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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,527 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,527
Reviews: 944
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 385
Gots: 226 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001)
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dar482

New York

4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out black with light tan head.

The aroma has sweet roasted malt and chocolate, but it's not a huge aroma.

The flavor is huge roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. There's also a hint of some dark fruit. There's a bittering finish as well.

The body on this is surprisingly light. This is one better stouts (non Imperial) I have had. The flavor is really spot on and really nice and roasty. The issue for me is the lighter body. I wish it was more creamy and luscious.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 23:41:38 | More by dar482
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tun

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-06-2013 19:39:35 | More by tun
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-06-2013 02:00:11 | More by Tiernan
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NEO68710

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-05-2013 23:57:33 | More by NEO68710
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mrjbrown27

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-05-2013 23:57:02 | More by mrjbrown27
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-05-2013 23:54:54 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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SmilinEric

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

06-05-2013 22:31:51 | More by SmilinEric
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chinchill

South Carolina

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

12 oz bottle with best by date of 30 Sept. 2013.
Pour is black (obsidian) with only a hint of dark bown at the edges. Opaque, even in bright light. Creamy tan head has moderat retention and leaves bands of sticky lacing.
Aroma: sweet and dark roasted malts
Flavor: Sweet up front, mildly bitter by the finish. Loads of dark roasted grain flavor. With hints of dried plums, dark chocolate, and coffee. Very slight burnt toast component.
M: Full body; medium carbonation. Approaches 5.
O: A excellent, robust stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 19:02:09 | More by chinchill
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g_jenkins

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-03-2013 07:15:01 | More by g_jenkins
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McStagger

California

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at dfw airport.

A: one finger nitro cream head. Stellar retention. Mocha colored head. Fork, opaque brown. Stellar lacing as well.

S: dark roasted malt slam. Darkened fruit, bitter chicory and liquid smoke.

T: alcohol heat is present o n the finish and accentuates the dark fruit. Still mainly a smoke / coffee monster. Long, bitter finish that is equal parts charred grain and hoppy deliciousness.

M: the best part of anything nitro related. Exceptionally creamy. Huge mouth feel.

O: not a stout to mess with. Big flavor and a welcome respite during my cross country travel.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-02-2013 19:05:11 | More by McStagger
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-02-2013 04:28:17 | More by YamagamiTravis
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-01-2013 20:04:55 | More by Whiskeydeez
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Ragnarok88

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-31-2013 22:43:45 | More by Ragnarok88
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jakecattleco

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-31-2013 21:53:07 | More by jakecattleco
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz brown bottle into a stein with a textured outer surface and an embossed "50 cl". Label is clearly marked with a 'best by' date of 9/16/13

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a finger of frothy caramel-tan head sitting atop a pitch-black body. Faintest element of walnut coloring around the edges where the light shines through a tiny bit. Foam dissipates after a few minutes, leaving silky lacing and a medium film of bubbles on top.

Smell - Dominated by roasted malts, with some hints of bittersweet chocolate and ground coffee coming through as well. Some phenolic characteristics.

Taste - Creamy semisweet chocolate, burnt sugar bitterness, and hints of french roast coffee and even some peanut brittle. Do I sense a kiss of earthy hoppiness on the finish? Parts of it remind me of Black Butte, but more robust.

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation with a creaminess to it. Nice medium-to-heavy body and a clean finish.

I've had a fair number of beers in the overall "stout" umbrella, but not many of the standard American variety. I can only imagine this is the standard-bearer for the style, as it's quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:50:15 | More by LambicPentameter
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Tertullian007

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-29-2013 21:28:35 | More by Tertullian007
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from SeaOfShells (thanks man!). Best by 5/13/13 (whoops). Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours slightly darker than cola with one finger of thick, lingering tan head that leaves a fair bit of lace.

Smells of cocoa, dates and roasty malts.

Rich and roasty with flavors of bitter bakers cocoa, mild coffee, faint dark fruits and maybe a little molasses.

Creamy medium body with carbonation leaning a little too strong. Lingering bitter roasty cocoa finish.

This packs some pretty bold and complex flavors with a relatively low abv. I don't notice any adverse effects from consuming it "out of date". A fine job by Deschutes, I'd happily drink this again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 00:06:07 | More by ThickNStout
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magictacosinus

California

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For some particular reason, it's very difficult to find single bottles of these around here - although six packs are plentiful. Purchased at the Albany Taproom. Despite being a longtime fan of Deschutes, this is my first time trying this. Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. Bottle says that this is best by "08/12/13."

Wow, is this an imperial stout or something? Dark as motor oil, complete with tons of carbonation that leave a lasting 3 fingers worth of a light mocha head. Bubbles are huge, as is the amount of lacing sticking towards the sides of the glass in a foamy, thickened manner. Not too viscous, however - although with the low ABV, that is to be expected. A ton of foam settles down slowly in a fluffy way, almost resemblant of a milkshake. Settles down to less of a ring. No light goes through this thing, so it's hard to see anything else going on. Nearly world class here, and I feel like plunging into its dark, murky depths.

Upon a first whiff, it definitely hits a little bit more closer to home in terms of being an American stout, but it's one full of surprises at least. At first, there's an immediate aroma of chocolate malts, almost in the sense of being closer to roasted cereal flakes than actual chocolate. Then, there's an aroma resembling oats, a little bit of toasted earthiness, as well as slight bitterness from the hops - then, suddenly it becomes replaced by a wonderful sweetness similar to chocolate fudge, complete with cream, vanilla, and brown sugar. The yeasty phenols are all out here in terms of delivering a robust, full bodied flavor, and it lingers on in the finish in an enjoyably intoxicating way. Not as complex as I expected it to be, but still very good.

As I expected, this is by no means a crazy, over the top stout, but rather an old-school American stout recipe that returns the style to form. There's a lot of the initial roasted barley flavor that invades the palate, but it is quickly replaced by a dark cocoa flavor, as well as slight hints of vanilla and chocolate syrup. Slightly nutty as well, and also surprisingly grassy at the finish. Very, very earthy stuff here. This is the equivalent of munching on fresh roasted barley, with only the zest from the hops and sweetness from the alcohol balancing things out. Unlike Black Butte, this seems to be more straightforward in terms of serving the chocolate and roasted malts. The bitterness at the finish lingers on, only in a semi-dry way, and also one that makes the mouth slightly salivate. This is also similar to munching on extremely dark chocolate, which is definitely a new sensation I haven't had in a standard American stout in a long time. Carbonation is lively. This thing is so thick it's almost chewy, but it goes down like a charm and never feels too heavy. Hearty but extremely balanced.

Quite possibly one of the best standard stouts on the West Coast... Deschutes pretty much goes to the basics and still creates a fascinating and flavorful product in the process. It's dry, earthy, very much on the barley side, but also has a touch of sweetness, chocolate, and hoppiness that really keeps everything balanced. It does this all without being too heavy. I do enjoy Black Butte more for it's extra hop and more complex malt profile, but this is definitely an excellent beer. I really want to try this on nitro-tap. In a way, a great ode to Irish dry stouts with a West Coast twist!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 05:58:28 | More by magictacosinus
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TokyoCO

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

05-28-2013 04:02:51 | More by TokyoCO
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mpayne5

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-27-2013 23:11:28 | More by mpayne5
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ScubaSteve00

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-27-2013 03:30:46 | More by ScubaSteve00
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lighthabit

Oregon

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

really not much to say. this was one of my first craft brews, and it is the (very affordable) standard to which i compare other stouts. others might has more complexity to work with, but this is such a solid and easy to drink stout with an incredible price . . . how can you go wrong?. flashlight shows just the faintest deep garnet red near the bottom. thick, dryish head dies down to thin layer, i'd like to see just a bit more lacing though. chocolate, coffee, malt and barley are all here. if your friends are thinking of checking out crafts, this would be a great way to begin.

update 7/19 - note to self - when chilled more that usual, picks up a smokiness i hadn't see before . . . but it mostly goes away as it warms and the obsidian comes to life

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 06:58:37 | More by lighthabit
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

05-25-2013 22:23:13 | More by sludgegnome
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-25-2013 00:41:45 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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JoshTellez

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-24-2013 20:22:43 | More by JoshTellez
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,527 ratings.