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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,836 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,836
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 414
Gots: 311 | FT: 9
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%

Been considering this one for awhile. Now it's time.

Appearance (4.5) : Pours out of the bottle looking like used motor oil. Now I know that doesn't sound particularly delectable, but in a stout, it sure is. It has an oatmeal colored head, reaching about two fingers. It leaves generous lace in delicate lingerie rings around the glass as it recedes. Color is obsidian black, just like the name. 100% opaque. Nothing penetrates. I like how this is looking.

Aroma (4.25) : Smokey, coffee bean, dark chocolate, campfire. A little licorice. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4) : Quite decent. Bitter notes set in right away with coffee bean and char, then some more grassy notes step in, some woody dark cherry, finally leaving with some dark chocolate and roast bean. Smoke and char is left lingering on the palate. It's not the best stout I've ever tasted, but it's not half bad.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Creamy mouthfeel with an underbelly of generous carbonation. Mildly zippy. I would say it's just a hair less carbonated than the Shipyard Blue Fin Stout I reviewed (which arguably was too much carbonation for its style). Could be better.

Overall (4.02) : This is not my favorite Deschutes offering. It is definitely a good smokey stout with heavy char and dark notes. Long after the swallow the taste lies lingering on the palate with roasted coffee and light smoke. It is a worthy offering and should be tried if spotted.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of IPA1978
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%

IPA1978, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of Benpenglase
5/5  rDev +19%

Benpenglase, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Best by 3/17/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a nice mocha head that leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas have lots of cocoa malts. Subtle chocolate and vanilla notes. Lots of roasty aromas. The flavors are very sharp and on the bitter side. Lots of dark chocolate. Some black coffee is in the mix. Some dark fruits. There seems to be a hop presence to this one. Very subtle anise/black licorice notes, but barely. More vanilla. Finishes dry. The mouthfeel is great. This being bottle-conditioned really gives this one a great body. The carbonation is active, but rich and velvety. Very smooth and easy drinking. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a great stout. Very bitter, but stays true to style. Well crafted and very enjoyable. Recommended.

BB1313, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of Bone53
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance (4.5): Very dark (black) as i expect in a stout, with a wonderful creamy mocha colored head

Smell (4.5): Balanced between chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and slight smokiness

Taste (4.25): As with the nose it is very well balanced beyween chocolate and roasted malts, although even heavier on the roast on the palate. There is a good amount of hop bite at the backend which resulted in a slightly lower rating than the smell

Mouthfeel (4.25): Medum body; Goes down smooth but perhaps a tad bit too bitter for me in the finish for a stout

Overall (4.35): I ended up buying the Deschutes variety pack because i have been wanting to try this beer for a while now and have not seen it anywhere else. It did live up to my expectations, however its a bit traditional and considering my indulgence in RISs, not quite robust enough. This is pretty good for a regular stout, but not a favorite.

Bone53, Oct 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

banger7, Oct 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

tally, Oct 16, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Rlhinson2104, Oct 16, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -5.7%

CruzWilder, Oct 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

VashonGuy, Oct 15, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +8.6%

BarryJCorbett1969, Oct 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Thor0082, Oct 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Fireslayer, Oct 13, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -5.7%

Bobthehuman, Oct 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

moundbz, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of StoutBrotha602
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Had it a finally..
its an okay stout .. i have been wating to try it and finally i went down to a good spot looked on the wall and found they were serving it on nitro so i plopped down and had a glass

Taste: reminded of Black Butte porter in roastedness
Pour: didnt see it get poured so .. all i can say is its dark and lovely.. no head
Mouthfeel : bitter is very light.. can drink a few easily

StoutBrotha602, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Had this Nitro in Maui. Very well balanced Porter, not too smokey, great head and look.
Could drink a lot of these with no problem. Very similar to their Black Butte, which seemed a tad less bitter, but both are very good.

ExtraStout, Oct 11, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%

DanielHansen0214, Oct 11, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%

Albertno5, Oct 11, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

maltlikker, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Rothobinide, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of SurferEric
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Strong coffee flavor and hints of chocolate. Impressive stout.

SurferEric, Oct 09, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

doom_deluise, Oct 09, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +7.6%

hall_matthew_bruce, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,836 ratings.