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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,730 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,730
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 Danny1217
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black with a thick tan head with has excellent retention and lacing. Looks like what every stout should look like.
Smells like roasted barley, coffee, and hops. Taste is very roasted with coffee and chocolate flavors. Very nice hop bitterness. Very well balanced between the malts and hops. Perfect, even. Good carbonation and a somewhat thick body.

One of the best non-imperial stouts I have tried. Just looking at my notes makes me miss the west coast.

Danny1217, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Auror
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Auror, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of swaghawk
4/5  rDev -4.8%

swaghawk, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of bigred89
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

bigred89, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of theGrinch
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

theGrinch, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of theowlsayshoe
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
A – Dark as night, huge perfect head.
S – Sweet, fig like.
T – Strong tingle on your tongue that opens up to a stouty push then a bitter bomb goes off and stretches back down the center of your tongue.
M – The perfect head is thick but the beer has a much thinner feel. It has an amazing contrast.
O – Great lacing but a little bitter for me with an unpleasant after taste. I appreciate that it is a challenge for my palate.

theowlsayshoe, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of mwayne
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

mwayne, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Dwh689
5/5  rDev +19%

Dwh689, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of tpauer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

tpauer, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice rich dark brown nearly oily black with a good one finger of dense creamy mocha head that slumped down to leave a thick creamy blanket and lots of creamy side lacing.

S - Super light chocolate, very nice roasted malts. Nose isnt bad, but mostly just roast.

T - Taste is really nice, good slightly bitter roasty malts with some very faint chocolate. The roast, like the nose, is very upfront. Its a solid flavour.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, good bitter roast, its just a bit too carbonated for my taste. Too prickly on the tongue for a stout for me.

O - Overall this is a nice stout for those who really love roasted malts. For me its kind of one dimensional though.

rudzud, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of chrisfallon83
4/5  rDev -4.8%

chrisfallon83, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of glitchedmind
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

glitchedmind, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of OriolesFan1008
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

OriolesFan1008, May 31, 2012
Photo of snocntry
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

snocntry, May 30, 2012
Photo of GNWBC
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

GNWBC, May 30, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/30/12

Appearance: Black, with some dark brown around the edges - creamy tan head that leaves really nice lacing

Smell: Roasty and burnt - burnt, yes, not not excessively so - straight-up chocolate malts - grainy and clean - roasted malts - burnt coffee and dry, dark chocolate

Taste: Nicely balanced with burnt and roasted malts - chocolate malts - hints of dark chocolate and coffee - tasty malts, with depth - mild, burnt bitterness - dry, but with some sweetness to keep things balanced

Mouthfeel: On the heavier side of medium, very smooth, nicely carbonated

Overall: Beyond solid

This is a great example of the American Stout style. Dark, burnt, and roasted, but also balanced and highly drinkable. I would expect no less from Deschutes.

angrybabboon, May 30, 2012
Photo of hockenbeer
4/5  rDev -4.8%

hockenbeer, May 26, 2012
Photo of t-rav
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

t-rav, May 25, 2012
Photo of Rudy
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Rudy, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

dorf, May 24, 2012
Photo of mcneels
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

mcneels, May 23, 2012
Photo of baybassboy
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

baybassboy, May 21, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on nitro-draught into a New Belgium goblet at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, California. Cost was $4.00 USD plus tax. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given the serving type, brewery, and style - all of which I love.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice tan colour, good cream, slick smooth nicely thick foam, and excellent retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent black.

Sm: Roasted barley, cream, milk, and chocolate. A mild strength aroma.

T: Heavy cream is dominant, an effect of the nitro no doubt. Some underlying chocolate and rather tame roasted barley. I liked it better out of the bottle; it's a bit stale here. Dark malts form the foundation. Poorly balanced on nitro. The increased cream attacks the balance. I'm disappointed. It's not bad, but it's far from good. A bit simple and not subtle.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. A touch too thin. Very undercarbonated. Complements the flavour profile only moderately.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Best from the bottle methinks. I wouldn't bother with it again on nitro-draught, but it might do better on-draught.


kojevergas, May 20, 2012
Photo of Romulux
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
Photo of RS3Sport
4/5  rDev -4.8%

RS3Sport, May 19, 2012
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,730 ratings.