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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,752
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 407
Gots: 288 | 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 LadyOfMuchBeer
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle boured into (512) wine glass.

very dark brown, opaque, no light through it. 1/2" head fades quick, leaves ring and a couple yeasty circles on top. (May have not poured carefully enough). Too dark and not clear enough to tell about carbonation.

Nose is full of bittersweet chocolate, malts, sweet dark fruit esters. Very alluring.

Surprisingly hop forward. This wasn't detectable on the nose at all. Sweet finish of molasses and licorice. Reminds me of a relative of the BB porter.

Mouthfeel is heavy and sticky. Lingers with that thick hoppy stout feel.

Overall, I think I was expecting more of this one, but delightful enough. Just no.... bang!

LadyOfMuchBeer, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of josssmith
5/5  rDev +19%

josssmith, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of natemort13
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours an opaque black with a thick dark tan head that sticks around forever (so far at least...). Head is super clingy on the glass.

Notes of strong coffee and dark roasted malts on the nose. Dark chocolate too.

Taste is an incredibly smooth chocolate and coffee stout. The roasted malt comes off as creamy and smooth on my palate. Finish is mildly bitter (similar to the aftertaste of a sip of weak coffee).

Creamy mouthfeel, full bodied but not really sticky like you might expect from such a stout. Really smooths out the roasted coffee flavor.

Overall it's an excellent stout. Picked up a Black Butte XXIII with the Obsidian six pack. Really looking forward to it but that one's gonna age for a bit.

natemort13, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

IdrinkGas, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of fox227
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

fox227, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

nmann08, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of aliving1
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of dragomni
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of HillbillyBike
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

HillbillyBike, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Stoffel, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

rowingbrewer, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of MrHirschybar
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

MrHirschybar, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Huffaroma
5/5  rDev +19%

Huffaroma, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev -4.8%

KimenTshom, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by 05/27/12. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is good and malty, the brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and charred/burnt malt. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, with the roasty/charred bitter flavors being the strongest. There's also some light hops noticeable, along with a roasty/ashy bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy and has moderate carbonation. It also goes down easy enough. I think this is a good brew, definitely worth a try.

bluejacket74, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

acurtis, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of joshlindquist
5/5  rDev +19%

joshlindquist, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev -4.8%

bespin15, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of MsRif
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Deschutes in Portland, OR. Poured a deep, dark brown (almost black) with mahogany on the peripheral. Very nice creamy tan head that retained well, leaving beautiful lacing throughout the glass. Had an aroma of dark chocolate, roasty malts, molasses...dry, roasty but there is a touch of sweetness as well. Taste was pretty big cocoa, roasty/smoky malts and sweet malts/molasses.

Heavy mouthfeel...chewy. Definitely best saved for the end of a session. Overall a good representation of the style, and quite enjoyable. Recommended.

MsRif, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of americanbelgian
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

americanbelgian, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of jegross2
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery out of Oregon. They are best known for their flagship Russian Imperial Stout, the Abyss, which I recently acquired a bottle of. This is my first ever beer from this brewery, which and it comes with high regards.
Score: 94

2011 vintage bottle served in an oversized brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a black coffee color with a solid finger of creamy mocha colored head that slowly settles into a thin layer. Almost completely opaque, with a tiny layer of brown highlights atop the glass. Noticeable carbonation with absolutely amazing lacing. This is a gorgeous stout. 5/5

Smell: Black coffee and creamer/milk hit up front. Then lots of burnt/roasted chocolate and raw dark chocolate aromas. Getting lots of roasted malt flavors too. Hint of vanilla. The nose is not very complex, but it is absolutely inviting. 4.5/5

Taste: Velvety black coffee and light vanilla upfront. Lots of roasted chocolate on the mid-palate and in the finish. Some smokiness. Finish is burnt coffee and burnt chocolate. Then a "delayed," lingering finish of bitter dark chocolate seems to come out of nowhere and dominate. Yum! 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-plus carbonation. Very creamy, silky mouthfeel. Finishes very dry and bitter. 4/5

Overall: One of the best non-imperial stouts I have sampled to date. This is one that lives up to its hype. Cannot wait to try the Abyss. A little less carbonation and a little more viscocity would have made this one near perfect. Given the current state of craft beer, Obsidian Stout is a sheer bargain at less than $10 per six pack. I need to get my hands of some more bottles of this.

Recommendation: This is a great craft brew that both beer geeks and casual beer drinkers can greatly enjoy. A truly magnificent stout.

Pairings: Steak or chocolate cake.

Cost: $8.99 for a six pack.

jegross2, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Kirch
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Kirch, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

musicman575, Dec 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

debuscher22, Dec 26, 2011
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,752 ratings.