Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,289 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,289
Reviews: 1,048
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 467
Gots: 535 | FT: 7
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: 3,289 | Reviews: 1,048
Photo of henkejo
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on nitro tap at houlihans. was very good

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

Poured into a Spiegelau stout glass. Pours with a finger's worth of cinnamon colored foam that maintains. Black in color with a ruby tint. Bubbles are mild. Lacing is moderate. Has aromas of strong coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt with mild bitter chocolate aromas and a hint of alcohol. Initial taste consists of strong bittersweet chocolate flavors that combine with mild coffee and vanilla flavors. Strong roasted malt flavors enter the palate next along with subtle alcohol flavors as vanilla flavors fade very gradually, but coffee flavors persist in strength and bittersweet chocolate flavors grow stronger and just transform into bitter, earthy chocolate flavors. All of this results in a very bitter (but not exactly repulsive) aftertaste. Medium bodied, very creamy and smooth, with almost no carbonation and a dry finish that isn't over the top. Another great beer from Deschutes (and another great stout from the beer multiverse), but it was a little bit too bitter for my taste.

Photo of Spiff
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on nitro so I might be skewed.

Photo of Extol
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good and flavorful. Coffee and chocolate.

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

Beautiful tan head that builds after the pour. A really intense roastiness to it with a burnt aftertaste. Definitely a sipper, but very impressive.

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! 12 pack variety. Glad this one was in it!

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a damn fine stout, blackcurrant, coffee & chocolate

Photo of dbnarley
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Creamy delicious stout. Hints of chocolate. May be the best stout I have tasted and I am a stout fan.

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.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
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