer a little less bitterness, but overall, very enjoyable. Will definitely drink again.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.