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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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3,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,089
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 454
Gots: 410 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half creamy looking mocha head. Nice retention and wonderful lacing. Black color.

S- Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Wonderfully warm and inviting smell. Roasted notes and possibly toffee.

T- Roasted tastes and some darker malts and barley. This is a tasty brew with a bitter finish.

M- Surprisingly light body, but dry finish.

O- What can I say? Deschutes always treats me right.

Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to johnhenryconway for this brew.

A - Pours a black opaque color with a tan froth about 1" thick. A thick ring remains and the froth sticks to the glass like a melted marshmallow.

S - Coffee and roasted malts with some hints of nut in there as well. A nice roasted scent.

T - Slightly bitter malts roasted with a nutty finish.

M - Medium carbonation with a slightly bitter finish.

O - Not a bad stout. Would definitely have more.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep dark black. 1 finger inch brown head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate malts. Licorice, bourbon barrel.

Taste: Milk chocolate. Raisins. Charcoal. Cocoa malts. Strong northwestern bittering hops. Vanilla finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied heavy malt stout with good slow bitterness and drying finish.

Overall: The prototype for the Abyss. An absolutely phenomenal American stout. Probably the best in it's style. You can't beat it for $7.99 a sixer.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


A: Black as night. Beautiful tan head. Could have left more but was poured a bit too close to the rim.

S: Toasty malt and char

T: Wow. A suprising minerality that almost hits my pallet with something that verges sourness but opens up into rich malt with chocolate/espresso notes and closing with a lasting bitterness. Lively yet composed.

M: very round and buttery yet not heavy or oily. How does it remain so full yet clean? I guess the Nitro probably adds something here. I can wait to try a bottle.

O: Wow.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Rogue in SF.

A: Eerily reminiscent of a Guinness Draught actually (which is the one saving grace of a Guinness, i.e. the look). The nitrous obv has much to do with this.

S: Chocolate espresso with a slight vanilla kick.

T: Burnt chocolate malts, slight espresso hints, and a smooth vanilla end.

M: Creamy and dry.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served nitro-tap in a pint glass

A- Obsidian, the name says it all. Just a few light highlights in this hazy dark storm of a beer. Chocolate two finger head with great head retention and great lacing.

S - Delightful roasted malt with nice chocolate and hop pine balance.

T - Chocolate and smokiness as first follow by coffee bitterness in the back palate and a little dry. Tastes just slightly watery in the end, but well balanced overall.

M - Creamy, full bodied, good carbonation. Almost perfect.

O - Excellent stout, would be the best beer at many breweries. Just wish I would have drank this before, and not after The Abyss because that is one tough act to follow. Would get this beer anytime.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,089 ratings.