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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,913 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,913
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 423
Gots: 332 | FT: 8
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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Photo of Murrhey
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half creamy looking mocha head. Nice retention and wonderful lacing. Black color.

S- Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Wonderfully warm and inviting smell. Roasted notes and possibly toffee.

T- Roasted tastes and some darker malts and barley. This is a tasty brew with a bitter finish.

M- Surprisingly light body, but dry finish.

O- What can I say? Deschutes always treats me right.

Murrhey, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of carrollmel7
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

carrollmel7, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Houser, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of kushlash23
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

kushlash23, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of cbcrunch
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

cbcrunch, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Beer21, May 09, 2012
Photo of jroberts8811
5/5  rDev +19%

jroberts8811, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Knoxrb12
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Knoxrb12, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of elricorico
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian? Not quite, but looks nearly black in the glass. A large malted milk coloured head sits on top and seems to last forever, with a ton of lacing. Can't do much better in that department.

Smells of smoky roasted malt, tobacco, and something fruity. I'd like to say grapes, but that doesn't seem to be quite it. Not your typical stout smell. Interesting.

A little sweetness right up front prefaces a long roasted malt bitterness. Licorice touches the very back of the tongue, sweetening the very end. The taste starts to get into the same flavours you get in an imperial stout, though a little more subtle. Very nice.

Smooth and medium to full bodied, the mouthfeel is pretty good for the style. Not as creamy as some stouts get, but that doesn't take much away.

Easier to drink than it should be, this is a really nice stout.

elricorico, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

megamass, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of leaddog
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate/black with one and a half finger width of creamy mocha head. Nice lacing and head retention.

Smell - Roasted malts, barley, hint of espresso/coffee bean, dark chocolate.

Taste - All the aromas come through in the flavour with bold intensity and roasted taste. Great bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Touch of smoothness.

Overall - A well-crafted and flavourful stout from Deschutes. I really enjoyed the bitterness from the espresso/coffee bean and it makes this brew a real stand-out.

leaddog, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aptly named, pours obsidian black, like motor oil, with a big thick dark tan head, which stays around for a while, but the lacing is minimal. The aroma is vaguely impy stoutish, but also a bit tame. Pretty nice though.

The taste leaves little to the imagination though. Like the nose, it gives the impression of an impy stout, a big beefy flavor but without the massive body, abv, etc, as if it were a super drinkable tongue lasher. There is plenty of roasted, toasted, deliciously whoppin malts, a very nice bitter hop counterpoint and some fruit, a bit of full roast coffee. Very, very nice. The mouth is full but not overwhelming, nice and smooth and easy to drink, its just a fantastic stout, kind of the little brother of their Abyss, but no underachiever itself.

objectivemonkey, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of DangerDawg
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

DangerDawg, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of craftbeerasian
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

craftbeerasian, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another elusive PacNW beer falls into my clutches. Pours thick and black with a thick, tan rocky head that slowly dissipates into a chunky lace. Retains well, very nice. Tiny bubbles of carbonation are present, intermingling with brown yeast floaties. It's a microcosm of life. Ha.

Sweet buttermilk and chocolate are present in the nose, but not a burst of complexity there. Thankfully the flavor picks up all that the aroma is lacking. Begins with a sweet licorice thang goin on, melting into tangy butterscotch and dry bakers chocolate. Somewhat smoky in the finish with a lasting, partially acidic bitterness. Carbonation is mild yet fills the mouth with delightful smoothness. Delicious and extremely drinkable. Big ups to waldowin for the hookup.

IrishRedRock, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of drseamus
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer has a good jet black body with a thin mocha head that falls quickly leaving just a very thin layer.

S: This beer has a powerful chocolaty coffee aroma with bunch of roasty overtones.

T: The flavor is just like the aroma. There is a bunch of chocolate initially followed by some good coffee and roasted malt notes. This is a great tasting beer. The nice thing is about this beer is that there isn't a bunch of bitterness which is common with beers that have a bunch of chocolate with them.

M: The body on this beer is nice and full. Suits the beer very nicely.

D: This is one of the best stouts I've had. A perfect example of the style.

drseamus, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of MisterClean
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz from Bel-Air

A - Black, dark mocha head, which dissipates very quickly. Lt-moderate carbonation.

S - Dark cherry-chocolate. Light alcohol presence.

T - Dark coffee, grassy notes, lightly earthy, and light dark chocolate.

M - Lightly bitter and moderately dry.

D Good, but the mouthfeel is nothing special. Also the alcohol presence is slightly alarming in a 6.4 beer.

MisterClean, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of Rihup
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Rihup, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of closisinthehouse
4/5  rDev -4.8%

closisinthehouse, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Domvan
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Domvan, May 29, 2014
Photo of Ristaccia
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Ristaccia, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of atpca
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

atpca, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of kbub6f
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A small, dark tan, dense head sits on a dark, opaque, black beer. Bright light shows a little red. Nose is roasty coffee... a little sourish. The front is smoky, roasty, coffee, toffee and a bit of chocolate. Nice. The thick, strong, chocolatey middle is buttery and a little fruity with temperature. Bitter, chocolate, tangy finish. This is a very good, high quality, tasty, strong stout. Very well balanced. Excellent.

kbub6f, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of beveritt
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to DoctorDog for this one.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottle is embossed on the neck with what appears to be hop bines. Label depicts a stream with a mountain in the background. Best by 5/28/09.

Appearance: Pours with 4 fingers of dark tan head. This dense cap settles very slowly and only gradually, maintaining undulating peaks that are as thick and substantial as those in a root beer float. The beer itself is utterly black. Looks like there may be some sediment in the bottle, but nothing of significance.

Smell: Coffee and unsweetened cocoa. Slight hint semi sweet chocolate in the finish.

Taste: Incredibly smooth transitions between numerous full bodied flavors. Mild chocolate upfront leads to a strong roasted barley bitterness leads to a lingering black coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation, but with a mouthfeel that makes it almost seem nitro. Body is great.

Drinkability: A great break from studying for the LSAT, this is truly a stunning stout. Too bad it is entirely unavailable in my area.

beveritt, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of MikeWard
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

MikeWard, May 01, 2014
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,913 ratings.