Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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4.2/5
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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:
#1,099
Reviews:
1,162
Ratings:
3,937
pDev:
9.52%
Bros Score:
4.7
 
 
Wants:
588
Gots:
865
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,937 |  Reviews: 1,162
Photo of MooseBoose
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BranchDavidian
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Winston3737
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EQSATUB
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of pint27
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Austin32
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just an excellent american stout.

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Photo of Bdel34
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Graetzj
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AnthonySkatz
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rwshelton2
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerTruck
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DGSchmitt
4.81/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ALC82
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look is black with a faint brown edge.
Smell is cocoa
Taste up front very kind of sweet maybe a little tart. Back end is not much a little roast taste in the very back of the mouth corners.
Feel not too slimy.
Overall-Good beer that leaves a little zip on the end of your tongue.

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

Just returned to this after trying it about a year ago. It is much better than I had remembered (my palate has changed too). I always thought of it as a good stout but I think this is one of the best "easy to get" stouts on the market. Year-round and available in most states.
L- Inky black body with a khaki head on it, head didn't stick around for too long and not a lot of lacing.
S- Coffee, dark chocolate, burnt barley grain, marshmallow and I get a little bit of dark fruit.
T- Big black coffee, semi-sweet dark chocolate, creamy marshmallow sweetness to balance out the bitterness, dark fruit and because I have marshmallows on my mind the sweet toasted barley is coming off like graham crackers.
F- Thick but not a sludgy body, a decent amount carbonation for the style (would love to try this on nitro!)
O- A top notch stout. Huge value, and a stellar representation of a bold american stout.

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Photo of Fremont897
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Faunland
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bongobeer
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MidwestBA
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Johnroby
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jws6w7
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Redneckwine
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Jet black and totally opaque. Generous 1.5 finger, rocky, tan head retains well and leaves near perfect sticky lacing rings.

Smell - Nice coffee and cocoa notes coming in right away, roasty/nutty malts, licorice/fruity sweetness, earthy grassiness

Taste - Much like nose, but with a nice little hop bite on the end. Coffee/cocoa roastiness throughout, a touch of charred malt bitterness, a bit nutty, nice presence of fruity yeast esters, slight earthy/grassy hop nip on the end cleans, balances, and adds some mild bitterness in the offdry finish.

Feel - Creamy smooth and well carbonated medium-full body. Thick and rich feel, yet avoids feeling heavy. Doesn't exactly feel "sessionable", but that's not what it's going for anyway.

Overall - What a kickass stout, and for an insane value to boot ($7.50 a sixer for me). As you can see from my review, I think this beer rocks on all levels, and there just isn't much more to say about it than that.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,937 ratings