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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,914 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,914
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 424
Gots: 334 | 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:
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 Khad
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes hit another one out of the park!

This was a bottle poured into a stout glass. The appearance is superb! That nice dark ruby color with a mocha head just looks delicious. As far as the smell, it's certainly not bad but you definitely pick up plenty of alcohol, maybe a little coffee something along the lines of an Italian roast. The smell certainly isn't bad but would lead you to believe this beer might be harsh on the palate, but it's not. As far as the mouth-feel just perfect. Nice creamy, no serious carbonation and what is there works well. As far as taste, wow! It's all there, everything you'd expect. The first wave is some NOT so subtle barley, with some NOT so subtle malt but then some subtle dark chocolate and a slight punch of that Italian roast coffee. It all balances amazing with a relatively high alcohol content, so be careful. Just a remarkable Stout with amazing balance and exceptional "craftsmanship" or call it whatever you'd like...just very well done!

Khad, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of bralston345
4/5  rDev -4.8%

bralston345, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of SudsSurfer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

SudsSurfer, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

woodchip, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of Woodman70
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Woodman70, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of airborncamel
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

airborncamel, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of MCain04
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into DFH goblet best by 03/14

A dark brown, near-black pour with an espresso thick creamy head with great retention and lacing.

Some coffee and dark chocolate on the nose, a little bit of roasted malts, tobacco.

Taste is similar to the nose with notes of bitter coffee, cacao, heavier tobacco, acidic, bitter, a little watery.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and a little brash, could be smoother. Medium bodied. Mild dry finish.

Overall, an enjoyable stout for a good price. I do think I prefer FW Velvet Merlin though, for the stronger flavor profile and better mouthfeel.

MCain04, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Anvilfarm
2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

Anvilfarm, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Kerne
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Kerne, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Jongeo
5/5  rDev +19%

Jongeo, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of dhbiker0889
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

dhbiker0889, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of Beerme5
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Beerme5, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of comradekyle
4/5  rDev -4.8%

comradekyle, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of Airpuck91
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Airpuck91, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of brewskis4drewski
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

brewskis4drewski, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of army01
4/5  rDev -4.8%

army01, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Keith2020
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium body stout, on the edge of thin. Great color and consistency, definitely let it sit in your mouth for an extra moment. Very good stout but it's missing that extra touch that would make it great. You won't regret buying it but not sure if you'd take this one home to mom.

Keith2020, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of twloco
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

twloco, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Abbbp
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Abbbp, Nov 17, 2013
4/5  rDev -4.8%

BUNZILLA, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of dcisco44
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

dcisco44, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of dsellers22
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really strong coffee smell and taste and finishes really well--love the aftertaste on this beer.

A: It pours an opaque, very dark brown/near black. Love the look of this beer!

S: Smells delicious--roasted coffee, very subtle spiciness, a bit of dark chocolate smell.

T: Delicious malty flavor that's heavy on coffee but doesn't overdo it.

M: Goes down really smooth.

O: I'm really pleased with this beer. Hadn't tried it before but I will definitely be getting it again. Deschutes typically nails it but no "easy A's" here--the beer speaks for itself. Highly recommended.

dsellers22, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of DanSmith17
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

DanSmith17, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of ADZA
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown hue which leaves a massive dimple laden rocky head lacing absolutely everywhere,the smell is dark roasty malts,barley and rich mocha,the feel is medium bodied and well carbonated with tastes of rich dark chocolate,roasty toasty malts,a herbal earthy hoppiness and finished with a chocolate bittersweetness and overall it's not bad and drinkable but nothing exuberant cheers.

ADZA, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of SeatsTaken
5/5  rDev +19%

SeatsTaken, Nov 16, 2013
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,914 ratings.