Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,002 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,002
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 439
Gots: 370 | 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 Harvest06
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is absolutely jet black in color. It poured with a finger and a half high dark tan head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of dark chocolate and roasted malts are present in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the flavors are intensified and the roasted malts really stand out and linger through the finish.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a well-crafted stout that is very flavorful and nearly as complex as a Russian Imperial Stout, despite its lighter body nature.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Josh_951
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of _RL_
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of genesisgrunge
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: very dark brown/black, can't see through. head is 1/2 in when poured and diminishes to a thin lacing by the end of the bear. the creaminess to the beer remains the same though.
S: a robust concoction of chocolate and roasted malt. powerful and effective and a good indicator of the taste to follow.
T: strong chocolate and roasted malt flavors. sweet and inviting. this is a beer you don't want to put down.
M: slightly high carbonation, but it doesn't get in the way of any of the taste and the mouthfeel ends up feeling wholesome and refreshing. you are definitely drinking a stout. it ends in a nice dry tinge.
O: excellent beer. in my top ten of stouts. perfectly balanced.

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of skrabbenhoft
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Christoffer91
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Ajd1211
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sean_King
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good stout. Had it on nitro. Very smooth.

Photo of rderedin
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drtth
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As with most stouts, this beer, poured into a Duvel glass is an opaque black with not a bit of light showing through it and a nice 1/2" dark tan head.

The foam persists for a reasonably long time but eventually settles into an island of thin foam on the surface and a small ring of foam around the glass, as do most stouts. There is some foam coating one side of the glass and a couple of patches and rings of leggy lacing. By the end of the beer there is only a small ring of foam and a few scattered speckles of lacing.

The light aroma is full of dark roast malt highlighting coffee and chocolate.

As expected from the aroma, the flavors are nicely complex. There is dark, bitter roasted malt underlying the coffee flavors and semi-sweet dark chocolate and they are all playing together nicely here without any one of them insisting on dominating the action.

The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with light persistent carbonation. The finish tapers off into that lightly bitter dryness that invites another sip (or three :) ).

Overall this is so far an impressive beer and one that offers an abundance of flavors and complexity along with an ABV (6.4%) that would easily allow having more than one. It has definitely earned a place on my “have more in the future” list.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,002 ratings.