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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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3,087 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,087
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 454
Gots: 411 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving
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Photo of Gosox8787
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Served a little below room temperature.

Appearance: Really dark brown to black in color. Two finger pillowy beige head with good retention.

Aroma: Coffee and cocoa beans are dominant. Nice balance of bitter and sweet.

Taste: The coffee notes really dominate here. They are not overly bitter though. Some cocoa bean notes in there too. Not really bitter at all, in fact the sweetness dominates. There is also a hint of smoke in the background. Balanced and solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, but with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Really smooth and balanced. I could definitely have a couple of these.

Overall, a very good stout. Nothing stuck out as particularly memorable or great about it though. Just a really solid stout overall.

Photo of carrollmel7
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Williaar
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of dsshuck
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of patm1986
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of NilocRellim
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of closisinthehouse
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Murrhey
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half creamy looking mocha head. Nice retention and wonderful lacing. Black color.

S- Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Wonderfully warm and inviting smell. Roasted notes and possibly toffee.

T- Roasted tastes and some darker malts and barley. This is a tasty brew with a bitter finish.

M- Surprisingly light body, but dry finish.

O- What can I say? Deschutes always treats me right.

Photo of MikeWard
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of elricorico
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian? Not quite, but looks nearly black in the glass. A large malted milk coloured head sits on top and seems to last forever, with a ton of lacing. Can't do much better in that department.

Smells of smoky roasted malt, tobacco, and something fruity. I'd like to say grapes, but that doesn't seem to be quite it. Not your typical stout smell. Interesting.

A little sweetness right up front prefaces a long roasted malt bitterness. Licorice touches the very back of the tongue, sweetening the very end. The taste starts to get into the same flavours you get in an imperial stout, though a little more subtle. Very nice.

Smooth and medium to full bodied, the mouthfeel is pretty good for the style. Not as creamy as some stouts get, but that doesn't take much away.

Easier to drink than it should be, this is a really nice stout.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aptly named, pours obsidian black, like motor oil, with a big thick dark tan head, which stays around for a while, but the lacing is minimal. The aroma is vaguely impy stoutish, but also a bit tame. Pretty nice though.

The taste leaves little to the imagination though. Like the nose, it gives the impression of an impy stout, a big beefy flavor but without the massive body, abv, etc, as if it were a super drinkable tongue lasher. There is plenty of roasted, toasted, deliciously whoppin malts, a very nice bitter hop counterpoint and some fruit, a bit of full roast coffee. Very, very nice. The mouth is full but not overwhelming, nice and smooth and easy to drink, its just a fantastic stout, kind of the little brother of their Abyss, but no underachiever itself.

Photo of rdooley
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another elusive PacNW beer falls into my clutches. Pours thick and black with a thick, tan rocky head that slowly dissipates into a chunky lace. Retains well, very nice. Tiny bubbles of carbonation are present, intermingling with brown yeast floaties. It's a microcosm of life. Ha.

Sweet buttermilk and chocolate are present in the nose, but not a burst of complexity there. Thankfully the flavor picks up all that the aroma is lacking. Begins with a sweet licorice thang goin on, melting into tangy butterscotch and dry bakers chocolate. Somewhat smoky in the finish with a lasting, partially acidic bitterness. Carbonation is mild yet fills the mouth with delightful smoothness. Delicious and extremely drinkable. Big ups to waldowin for the hookup.

Photo of drseamus
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer has a good jet black body with a thin mocha head that falls quickly leaving just a very thin layer.

S: This beer has a powerful chocolaty coffee aroma with bunch of roasty overtones.

T: The flavor is just like the aroma. There is a bunch of chocolate initially followed by some good coffee and roasted malt notes. This is a great tasting beer. The nice thing is about this beer is that there isn't a bunch of bitterness which is common with beers that have a bunch of chocolate with them.

M: The body on this beer is nice and full. Suits the beer very nicely.

D: This is one of the best stouts I've had. A perfect example of the style.

Photo of MisterClean
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz from Bel-Air

A - Black, dark mocha head, which dissipates very quickly. Lt-moderate carbonation.

S - Dark cherry-chocolate. Light alcohol presence.

T - Dark coffee, grassy notes, lightly earthy, and light dark chocolate.

M - Lightly bitter and moderately dry.

D Good, but the mouthfeel is nothing special. Also the alcohol presence is slightly alarming in a 6.4 beer.

Photo of leroybrown10
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of zac16125
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.

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

Photo of kbub6f
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A small, dark tan, dense head sits on a dark, opaque, black beer. Bright light shows a little red. Nose is roasty coffee... a little sourish. The front is smoky, roasty, coffee, toffee and a bit of chocolate. Nice. The thick, strong, chocolatey middle is buttery and a little fruity with temperature. Bitter, chocolate, tangy finish. This is a very good, high quality, tasty, strong stout. Very well balanced. Excellent.

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,087 ratings.