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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,089 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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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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Photo of marty21
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of italianstallion
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MartyMaltose
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle.) My favorite of all beers commonly available in a 6-pack at standard Pacific Northwest grocery stores. Every superlative cited by other reviewers here is accurate. Deschutes does a great job with most everything they make, but this is particularly genius. It's a lot like the great Imperial stouts but without the in-your-face alcohol.

Had this on tap recently too, and I'd have to rate that experience as very close to perfection.

Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours "obsidian" black with a nice full finger mocha head, really sticky on the sides of the glass.
Rich roasted barley smell with a smokey edge, dark chocolate, burnt toffee, roasted coffee bean, light caramel. Some dark licorice and a really really faint whiff of citrus.
Wow, what a great taste! Rich roasted malts, grainy, bready, with a really authentic smokiness, feels like nice bread that's been left on a countryside bakestone for a few minutes too long. Nice chocolate to go with it, sweet with caramel and light toffee, a tiny bit fresh with some lemon zest, reeeaaally subtle. Hint of vanilla, dark licorice and burnt wood. Heavily roasted finish, but not ashy (as they usually are), which is really nice.
Long finish, the rich roasted malts heading to the aftertaste, with some coffee bean hints and cocoa. Medium body, smooth carbonation.
Wow, what a wonderful stout, just so damn tasty and rich in flavor!

Photo of Chris_Pressler
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully dark stout with a smooth taste and feel.

Photo of 2beersaday-stronglikebull
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArkyPalmer
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stratusjeans
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tall pilsner glass.

A: Looks pretty black. Almost 2 inch medium tan head. Velvet foam. I don't think it was quite as velvety as Black Butte Porter but it's close.

S: Dark roastedness. Smells like a basement but the basement of a huge castle that is aired out often. Just a nice cave-y smell that I'm liking.

T: The taste really envelopes your mouth. Nice strong dark flavors. A little bit of leather, good amount of coffee, and a hint of dark fruit like fig or date.

M: Mild carbonation. Long lingering flavor. Hits heavier but lightens up pretty quickly without fading away.

O: I haven't had this in a while and I had forgotten how much I liked it. Very good beer to have on hand and I'm glad I have easy access to it.

Photo of arvidkoval
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks pitch black. Obsidian is a good name for this. Nice tan head. Smells of roasted coffee. Tastes like smokey roasted coffee. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Great stout in a 6 pack.

Photo of Buzz3d
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gabe89
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Presbadarious
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PSpitz
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Agriverbear
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of strandm
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jonaspb
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours jet black with a finger and a half of dark coffee colored head. Nice whispy lacing on the glass.
S - Milky vanilla, dark chocolate, espresso coffee and a hint of caramel if you search for it. T - Lightly roasted malts up front with a lightly sweet coffee note followed by bitter dark chocolate which resides on the palate for an extended period of time. Ends with a slightly sour carbonation bite. Body is a little on the thin side for a stout, but the ABV is too.
O - A decent stout.
V - Medium.

Photo of colingaiser
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From 12 oz bottle left out of fridge for 30 min, slowly poured into a nonic pint glass

L: Beautiful deep brown molasses color with a light brown, two-finger head that disappears quickly and leaves a lot of sticky foam hanging onto the side of the glass.

S: Strong and inviting aroma with notes of molasses, brown sugar, black licorice (naturally), and a hint of lightly roasted coffee.

T: A sweet, robust combination of dark chocolate, black licorice, rich toffee, all with a slightly bready backbone; the lingering flavor is like a chocolate-covered espresso bean, roasted and chocolatey with a pleasant lingering bitterness. It’s a pretty sensational profile of flavors.

F: Medium level of carbonation with a smooth, velvety body. Allows for remarkably easy drinking for such a sturdy stout. Some might like it chewier, but this just works for me.

O: Frankly, this is one of the best stouts I’ve ever had. The flavors are bold and perfectly balanced while the beer is not too heavy or boozy. I’ve still never had even a mediocre brew from Deschutes.

Photo of Goodspeed83
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jtransel
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeoffreyM
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jordanmtate
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of electrodes
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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