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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,561 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,561
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 385
Gots: 234 | FT: 10
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-25-2013 19:36:03 | More by Morey
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4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a creamy beige head and deep ruby black color. Aroma is smoky, roasty, espresso-like with hints of vanilla and earthy hops. Flavor is roasted barley, toasted malts, vanilla esters and a balance of hop flavors and bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium heavy with creamy nitro goodness. Top notch stuff. Must have again. I was about to give up on stouts until Obsidian arrived at the table.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-25-2013 02:09:33 | More by EagleTalon
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-24-2013 23:19:08 | More by cfitterer
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-24-2013 03:05:38 | More by AngusOg
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

06-23-2013 23:48:43 | More by ethanmc12
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

06-22-2013 01:15:05 | More by richj1970
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

06-21-2013 20:02:25 | More by CheskyBevo
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4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

With the initial pour, Obsidian Stout has a huge, thick, frothy mocha head. It recedes over time but still retains a reasonable cap and leaves some nice lace down the sides. The beer itself is impressively dark with just a little bit of a dark cherry edge.

The aroma is totally full of roasted flavor. Some dark chocolate and smokey tobacco complement the malt nicely, with a small bitter hop presence as well.

Dark roasted malt really dominates the flavor. There are some notes of coffee, smoke, and dark unsweetened chocolate. A citrus hop kick comes in at the end, and there is a modestly bitter aftertaste.

There is a bitter and slightly acidic feel, like a strong cup of coffee. The carbonation is creamy with a little bite and ends up being a little bit on the light side of medium. There is a light acidity toward the end of the sip.

This is a solid stout all the way around.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 05:26:27 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-20-2013 10:45:25 | More by ronbo5421
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-19-2013 01:53:20 | More by b-one
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-17-2013 23:09:37 | More by gueuzedreg
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

06-17-2013 21:35:13 | More by MilkManX
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured jet black and viscous, with a light tan head that retained its carbonation rather well. Nice looking brew.

S - malt, cocoa, roasted light coffee, lightly charred oak. The alcohol was light on the nose.

T - Roasted malt and coffee on the initial taste; very similar to the smell; light on the alcohol, which was a good thing.

M - lightly carbonated and smooth on the palate.

O - This is a very well balanced beer for the most part. The malt and charred qualities sort of overtook the nuance, but the overall effect is still rather good. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 05:40:27 | More by BingCrosby7
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

06-17-2013 04:04:42 | More by 3SH33TS
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-15-2013 16:22:51 | More by ubenumber2
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-14-2013 22:31:49 | More by pisano
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

06-13-2013 08:55:25 | More by HopsXray
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-13-2013 06:24:50 | More by Jtrigonis
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

06-13-2013 01:36:05 | More by scotv
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-13-2013 00:55:12 | More by Buckeye982
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: June 4, 2013
Consumed: June 11, 2013
Misc.: Best by Aug. 12, 2013

Poured a black tar color with 3-4 fingers of tan and light brown frothy head. Good amount of circular lacing along the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled chocolate, dark caramel, espresso and roasty malts. Seemed to be stronger than 6.4 percent, more like an RIS. Very good nose and had me looking forward to the taste.

Tasted similar to the nose, only better. Got rich chocolate, fudge, dark caramel, toffee, roasty malts, chocolate milk and chocolate malt.

Full-to-medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish.

A fantastic stout. I am only upset that it took this long for me to figure it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 06:29:39 | More by BucannonXC5
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4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours near black with only the brightest of lights penetrating the outer edges. Head is light cocoa in color, 2-3 fingers thick and excellent retention. An everpresent layer of bubbles across the surface. Resulting lace is thick and sticks to the glass with the best of them.

Smell - Primarily dark roasted malts; a chocolate and coffee, mocha combination.

Taste - Classic Deschutes cream and roasted coffee character. Milk chocolate. Sweetness off-set by the roasted malt depth that hits mid-taste, though not ideally. Leaves some earthy hop bitterness, with faint traces of citrus pith near and into the finish.

Moutfheel - Medium to full body, while the carbonation provides a good bite. Fairly creamy. Smooth. There's no doubt this is an American stout.

Overall - An excellent stout, though it's not too far off from their Black Butte in terms of flavor. This one's a little darker, but the basic flavor profile is there. A classic example in every sense of the way. If there's one gripe I have, and it's a small one, it's that the sweetness can get a touch cloying when drinking this beer too fast; a virtual catch 22, because this beer is so enjoyable, it's hard not to want to take drink after drink in quick succession.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 06:07:44 | More by TheSixthRing
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-12-2013 04:29:43 | More by teamwiggum
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4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I poured this bottle into a snifter, a little bit colder than cellar temperature.

Obsidian Stout is dark as night. It very nearly IS obsidian. The head is a lovely light brown and about two fingers high. Nice lacing!

It smells like rich, dark, loamy soil that has been fertilized with coffee grounds and then rained on by chocolate milk. Fabulous.

The taste follows the smell exquisitely, with extra emphasis on the earthiness. From the moment it hits my tongue, to long into the finish, I am washed over by waves of alternating and undulating earth, coffee, and milk chocolate.

The mouthfeel hits the sweet spot big time. It has subdued carbonation that's gentle on the palate and allows the flavors to shine through beautifully. The viscosity has some stout substantiality while still being... how can I say this... manageable (though I LOVE really thick imperial stouts, too).

Well. I did NOT expect this from a non-imperial stout. It basically has the flavor of an imperial stout, sans the high ABV. If there are any lovers of imperial stouts out there who are skeptial of a regular stout's capacity to sufficiently satisfy their selachian and senual cravings for scrumptious stouts... YOU MUST TRY THIS NOW... or I will annihilate you with my aggravating alliterative abilities. The label on the neck of the bottle reads "Give in to the deep, dark spell as the layers unfold," and "Like the plot of some eerie mystery you can't put down." (Haha, I love it.) Anyway, the layers did unfold. I gave in. And I couldn't put it down... because this stout treated me to one HELL of a mind-blowingly pleasant experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 03:30:32 | More by Kuaff
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

06-11-2013 16:58:57 | More by goblin7704
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
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