Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout
BA SCORE
91.8%
Liked This Beer
4.2 w/ 3,882 ratings
Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,033
Reviews:
1,151
Ratings:
3,882
Liked:
3,564
Avg:
4.2/5
pDev:
9.52%
Alströms:
4.7
 
 
Wants:
578
Gots:
837
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,882 |  Reviews: 1,151
Photo of Pens1967
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of watchnerd
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RikMack
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 12 oz. bottle to my mug. pours black as night with a thick, creamy, brown head, to the nose, mocha, espresso, dark chocolate, I spend as much time smelling this beer as I do drinking it, goes down smooth, with a tickle in the back, leaves a very pleasent after taste

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Photo of csmrx7
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent North American Stout.

Defiantly not a sweet Stout but has a wonderfully chalky base.

Even bitterness to the very cocoa malt forward flavor.

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Photo of Vidblain
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dokhollidai
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DavidR_9
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle (best by Jan 2018) consumed on 8/28/17 in snifter.

This brew really looks amazing, especially for an American non imperial stout. Pours semi clear black/brownish-red and forms a super dark opaque body in the glass. A beautiful bubbly brown/tan head forms atop. Foam disappears rather quickly but forms another strong layer after just a couple swirls.
The smell is nothing spectacular but it does have a unique balance of roastiness and slight dark chocolate sweetness.
Taste: An immediate bitter/tannin character and nutiness from the really roasty malts that turns into a dark chocolate bitterness followed by hints of tobacco earthiness. I don't get any of the dark fruity character that some people have pointed out in earlier reviews. Also, not too much espresso character.
I'd say this beer has a rather high carbonation level - prickly and finishes high-medium dry. That bitter roasted and black barley really lingers.

This is definitely one of the better stouts I've had, regardless of the advertised distinct notes of espresso that imo goes missing. Still among the top of its class in the stout territory.

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Photo of JulieMb
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ipeters1017
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque pitch black with two fingers of light brown head, good lacing down the glass. Smells of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and a hint of molasses. The taste follows, a perfectly malty and chocolate-y stout with a hint of fruity sweetness. The taste remains the same as the beer warms up, making it a nice sipper. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and lightly carbonated, leaving a slightly sticky feel in the mouth. All in all a superb stout. Only complaint is that I'm not getting any of the advertised espresso flavor--may very well be due to freshness. However, this is a stout that seems plenty complex without it.

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Photo of StormAles
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TomBanahan
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Natertottt
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of willcull78
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Knowing that most stouts have a higher alcohol content I would consider this stout a light-stout with its low alcohol content of 6.4%. It had the a delicious aroma of chocolate and coffee when opened, as expected. The color was dark though I have seen darker, deeper color. Very minimal foam, which was expected for a stout. The taste was quite good but not exceptional; and it made me feel all right. Overall it was good and not a bad, light, stout; however, there are others more worthy and hearty.

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Photo of burntpollo
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(Additions ... made on 8/12)
I can't remember if I have had it before, but this is one of the best, if not the best, stout I have ever had.

Look: Beautiful appearance: ... pours dark, with a nice coffee colored head; nice lacing.
Smell: cocoa and roasted notes in the aroma; ... also molasses.
Feel: a mouthfeel that is crazy for a regular stout, and at its ABV: incredibly creamy.
Taste: solid malt taste, with some cocoa; ... also liquorice.

I am soooo glad I tried it!

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Photo of KevBot89
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HipCzech
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Portland Public House (03-Jul-17), on nitro, served in a 4 oz sample glass. Inky black with a lush, tan head of fine, nitro foam. Full aroma of roasted grains. Deep, roasted malt flavors with enough malt sweetness, and espresso tart and bitter notes for a great balance. Great bitterness from both roasted malt and hops. Medium body, silky smooth and very finely carbonated (nitro). Full and flavorful - a terrific stout.

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Photo of fryeguy52
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ZachKelly
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cwd
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSexLove
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's a beautiful seducing color, a warm inviting smell, a teasing mosaic taste, but what lost me was the high carbonation and thinness. I will not fault it as whole, it has more redeeming qualities that not and it's affordable and accessible. I suspect I'll swirl it around on my tounge again before dismissing it.

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Photo of Stout_beast
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bunsteve
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black with almost no head (I pour gently, don't like beer on my 'stache). Good strong flavor with no bitterness at all. Very relaxing after dessert. My taste buds aren't fully trained, but I can taste a chocolatey aftertaste with this one.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Twelve ounce bottle copped from Pub 365 in Las Vegas. Pours a jet black ebony hue with minimal frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of chocolate and molasses. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 91.8% out of 100 with 3,882 ratings
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