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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,988 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,988
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 433
Gots: 357 | 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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Photo of sukwonee
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best By: 04/09/12
0134 J

A- Aggressive pour yields a three finger-width, mid-mocha head on a black beer. Gread head retention with clumpy lacing.

S- A whole bunch of roasty, chocolatey, cola notes on the nose.

T- More roastiness, chocolate and even a hint of smokiness on certain sips. Perhaps some coffee thrown in there somewhere. Leaves a taste of bitter chocolate on the palate.

M- Smooth, medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D/O- Highly drinkable. First time having this Deschutes offering, I've been missing out. Thanks ruizjoseph for the long time want!

Photo of NvMyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of downhilldrift
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Obsidian had an incredible black color to it. The head was even a dark brown color. The head didn't stick around for long. The scent was a smoky wood blend, with faint touches of smoky floral and a malt roast. The initial taste was very flavorful, and then I was hit by a strong smoky aftertaste. The aftertaste was so strong I could still feel it in my nose afterward. Probably one of my favorite stouts.

Photo of LukeD23
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep dark black with a slight shade of brown around the edges of the beer. Nice creamy tan head that sits atop the beer beautifully.

nice blend of deep chocolate and roast notes backed with a subtle herb character. I love the way the hops are present in this beer. Very nice

Flavor is full with lots of rosemary and thyme notes upfront that roll into bitter cocoa and cracker finishing with charcoal and lightly burnt dryness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but finishes very very dry. This helps this beer a ton because there is so much flavor.

I love this stout..could be my favorite stout I have had.

Photo of laymansbeerfan
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Deschutes Obsidian Stout: Continuing my sampling of dark beers, and moving from Porters to Stouts, I begin the stout segment with the Deschutes Obsidian Stout. This beer is as black in color as beer can be. The head was nearly brown, nice and fluffy, but did fade away early on. There is a smoky, roast malt aroma, but it is not as strong as I would have expected. Flavor is intense roast malt, smoke and has a bitter rasp on the finish. Big long aftertaste. I can drink Guinness all day, I enjoy a porter now and then, but American Stouts are just a bit too much beer for me. I give the Obsidian a good rating in a style of beer I have yet to grow into.

Photo of BigD44
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jmvecchio1
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of KidRagnarok
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of bertram
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Brew33
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of dbmernin83
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with an off-white nitro head.
Aroma dampened but there's a faint roasted coffee and chocolate on the nose.
Holy shit! An unexpected whallop of chocolate, roasted coffee followed by a nice hop bitterness. This is one of the most flavorful regular American stouts I've ever had, especially on nitro.
It's on nitrogen, what do you think?
This is a fantastic stout that I will seek out again.

Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, alcohol, sweet malt, slight spice, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, sweet malt, slight dry hop, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of randalem
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of erwin08
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of steve8robin
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from a competition I was helping out at. 12oz bottle, best by 04/16/12...

A: A nice dark brew that has a slight red hue around the edges. A thick 2+ inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: I get a nice creamy roastiness upfront with some nice vanilla notes blended in. Some hints of black licorice in the middle with a faint lactose on the back. Decent.

T: A light creamy vanilla quickly followed by a subtle roastiness. Quickly some carbonation begins to bury the other flavors and eventually gives way to a slightly earthy coffee hidden on the back. Decent.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A little over-carbonated for me. Finishes with a fizzy roast. Decent.

O: All in all, this is a decent beer. If the carbonation were toned down some, this would be a great beer. The over-carbonation on this one kind of takes a few points away for me. Try if you like easy drinking stouts.

Photo of Anew
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tylerprince
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black with a one-finger head. Poor head retention and no lacing. It looks like others have had a better looking pour...perhaps I have this beer a little too much TLC.

S: Roasted malt and coffee primarily, undertones of chocolate. Alcohol twang at the end.

T: Roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate, pleasant bitter coffee and alcohol finish. Tasted better with each sip.

M: Medium body, quite creamy with the right amount of carbonation.

O: A very satisfying stout, airing towards an imperial. I'll stick to the Green Flash double, but this one comes in at a not too distant second.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks MADhomebrewer!

a - opened the bottle and filled my E snifter. pours a watery black, but settles rich. very generous creamy tan foamy head. sticky lacing. looks great.

s - roasted malts with some coffee bitterness. kind of creamy and a touch smoky. mostly roasted malts.

t - very classic. great roasted malt with some bittery backer's chocolate. some burnt stuff.

m - creamy and smooth. carbonation is light. leaves a cooling feel. bitter. little tingly. super creamy.

o - overall great stout. classic to style. wish this was local as i'd have it regularly.

Photo of dwaz
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of zillo043068
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,988 ratings.