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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,586 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,586
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 393
Gots: 240 | 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

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fthegiants

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-31-2014 02:52:36 | More by fthegiants
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

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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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-20-2014 21:54:59 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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mscudder

Georgia

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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kushlash23

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

10-05-2013 02:12:46 | More by kushlash23
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seaoflament

California

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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IronLover

Pennsylvania

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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thufflife

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-23-2014 16:03:03 | More by thufflife
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Houser

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-10-2013 22:59:08 | More by Houser
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Boilerfood

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-24-2013 03:04:29 | More by Boilerfood
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Skunkdrool

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-10-2013 19:12:48 | More by Skunkdrool
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Sazz9

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-17-2014 01:54:50 | More by Sazz9
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

Thanks to 3hops for sending this one over as an extra.

A: Pours a thin appearing black with some browning on the edges and 2plus fingers width of mocha colored head, which dissipates down at a moderate rate to a thick film that hangs around throughout the entire drink. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, burnt wood, heavy cream. The roasted and char notes are by far the most prominent aromas, and I dont get much else.

T: Follows the nose. Roasted malts and charred wood. Some mild dark fruit notes that I didnt get on the nose. A bit of anise and some medicinal phenolics. Surprisingly bitter on the finish, not necessarily in a good way.

M/D: Smooth, appropriately low carbonation, good drinkability but somewhat limited by the odd lingering bitterness on the back end. Could be creamier too.

O: Overall, not bad, but not terribly good either. Seems pretty mediocre, and I dont really see why the ratings are so high. Ive had a number of American standard stouts significantly better than this one. Its not bad, but its just slightly above average in my book.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 01:08:38 | More by zac16125
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-17-2014 05:15:12 | More by browniewithnuts
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Beerenauslese

California

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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Agold

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-17-2011 00:10:27 | More by Agold
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Fargrow

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-27-2014 14:01:14 | More by Fargrow
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topdown

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-06-2014 22:37:46 | More by topdown
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speedvagen

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-28-2013 04:21:20 | More by speedvagen
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HoppyBastard2

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-06-2014 21:50:11 | More by HoppyBastard2
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

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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Imstillthegman

Delaware

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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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another review to catch up on. 12 oz bottle I received as an extra in a trade (don't remember woth whom). Poured into a DFH pint glass...

A - Pours an almost opaque blackish-brownish color. A nice creamy 2 finger head forms and retains nicely. Nice lacing down the glass.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee notes mix together nicely. Some slight earthy hops make a nice appearance bringing things together.

T - Big roasted malt flavor here with nice chocolate and coffee flavors mixing together in the background. Some bitter hops at the end really add nicely to the overall flavor.

M - Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Nice and creamy texture on the tongue. Nice.

O - A really nicely done "everyday" stout that I wish I could get more of on a regular basis. Definitely a nice go to stout I could have several of in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 06:17:52 | More by KAP1356
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azdback

Arizona

4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drink this every day but never do review. I'm turning over a new leaf and I'm am gonna start reviewing everything I drink.

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Black (like it's name) no light penetrates this at all. Very slight brown edges. Two finger head of light brown maybe cappuccino in appearance. Beautiful lace all the way to the end.

The smell is very yummy. Coffee, chocolate malt bomb. Some type of tart fruit like maybe cherry. No alcohol. Perfect for the style.

Well the taste is a lot like the smell but more. Coffee and chocolate very prevalent. Deep roasty flavor. The tart fruit isn't really there. This is for sure The Abyss's baby cousin.

Mouthfeel is great for this style. Stays all the way through. Pretty chewy but not RIS chewy. Frothy feel just like the head.

Since I drink at least 3 or 4 of these a night I have to give a perfect score on this one. The 6.4% might catch up to you in the morning but you'll never guess it while they are going down.

Overall I would say this is my favorite beer of all time. With the amount I have had, the availability, the price, the uses (we use these to mellow the pallet between IPA's), and I usually drink them out of the bottle, so taking them to a party or gathering is easy because you don't need a glass. You can't go wrong. Highly recommended!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 04:28:11 | More by azdback
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udubdawg

Kansas

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, obtained on my last road trip out west. Haven't had this for ages, and can hardly wait.

once at about 50 degrees, pours black with a thick and fluffy dark tan head, sticky and slowly subsiding.
Nose is primarily of darkly roasted malts, a nice chocolatey-ness, some sweet fruity notes and a bit of alcohol. Wonderful.

Taste...oh, the taste! Just the right amount of residual sweetness - a hint of sweet that lets the grains express themselves without being under-attenuated. Smooth as hell, roasty and a slightly bitter finishing chocolate and coffee flavor...the beer is superbly balanced all around.
Mouthfeel is smooth creaminess...not too thick, not too thin...a bit sticky on my tongue.

Simply put, my favorite beer. Period. I seriously erred in only bringing back a case. I can't wait until it is available in Kansas - according to the local liquor store web site, they expect shipment in 2008! That will be a great day.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 23:42:46 | More by udubdawg
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,586 ratings.