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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

lunarbrew, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of bjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to fitzIPAtrick for handing this off to me.

A: Pours a very very dark brown, bordering on black. Nice frothy one and a half finger caramel colored head. Retention holds with nice lacing down the sides.
S: Roasted malt and barley right out of the gate. Nice sweetness of chocolate and caramel. Great smelling.
T/M: Roasted barley and chocolate malt dominate this brew. Burnt coffee notes that have a slight bitterness to them continue into the aftertaste. Slight milkyness that's coupled by a smoothness. Soft on the palate with a slightly dry finish. There's a bit of sweetness in this brew, but it's subdued. Good body with a perfect level of carbonation. Damn tasty brew--could be my winter staple if I was able to get it on a frequent basis.
D: A session stout at it's finest even with the slightly higher abv. Smooth and silky, this brew has what it takes.

bjohnson, Dec 08, 2006
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

sansho, Jan 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

hockeyfighter19, Jun 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jkane101, Sep 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Nugganooch
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz to taster nonic style glass – BB 11/14/13

A: Pour is a dark dark brown. Nearing black but not quite “Obsidian”. Has a sort of ruddy edge to it. Forms a thick and creamy light brown sugar colored head that displays some great stay. Finally subsides to a thin cap leaving sporadic splashes of lace down the glass upon each sip.

S: Smells of toasted grains/cereals and light roast coffee bean. There is a fair amount of earthiness with a faint licorice note. Aroma is mild but pleasant.

T: Tastes of rich espresso mixed with bakers chocolate. Black malts and toast grains are invasive and give a dash of smokiness. There is a nice subtle sweetness throughout and a great hoppy bitter charge bringing in a bit of earthiness. I get some mixed dark berries and black pepper spice towards the end. Slightly acrid toast flavors. Big step up from the nose. Really robust and complex for a session stout.

M: Smooth creamy texture like that of an Oatmeal Stout. Moderate thickness overall. Frothy on the palate with a real dry crisp finish.

D: A very nice quaff. This should be the standard for the American Style Stout. Big imperial flavors packed into a more sessionable format. Great roast flavors without the filling body, overbearing sweetness, or boozy abv’s.
A classic in its own and one I quite enjoy.

Nugganooch, Aug 27, 2012
4/5  rDev -4.8%

BUNZILLA, Nov 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

tedho21, May 17, 2013
Photo of ChugginOil
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obsidian Stout Thanks again to podunkparte for the extra!

Poured into a Two Brothers pint glass Pours a dark amber-brown and settles deep and dark Brown with a fingers worth of cream colored head. Bubbly lacing clings.

The nose brings scents of roasty malt, cocoa, and a bit of coffee. The roastiness is really going to work here.

The taste is quite similar to the nose. Roasty malts thrown across my palate bring flavors of bitter chocolate and roasted coffe grounds.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick but still lies on the medium-bodied side of things. Average carbonation helps keep the flavors working throughout each sip.

Overall, a great example of what an American stout can taste lime. A great sessionable stout that I am privleged to try

ChugginOil, May 08, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

AndyEdgar, Aug 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ToddHolder, May 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

ChrisPro, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

powdersoldier, Feb 05, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate with nice initial head and great lacing. Smell is a ricjh blend of coffee, burnt malt and hops. Taste follows a similar pattern with the balance of malt and hops doing quite well. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, rich and chewy. Easy on the drinkability scale...smooth yet with a light dry finish.

edchicma, Mar 12, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

EnojysAnyBeer, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass (Best by 4/23/13)

A- Poured black with big frothy mocha head that left dense glass coating lace. Exactly what a stout should look like.

S- Huge roasty, bready, caramel, mineral, and dark chocolate notes. Very bold aroma and well-balanced between roasty and sweet.

T- Big roasted notes, dark fruits, caramel, bready, smokey, mineral, and dark chocolate notes. Balanced and bold like the aroma. Quite a bit of coffee bitterness especially on the finish.

M- Full bodied, creamy, super smooth, dry, and a soft mouthfeel

O- A really great balanced stout with huge flavors, highly drinkable, great mouthfeel, and like all Deschutes six packs an incredible value.

Hoptometrist, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ArchEnemyBrew, Jul 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

BillHilly, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

M1A2, Oct 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

bernat1971, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of EagleTalon
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.

EagleTalon, Jun 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

curlybird, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Troville1990, Sep 18, 2013
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,914 ratings.