Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout
3,891 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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Purchased May, 8 2011
Consumed May, 9 2011

Bottled poured into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout Tulip

Had this for the first time previously paired with an H. Upmann Double Corona. Held off reviewing until tried alone (although I thought it paired nicely).

This beer poured black bodied with a thin dark brown ring when held up to the light. The thick head foamed to about a fingers width, but quickly dissipated to create a circle hugging the glass. My initial smell was dominated by roasted malts. Underneath the layer of roasted malts there was burnt coffee, spice and toffee. The taste did not betray the smell. My first taste, again, was dominated by roasted malt, however coffee and a bit of hops bitterness was there as well. The spice from the smell carried over in the finish. This beer goes down very easily, with a medium to light body, and coats the mouth slightly.

Overall, this beer is a good, easily accessible stout. The only problem I had with this beer is I feel the roasted malt flavor overshadowed some other interesting characteristics.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Darren.

A: An aggressive pour yielded a beautiful mocha one-finger head over a black body. The head whittled down to tiny bubbles and foam. Lacing was thick and curtain-y. 4.0

S: Leather, anise, smoked plums and licorice. Smokey goodness prevails. 4.25

T: Sweet, smokey and robust. Dark chocolate meets espresso. Dark fruit does a tango with caramel malts. A rich, smokey finish. 4.25

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation. Dry, thick; almost acidic. Frothy. 4.0

O: A heavenly stout. One I'm glad to finally get my mitts on. A tempting taste by the fireside or on the back porch at sunset. Recommended. 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Near black. Head is the color of coffee milk. Rocky and creamy to start. head drops to a thin cap and fluffy collar. Some nice splashes of lacing. Pours nice and smooth.

Smell: Deeply roasted malts with a tiny burnt edge. Coffee grinds and cocoa nibs. Touches of chocolate malt as well. Lingering malty sweetness. Some caramel malts. Mild alcohol in the back.

Taste: Solid roasted malts up front. A nice undercurrent of burnt goodness. Sweet cooked malts. Caramel and some bitter cocoa. Lingering spent coffee. So deeply roasted. Grainy. A touch of citrus zest on the back. Almost smoky level of burnt. Borders on char. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Body pushes toward full but firmly resides in medium. Smooth carbonation. Creamy with a bitter dryness from the roasted nature.

Overall: Benchmark achieved.

Deschutes sets the bar yet again. A solid American stout. No frills, no muss, no fuss. Pure malty goodness.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. best before 09-30-13.

A: pours really really dark brown. head is a coffee hued brown. frothy. very frothy. head has great retention

S: a lot of bitter dark chocolate. a decent amount of espresso. this thing really does walk a fine line between bitterness and sweetness, with bitterness taking the edge. not getting much hop aroma, but I could care less. this thing is all about fantastic dark aromas.

T: similar to the nose, a dry bitterness starts off the flavor. very similar to dark chocolate. more bitterness in the middle. a little bit of dark coffee, but this body is very close to dark chocolate. finish is, you guessed it, bitter.

M: subtle and creamy. this think on nitro would be tits. medium bodied.

D: a very well-made American stout. lots of dark aroma, however a bit one-note on the flavor end. not that it is a bad flavor so you are not gonna catch a lot flack from me. if you like stouts, definitely check this brew out.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours black with a thick, craggy light tan head that leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is of big roasty malts and chocolate.

The taste follows the nose, with chocolate upfront and a roasty, slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly low carbonation.

My favorite year-round release from Deschutes thus far! A very enjoyable stout at a great price!

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark chocolate brown bordering on black. The mocha colored head reaches two inches before slowly receding to form a perfect cap on top of the beer. A smattering of lace is left around the rim.

The aroma is roast chocolate malt, espresso beans and black coffee. The hops are there but the bitterness is light.

The flavor is rich mocha coffee with hints of smoked malt and hops. Again the hops are present but the bitterness is fairly low. Which makes this beer rich and smooth.

Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

Overall a very good stout. I wish this was available in my area.

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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: 07/23/13

Poured into a snifter revealing a black body with a finger of brown head that retains and laces nicely.

An inviting aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate chip cookies.

Comes in roasty and chocolatey. There is a fair amount of hop presence providing bitterness and a touch of grassiness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark black with an almost non-existant dark brown head that fades really fast. Nose is strong with roasted coffee and malt. No hops or yeast here.

Mouthfeel is very nice, rich, full, thick and creamy. Strong roasted coffee finish with a bit of a bitterness from it but not overwhelming. Carbonation is low, adds to drinkability for the style. Finish is a bit too bitter for me but it's decent.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 3,891 ratings
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