Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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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:
#1,048
Reviews:
1,155
Ratings:
3,892
pDev:
9.52%
Bros Score:
4.7
 
 
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Photo of MTKATL
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sethcroisant
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SGR1220
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ccheng9
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At this price point, the only stout I've ever had that even rivals it is Old Rasputin. I'd say I'd very slightly favor ol rassy but this is even cheaper than that is.

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Photo of kinmundy77
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBobber
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really oilly black color with no light coming through at the bottom of the bulb of my tulip glass. Has a nice, close to a finger, of a light brown head topping it.

The smell is of of a dark bitter chocolate with loads of espresso like coffe coming out.

The taste is surpringly strong in that roasted and toasted espresso coffee tone. Actually that was sarcastic as the taste of the beer can be found so prevalant on the nose.

The mouth was actually fairly light for a stout and has a darn near dry finish. Seems kind of unexpected for the style.

Overall this really is a fantastic beer. I wish more of that bittersweet chocolate that comes out on the nose could hit the palate, yet for that minor detail this really is a fine stout. I can pick up a six pack for around $8 and that is just one more bonus added to this very fine, and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Billy Jack's in Harrisonburg. Beautiful beer, looked like it was nitro but was not. Very creamy tan head. Medium strong malty aroma with a bit of dark chocolate and roast. Delicious, the taste follows the nose. Creamy but not chewy. A really good stout, enjoyable and not overly strong.

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Photo of omahawk
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great roasty, smooth Stout. Pours a pitch black with a small brown head. Nice roast aroma with a slight earthy hop hint. Smooth roast flavor, well balanced bitterness, slight warming alcohol hint. Great beer.

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

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

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

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