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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,528 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,528
Reviews: 944
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 385
Gots: 227 | FT: 10
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving

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brewdoc75

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The name doesn't lie as you watch this obsidian black liquid pour into the glass. A beautiful, off-white, brown-tinged crown sits on top. A least an inch and a half at first, but dwindles down to a steady 1/4 inch. Moderate carbonation. Some brown and mahogany hues. Dark and lovely. This looks like a solid stout.

S: Roast, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, and a hint of chalk in the aroma. Not as aromatic as some, but definitely smells nice. Maybe even a touch of smokiness. The hops don't come out strong, but seem to add a faint floral aroma in the background.

T: Beautiful dark chocolate flavors hit me at first. These are followed up by a deep roasty flavor reminiscent of a very dark roasted coffee. This is followed by some more, middle of the road chocolate flavors and even some nuttiness. In the back of my throat I get some smoky flavors as well. The hops provide ample bitterness without getting carried away. I don't get any specific hop flavor other than a slight citric twang in the back of the throat. There may be some slight piney flavors too, but they aren't present in every sip. Overall, the chocolate, roast and smoky flavors make this beer very rich and flavorful for the style. At the same time it isn't overpowering. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied, slightly chewy and very smooth. Finishes slightly astringent and dry. Some stickiness in the back of the throat. What stands out to me is the smoothness of the mouthfeel.

D: This was a damn fine stout. Like many craft brew drinkers, I grew up drinking Guinness. Had this been given to me instead, i would have thought Guinness tasted like water. This beer has wonderful flavors and equally beautiful drinkability. The only thing more I could ask from it is maybe just a hint more hop flavor. Otherwise this beer is pretty damn close to perfect.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 02:29:54 | More by brewdoc75
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washburnkid

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Two fingers of a creamy/bubbly light brown head. Black with only the slightest ruby hues on the outermost edges. Good retention and lacing.
S: Roasted barley, hints of both milk and dark chocolate and coffee.
T: Big flavors of roasty, sweet chocolate and coffee malts. Twang of citrus and hops pull through at the end of the sip. Great bitters stick around after.
M: Creamy, fully-bodied with great carbonation for the style.
D: Smooth, filling, and tasty. Just another day with Deschutes!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 02:33:09 | More by washburnkid
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isubsmith

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Would you believe.... very dark black and opaque? Poured into a pint glass. 1/2" to 5/8" of tan head quickly settled down to traces which stuck around to the bottom of the glass.

Nose: Typical of a stout - Roasted barley, hints of coffee.

Taste: Follows from the nose pretty well - roasted barley, some coffee notes. Bitter chocolate. Smoother than expected. Very creamy mouthfeel. Slight hops finish to round it out.

A very drinkable, balanced beer. Definately recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 07:38:54 | More by isubsmith
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nsw

California

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at BevMo (hallowed be its name) in Natomas (Sacramento, CA). Sixer for $7.79, March '07.

A: Half-inch tan head, nice tan lacing. Totally opaque, "say it loud, 'it's black and it's proud.'"

S: Slight coffee notes.. I'm olfactorily challenged, sorry.

T: Coffee and chocolate, fading to a pleasant bitterness.

M: Smooth and slightly chewy.

O: One of my favorite stouts of all time; I highly recommend this beer. I first had this beer at the brewery on a family vacation up to Sunriver, Oregon. The brewery's in Bend, an easy 15 minute drive. I buy at least one 6-pack of this a month now that we've finally got a Bevmo near our home. I wish the ABV were lower, because I love to drink this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 03:22:16 | More by nsw
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an obsidian black color with a two finger head that is light brown in color. The head is rich and creamy. Probably could cut it with a knife and it leaves sheets of lacing around the glass.

Has a RIS quality in the scent. Rich chocolate malt, lightly toasty, some vanilla and a hint of oak. A bit of booze comes through as well.

Really nice complexity for a non-imperial stout. Has to be one of the most flavorful regular stouts around. Rich toasty malt, chocolate and coffee notes along with vanilla, oak and a bit of blackberry jam. Toasty aftertaste.

Medium bodied full of soft carbonation. Very dry finish on the tongue.

A top notch stout, but I have to knock a few points off due to the strong roast here. I could have two of these, but that would be my cutoff. The roasty malts to take their toll on the palate, but by no means does that hurt the overall beer. One fine, fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 01:51:23 | More by jera1350
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doughanson78

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Stout. Rating adjusted on 7-11-2011. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Original scores in ()

A: Very dark, pitch black, no light coming through. Decent viscosity for a non Imperial Stout. Nice 2 finger tan head, with superb retention and awesome lacing. Medium sized bubbles in head. Head reduced to thin 1/4 finger layer but sticking around. (4.5)

S: Roasted malts. Hints of roasted coffee. Very light chocolate. Very, very light floral hops. Touches of smoke. Not a huge nose but good. (4.5)

T: Very smokey taste. Roasted/burnt malts. Light coffee/espresso. Slight chocolate notes. Very mild earthy bitterness. Faint sweetness. Smoked wood aftertaste. (4.5)

M: Medium to full-bodied. Cloudy/creamy feel on roof of mouth from the light layer of head remaining. A nice lingering smokiness throughout the mouth and nose. (4.5)

O: A great Stout, even though I've only had Imperials and Russian's thus far. Really can't see getting a whole lot better than this. Definitely will continue to purchase. (4.5)

Came into this re-review thinking I was overly impressed as this was my first stout period. But... It's just a great beer. Can't say much else.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 21:15:28 | More by doughanson78
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billab914

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Poured black in color with a big inch plus head filling the rest of the glass. Right after the pour it's already leaving a thick lacing all over the edges of the glass. The lacing continued and ended up looking like a thick spider web all over the glass.

The aroma shows a good mix of coffee and chocolate to it. it's very smooth and balanced with both sweet and bitter flavors coming through. Very nice aroma for a stout.

The taste is fantastic. It has a great mix of bold stout flavors to it. A big bitter-sweet chocolate flavor turns into more of a burnt and roasted flavor through the finish. Coffee, chocolate, burnt, bitter, sweet, all come through at some point. Excellent flavor overall and just as much flavor as some stouts twice the abv.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side with a little below average carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. It's a great tasting and very flavorful stout. What really impresses me is just how flavorful it is for being below 7% alcohol. This is better then the majority of imperial stouts out there. Fantastic beer overall and would definitely be a regular purchase if that was possible in this area.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 00:48:07 | More by billab914
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zornbeast

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another Treat from Deschutes here!

A- Poured a rich dark brown, nearly black but not opaque. Darker brown head around 1/2'', good lacing.

S- Wonderful rich coffee and roasted malt aroma with hops present as well. Hints of alcohol linger, almost like RIS, very complex smell, very nice.

T- Smooth, creamy upfront with roasted and chocolate malt present throughout especially vibrant in middle. Hops add nice crisp finish and make this hoppy stout wellrounded. Wonderful flavor from start to finish.

M- Silky smooth mouthfeel, medium body. Not the lightest stout out there but this little brother to RIS is perfect for stout lovers who dont want 10+ percenters.

D- Good for style, and the smoothness helps bring it up

Amazing Flavor out of this stout, making it my new go to for stouts, happy to have access out here in hawaii...highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 06:36:04 | More by zornbeast
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to Samuel Smith oversized nonic.

A: Pours as dark and ominous as any Imperial Stout, with just slightest of hints at ruby red near the base of the glass. The rocky, frothy head is milk chocolate brown and laces the glass beautifully.

S: Charred, sweet roasted malt right off the bat, with impressions of smoke, espresso coffee, and hop bitterness.

T: Right in line with the nose, there is a huge amount of roasted malt character for a beer of this abv. Smoke, char, coffee, touches of bakers chocolate sweetness, and some hops/spices.

MF: Creamy, fuller mouthfeel with good carbonation and body. Not as dry as I was thinking it would finish.

O: A near perfect everyday stout and a wonderful beer. Can't honestly see improving this one without barrel aging or something of the like.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 01:26:14 | More by Scotchboy
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly pitch black color, and an impressive, towering, flowering cocoa-tan head that maintains it's majesty for some time before tumbling down.

Aroma: deep, rich, roasty, bitter, and invigorating.

Taste: remarkably flavorful, mouth-filling, and complex. Warm, tingling, tantalizing. This one feels good in the mouth, and slips down remarkably easy. Puts me in mind of an oatmeal stout, but I'm not sure it is one.Long, lovely, lively finish.

A very impressive, solid, satisfying stout, this one. I find myself scratching at the roof of my brain trying to find new, further ways to describe it's excellence.
If I lived in Oregon, this would get a lot of business from me!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 01:41:46 | More by feloniousmonk
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Black as night with a small dark tan head.

S - A light, but pleasing aroma of milk chocolate, black coffee, and roasted malt.

T - Roasted burnt malt, coffee, and sweet chocolate throughout. A light hop bitterness comes through and brings balance. Finishes bitter-sweet with roasted grain and caramel. There is a strong coffee/roast aftertaste.

M - Exceptionally smooth and creamy. Wow, this is definitely the best part of the beer for me. Medium-full body, mild carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O - A very impressive, memorable stout. The flavor profile is balanced and is a text book example of what a stout should be. But the mouthfeel - it's incredible.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 02:59:31 | More by mooseo
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da_beers

Florida

4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful oil black with one and a half fingers of an awesome tan, bubbly head. This is what you want your stout to look like!

S - Deep dark, chocolaty, coffee - like a mocha. Has a syrupy smell to it. I get walnuts as well. Smells like walking into an old coffee shop with oaken walls.

T - Great taste. It hits with this great bitterness from the hops. It has this great nuttiness as well. Chocolate at the end, but very faint, as well as the coffee was bigger than the taste.

M - Has a sharpness from the bitterness. Medium bodied. Close to full bodied, but a touch lite. Has good drinkability and the lowish carbonation is spot on.

O - Was very excited for this one. My first form Deschutes. Nose was huge! Taste a little below that. I would recommend to anyone, especially those who love a less smooth stout. Spot on with the bitterness and hops!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 02:08:35 | More by da_beers
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours an opaque, ebony body that is as black as obsidian(of course). One finger head is cocoa brown in color, retains well, and leaves plenty of patchy lace.

Aroma is subtle, with dark chocolate, espresso, smoked almonds, and a kiss of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is creamy and nearly full bodied. Tingly carbonation works well here.

Taste has a dark roasted malt profile that is smooth and creamy. Carob, dark chocolate, creamed coffee, almond nuttiness, grainy figs, work well with a restrained PacNorthwest hop bitterness. Some burnt coffee bitterness comes on at the finish. Never overly bitter, which bumps up the drinkability.

Very well constructed, and pleasantly drinkable. Excellent for style, and no hint of the higher abv was noticed. Many thanks to waldowin for including this gem in our trade.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 11:15:04 | More by merlin48
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BenHesk12

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian Stout can be considered a hidden treasure. At $8 for a six pack, this beer is inexpensive, widely available, and spot on for the style of an American stout. For this review, I was served on nitro-tap from a local bar in San Francisco's North Beach. This beer is a delight start to finish with lasting chocolate and coffee flavors, a creamy, delicate mouthfeel (partly due to the nitro), and overall a balance of alcohol and stouty flavors that leaves little to be desired. While not extremely complex or fancy, this beer is enjoyable on a special level.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-08-2012 08:07:02 | More by BenHesk12
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bim bam, it doesn't look better than this. Jet black. Smell isn't overpowering, as you'll soon find, this beer hides its alcohol presence extremely well behind a wall of deep burnt malt. But whoa, there's some zippy hoppiness in there. Cascades for sure I'd guess. For sure I'd guess? Meh.

That deep taste of chococoffee never fades, it becomes even more drinkable throughout the bottle. While I've had other Deschutes stuff that at times tastes inconsistent, I've had numerous Obsidian Stout's in various forms, and never, ever has any of them been anything short of magnifique!

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-24-2009 18:37:49 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle that conveniently fell off the truck at the WBF last weekend in Durham. Pours a deep, dark, almost pitch black, with an inch or so of creamy dark tan head on top. Big aroma of rich roasted malt, espresso, prunes, a touch of phenol, and a faint whiff of brown sugar. Palate is lightly sweet up front, with the huge yet mellow maltiness and flavor of very dark chocolate taking over as it passes the tip of the tongue. Slightly roasty on the finish, with notes of dark fruit and just the slightest bit of hop bitterness at the end. Smooth, creamy body is like velvet. Slow-drinking, but immensely enjoyable. Reminds me of why Deschutes is one of my favorite breweries in the world.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 01:38:59 | More by ElGordo
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bradford

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great stout. A little hard to find at times in my area of California, so whenever I see a six pack floating around stores, I usually grab one.
Poured out of a bottle into a Chimay chalice. Dark, dark brown, almost black, close to opaque. A thin, swirling head, with little retention on the ring around the edge of the glass. Smell was a little weak for me, perhaps I had a bit of an oncoming cold, but nothing spectacular here. Taste is most excellent. Dark malts, coffee, chocolate, everything you would expect from a stout of this caliber. Mouthfeel is smooth, but dry, very easy going down. If it weren't for the 6-something% abv on this, I could drink this all day. Very drinkable stout and one of my favorites. I think Deschutes gets a bad rap around here because the Mirror Pond and Black Butte are the only widely availabe selections from them and they are a bit weak in all categories. But this is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 14:44:50 | More by bradford
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black obsidian. Dark roast coffee highlights. Big creamy foam tan head. Foamy sheets of lace.

Rich roasty chocolate. coffee and burnt molasses. Dark cherry. Earthy and herbal notes.

Dark bitter chocolate and roasty coffee. Burnt molasses and dark cherry. Earthy and woody. Herbal and piney. Big bitter roasted coffee grounds and pine sap finish.

So rich and smooth, silky. Chewy, crteamy, sticky coffee sludge. Full bodied. Mildly carb'd.

Drinkable roasty smooth stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 20:43:42 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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Darkale

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Marvelous. Managed to get my hands on one of these a couple of days ago, and I now wish I had widened my grip, if you know what I mean.

This is the platonic ideal of a stout. Thick, its sweetness matched by a charred bitterness, chewy, and with the remains of all of those flavors lightly tap-dancing on your tongue long after your last sip.

What's worse is that my beer fridge is too cold, and so this beer is too cold, and I can't keep my hands off it long enough for it to show its true self.

Bitter coffee, a hint of chocolate, a splash of citrus trying to make itself heard, more chocolate, like a milkshake...and so damned creamy and smooth. As I said, marvelous.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 01:36:10 | More by Darkale
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uawildcat

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Looks the way that every stout should look. Very, very dark. Shinning a light through it makes it look like a very dark shade of red. A cream colored head that never really goes away. With every sip the tiny bubbles seem to bring it back to life. If a beer could look sexy, I would say this is a 10 out of 10.

S – Has the aroma of coffee and chocolate with a hint of hops.

T – Tastes pleasantly bitter, like a coffee. Probably comes from the dark roasted grains used. It has a subtle malty sweetness and pine-like hoppy bitterness as well. For the amount of alcohol in this beer it is hidden quite well behind loads of flavor. This is a beer for someone who likes to taste their beer.

M – Feels a little heavy on the palate for a 6.4% abv, I was expecting it to be drier. The carbonation is perfect for a stout. The bubbles are tiny and make the beer go down smoothly

O – This is the best stout that money can buy. At something like $7 for a 6-pack it probably will become one of my go to stouts.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 19:43:37 | More by uawildcat
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a. a 12oz bottle with an average pour yielded a striking one-finger head of a burnt sugar and mahogany color, sitting atop a deep dark opaque abyss of black which only hinted at some ruby coloring when held up directly infront of a light. Lacing was light and didn't stay quite as well as I would have liked given the beauty of the color.

s. Malt with a sharp hop note. Sweetness and sour notes waft from the glass. Raisins, cocoa and burnt bread darken aroma, with hints of rum and just a touch of burnt (old?) coffee fill out the aroma. It's an interesting, unusual, yet pleasing aroma.

t. The malt is definitely present, as is the sharp hop note. There's almost a burnt sourness present, which lightens things up and gets away from that common roasty-smokey-cocoa-coffee taste that so many stouts fall generically into. Definite coffee notes, along with burnt figs, rum raisin, and floral hops round it out in a different but good way.

m. a touch light for a stout, with some decent carbonation and an interesting interplay between the sharp piney hop oils and the slightly sour burnt malt flavors on the tongue. I want a bit more chewy body to compete with the flavors, but the sweetness kind of warms me up to the lighter body.

d. definitely drinkable, and I thoroughly enjoyed the bottle. This one has a bit of uniqueness that separates it from the generic stout, but that also makes it a bit strong in flavor to drink a ton of - it begins to wear at the tastebuds in a good way... the sweet, sour, roasted, and burnt flavors are incredible but take a turn away from sessionability in my mind. Definitely worth trying if you have the chance, if nothing else than do see what a stout has the ability to be. This one nears an Imperial Stout in the best ways.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 05:51:51 | More by djeucalyptus
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Gusler

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The most beauteous thing in the world is“Stout” setting in its “Chalice”, that magnificent ebony color crowned by a thick head all chocolate brown, frothy and the left over lace a nice sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose has the delightful aroma of toasted grains, Starbucks coffee and bittersweet chocolate, sweet and inviting, as is the malt-laden start with the top thick and chewy. Finish has a spicy hop bite, moderately acidic, bittersweet chocolate dry and a real treat to the palate and a top notch “Stout” in my book.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 16:20:15 | More by Gusler
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atigerlife

Hawaii

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had been wanting to try this, so when I saw it in a bar I ordered one. Served from a bottle, a little cool, but acceptable.

The appearance is like black tar. When held up to a light, nothing came through. Amazing stuff. Had a nice light brown, cream head that lasted quite long. Quite an eye catching beer and perfect for a stout.
Smell was like coffee/toffee. Some malt hints. Also a slight a rich, dark fruit [plums?].
The taste was very creamy. Very smooth. A bit of a bitter hop finish, but nicely controlled. Wonderful light toffee/dark chocolate flavor. Like drinking a rich, creamy ice cream.
Has a light carbonation. Much lighter on the palate than might be expected considering the appearance and ABV.
Overall, for a stout, this is very drinkable. Not a beer to be pounding all night, but to be slowly drank and enjoyed. I will definitely go out and get some of this to try at home. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 17:13:25 | More by atigerlife
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received via I Want That BIF from flexabull. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, forming a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is down to a layer of film pretty quick, with ample sticky dark lace. Aroma is dark malts, with touches of hops. Taste meets the nose's indications, and more. Starts with dark grains, some bitterish coffee notes, and then closes pleasantly bitter. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very goodm and I am glad I finally was able to check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 01:15:47 | More by ppoitras
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meechum

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well this is a great stout.

A - Pours viscous black into a pint mug with a huge thick brown head that's pillowy and recedes to sticky lacing with a slight thin head constantly residing on top of the brew

S - Big nose of burnt toasts, caramel, roasted malts. Very good smell

T - Taste is big. Great malt backbone the a touch of the caramel and bitter chocolate tastes..finishing with just a small hop bite to cut the sweeter flavors..very balanced

M - Big and creamy..full in the mouth...light on carbonation

D - This is damn good..as far as stouts go I would put this close to the top of the class..for the fan of stouts this is a must

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 02:52:18 | More by meechum
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,528 ratings.