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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,587 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,587
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 394
Gots: 241 | 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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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-17-2012 23:30:52 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-04-2013 04:04:17 | More by MNBeer1017
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A deep inky black with just enough transparency to flash brown and red here and there, with some mocha-colored foam and an aroma of roasted barley, dark sugar, and hints of fruit and American hops (pine? But just a wee bit). Go slow with this one, it is intricate yet powerful. A sip reveals deep roasted flavors right out of the gate but there is a surprisingly clean crisp finish ... You expect this to hang there like some massive imperial and certainly the sweetness does accumulate, but there's more going on than just syrupy smoky malt. Strong acidic coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate flavors give this beer a classic stout character while some dark fruit raisin-type notes add complexity. Body is dextrinous and chewy but its easy to forget that this is a BIG beer, considering the crisp finish with aromatic hop echoes and just the right amount of sweet-sour persistence that most certainly pays off. Creamy and smooth, the alcohol lurks in there like a spectre, only the faintest hint of a boozy presence. Superb balance and carbonation level. Once you go Obsidian you may never go back.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 13:31:21 | More by CalgaryFMC
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-27-2012 18:47:50 | More by PhineasGage
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imyourhero21

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-18-2014 21:12:36 | More by imyourhero21
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

11-11-2012 02:24:07 | More by slimntubbs
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craft_shannie

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-05-2014 02:48:47 | More by craft_shannie
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loren01

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark black color with a beautiful tan head and slight lacing.
S: Smell is of dark malts with some espresso and chocolate scents.
T: Taste is mostly of dark chocolate, a little sweet at first then turns into a woody slightly bitter aftertaste.
M: Mouthfeel is a little on the heavy side, fairly heavy on the carbonation.
D: Overall, obsidian is a very tasty stout, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 09:14:34 | More by loren01
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +19%

11-14-2011 07:30:27 | More by Travisnin
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hayesjw

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-11-2013 23:25:02 | More by hayesjw
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psmith161

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-10-2013 23:41:44 | More by psmith161
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dnichols

Washington

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

I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a chilled tulip.

A: This is a robust stout...thick, deep, and black with a limited brown head that didn't last and left a barely noticeable lacing.

S: It has a aroma profile that does the appearance justice...deeply darkly toasted malts, bitter semi-sweet chocolate, and a burst of campfire coffee.

T: I am not a fan of stouts...exception granted to this one. It has a straight froward and rich flavor of dark roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, and fresh brewed black French roast coffee. It is creamy rich...like a chocolate latte and finished clean with little residual bitterness.

M: It has a medium to full body with a crisp clean finish.

D: If every stout tasted this good I would become a real fan. I love coffee and semi-sweet chocolate and this brew has those flavors in spades. It may be a bit to rich and filling for long sessions but I would like to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 03:33:24 | More by dnichols
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Andreias21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-08-2013 00:13:04 | More by Andreias21
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Diomede for this lovely should be want as an extra.

A- Pours dark brown from the bottle and a nice 1+ finger chocolate head forms. The body is very dark brown that borders on black. The head retention is something else ans is now foamy and starting to leave lots of lacing. probably about a half inch of thick forthy head left and I'm about to dive in.

S- Sweet malts and roasty-ness are the most obvious scents I'm getting with some mild hops and chocolate as well.

T- Big roasty coffee with some bittering hops take the front with some sweet malt and subtle chocolate. Nice combo of tastes.

M- the feel is a little thicker than medium and has smaller carbonation.

O- nice medium percent ABV stout. I wouldnt mind a few more of these

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 20:44:26 | More by Gushue3
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dsshuck

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-19-2013 22:51:33 | More by dsshuck
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DavidST

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, best by date if 9/12/12. This pours a pitch black color with a massive Mocha colored head which has a long retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of Mocha, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, some hops, excellent. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is amazing, like a bitter mouthful of good espresso, dark chocolate, nice hop bite, this is the best stout which isn't an irs.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 03:22:08 | More by DavidST
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- About a 1" thick tan head on a black body.
S- Coffee, chocolate, big roasted malts, grassy hops, and toasted aroma.
T- Follows the aroma pretty darn close. Light bitterness on tip of tongue. Pretty dry aftertaste. Coffee joins in the aftertaste also.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. I wouldn't go crazy over it but it is a easy drinking stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 07:02:06 | More by BlindPig
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Lunch

Maryland

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

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired from a trade with Bardwashrind as a generous extra (Thanks!) into my Cigar City snifter at the appropriate temperature (06/09/10)

A: Pours a really dark and deep brown that is nearing black. A large 2 finger head with great retention and lacing.

S: Aroma consists of lots of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Some bitter dark chocolate is in there as well.

T:The flavor follows that nose and roasted malt, coffee and chocolate dominating the profile. Some nice bitterness is found as well. This beer really shines as it warms to around 55 degrees as a creamy cocoa come out.

M: Medium-bodied with some appropriate carbonation and some creaminess.

D: Very easy to drink and the 6.4% abv is nowhere to be found.

Overall this was a very nice American Stout that is certainly worthy of its praise. Thanks again André! Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 16:01:09 | More by Lunch
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

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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WVUbrew

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-12-2013 04:09:30 | More by WVUbrew
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-01-2013 00:06:01 | More by Ri0
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EB1

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

10-04-2013 04:52:57 | More by EB1
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rdooley

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-27-2013 16:46:38 | More by rdooley
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beer pours a very dark jet black color. With an aggressive pour the head stays for a few min. then leaves a trace of lacing.

S- Smells like a stout, however, strangely enough I smell creamed corn, very odd. My cat incidentally thought it smelled good and gave it a taste.

T- Strong taste of coffee, especially in the aftertaste. A touch of a Smokey taste as well.

M- Smooth and creamy at the same time. I wasn't expecting the carbonation as it is so dark you don't see it.

D- Not too bad, it isn't my favorite stout, but it isn't too bad. I'm using it as part of a BBQ marinade so we'll see how that turns out.

Overall not too bad of a brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 00:28:29 | More by Wetpaperbag
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MadScientist

New York

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a long lasting head of compact, creamy bubbles. Leave a fair amount of fine lacing on the glass.

S: A good amount of chocolate, coffee and roast in the nose with some low burnt notes. There is a low citrus hops aroma.

T: Dark malt flavors dominate the flavor as well, again bring chocolate, some bitter coffees, roast and a bit of burnt bitterness to the party. There is a low caramel sweetness in the middle. There is a low caramel sweetness that gets dried out pretty quickly. There is a moderate hops bitterness teaming up with the roast bitterness making for a beer that is moderately bitter on balance. The finish is off dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste that shows some citrus hops flavors.

M: A medium full bodied beer with a moderate amount of creaminess and a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: Outstanding aroma and flavor having all of the dark malt notes of chocolate, coffee and a a touch of burnt bitterness along with some hops bitterness. It's fairly dry with and smooth. It's pretty evident why the beer has earned so many awards.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:07:29 | More by MadScientist
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,587 ratings.