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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,728 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,728
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 407
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 KAP1356
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.

KAP1356, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Smurf2055
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Smurf2055, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev -4.8%

ambruns1979, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of topdown
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

topdown, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of MonkeyBread
4/5  rDev -4.8%

MonkeyBread, May 03, 2014
Photo of zbooks
3/5  rDev -28.6%

zbooks, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of MNBeer1017
4/5  rDev -4.8%

MNBeer1017, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of speedvagen
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

speedvagen, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Darren.

A: An aggressive pour yielded a beautiful mocha one-finger head over a black body. The head whittled down to tiny bubbles and foam. Lacing was thick and curtain-y. 4.0

S: Leather, anise, smoked plums and licorice. Smokey goodness prevails. 4.25

T: Sweet, smokey and robust. Dark chocolate meets espresso. Dark fruit does a tango with caramel malts. A rich, smokey finish. 4.25

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation. Dry, thick; almost acidic. Frothy. 4.0

O: A heavenly stout. One I'm glad to finally get my mitts on. A tempting taste by the fireside or on the back porch at sunset. Recommended. 4.25

brewskifan55, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Kenai4, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of JSchock7
4/5  rDev -4.8%

JSchock7, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of ithinkimasofa
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of nanobrew
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of lakersfan16
4/5  rDev -4.8%

lakersfan16, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ncvbc
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near black with a medium tan head that stays pretty solid throughout. Smells of roasted chocolate and hint of coffee with some grainy scents as well. Taste is just great. Again, chocolate and coffee with a sweet malty flavor. Slight bit of hops present to balance this out near perfectly. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick, creamy, and smooth. Medium bodied and lasting. Great drinkability as well. Easy going down and tasty to boot. Thanks goes to JohnGalt1 for the extra in a recent trade. The more I try from this brewery the more I become a fan.

9/1/07: Got another bottle from younger35 and it's just as tasty as the first!

ncvbc, May 27, 2007
Photo of jeonseh
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.

jeonseh, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of juliusseizure
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

juliusseizure, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of warriorsoul
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.

warriorsoul, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of hayesjw
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

hayesjw, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Casey3236
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Casey3236, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of seaoflament
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.

seaoflament, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of sludgegnome
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

sludgegnome, May 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Boilerfood, May 24, 2013
Photo of Beerenauslese
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.

Beerenauslese, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Agold
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Agold, Nov 17, 2011
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,728 ratings.