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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,990 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,990
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 435
Gots: 358 | FT: 7
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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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black color with a solid 2 inch cola colored head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Coffee, chocolate, and roast malt dominate the aroma, with nutty, toasted notes adding complexity.

Fairly acrid coffee is the predominant flavor, overwhelming the roast malt, which almost seems charred. Chocolate becomes secondary. The finish is bitter, peppery, and dry. As it warms, the flavor improves significantly.

Body is on the thick side, with minimal carbonation, and a fairly acrid, astringent finish. There's slight alcohol warmth.

Pretty disappointed in this beer, given the exceptional ratings. Very coffee-forward, bitter, and acrid, roasty, but lacking in chocolate and malt complexity. Substantial phenols. Pretty harsh. The more it warms, the more I like it, but still expected more. Leave it sit out for a good half hour.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of 94Sip
2.75/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Overall: this was proabably my least favorite stout. It tasted like a typical west coast IPA mixed with a stout, and the result was the look of a stout and the taste of a Pale Ale. Maybe I had a bad batch because I drank 2 from the same 6 pack and they were identical? This is not something I would buy again.

A: typical stout darkness with nice tan head

S: I didn't pick up much of the roasted smells, or the coffee, malty smells either.

T: As I mentioned in my overall summary I just did not get the typical stout flavors that I enjoy - chocolates and coffees, toffees, caramels, roasted flavors. Instead it simply tasted like a typical Pale Ale. If I had closed my eyes I would have sworn it was a pale ale. I might say as the beer warmed up and if I let it sit in my mouth for just a bit I would get a little bit of a light coffee flavor, but almost unnoticeable.

M: perhaps some of the creaminess of a stout with the head, but definitely that thicker feeling that I get from other stouts.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Danishboy59
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into cold, traditional pint glass

A: A deep, very dark, truly "obsidian like" color, with a rich and moderately thick, stout-style cocoa colored, single finger head.

S: Nose of smoky, dark roast Coffee, with a pungent bitterness on the end

T: Coffee is up front, rolling into big roasty, toasty malts, hint of balanced sweetness, big hops imparting an espresso-like bitterness on the finish, later developing into a carmel-ish toast for the long haul...

M: Robust, with some serious richness to it, some creaminess, but not nearly as thick as I'm used to from traditional Irish/UK stouts. Incredibly long and dry-ish finish!

This beer had that classic familiarity of a Guinness (have had it in Dublin!), but is also it's own unique interpretation of a classic stout. It is incredibly bold and robust, even more so than the aforementioned standard, but it is all woven expertly into this beer. It doesn't feel as heavy going down as most stouts, an extremely endearing quality. Can't imagine a stout that would surpass it!

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of CJS
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice rich cocoa velvet color. More than a fingers witdh on the initial pour of collar. khaki in color.

S Rich in dark chocolate and coffee aromas. Smells a bit bitter

T slight bitter astringency at first. Develops into dark cacao flavors. Slight coffee appeal, but not a lot. A touch of sweetness mid mouth and more caramel and maltiness than anything. Then a dry breadiness on the way out.

M Has a viscosity appeal a bit more than thin. Not a bad thing for what it is.

O Def a competitor in its category and I would buy more if I got the chance.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into Delirium Noel snifter.

A: Black and opaque with a nice light brown head made of creamy to large bubbles with good retention. Great lacing and medium carbonation. Good looking beer overall.

S: Smooth cocoa with light roasty coffee and dark brown sugars. A bit of dry chalky character to it as well but most likely from the light chocolate roastyness without the alcohol to add complexities and simply keep things simple and subtle.

T: Not too roasty with a good chocolate backbone and nice light dark chocolate bitter finish. Great balance in this brew with a good drinkability from its light body.

M: Good roastyness and chocolate finish lingers with a bit of bitterness but nothing aggressive and in your face. Simple and flavorful yet drinkable and well balanced.

O: Great Example of this style. A lot of flavor for its size (abv) and easy to drink. This is a common beer seen on nitro, which I dislike, since it is drinkable and smooth on its own. In my opinion it does not need the nitro to achieve its smoothness and drinkability since it already is easy to drink and smooth. But regardless of my nitro rant, this is a must have if you are an American Stout fan, which you should be... Deschutes Obsitian, a classic.

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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy thanksgiving! Starting off right.

Obsidian is right. The name suits this beer. Head is a bit thin but on the darker side. Nice lacing.
Light aroma mainly of roast and coffee beans. Maybe a touch of alcohol.
Robust stout flavors. A bit of dark chocolate with lots of roasted malts.
Fits nicely with the milder porter and this stout as two excellent dark beers. I prefer the porter, but this a great beer in its own right.

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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%

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4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Thick and dark, very dark brown, nearly black. Two finger-width dark tan head. A little bit of lacing left behind.

S: Sweet coffee smell, chocolaty notes. A bit of brown sugar there, too. Very pleasant.

T: Nice coffee dominates. That thick sweetness is there, too. Presence of roasted malt as well. Very nice combination and a great example of a stout. One of my favorite beers out there.

M: A little heavy, but not overwhelming. Certainly not a session, but it's surprisingly smooth.

A great beer from start to finish. One of my favorites out there.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,990 ratings.