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:
3,874
Reviews:
1,148
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
576
Gots:
832
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,874 |  Reviews: 1,148
Photo of jzeilinger
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. The aroma is not overpowering. Mainly roasted malts and dark chocolate. There is a mild coffee aroma there as well. Dark roasted taste with coffee like hop and a smooth chocolate taste. Very good beer. Very smooth. Nice chocolate aftertaste.

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Photo of mschipper
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour into pint glass. A: pitch blackt yielding two finger light brown head that leaves thick lacing throughout the full drink. S: bread and dark fruit with hints of caramel and malt. T: dark fruit, chocolate and caramel notes, malt, and hints of bread with an aftertaste of dark fruit and bitter hops. F: smooth, and very milky. O: great beer. I would drink this year round, but definitely accents the winter season.

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Photo of threedaggers
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pukstopper
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a deep black color into a 20oz mug. Very good head and lacing. Wonderful and subtle malt flavors. A very nice and drinkable Stout One of the best

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Photo of hosehead83
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bnes09
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greg4579
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EuellGophar
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holds up well for a stout in a bottle.

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Photo of Bear1964
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ronin926
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jwalaballa
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If there's a better stout out there, I haven't had it.

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Photo of CDCNAM
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alttude2
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of marty21
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of italianstallion
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MartyMaltose
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle.) My favorite of all beers commonly available in a 6-pack at standard Pacific Northwest grocery stores. Every superlative cited by other reviewers here is accurate. Deschutes does a great job with most everything they make, but this is particularly genius. It's a lot like the great Imperial stouts but without the in-your-face alcohol.

Had this on tap recently too, and I'd have to rate that experience as very close to perfection.

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

Pours "obsidian" black with a nice full finger mocha head, really sticky on the sides of the glass.
Rich roasted barley smell with a smokey edge, dark chocolate, burnt toffee, roasted coffee bean, light caramel. Some dark licorice and a really really faint whiff of citrus.
Wow, what a great taste! Rich roasted malts, grainy, bready, with a really authentic smokiness, feels like nice bread that's been left on a countryside bakestone for a few minutes too long. Nice chocolate to go with it, sweet with caramel and light toffee, a tiny bit fresh with some lemon zest, reeeaaally subtle. Hint of vanilla, dark licorice and burnt wood. Heavily roasted finish, but not ashy (as they usually are), which is really nice.
Long finish, the rich roasted malts heading to the aftertaste, with some coffee bean hints and cocoa. Medium body, smooth carbonation.
Wow, what a wonderful stout, just so damn tasty and rich in flavor!

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Photo of Chris_Pressler
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully dark stout with a smooth taste and feel.

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Photo of 2beersaday-stronglikebull
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArkyPalmer
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stratusjeans
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tall pilsner glass.

A: Looks pretty black. Almost 2 inch medium tan head. Velvet foam. I don't think it was quite as velvety as Black Butte Porter but it's close.

S: Dark roastedness. Smells like a basement but the basement of a huge castle that is aired out often. Just a nice cave-y smell that I'm liking.

T: The taste really envelopes your mouth. Nice strong dark flavors. A little bit of leather, good amount of coffee, and a hint of dark fruit like fig or date.

M: Mild carbonation. Long lingering flavor. Hits heavier but lightens up pretty quickly without fading away.

O: I haven't had this in a while and I had forgotten how much I liked it. Very good beer to have on hand and I'm glad I have easy access to it.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 3,874 ratings.
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