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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,732 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,732
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 406
Gots: 282 | 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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Photo of ichus
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my new favorite. I work in a grocery store that sells alot of beer and this is the best I've tried. I like to drink it in tandem with a hot cup of strong coffee. I'm giving it a 4 only because there are alot of stouts I haven't experienced. But out of all the generallly available ie grocery store stouts and porters, this is the best. Black Butte porter a close second. Way better than Monkey Face, Pipeline, Guinness black Etc.

ichus, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of LampertLand
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Brewing "Obsidian Stout @ 6.4% from a 330 ml bottle 6 pack
A-pours a very dark brown/black with some subtle crimson along the glass edge with a fine cola head leaving some spotty lacing along the pint glass
S-roasted malt , black barley both very mild
T-a sweet/sour start with just enough hop bite to cut thru the sweetness , crisp finish
MF-deep robust , richly rewarding , good carbonation , full bodied
Ov-a slow sipping beer that you can linger over , over , again , again
just a bit better than Black Butte , both great beers , well done Deschutes

Cheers LampertLand

LampertLand, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of JBatman
1/5  rDev -76.2%

JBatman, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of jacknsally5148
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jacknsally5148, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of JohnBender
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

JohnBender, Sep 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

ACarrell, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
4/5  rDev -4.8%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

scot959, Sep 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

jl28r1, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of draheim
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz (best by 11/5/2012) into a snifter. Pours a deep brown/black w/ a thick mocha head that settles to a dense pillow.

Aroma is dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate/coffee, dark fruit, molasses, floral hops.

Taste is chocolate malt, bitter hops, dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, soft but bitter finish.

Overall a solid, hoppy American stout, nothing extraordinary.

draheim, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Near black. Head is the color of coffee milk. Rocky and creamy to start. head drops to a thin cap and fluffy collar. Some nice splashes of lacing. Pours nice and smooth.

Smell: Deeply roasted malts with a tiny burnt edge. Coffee grinds and cocoa nibs. Touches of chocolate malt as well. Lingering malty sweetness. Some caramel malts. Mild alcohol in the back.

Taste: Solid roasted malts up front. A nice undercurrent of burnt goodness. Sweet cooked malts. Caramel and some bitter cocoa. Lingering spent coffee. So deeply roasted. Grainy. A touch of citrus zest on the back. Almost smoky level of burnt. Borders on char. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Body pushes toward full but firmly resides in medium. Smooth carbonation. Creamy with a bitter dryness from the roasted nature.

Overall: Benchmark achieved.

Deschutes sets the bar yet again. A solid American stout. No frills, no muss, no fuss. Pure malty goodness.

Goblinmunkey7, Sep 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

creez, Sep 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Beercounter1, Sep 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

HuaiDan, Sep 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

JayKay412, Sep 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

minneapolitanjim, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

WheelsRule, Sep 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

WritersBlock, Sep 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Pinche_Oso, Sep 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

brandon911, Sep 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Devi0us, Sep 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Lynn, Sep 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

astraker, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of TBoneJones
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks pitch black to me. Great fluffy head sticks around.
Smells light and roasty. Some coffee.  
Tastes creamy, with that same roasted taste, cocoa, coffee, nice.
Good, slick mouthfeel with lingering bitter goodness.
I will certainly buy this again, and what a great value in a six-pack. One of the more highly drinkable stouts I've had.

TBoneJones, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Best by 12/02/12.

Appearance: Pours very dark, oily, and nearly completely black. Lots of bubbles and a huge five finger creamy tan head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Fairly sweet with lots of roasted and burnt aromas. Dark roasted malts with good hints of dark and milk chocolate, coffee beans, burnt caramel, milk, cream, toffee, and a little bit of nuts. Also some molasses and a light touch of smoke. Some hops are also in the mix giving a earthy aroma. A nice robust aroma.

Taste: Very rich and roasty, with a nice hop kick to balance the sweetness. Big taste of roasted barley malts with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, chocolate milk, cream, nuts, toffee, and molasses. Nice mix of sweet chocolate flavor with some bitter roast and smoke. Nice hop presence with some earthy hops and even a little bit of citrus. A really good roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Creamy, and sweet to start, then finishes with a bitter roast that lingers into the aftertaste.

Overall: A really great American stout. Very big taste for a non imperial stout. Nice balancing of the sweetness and roast bitterness.

MattyG85, Aug 29, 2012
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,732 ratings.