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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,583 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,583
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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GMB

Japan

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

Deschutes Obsidian Stout pours a body that refuses to allow any light to penetrate it. Thin strips of crimson do appear at the edges and bottom of my glass, but only after I hold it directly against a strong artificial light source. The head is a real surprise and a marvel to behold. A lighter shade of mocha than I would expect from such a dark beer, it appears slightly gassy at first, but proves to be extremely sticky and resilient as it falls. It clings to the glass as it settles into a thin disc on top of the beer's body. Viewed from the side, this appears as a basin of mocha terrain which hides a dark chocolate underworld.

The nose is rich and deep without being muddy. I expect to pick up dark fruits and chocolate in a stout, but these aromas are extraordinarily pronounced here, and the faint smell of alcohol suggests that these figs, dates, dark raisins, and prunes i allowed to ferment before they transmogrified into liquid form and found their way into my glass. The roasted malt is deep and inviting.

I rolled my first sip around in my mouth for almost a minute. The mouthfeel is almost perfect; the foam is not as chewy and viscous as I had hoped it would be. The roasted flavors take time to develop. Sweet dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, emerge and recede in turn before relinquishing the palate to lingering flavors of blackened meat (e.g., the burnt ends of brisket), and figs and prunes braised in browned butter. Floral notes emerge as the beer warms. Have confectioners considered experimenting with chocolate, chrysanthemum, orange blossoms, and braised prunes?

I cannot imagine improving on the taste of this beer when it is at its best. But the alcohol seems less integrated as I approach the end of my glass, and so I am compelled to deduct points from its score. Would that I could give it a rating of 4.75 in taste!

I can't recall the last time I took such small sips and kept each sip in my mouth for so long. I'll be revisiting this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 01:17:49 | More by GMB
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Punkrckr281

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

10-13-2012 21:24:42 | More by Punkrckr281
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Deep, dark, dark brown, nice dense 3/4” tan head that recedes to about a ¼” and hangs around. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Rich roasted malt coupled with strong coffee and chocolate aromas.

Taste: Coffee and chocolate cut with the bitterness of the roast, well balanced. Depth of flavor with some hints dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Creamy on the palate with a nice clean finish.

Overall: Excellent example of an American Stout. All of the coffee and chocolate flavor you would both expect and desire.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 19:48:49 | More by BobZ
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jed123

Manitoba (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

10-13-2012 18:52:25 | More by jed123
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samturner

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-13-2012 04:53:54 | More by samturner
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BarbiJ

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

10-11-2012 03:25:39 | More by BarbiJ
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benbjb

Washington

3/5  rDev -28.6%

10-10-2012 06:01:36 | More by benbjb
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Oregon-Donor


3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

10-08-2012 04:13:15 | More by Oregon-Donor
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TheStashRide

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-08-2012 02:03:07 | More by TheStashRide
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dense black color with a 2-finger mocha-colored fluffy head that tapers down to a thin film. There is a lot of sticky lacing left behind.

S- Dark roasted malt and strong coffee/expresso. It has quite an inviting aroma, there's a hint of sweetness as well, chocolate.

T-Roasted malt and coffee flavors are dominant for me. The chocolate is balanced by the 55IBUs so it's not sweet.

M- A little thin despite the good carbonation. Those coffee and malt flavors linger.The hop balance on the finish is near perfect.

O-This is a very good stout, too bad it's N/A in NJ.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 19:48:08 | More by NiceTaps
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Ted

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-07-2012 02:29:57 | More by Ted
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jalepeno4

Oregon

5/5  rDev +19%

10-06-2012 21:25:51 | More by jalepeno4
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bman_85

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

10-05-2012 22:33:51 | More by bman_85
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Johnhaley1989

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-05-2012 20:49:41 | More by Johnhaley1989
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bobtopich

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

10-03-2012 14:48:57 | More by bobtopich
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hickmancase

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

10-02-2012 17:21:41 | More by hickmancase
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Andrerhausen


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-01-2012 02:21:23 | More by Andrerhausen
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pandatron

California

5/5  rDev +19%

10-01-2012 01:16:44 | More by pandatron
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Freshlikeugh

Hawaii

5/5  rDev +19%

09-30-2012 06:37:51 | More by Freshlikeugh
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-30-2012 05:41:32 | More by Dactrius
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Nage37

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-30-2012 00:54:10 | More by Nage37
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od_sf

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-28-2012 15:58:14 | More by od_sf
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arash1000

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-26-2012 18:09:49 | More by arash1000
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gtermi

Texas

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

A: Pours a nice black body, with a semi-thick tan head that slowly fades. The beer leaves a lot of lace on the glass as it fades.

S: The smell is a pretty nice part of this beer. It has the roastedness of a typical stout and even has a little bit of chocolate sweetness.

T: This is for sure the best part of this beer. The flavors have a nice roasted malt flavor with a nice amount of chocolate and coffee.

M: The beer has a bit of crispness on the back of the throat and the tip of the tongue. There is also a nice full body from the carbonation.

O: This is just another great beer from Deschutes. I drink their beer all the time and this is for sure one of the tops.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 05:19:20 | More by gtermi
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WankelEngine

Illinois

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black and completely opaque. A huge, fluffy mocha-tan head has moderate retention before bubbling down to a cap of foam. Nice layers of lacing.

S: Front and center is roasted malt. Dark chocolate and maybe some brewed coffee. Decently sweet, maybe some toffee. Sort of reminds me of a milk stout.

T: Bittersweet chocolate dominates followed by some coffee and a light floral hop flavor. A very roasted flavor overall. A slight pine and lingering bitter chocolate make up the finish.

M: Medium bodied with very mild carbonation. Easy to drink.

O: A good stout. A lot of roasted flavor but still very easy drinking. A stout good for winter or summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 21:24:43 | More by WankelEngine
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,583 ratings.