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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,093 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,093
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 459
Gots: 414 | 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 Pegasus
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Utter sable in color, with a moderate, dense tan head, which retains fairly well. Thin, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Deep aroma of roasted malt, espresso, bitter cocoa, and a faint citrus hop note.

Taste: Opens with prominent roasted barley, soon followed by bitter cocoa, espresso. These flavors carry throughout the taste. Towards the close, fairly strong grapefruit rind hops appear. Finishes with a lingering charred note and lesser grapefruit hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A superior example of the style, and very reasonably priced in light of its quality, $6.99/6-pack at Spec's in Austin, TX.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Chimay chalice.

Photo of Shruggy
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of mscudder
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a globe.

A - Pours a dark brown with a nice big tan head. Pretty nice retention.

S - A nice nose on this one! Roasted malts, cocoa, coffee and some molasses round out the aromas. A nice warm balance comes in from the alcohol.

T - The beer hits the palette with a tight explosion of bitterness. I feel that there is little flavor to start and some bitterness explodes. As the rush settles I get a wealth of flavors begin to disperse, seemingly with little balance at all. The composition of these flavors were all present in the nose. Finish is heavy on the roasted notes. I cannot say I like this stout very much as far as taste is concerned. The balance is just not there for me.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Beer seems a bit chewy and a tad thing for a stout. I may be more acclimated to RIS's yet I just cannot get behind this one.

O - Highly bitter and a total let down in my books. After sampling the Butte Porter and the Abyss I had very high hopes for this one. It just did not live up to the hype and I would be hard pressed to ever revisit it.

Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good. Served a little cold with a smallish taan head and a bit of lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is roast, malt, molasses, licorice, bit of honey and dark ripe fruit. Flavor's like nose, muted, fairly dry, toast, carbonic tang, and bitter up front, in fact it's all up front. Body is great, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, a bit long, and also a bit boozy. Good drinkin' stout.

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of bkrbdan
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of reddfrogg
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of chrisrose30
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of DeschutesFan
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a nice dark stout that simply puts an end to all light trying to pass through it. Thankfully, the light at the end of the tunnel is near, or should I say the light on top the beer is near (neer). By light I mean head, yes is topped off with a really nice and thick light brown head, just a few shades lighter than brown sugar. It looks and feels light and fluffy and it slowly thins out into a layer of brown bubbles and thick wall of brown lace. The aroma itself isn’t all that impressive to me, I can pick up hints of chocolate, mild coffee, roasted coffee bean followed by that slightly tart coffee aroma. Now for the fun part, relatively light on the mouth feel and it thickens up to about a medium body when it hits the back of your mouth. Bitter overall, it’s sharp on the tip of your tongue but I can’t pick up much flavor until it starts reaching the back of my mouth, only then can I pick up some coffee grinds, mild cocoa, roasted almonds and a slight toffee flavor too. You know what; throw in some orange zest too…

Photo of sbanacho
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of kirellon
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of bonbini26
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of cyrusturbak
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of bergdj
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of thefullpython
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tizride
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Cresant
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served this 12 oz. bottle in a New Belgium Globe glass. Dated best by: 7-02-12. The color is deep brown/black...you know, like obsidian. Frothy tan head that left heavy lacing.

The smell was ashy with candied fruit and toasted bread. Cocoa powder or shaved dark chocolate.

The taste was rich malty sweetness but not too much. Very well balanced with a drying, roast bitterness. Burnt biscuit char - in a good way! Nicely constructed.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with modest carbonation.

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of sevenshubby
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a very dark--almost black--brown with puffy mocha colored head.

S- Nice roasted malt, chocolate, and a full nose of coffee. A hint of dark fruits and piney hop bitterness.

T- Full mouth of good roasted coffee. Keeps the coffee flavor throughout but introduces some chocolate and dark fruit. Superb fast.

M-Its on the thinner side, but still robust. Very very smooth.

Overall- Superb stout here. Absolutely fantastic

Photo of averydylan
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of closisinthehouse
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of markasparov
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,093 ratings.