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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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3,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,183
Reviews: 1,022
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 462
Gots: 473 | 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:
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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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jegross2
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Some red around the edges with a shoer creamy tan head.

S - Some roasty malts, maybe even coffee and sweet cocoa... but I swear I am getting tomato paste... very odd combo, ha!

T - Baking chocolate, roasty malts and a touch of smoke.

M - Thick feel with good coarting. Tingle on sides of tongue and back of throat. You reallt feel this brew.

O - It is okay, but not an every day beer. I would go for one late in the evening after having a few other brews as the thick feel would cause me to sip as opposed to drink it down.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew that is, for lack of a better term, a jetty obsidian color. This is nearly impenetrable, with flecks of the deepest browns here and there. There is a one and a half finger head the color of mocha. This shows medium retention, reducing to islands of huge bubbles, and sheets of lacing down the sides of the glasses. There is medium carbonation, and no sediment is noted outright. The aroma sings with full and roasty notes of malts. These are charred, with a big smoke. The malts also show deep sweetness of caramel, and a chocolate malt component. A chalky and metallic candy chocolate adds depth. There are also light Band-Aid phenols. With warmth comes booze and fainter hop oils. As we sip, the mouth is flooded with ridiculous char-blackened malts. There is a steely rawness of coffee bean and pure cocoa, producing bitterness and puckering. The sip continues with dark malts through the transition, with a peak of light lactic sourness, medicinal phenols, and the beginnings of the alcohol wash. We finish on a revival of bittersweet chocolate and metallic coininess. There is a final coolness of sweetened cream to finish on a clean note. The aftertaste breathes of charcoal, coin, spice and heat of hot peppers, and a black pepper booze. The body is medium and the carbonation is standard. There is foam with great creaminess, and a decent slurp to each sip. As a whole we are coated and cooled, but a quite drying astringency appears by the end. The beer is a sipper, and the abv is appropriate.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the darkness of the malts, with their smoke and char. They execute this without going overboard and overpowering the palate. Additionally, the appearance and aromas are warmly inviting, while the remaining aspects of the drink hold up nicely to the established expectations from the start.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours an opaque black with tan head and lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and burnt toffee. Taste is espresso, dark chocolate, and smokey roasted malt with nice hop bite. Creamy mouthfeel with dry finish. An outstanding American Stout, complex and flavorful.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
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