Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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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
Ratings:
3,868
Reviews:
1,146
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
576
Gots:
827
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,868 |  Reviews: 1,146
Photo of khargro2
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Riff
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black color with a light tan head about a finger thick. Smells of roasted malts, molasses, and chocolate. Tastes of roasted malts, semi-dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and a little hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body leaning more towards medium with some carbonation to it. The carbonation is about the only knock, it's a little much than I'd like in a stout. Overall, solid easy drinker that I'd happily buy again.

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

Photo of basaywhat
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Dark black pour with a thick and creamy tan head. Malty chocolate goodness in the nose. Starts a touch sweet, then coffee, bitter chocolate and just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Excellent.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of greengorilla
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MykeJ
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Grantula
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WunderLlama
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter

Black brown liquid. Brown frothy, bouncy one finger foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of espresso, chocolate and roasted malts

Espresso taste over roast malts

Mouthfeel is fuzzier than I like in a stout

Good stout

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An excellent stout. Blackish color with a small tan head. Goes down really smooth. Taste of roasted malts and overall simply irresistable and would be great on a nice summer day

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Photo of richdeneault
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

smoooooth!!!!

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Photo of spursfaninla
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Among the best, if not THE Best stout i have had.
Chocolate-y, without being sweet.
Mellow flavor that does not overpower, without bite, making it easy to drink. like a more traditional flavor.
Nice dark color, thick brown head. Smell is subtle, pleasant roast.

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Photo of Timtac
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Richter525
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of qcghost
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Czequershuus
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a simple black with a large mocha head. The aroma features chocolate, mild coffee, cream, and oddly, yogurt. The flavor is also dominated by chocolate, with coffee, a moderate sweetness, and some green flavors as well, maybe even mint. The mouthfeel is relatively thin, clean,a and low in carbonation. Overall this is a nice classic stout, nothing showy, and somewhat thin, but very tasty, and easy to drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle poured into a stout/porter glass. Nice dark tan head that dissipates quickly to a small ring. Toffee and chocolate on the nose. That continues on the palate with some coffee and tobacco following. Doesn't drink too heavy. Quaffable. Great beer !

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Photo of MeIquiades
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerthulhu
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-in duvel glass. best by 09.25.16. consumed 01.25.17. warmed to 45-47c.

A: Deep inky black exit from the bottle was viscose. A dark and frothy leathery colored head sits atop with a moderate rate of retention. Small speckled lace band.

S: Freshly roasted coffee beans and softly charred wood. A deep and rich sense of dry chocolate moves in with light hints of cocoa-alcohol. Really smooth sense of chocolate-coffee roastiness lingers on.

T: Rich roasty flavor, freshly grounded coffee beans and charred wood with some roasted pine. A bittering blast of burnt chocolate, dry campfire minerality and silty ash. Big blast of roasted charred flavor and dry vanilla finish out.

M: Medium-full body, roasted warmth on inner cheeks, quiet carbonation, viscose feel.

O: Bittering and dark roasted nature, nice presentation and aroma followed by a big flavor and hearty mouthful. outstanding try.

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Photo of APH
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SpaethJam
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of glass_house
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LeRose
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured black and thick, about a half inch of rapidly falling head leaving a few bubbles rafting happily on top.

The smell is incredible. Espresso, chocolate, raspberry like tea, and I think a hint of tobacco.

The taste is easy going initially, a little chocolate and coffee and the raspberry note floating over it all. Then it builds in intensity, growing more coffee-like with an underlayment of sweetness, definite presence of dark malts followed by a sharp, intense bitterness that fades quickly. There is a lingering combo of the lighter fruit and tobacco. Wonderful surprise there.

The texture is delightful. It is silky and smooth, leaving a little chalky residue after the taste finishes. Low on the carbonation, not quite as thick as it looked on the pour but medium to heavy body. What a fabulous stout! Highly recommended.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,868 ratings.
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