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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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3,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,136
Reviews: 1,015
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 460
Gots: 446 | 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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4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, I know that I'm rating this pretty highly, but this is definitely my favorite stout, and probably my favorite beer at the moment. I had it on nitro at Westwood Brewco on several occasions in the fall of 2011 and it's just really phenomonal.

A: One of the best looking stouts I have ever seen. Thick, smooth, coffee-colored head with a mesmerizing cascade as it settles. Dark, dark beer.

S: Malty, sweet, bitter. Like smelling tiramisu or a cold mocha.

T: Out of this world. It sweet, malty, but with a slight bitterness that makes your mouth water. I'm not sure if there's coffee in it, but there's something about it that has a delicious coffee-like effect on the flavor.

M: Smooth. So smooth. Almost desserty, but not quite. Which is good because it's not overwhelming.

O: Probably my favorite beer at the moment. I don't think I could pass this up if it was on the menu.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian Stout can be considered a hidden treasure. At $8 for a six pack, this beer is inexpensive, widely available, and spot on for the style of an American stout. For this review, I was served on nitro-tap from a local bar in San Francisco's North Beach. This beer is a delight start to finish with lasting chocolate and coffee flavors, a creamy, delicate mouthfeel (partly due to the nitro), and overall a balance of alcohol and stouty flavors that leaves little to be desired. While not extremely complex or fancy, this beer is enjoyable on a special level.

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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!

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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,136 ratings.