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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout

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2,518 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,518
Reviews: 944
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 386
Gots: 223 | 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

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-10-2012 02:54:37 | More by BJasny
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-20-2013 16:02:17 | More by 510a
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’ve had this beer a few times already and I had an extra one lying around but since the best by date is of last month I decided to keep it for myself and not use it in trades. I did not plan on reviewing it but after pouring it into my pint glass it seemed that it still has maintained fairly well.

The color is of kalamata olives, yet not the darkest stout I have seen. About an inch of café au lait colored foam and settles to a nice ring.

Aroma is of baker’s chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee, malted milk, chocolate malts, roasted barley, and hints of vanilla and cocoa.

The taste is predominantly of chocolate malts and coffee upfront. Aftertaste is slightly roasted barley and hop bitterness and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium, a little thin for me. Easy to drink. A very solid stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 03:19:22 | More by seaoflament
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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle that has a best by 3/28/08 and poured into my snifter. Thanks to bbothen for throwing this in as a great extra.

A - This is one beauty of a beer as it is a pitch black and a bit reflective which in a way reminds me of the obsidian that the beer is named after. There is a nice creamy, bubbly and frothy, one thumb head that sits on top and just looks really nice. The head leaves a bunch of lacing and the body appears to be a viscous.

S - heavy on the roasted notes and reminds me a bit also of a burnt oak smell coming through. Also a slight small hint of chocolate is also noticed.

T - Taste is also a mix of a light roasted flavor that reminds me a bit of a light chocolate taste. More on the dark chocolate aspect than the milk that leaves a roasted taste in the mouth.. There is a bit of a caramel sweetness as well that helps to balance that aspect out. In the end, there is a bit of a bitter hops that come in and adds some pine aspect into this one. The hoppy bitter aspect was a bit intriguing and not really what i expected. Has a nice flavor profile but nothing that is blowing anyone out of the watery. Also seems a bit watery.

MF - Light amount of carbonation that sits on the tongue. Creamy beer that makes it easy to drink but didn't really have the ummph behind it that I was expecting and hoping for from a stout.

D - overall a good stout but not one that really left me wanting another one. have to say I was a bit disappointed by this one and just thought it would have been a bit better. Plus, something in the aftertaste makes me not really want to have another one either and I think it maybe that the hops seems to linger and leave a bit of an odd feeling in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 03:44:01 | More by jeonseh
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-06-2013 02:24:20 | More by jsurfs82
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-11-2013 01:38:32 | More by ToddHolder
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-02-2012 12:54:41 | More by juliusseizure
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-24-2013 03:04:29 | More by Boilerfood
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-20-2013 22:21:24 | More by RMoeNay
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-17-2011 00:10:27 | More by Agold
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-09-2012 05:46:31 | More by Beer21
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-21-2013 22:20:58 | More by ilikebeer03
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My second PNW brew from the folks at Red Bones...
Arrived in a standard pint glass a dark chocolate color with a full finger of creamy tan head...lacing quite thick and very attractive, making it difficult to consume...yeah right.
Aroma was a masterful blend of belgian chocolate, espresso and a subtle malt sweetness.
The taste was more of the same with a very robust character that simply blew me away for the style. If my first experience with a stout was this and not Guinness, I would have been converted a long time ago. Not dry at all in the finish and no smoked flavors going on...finished very clean with a caramel/vanilla blend...no alcohol to be found during the entire pint.
Thick mouthfeel for this offering...wish I could find this one in a bottle to compare.
Quite easy to throw back a couple of these, but it was filling due to it's texture, so wouldn't have any more beyond that...either way, a definite winner.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2005 19:37:32 | More by warriorsoul
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3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a globe.

A - Pours a dark brown with a nice big tan head. Pretty nice retention.

S - A nice nose on this one! Roasted malts, cocoa, coffee and some molasses round out the aromas. A nice warm balance comes in from the alcohol.

T - The beer hits the palette with a tight explosion of bitterness. I feel that there is little flavor to start and some bitterness explodes. As the rush settles I get a wealth of flavors begin to disperse, seemingly with little balance at all. The composition of these flavors were all present in the nose. Finish is heavy on the roasted notes. I cannot say I like this stout very much as far as taste is concerned. The balance is just not there for me.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Beer seems a bit chewy and a tad thing for a stout. I may be more acclimated to RIS's yet I just cannot get behind this one.

O - Highly bitter and a total let down in my books. After sampling the Butte Porter and the Abyss I had very high hopes for this one. It just did not live up to the hype and I would be hard pressed to ever revisit it.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 06:12:23 | More by mscudder
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, produced a two-finger head over a body dark as coal. Head dissipates to a ring, leaving curtains of sticky lace.

Aromas of burnt toast, chocolate milk, and some dark fruit.

Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee, with a tart delivery. Dry, slightly bitter finish.

Body is light and carbonation is spritzy, giving this a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a tasty, though a bit light-bodied stout. The tartness also makes this a bit unusual. Could enjoy a couple of these at 6.4% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 03:05:05 | More by Beerenauslese
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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown to black in color. Poured with a frothy, steady, longlasting beige head that leaves huge, thick sheets of lacings on the glass. Mellow chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Velvety smooth, with a delicate feel, but at the same time a bit thick. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavors up front and into the middle. Bitter hops begin to show thru in the middle as the raosted malt flavor deepens to a nearly burnt flavor, but never actully gets there. Dark roasted malt flavors, with a hint of coffee through to the finish. Finished semi-dry with roasty, bitter hop aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 17:54:44 | More by IronLover
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-17-2014 05:15:12 | More by browniewithnuts
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Darkness stem.

A: This brew pours black as night, with a thick light tan head that retains itself quite nicely. Lacing is sticky, and coats the glass all around.

S: Aromas consist of coffee, chocolate, and a hint of molasses, also with a roasted character that seems burnt in a way. Hops aren't real prominent, but alcohol does show.

T: Much like the aroma, but way more intense! Roasted grain, toast, bitter chocolate, and coffee dance around the palate, followed by a hop character that dries the finish. Almost imparts an herbal mint character in the backround.

M: This stout is full bodied, borderline imperial as far as mouthfeel goes. Creamy, with a viscosity comparable to motor oil. Finish is long and very dry.

D: This beer, as full bodied as it is, could almost be mistaken for an imperial stout, although it's drinkability shows it's true style. An amazing brew, and an easily drinkable one at that! Props to the folks at Deschutes!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 03:35:43 | More by WYVYRN527
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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cool, rainy day here in the First State...perfect for a nice stout.

Pours black as night with a nice peanut butter colored head. Some nice lacing remains behind.

The smell is a blend of strong coffee, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and a bit of dark fruit. Gets even better as it warms a little bit.

Roasted barley, bitter bakers chocolate, coffee, molasses and then a touch of bitter coffee at the finish. Very good. The bitterness is actually very enjoyable and this beer wouldn't be half as good without it.

Smooth, creamy, fuller bodied beer. More carbonation than I expected, but it works. Very easy drinking stout. More than one bottle wouldn't be a problem...and that's rare for me and stouts. Hopefully I can get more of this someday.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 21:35:32 | More by Imstillthegman
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-06-2014 22:37:46 | More by topdown
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

07-27-2013 15:21:10 | More by Boston_Steve
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-10-2013 22:59:08 | More by Houser
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-04-2013 04:14:57 | More by jakea
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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of bditty187.

Pours a dark black with a faint touches of ruby highlights around the edges. This has a frothy one finger head that settles slowly to a thin cap and ring that leaves some substantial lace behind.

Smell; there's bits of chocolate and coffee, and roasted malts. Overall I'd say the aroma is fairly subdued for a stout.

Taste; roasted malts dominate upfront with some nice touches of chocolate and coffee. There's a bit of a sweet fruitiness that developes as the beer warms I can't quite place. At first I was a bit disappointed with the flavor of this beer, but the seond half of the glass made a much better impression once this warmed up a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with plenty of carbonation. For a stout this is pretty darn drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 01:10:17 | More by RedHaze
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-23-2013 16:29:46 | More by woodchip
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
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