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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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3,092 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,092
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 457
Gots: 415 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving
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Photo of McStagger
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at dfw airport.

A: one finger nitro cream head. Stellar retention. Mocha colored head. Fork, opaque brown. Stellar lacing as well.

S: dark roasted malt slam. Darkened fruit, bitter chicory and liquid smoke.

T: alcohol heat is present o n the finish and accentuates the dark fruit. Still mainly a smoke / coffee monster. Long, bitter finish that is equal parts charred grain and hoppy deliciousness.

M: the best part of anything nitro related. Exceptionally creamy. Huge mouth feel.

O: not a stout to mess with. Big flavor and a welcome respite during my cross country travel.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz brown bottle into a stein with a textured outer surface and an embossed "50 cl". Label is clearly marked with a 'best by' date of 9/16/13

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a finger of frothy caramel-tan head sitting atop a pitch-black body. Faintest element of walnut coloring around the edges where the light shines through a tiny bit. Foam dissipates after a few minutes, leaving silky lacing and a medium film of bubbles on top.

Smell - Dominated by roasted malts, with some hints of bittersweet chocolate and ground coffee coming through as well. Some phenolic characteristics.

Taste - Creamy semisweet chocolate, burnt sugar bitterness, and hints of french roast coffee and even some peanut brittle. Do I sense a kiss of earthy hoppiness on the finish? Parts of it remind me of Black Butte, but more robust.

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation with a creaminess to it. Nice medium-to-heavy body and a clean finish.

I've had a fair number of beers in the overall "stout" umbrella, but not many of the standard American variety. I can only imagine this is the standard-bearer for the style, as it's quite tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from SeaOfShells (thanks man!). Best by 5/13/13 (whoops). Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours slightly darker than cola with one finger of thick, lingering tan head that leaves a fair bit of lace.

Smells of cocoa, dates and roasty malts.

Rich and roasty with flavors of bitter bakers cocoa, mild coffee, faint dark fruits and maybe a little molasses.

Creamy medium body with carbonation leaning a little too strong. Lingering bitter roasty cocoa finish.

This packs some pretty bold and complex flavors with a relatively low abv. I don't notice any adverse effects from consuming it "out of date". A fine job by Deschutes, I'd happily drink this again sometime.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For some particular reason, it's very difficult to find single bottles of these around here - although six packs are plentiful. Purchased at the Albany Taproom. Despite being a longtime fan of Deschutes, this is my first time trying this. Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. Bottle says that this is best by "08/12/13."

Wow, is this an imperial stout or something? Dark as motor oil, complete with tons of carbonation that leave a lasting 3 fingers worth of a light mocha head. Bubbles are huge, as is the amount of lacing sticking towards the sides of the glass in a foamy, thickened manner. Not too viscous, however - although with the low ABV, that is to be expected. A ton of foam settles down slowly in a fluffy way, almost resemblant of a milkshake. Settles down to less of a ring. No light goes through this thing, so it's hard to see anything else going on. Nearly world class here, and I feel like plunging into its dark, murky depths.

Upon a first whiff, it definitely hits a little bit more closer to home in terms of being an American stout, but it's one full of surprises at least. At first, there's an immediate aroma of chocolate malts, almost in the sense of being closer to roasted cereal flakes than actual chocolate. Then, there's an aroma resembling oats, a little bit of toasted earthiness, as well as slight bitterness from the hops - then, suddenly it becomes replaced by a wonderful sweetness similar to chocolate fudge, complete with cream, vanilla, and brown sugar. The yeasty phenols are all out here in terms of delivering a robust, full bodied flavor, and it lingers on in the finish in an enjoyably intoxicating way. Not as complex as I expected it to be, but still very good.

As I expected, this is by no means a crazy, over the top stout, but rather an old-school American stout recipe that returns the style to form. There's a lot of the initial roasted barley flavor that invades the palate, but it is quickly replaced by a dark cocoa flavor, as well as slight hints of vanilla and chocolate syrup. Slightly nutty as well, and also surprisingly grassy at the finish. Very, very earthy stuff here. This is the equivalent of munching on fresh roasted barley, with only the zest from the hops and sweetness from the alcohol balancing things out. Unlike Black Butte, this seems to be more straightforward in terms of serving the chocolate and roasted malts. The bitterness at the finish lingers on, only in a semi-dry way, and also one that makes the mouth slightly salivate. This is also similar to munching on extremely dark chocolate, which is definitely a new sensation I haven't had in a standard American stout in a long time. Carbonation is lively. This thing is so thick it's almost chewy, but it goes down like a charm and never feels too heavy. Hearty but extremely balanced.

Quite possibly one of the best standard stouts on the West Coast... Deschutes pretty much goes to the basics and still creates a fascinating and flavorful product in the process. It's dry, earthy, very much on the barley side, but also has a touch of sweetness, chocolate, and hoppiness that really keeps everything balanced. It does this all without being too heavy. I do enjoy Black Butte more for it's extra hop and more complex malt profile, but this is definitely an excellent beer. I really want to try this on nitro-tap. In a way, a great ode to Irish dry stouts with a West Coast twist!

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of lighthabit
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

really not much to say. this was one of my first craft brews, and it is the (very affordable) standard to which i compare other stouts. others might has more complexity to work with, but this is such a solid and easy to drink stout with an incredible price . . . how can you go wrong?. flashlight shows just the faintest deep garnet red near the bottom. thick, dryish head dies down to thin layer, i'd like to see just a bit more lacing though. chocolate, coffee, malt and barley are all here. if your friends are thinking of checking out crafts, this would be a great way to begin.

update 7/19 - note to self - when chilled more that usual, picks up a smokiness i hadn't see before . . . but it mostly goes away as it warms and the obsidian comes to life

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of mattmeiske12
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle of this at Mari's Six Pack & More in Reading, PA.

Appearance - Thick, dark brown in color. I didn't get much head retention though.

Aroma - Smelled very nice... lots of coffee/expresso, some chocolate.

Taste - This almost reminded me of an irish dry stout. It's not quite what I was expecting, but none the less it was very smooth and chocolatey.

Mouthfeel - Very silky, light on the palate. I didn't like that it thinned off at the end, would've enjoyed some coffee or chocolate.

Overall - This is a very "session-able" stout, something I could keep drinking all day and not get sick of. This was also the first time I've had Deschutes here in PA and I'll keep looking for more.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of WissBrauSean
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I poured this beer from the bottle at about 60 degrees F and it is clear and black just like obsidian but with some brown showing through and the head is a full finger thick and creamy brown and leaves another cool outline of a mountain peak on my glass as lacing! I totally should take a picture of that, but I am too lazy.

The aroma is definitely of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, some yeast and very little earthy hops. Both sweet and bitter. A nice combo.

It tastes even better than it smells with sweet roasted malt taking the lead then the creamy chocolate malts come into play with some hints of vanilla cream and then followed by the bitterness of the roasted malts and the earthy hops. Finally it finishes dry with hint of black pepper and mild alcohol. This beer is so well balanced and the dry finish lures you to the next sip!

The mouthfeel is creamy full and dry with light to moderate carbonation to play on your tongue. The finish is dry and bitter but pleasingly so.

Overall, this has to be one of the best stouts EVER! It's definitely NOT a crossover beer and if you don't like dry and bitter beers you may not like this one, but keep in mind that this is an excellent beer all around and you might be missing out if you think that it may be too bitter for you. You may actually like it! I love it! 5 out of 5!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,092 ratings.