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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,727 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,727
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 406
Gots: 282 | 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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Photo of hero27
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
6.4% abv.

Obsidian is a fitting name. Black color with a tan, foamy head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Aroma of roasted barley & dark chocolate.
Burnt malts and rich dark chocolate are abundant in the taste. Molasses flavors coat the tongue and there's also a lingering coffee finish.
Velvety smooth texture and goes down ridiculously easy for a stout.
I can see why this is near the top of it's class.

hero27, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of lunarbrew
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

lunarbrew, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Boston_Steve
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Boston_Steve, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

megamass, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of carrollmel7
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

carrollmel7, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of stealth
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fresh bottle poured in a tulip glass.

My first impression of Obsidian was 'baby Abyss'. What a nice looking beer. Great lacing, great head, dark as hell, and tastes amazing. Molasses, some licorice on the finish, and coffee somehow/somewhere. Does this have coffee in it? I don't know but I really get that impression, and I love it.

stealth, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of EBeckett3
4/5  rDev -4.8%

EBeckett3, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of NilocRellim
4/5  rDev -4.8%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of GeorgeCarroll
2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Obsidian is an appropriate name for this beer, as it pours dark as night with a healthy glugging sound out of the bottle. A one and a half finger head forms above the beer and leaves thick lacing with a few swirls. The head persists even after several sips.

The smell hits you first with some bitterness, not of the hop variety, but more that of acidic coffee or dark chocolate, and both of these aromas are very present, as is deep roasted malt and hints of burnt toast. These aromas carry into the taste, as the palate juggles the roasted coffee and malt notes, chocolate and caramel. There's a lot going on and it's a good thing.

For the mouthfeel, the beer alternates between the dry bitterness and a creamy oatmeal-stout-like quality. It's the best of both worlds.

Overall, an outstanding beer and one I could easily drink everyday.

ONovoMexicano, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of PappyVans
4/5  rDev -4.8%

PappyVans, May 17, 2014
Photo of StArnoldFan
4/5  rDev -4.8%

StArnoldFan, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of cyrushire
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

cyrushire, May 08, 2013
Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of ToddHolder
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ToddHolder, May 11, 2013
Photo of tedho21
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

tedho21, May 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

sparx1100, Jun 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

DangerDawg, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Hophead717
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, poured into my CBS snifter, complements of FishPondManager from the TMToBA Jeopardy competition.

A: Pours a deep black, with a half-finger mocha head. Pretty.

S: Roasted barley, chocolate malt, bittersweet chocolate, light hints of coffee. Slightly sweeter nose than expected and some light alcohol, which surprised me given the fairly low ABV for the stout. Very nice.

T: Super roasty, with some coffee underneath. Chocolate malt shines through, but not really similar to the semisweet chocolate from the nose. Mild bitterness from the hops, which also creeps into the finish. Overall, the finish is roasty, no alcohol to note.

M: Just shy of medium bodied, with moderate to high levels of carbonation.

O: A good stout, but not anything extraordinary. Would likely grab occasionally if I saw on the shelf, but would not trade for.

Hophead717, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of kirok1999
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark chocolate, slight brown head with no lacing. Smells of chocolate, bitter dark fruit, slight coffee.
Taste is chocolate up front, slightly dry bitter finish, burnt malty notes. Feels thick and slick. Pretty good if dark and bitter are what you want in a stout.

kirok1999, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of FreshZ
4/5  rDev -4.8%

FreshZ, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of projectflam86
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a trade with a061183. Thanks for the brew dude!

A- Pours a rich black color with a thick creamy coffee brown head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Rich and roasty with tons of coffee aroma. Nice malty/toffee scents with a bit of bittersweet chocolate.

T- Full roasted coffee bean flavor with a delicate chocolate rush throughout. Ground espresso and milk chocolate finish out the full malty taste.

M- Medium/full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Not quite as thick as I expected but still a nice slick feel.

D- Really nice hearty coffee/chocolate flavor. I really wish I could get Deschutes out here.

projectflam86, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of patm1986
5/5  rDev +19%

patm1986, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of nygannon
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

nygannon, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of MikeWard
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

MikeWard, May 01, 2014
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,727 ratings.