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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,582 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,582
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 393
Gots: 240 | 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

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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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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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Tone

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, alcohol, sweet malt, slight spice, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, sweet malt, slight dry hop, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 22:23:04 | More by Tone
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-14-2014 16:30:59 | More by Zaphog
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 2/7/2011

A: black with a 1 finger mocha colored head, leaves nice lacing down the whole glass

S: roasted malts most prevalent, brown sugar and/or molasses, chocolate and espresso

T: roasted malts and barley, bitter, chocolate, and espesso

M: mild carbonation, smooth, full bodied, creamy

D: a very nice stout, comparable to Victory Stormking

Cheers!
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 00:17:19 | More by THECPJ
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6-pack in Vegas as it's not currently distributed to OH. The beer is completely opaque black, with a thin but resilient tan foam. The aroma has plenty of good things going on, dark roasted malt with toasty bread and a hint of cacao. The taste is slightly sweet initially, a little bitter or burnt flavor at the backend. The roasted malts come through big time. All in all a very good stout, one I could easily recommend to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 22:15:58 | More by TurdFurgison
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-14-2013 00:25:48 | More by rolltide8425
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-12-2011 23:16:06 | More by drummermattie02
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter glass - thanks to thecarster1 for this great extra

Pours an opaque black with a thick frothed tanned head. Retains well with solid creaminess and plenty of patchy lacing left behind on the glass while drinking.

Bittersweet dark chocolate, rich roasted malt, light coffee notes, and a relatively small hop character in the nose. Very pleasant and inviting overall.

Dark roasted malts swirled with dark chocolate sweetness up front. Notes of molasses with light charred tones. A bit sweet but more malty than anything throughout. Light hop bitterness towards the finish with some more malted sweetness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, a bit creamy and chewy as it wraps around the tongue. This is a smooth, tasty stout which doesn't skimp in body or flavor even though it's not of the imperial variety, which seems to be a problem for me more often than I'd like. Definitely worth drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 06:58:02 | More by xnicknj
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 1/1/13 first beer of the year

A black liquid with a deep cola edge, large and loose mocha foam slowly falls to a thick film leaving some random lace well down the glass

S lots of dark roast but there's some citric hops still shining through, there's some bakers chocolate, raisins and cold coffee with a little sweetness and char coco powder, smells fairly straight forward but its very strong and exactly what a stout should smell like

T again its a great mix of dark roast and hops, the malts a little darker in the mouth, quite rich and tasty I'm pretty stoked with this one

M lighter side of medium bodied with a good level of carbonation, a hoppy char aftertaste lingers quite strong for some time

O great stout going on here, hits all the spots and I could and will drink a few with no issues at all

Big dark roast notes with a hop kick, this is what I look for in a stout and I'm so very stoked to see this at my liquor store, great example of the style

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 02:41:58 | More by wordemupg
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks nateberger... you da man for this part of a twelver hook-up.

The color is as the name implies, obsidian black. Brown head that recedes very quickly to a light ring. The aroma is super roasted malts, French roasted coffee, some burnt malts, and a few pecans to sniff. The taste starts with burnt and bitter malts and a combo, English like but still heavy hopping that makes for an overall complex bitterness throughout the entire palate.
Burnt and heavy roasted malts. Maybe even some smokey malts. Hints of vanilla and mocha liek sweetness for this dark stout. I could drink a ton of this these deepite the abv. and the heavy palate. This beer is so chock full of flavor, i could drink thsi till I burst.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 06:45:58 | More by scruffwhor
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a roasty chocolaty affair with some dried fruit and a touch of hop aroma for good measure. Taste follows the smell, but lingers with a bit of ash in the finish. Full body, creamy texture, ample carbonation. If not for the ash in the finish I'd love this beer. As is its still good, just not spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 00:32:38 | More by johnnnniee
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cola colored body with a huge rocky tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Looks extremely appetizing.

Not super aromatic, just a nice blend of roast malt, coffee, light notes of bittersweet chocolate. Flavor delivers a bit more, however, bringing all of the above into higher relief. Roasty and charred, a bit bitter, herbal and hoppy. The overall effect is quite tasty but not overly pronounced and ends up being very mild and easy drinking. The chocolate and underlying malt character in both the aroma and flavor are nice but somewhat subdued.

Medium body and carbonation with a fairly clean, dry finish and a lingering bitterness. Really a very nice beer that goes down smoothly. I’d drink this again if I didn’t have to trade for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 04:11:23 | More by tobelerone
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

08-29-2013 17:41:35 | More by GraduatedCashew
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ccrida

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet,
Obsidian Stout is black with a very dark tan head that quickly settles to a thick skim, leaving scattered lace.

Smell is very robust, freshly ground coffee and bakers chocolate. I could stand just a flash of sweetness, but it's really phenomenal. I should start mixing this with my coffee for those lazy fridays - or painful mondays!

Taste is also very intense, but really well rounded, lots of bittersweet chocolate, a flash of condensed milk and hint of herbal hops. A bit of waxy phenols that I could see tampered is my only complaint. Lingering, roasty finish, normally this kind of profile would be too astringent for me, but this is just so damn good, truly in a league of it's own.

Mouthfeel is awesome, super creamy, espresso like, for a bottled beer, wow. They cite the krausening on the bottle, and it really shines. Still, a touch thick for the heft.

Drinkability is dangerously high. If you like American stouts, this is one of the best, period. The fact they they can maintain such a luscious mouthfeel in the bottle is a true testament to their skill. A masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 16:12:17 | More by ccrida
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.4.13
Best By 03/25/13

A - Pours a dark brown with a huge foamy brown head with great retention.

S - Lots of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.

T - Coffee, then nutty, some sweet chocolate and coffee again.

D - Good carbonation and a heavier body.

O - Perfectly balanced and simple, but right.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 05:41:13 | More by HuskyinPDX
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
6.4% ABV, Best By: 03/17/14

A - Black as the rock it's named after, this stout pours quietly and cascades briefly before the three-finger tan head settles. Great lace covers the glass in wisps after the dense foam subsides to a mousse-like layer.

S - Rich roasted chocolate malts offers cocoa and a bit of roasted coffee with a mellow aroma of milk chocolate; simple with a layer of complexity and depth that's unassuming and nostalgic.

T - Roasted malts have the same notes the nose does with sweet milk chocolate starting things off but quickly turning to bitter coffee and dry, dusty cocoa.

M - Full-bodied and dense with moderate carbonation to the finish, Obsidian Stout is acridly bitter from roasted malts but sweetness is also balanced by a layer of dry, bitter hops as well.

O - Black as coal, Obsidian Stout is a gorgeous looking beer that has simple layers of roasted malt complexity in the aroma, transforming from sweet-ish to bitter in flavor, balanced by a sharp level of hops. Smooth and robust, this dark stout is a hefty beer to sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 00:20:12 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle thanks to Colby, served in my Narke tulip. Review # 1200, tick beer #98 of the new crappy top beers list...An 11pm black pour, dark throughout. A light tan head that rises about three fingers, average retention but really nice think lacing, almost covers the whole glass...An aroma of roasted coffee and a little smoke. Not sweet malts at all but this is really nice, almost perfect roastiness very light sweet chocolate on the very back...The taste is shockingly sweet. The roastiness is gone, replaced by a very sweet chocolate with a hint of vanilla and dark fruits. A touch to sweet especially for the low abv but its totally 180 in taste is fun and refreshing...A light palate easy to drink.

A low abv stout that is super easy to drink and tasty. An A+ Englishish stout that you could just crush all day. Wasn't expecting much but this is a great one.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 02:32:31 | More by jrallen34
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

02-22-2013 18:25:28 | More by ShanePB
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flagmantho

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely, utterly black, the color of its namesake. One finger of dark tan foam subsided to a thin coating after a couple of minutes. Looks damn good.

Smell: smooth, rich roasted aroma. The smell is deeper than just the standard coffee and chocolate descriptions -- it just smells like roastiness. Quite nice.

Taste: rich roasted flavor; like the aroma but with a lot more punch. It is slightly tanniney; if I didn't know better, I might have guessed that this thing was oaked. Hops provide just enough bitterness to edge out the malt in prominence; if anything, I'd call them floral, but they're not particularly expressive in flavor. Overall, it manages a great stout flavor and stays smooth nonetheless. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an appropriate level of carbonation. There's just enough cling to it to make sure you get that great lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: definitely one of the most drinkable richly-flavored dark beers I've ever had. Its flavor builds on the palate, so there's a cumulative effect at work here, but the flavor is just so smooth and lacking in detriments that I don't mind. A classic.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 03:03:07 | More by flagmantho
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle a pitch black with a large off white head of foam that dissipated slowly

The smell has a lot sweet roastiness to it with notes of chocolate and coffee.

The taste is also very roasty...nice balance between the sweetness from chocolate and coffee flavours and the hop bitterness. Makes for a very tasty yet smooth brew and there's no alcohol presence on the palate at all. Yum!

Bottom line: One of my favourite American Stouts out there. I highly recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 22:28:39 | More by Bitterbill
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fathers Office in Santa Monica, CA on 7/10/11

A - Poured dark black with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a mild bitterness present as well. A nice nose.

T - Bitter espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malts and a subtle overall sweetness to balance it out. This is an exceptional stout.

M - Almost feels like this is nitro (perhaps it is?). Medium body, smooth and somewhat creamy texture. Light carbonation.

O - Another great offering from Deschutes.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2011 17:33:39 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-09-2012 04:33:44 | More by iL0VEbeer
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by 05/27/12. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is good and malty, the brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and charred/burnt malt. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, with the roasty/charred bitter flavors being the strongest. There's also some light hops noticeable, along with a roasty/ashy bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy and has moderate carbonation. It also goes down easy enough. I think this is a good brew, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 00:23:39 | More by bluejacket74
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to jrallen34 for hooking me up with this.

A - Great looking Obsidian colored stout (sorry, had to) with a one and a half finger tan head that rose up with fine bubbles. Looks fantastic.

S - Nice and roasty characteristics to this, with a bit of molasses and some burnt cocoa and bitter coffee.

T - Taste is much better than the aroma, which is really saying something. Roasted and bitter malts with some unsweetened chocolate and burnt wood. This beer is really really good. Cofee adds some nice bittering at the end for balance making this a great tasting brew.

M - A little bit of a carbonation bite in a full bodied beer.

D - This one seems a lot bigger than it's 6.4%, and I was shocked that it wasn't 9%+. Knocked down the drinkability on this one for that as one 12 oz. did me just fine. Great beer though that I would love to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 20:47:24 | More by AgentZero
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,582 ratings.