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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,675 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,675
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 401
Gots: 273 | FT: 9
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -11.2%

Chocolately mocha powder aroma. Coffee dark. Smooth, although some cookie crumbs and coconut strings mouthfeel in there. Well roasted, bittersweet and neither leaning to coffee nor chocolate. Very nicely carbonated. A very good stout but I think somewhat overated. A drop behind the Bell's stouts.

09-18-2005 04:25:48 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-19-2012 00:35:06 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random dots and streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee beans, and the chocolate chip cookie dough flavors. A very mild roasty and sweet flavor lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout that is very tasty and easy to drink.

10-10-2011 03:45:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-14-2011 23:07:54 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

05-07-2010 20:51:49 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

01-04-2012 02:50:25 | More by nmann08
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Obsidian. The liquid is a black hole that allows a few stray photons to create weak, deep garnet highlights at the base of the pint glass. The head is impressive. Light chocolate brown in color, Bighuge in size and more stiff and sticky than most. It's more craggy than rocky as it falls and leaves a great deal of spackle-like lace on the inside of my glass.

There's plenty of roastedness in the nose, but this is no one trick pony. The heavily flambed black malt is leavened by semi-sweet chocolate and glorious hops. The beer does not let me down on the palate, not even close. Obsidian oozes black malt flavor that borders on charred astringency without quite getting there.

Chocolate appears to have faded a bit, but in its place is a pleasant smokiness and a citric hoppiness. Coffee notes emerge on a finish that is increasingly bitter and parched tongue dry. The body/mouthfeel is full and smooth with very little actual chewiness.

Obsidian Stout is a classic. Amazing appearance, flavor to spare, malt and hops enough for all-comers and a body big enough to suit me; no easy task. I do believe this is Deschutes best beer.

09-03-2004 18:15:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance: Black as the Ace of Spades witha thick tan head that retains and laces well

Smell: Roasty aroma with coffee, charred wood and a touch of citrus

Taste: Starts out with a strong coffee flavor that is immediately joined (and overwhelmed) by a very bitter character; after the swallow, the roasted malt flavors re-emerge and blend with a hoppy bitterness to provide a long finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: If you like a full flavored stout with plenty of bitterness in the West Coast style, this one's for you

Thanks, todd1, for the experience

04-19-2007 23:06:57 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-21-2014 06:30:04 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

12-31-2011 17:33:55 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Bottle courtesy of secret santa: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge medium brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry coffee with some roasted malt and black chocolate is very enticing. Taste is also a well balance mix between some black chocolate, dry coffee and roasted malt. Body is full with a perfect creamy texture and good carbonation. I very much enjoyed this beer from a brewery that I am starting to learn about.

08-21-2008 20:03:41 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

Gulp...Smack, smack....aaaahh....and that's how a stout should taste! Though a lot of good stout's are out there, you rarely find a flawless one...until now. Has an expected black look with a fair head and retention, but don't they all? Where this stands apart begins with the aromas, which are rich with roasted, toastedness, and chocolatey goodness. Hop aromas stay low and only add an earty character. Tastes again, rich with roasted (coffee) malts, bittersweet chocolate, and a mild malt (caramel and vanilla) sweetness. Shares mild flavors with milk stouts (lactose) and oatmeal stouts (soft sweetness) and marshmellows. Hops really don't try to dominate the beer -- This is nice for an American Stout, but unusual. The texture is a velvety creaminess--just a little piece of heaven in a glass. Finishes a well textrued and blended sweet, smooth, and warming. Not dry or sweet, just nice. ....gulp, gulp, gulp ....a moment of sadness arrives (my glass is empty).
Thanks Clvand0.

04-29-2006 16:40:01 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

A - Poured a pitch black as night, dark oil like liquid. Huge tan head had a very very slow fade and left lots of lace all the way down the glass. Looked just like a stout should look....thick.

S - Smell was very robust, deep roasted coffee and dark german chocolate. Hints of a sugary or caramel sweetness as well.

M & T - Taste was very thick and complex. Big deep roasted flavor, almost a burnt taste to it. Lots of flavors of coffee and german dark chocolate. Cery thick feel, but not syrupy, great carbonation led to a great silk like feel. Nice big hoppy finish left a very long lingering burnt aroma, I could literally taste it for 20 mins after the last sip, very outstanding full flavor.

D - Overall this was awesome, the perfect desset beer as a good stout should always be. I found no hint at all of any alcohol, nothing but great aromas and flavors. Very robust, full of complex suprises in flavor and taste. An all around great brew. Definatly lived up to its reputation.

03-30-2007 22:57:39 | More by mikesgroove
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

11-15-2011 03:20:25 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-02-2011 22:10:42 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

12-30-2011 08:36:44 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-12-2013 03:11:40 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

02-09-2013 22:37:54 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-11-2014 05:10:07 | More by kylehay2004
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-13-2013 03:12:39 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-13-2014 02:09:17 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

Its Deschutes day at my house today.Poured a jet black with a brilliant light mocha colored crown that nver really settled,great defintion and a nice crown.Aromas of heavy roast and molasses mainly,a bit of earthiness emerges as well.Again heavy roast on the palate with a little rawness,some unsweetened bitter chocolate as well,quite dry.Easy to drink,the earthy finish is the main reason for me,no doubt a heavy roasted, and highly hopped left coast American stout.

12-26-2010 22:03:08 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to hopsbreath and the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

My 500th review! [insert loud, slow exhalation/fake crowd cheer here] The beer pours a verrrry slightly translucent deept brown, highlighted in dark garnet, topped by a relatively short-lived finger of light ecru micro-foam. The nose comprises deep chocolate, molasses, caramelized sugar, dark roasted malts, and a vague background sense of roasted marshmallows. The taste focuses on the roastier notes, though the molasses and newcomer and cousin maple syrup lead an attempted and vain coup on behalf of the sweeter notes. A touch of smoke finds its way into the finish. The body verges on a heavy medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth and somewhat thin feel. Overall, a more-than-solid stout, one that I could easily see myself drinking on a regular basis, if possible.

07-18-2010 01:34:47 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-14-2011 19:53:15 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to younger35 for this one...

It pours an opaque black, slight reddish chestnut against the light at the very edge. Thick and sticky collar of foam, it coats the glass in sheets. Dry bittersweet chocolate aroma, with some light roasty notes.

Tasty, slightly dry and bittersweet chocolate with a mild dose of char. Medium-bodied, with a deep earthy roast in the aftertaste. Some mild coffee comes through too, from the residual leftovers.

Overall a really nice, sessionable stout. Clean, with strong flavors, well-rounded, everything a stout should be.

05-03-2008 01:42:11 | More by emerge077
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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,675 ratings.