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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,734 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,734
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 406
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 SaxmanRick
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

SaxmanRick, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Jeffrey2310
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Jeffrey2310, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Agold
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Agold, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of appetiteforparis
4/5  rDev -4.8%

appetiteforparis, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Wayne17
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Wayne17, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of WVUbrew
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

WVUbrew, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of azdback
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!!!

azdback, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
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!

WYVYRN527, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of jriggins6
4/5  rDev -4.8%

jriggins6, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Segelstrom
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a very nice deep, robust and rich creamy foamy head topping this very good roasted malt and black barley beer giving way to notes of coffee. A definite beer to buy again and enjoy. Very similiar to Guiness Foreign Extra but not quite the bitterness.

Segelstrom, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Imstillthegman
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.

Imstillthegman, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Birdlegs, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of dsshuck
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

dsshuck, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Raziel313
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Raziel313, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of RedHaze
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.

RedHaze, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a thick oily black with a 1" light brown fluffy head.

S: The aroma is mostly chocolate and coffee. There is an underlying spice note (perhaps from hops) and a hint of dates.

T: The taste follows in line with the smell. Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. There is a residual bitter/spiciness that is quite welcome.

M: The mouthfeel is full and creamy with noticeable carbonation.

D: This is a very flavorful stout. Quite drinkable.

barefootbrewer, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of leedorham
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is widely available in my area and, since I am a stout lover, it is one of my regular selections. I somehow thought I'd already reviewed it but I guess not.

Pours a rich dark brown with a tan head that has good staying power.

Full malt aroma with noticeable acidity and sweetness. A bit of bite from the hops maybe.

The taste is rich and balanced like a gourmet coffee but not so rich as to be prohibitive of indulgence. The carbonation is just right. Only enough to give it a little "sparkle" on the palate. There is a constant background of malty sweetness but it does not take away from a full hop aroma and taste.

This is about as good as a stout can be without being taken to the Imperial level.

leedorham, Jan 14, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

imyourhero21, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of jharris0624
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

jharris0624, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a long lasting head of compact, creamy bubbles. Leave a fair amount of fine lacing on the glass.

S: A good amount of chocolate, coffee and roast in the nose with some low burnt notes. There is a low citrus hops aroma.

T: Dark malt flavors dominate the flavor as well, again bring chocolate, some bitter coffees, roast and a bit of burnt bitterness to the party. There is a low caramel sweetness in the middle. There is a low caramel sweetness that gets dried out pretty quickly. There is a moderate hops bitterness teaming up with the roast bitterness making for a beer that is moderately bitter on balance. The finish is off dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste that shows some citrus hops flavors.

M: A medium full bodied beer with a moderate amount of creaminess and a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: Outstanding aroma and flavor having all of the dark malt notes of chocolate, coffee and a a touch of burnt bitterness along with some hops bitterness. It's fairly dry with and smooth. It's pretty evident why the beer has earned so many awards.

MadScientist, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of tewaris
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at Pracna on the Main during their Deschutes December event.

Pours usual dark colored but with poor head, poor head retention and some lacing. The aroma and taste were roast, malts, chocolate, coffee and had some coconut notes, something that I never got from this beer. In my opinion "nitro" hurt this beer's mouthfeel; can't say how or why but seemed thinner than usual and there was no creaminess that I was expecting. Drinkability is ok.

tewaris, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Lynn, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4/5  rDev -4.8%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Domvan
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Domvan, May 29, 2014
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,734 ratings.