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Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.2/5
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3,915 Ratings
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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:
#1,066
Reviews:
1,161
Ratings:
3,915
pDev:
9.52%
Bros Score:
4.7
 
 
Wants:
579
Gots:
852
Trade:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,915 |  Reviews: 1,161
Photo of greg4579
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EuellGophar
4.03/5  rDev -4%
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 -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ronin926
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwalaballa
5/5  rDev +19%
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 -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alttude2
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of marty21
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of italianstallion
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MartyMaltose
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
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 +4.8%
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 +9.8%
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 +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of stratusjeans
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of arvidkoval
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks pitch black. Obsidian is a good name for this. Nice tan head. Smells of roasted coffee. Tastes like smokey roasted coffee. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Great stout in a 6 pack.

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Photo of Buzz3d
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Imcoachoshea
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Presbadarious
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PSpitz
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

A - Pours jet black with a finger and a half of dark coffee colored head. Nice whispy lacing on the glass.
S - Milky vanilla, dark chocolate, espresso coffee and a hint of caramel if you search for it. T - Lightly roasted malts up front with a lightly sweet coffee note followed by bitter dark chocolate which resides on the palate for an extended period of time. Ends with a slightly sour carbonation bite. Body is a little on the thin side for a stout, but the ABV is too.
O - A decent stout.
V - Medium.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,915 ratings
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