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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,527 Ratings

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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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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-29-2013 01:28:50 | More by ant880
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-03-2013 23:03:36 | More by ahbithwabm
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black color and a foamy tan head that left real nice lace. This stout had a nice roasted smoky taste. Good solid stout that can become a regular in one's repotoire. I enjoyed this with some lamb sausage, ground beef, baked potato and some sourdough bread. Great for a cold evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2002 20:50:52 | More by Mark
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

01-21-2013 16:32:36 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-11-2013 23:25:02 | More by hayesjw
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had been wanting to try this, so when I saw it in a bar I ordered one. Served from a bottle, a little cool, but acceptable.

The appearance is like black tar. When held up to a light, nothing came through. Amazing stuff. Had a nice light brown, cream head that lasted quite long. Quite an eye catching beer and perfect for a stout.
Smell was like coffee/toffee. Some malt hints. Also a slight a rich, dark fruit [plums?].
The taste was very creamy. Very smooth. A bit of a bitter hop finish, but nicely controlled. Wonderful light toffee/dark chocolate flavor. Like drinking a rich, creamy ice cream.
Has a light carbonation. Much lighter on the palate than might be expected considering the appearance and ABV.
Overall, for a stout, this is very drinkable. Not a beer to be pounding all night, but to be slowly drank and enjoyed. I will definitely go out and get some of this to try at home. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 17:13:25 | More by atigerlife
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-10-2013 23:41:44 | More by psmith161
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4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second brew sampled from an excellent Secret Santa hookup via AlohaC. Poured slightly chilled into my new Tommyknocker pint glass. Pitch black brew with nary a hint of redness. Very opaque with a fluffy brown head. Great retention and lacing.
Smelled just like a big slice of dark chocolate tort. It made me hungry for dessert just breathing it in. Would be an awesome beeramisu ingredient.

Its all here flavorwise. Roasted malts rule the roost, with the subsequent coffee, chocolate and licorice coming through periodically. Mildly bitter in a dark chocolate sort of way. Very delicious and chewy. Came off slightly heavy bodied. However, for some reason, it went down way too fast--happy I was given two bottles to enjoy. I see now why this one gets rated so highly.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 15:34:43 | More by Dithyramb
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-03-2013 01:18:56 | More by throwback
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-04-2013 04:04:17 | More by MNBeer1017
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle; received from ncvbc

A: Pours a dark black under a big brown head. Brown head covers lightly through out, no lace.

S: Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, sweet cream, light coffee, dark fruit.

T: Very well done sweetness settles into a roasted malt and bitterness, a little bit of coffee, maybe hint a touch of very light chocolate and even lighter smoke. Transition from start to finish is just flawless, incredible balance.

M/D: Full bodied and wow, what a smooth, full body. Carbonation does nothing but lend to a smooth, creamy, velvety body. Drinkability is top notch. It's just so damn smooth and easy drinking. By far the best of the style I've ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 01:10:10 | More by NCSUdo
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

08-18-2012 18:44:44 | More by Focusf111
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-09-2013 01:15:07 | More by CesarLopes
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-19-2013 22:51:33 | More by dsshuck
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-25-2014 17:38:39 | More by Inglewood
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-01-2013 00:06:01 | More by Ri0
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-12-2013 04:09:30 | More by WVUbrew
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-14-2014 13:23:46 | More by Knoxrb12
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian comes out completely black with great tan head that is very well retained.

Smell is slightly tame, with dark roasted malts, vanilla and breadyness. Has a little bit of a chocolate chip cookie character to it.

Flavors are bold, yet cohesive. Heavy on the dark chocolate - very roasty and somewhat sweet. There's also a touch of smokeyness. The finish is long and slightly bitter yet smooth.

The mouthfeel might be the least impressive characteristic of Obsidian - medium-bodied for a stout with fine carbonation and just slightly more carbonated than I would prefer.

This is a long-time favorite of mine and a stout that stacks up well next to many of the Imperial/Double stouts, despite coming in at a relatively low 6.4%. Very nice stout for any time of the year. Deschutes, you are truly great.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 03:27:46 | More by GeezLynn
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a very nice deep, robust and rich creamy foamy head topping this very good roasted malt and black barley beer giving way to notes of coffee. A definite beer to buy again and enjoy. Very similiar to Guiness Foreign Extra but not quite the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 23:12:28 | More by Segelstrom
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-19-2013 07:01:41 | More by KiMiRaiK
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-27-2013 16:46:38 | More by rdooley
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black brew with a frothy brown head.

Smell: Toasted malt, pumpernickel and brown sugar.

Taste: Toasted malt base embraces coffee flavors and a decent hop presence. Slight mineral presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full body with a dry finish.

Drinkablity: A solid stout, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 05:44:51 | More by SargeC
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

10-27-2013 23:02:38 | More by stephensinner
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-28-2013 03:19:53 | More by Twal
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,527 ratings.