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Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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3,915 Ratings
Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

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Ratings: 3,915 |  Reviews: 1,161
Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I could review this brew off the top of my head I've tossed back so many but never bothered to jot down a line. Well, tonight is the night after a big beef rib dinner this was a nice nightcapper to seal the deal. This fine stout pours a deep black, with a rich brown head that leaves sporadic lacing. Medium to mild carbonation. Smell of deep, rich, chocolaty malts.

Although the "usual" qualities are there for this style, I think what sets this brew apart is the richness, and obvious quality to the malts and the fact that there is a bitter, slightly hopped up finish. Cleans up as well as can be expected, leaving behind a cocoa powder aftertaste, touch of espresso as well. This brew coats your mouth and is on the creamy end of the spectrum. Oily as well. Certainly far from a sessioner, in fact one of these is just about right and not because of the ABV, more that its just well...rich.

Notes: Well it hit my palate just right. For the price???? WOW!! How can this be priced similar to their small beer offerings. Deschutes is amazing in that they have good beers and at times in the excellent to outstanding range, yet they maintain a low price by craft brew standards.

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Photo of tedho21
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of swanfungus
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hockeypuck
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jacewg
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Bammer21
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wtkphoto
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of kevindp9
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of bonbini26
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

As with most stouts, this beer, poured into a Duvel glass is an opaque black with not a bit of light showing through it and a nice 1/2" dark tan head.

The foam persists for a reasonably long time but eventually settles into an island of thin foam on the surface and a small ring of foam around the glass, as do most stouts. There is some foam coating one side of the glass and a couple of patches and rings of leggy lacing. By the end of the beer there is only a small ring of foam and a few scattered speckles of lacing.

The light aroma is full of dark roast malt highlighting coffee and chocolate.

As expected from the aroma, the flavors are nicely complex. There is dark, bitter roasted malt underlying the coffee flavors and semi-sweet dark chocolate and they are all playing together nicely here without any one of them insisting on dominating the action.

The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with light persistent carbonation. The finish tapers off into that lightly bitter dryness that invites another sip (or three :-) ).

Overall this is so far an impressive beer and one that offers an abundance of flavors and complexity along with an ABV (6.4%) that would easily allow having more than one. It has definitely earned a place on my “have more in the future” list.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to largadeer for this want extra!

Best by date of 3/8/08 on the 12oz bottle

Pours a dark black color with a light tan large head, very fizzy looking, leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell is very roasted, malt controlled, some coffee aroma from the roasted aspects.

Taste is strongly roasted but also has some woody burnt aspect, all malt taste with some coffee-ness, assertive carbonation, smoothness is a bit rough but decent.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 10/19/09

Best by 11/12/09

Thanks to PDXHops for this one

A - Settles to a most righteous black hue. Poured a two finger mocha-colored head. Small pores in the foam are riddled with larger ones. Retention & lacing are solid & impressive toward the beginning, though both thin out toward the end.

S - Enticing malt-centric nose. Roasted malts, chocolate & hints of coffee beans. Seems to have a dry bent about it.

T - Roasted coffee shines through adding a much-appreciated spot of bitterness. There's a sweetness to the beer that is far from off-putting. Chocolate undertones as well as toasted dark breads are also present.

M - Either on the heavy side of medium-bodied or the light side of heavy-bodied, I can't decide which. Probably the latter. The ample carbonation here is a bit more than I generally prefer with the style though I find myself liking it in this instance. Dry & almost spicy finish.

D - Damn skippy - this one is a keeper. I find it more enjoyable with each sip.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to SPLITGRIN for this one.

Pours from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Nearly opaque in color. Burnt toast brown with white wheat colored head. Dissipates into a minimal film, small amount of lacing.

Nose is chocolatey and roasted grain filled.

Full of chocolate and more roasted grain on the tongue. Nice bitterness as well. Chocolate, some slight dark fruit flavors. Slightly sweet. Pretty dry and somewhat husky and bitter on the finish.

A nice beer. I have been hitting the stouts pretty hard lately and this was no slouch.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of whitenads
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of budgood1
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

pours out an opaque blackened brown colour with a cascading dark tan head an inch high with viscous staying power. can't really look any better. the aroma is a conglomeration of dark unsweetened chocolate, dark roasted malts, nougat, toffee, java and NW hopping. smells delicious. the taste is a malt and yeast driven pillowy black patent maltiness with hints of funk and ripe red fruit. there is underlying cocoa and caramel layer complimented by a slight alcohol note and cascade type hops. tastes solid. the body of this stout is full and heavy, with a thick, rich and luscious and somewhat chalky mouthfeel. this is a very drinkable beer but one you'll want to take your time with due to the well rounded nature.

overall an american stout that brings it all to the table. this may be the quintessential example of domestic stout brewing. good stuff here and definitley recommended.

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