Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,294 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,294
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 468
Gots: 538 | FT: 7
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving
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Ratings: 3,294 | Reviews: 1,049
Photo of macher0
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Bottle to tulip.

A: Very dark brown. Poured a 2-finger head that slowly retreats to an amber, frothy film.


S: Mild fragrance. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.


T: Minor hop bitterness blends nicely with major notes of dark roasted malts, coco, coffee, and chocolate. A slight sweetness prefaces the hop bitterness. Nicely balanced with a chocolaty finish.


M: Full body, slightly harsh (sometimes a down side of hops), moderate carbonation.


O: A very good imperial stout, especially for a year-round, mass-produced ale. Tons of flavor, but the finish is a minor setback.

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

First had: on nitro-tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a pint glass jet black with a small, dense, tan nitro head. Very clean aroma, infused with espresso and roasty malts. Roasty, roasty taste, coffee, dark chocoate, more roastiness, almost burnt, but not quite. Silky and uh, roasty, with a coffee-bitter dry finish. Full body and quite drinkable.

Photo of dc87
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful. Near-opaque dark brown body with a thick, dark mocha head.

S - A lot of dark chocolate, some roasted malt, a little fruitiness. Straightforward, but enjoyable.

T - Deep and complex. Begins with a big delicious malt taste with sweet chocolate and dark fruit notes. This is followed by a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness. There are just a little more hops than I would have liked, it distracts from the other flavours. A lot of roasted malts in the aftertaste, almost burnt tasting, with some lingering bitterness. Very interesting.

M - Also great - nice and thick, with a nice amount of zest from the carbonation.

O - A complex and tasty stout. Would prefer a little less bitterness, but overall, very enjoyable. Will definitely drink again.

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

1708th Review on BA
Nitro tap to tulip
16oz

@Original Gravity Publick House, San Jose, CA

App- A medium dense brown with some darker edges and a center as well. A huge three finger tan/white head with great cling. Looked like the American Guinness.

Smell- This was a lot like an Oreo just in the liquid form. This was creamy and grainy but yet smooth and balanced with some vanilla and chocolate notes.

Taste- This was a good beer. I still think I should have a bottle of the regular to compare this too. The roasts notes are a bit pronounced for me and have a slight granular and vanilla/chocolate similar to the nose.

Mouth- A solid medium creamy body with a medium/low carbonation. A bit of a toasty residual flavor with some bakers chocolate.

Drink- It's a classic stout, bitter, chocolatey and grainy. One of the classics. Good beer. Would have again.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours big and black. A cocoa-colored head forms up big, going above the glass and forcing a brief stop to the pour. The rest gets slowly dripped in as the foam settles. Leaves shiny lace rings as it goes down.

Aroma - fresh roasted grain, light chocolate notes. Good resilience and quite appealing.

Taste - sweet roasted grain, a good heavy roast providing some burnt espresso bean, bitter chocolate and mild char. The char hangs on at the swallow and works with the balancing hops to move things along. The aftertaste has a burnt/bitter hop flavor to it and hangs in there for a good ten seconds or more. Ends dry and roasty, very nice.

Mouthfeel - a touch thin, well-carbonated, some well-placed smoothness to help round out the flavors.

Drinkability - not one to hoard, but I like it.

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev -4.8%

This is an ultra black, thick brew. Tan head with a decent lace. Grain and a touch of smoke and coffee in the smell. Firm bitterness in the taste. Some underlying thick smoothness. Bitter and powerful. Excellent brew.

Photo of KAP1356
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another review to catch up on. 12 oz bottle I received as an extra in a trade (don't remember woth whom). Poured into a DFH pint glass...

A - Pours an almost opaque blackish-brownish color. A nice creamy 2 finger head forms and retains nicely. Nice lacing down the glass.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee notes mix together nicely. Some slight earthy hops make a nice appearance bringing things together.

T - Big roasted malt flavor here with nice chocolate and coffee flavors mixing together in the background. Some bitter hops at the end really add nicely to the overall flavor.

M - Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Nice and creamy texture on the tongue. Nice.

O - A really nicely done "everyday" stout that I wish I could get more of on a regular basis. Definitely a nice go to stout I could have several of in one sitting.

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

12 oz bottle, pours a black with a nice medium sized fluffy and rocky head.
Big sweet malt character in the nose, milk chocolate, very hidden hop aromas and a touch of alcohol.
Sweet dark roasted malty flavor with carmalized brown sugar, slight fruitiness, esspresso and and a little alcohol in the finish.
Medium bodied mouthfeel, good light carbonation for the style.
Good drinkability, but is a bit too sweet for have more than a few IMO.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a HOTD tulip.

Appearance- Black body with a thick tan head. Lots of lacing. 4/5

Smell- Milk chocolate and coffee. Some roasted malts and bits of earthy hop aroma. 4/5

Taste - Just the opposite of the smell. Coffee first then milk chocolate. After that a earthy hop bitterness comes out. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Thick and a little chalky at the end. 4/5

Overall- Very solid Stout. Easy to find and good price point. 4/5

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

08/20/05- Purchased at Andronico's Market in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle. Poured into my Hangtown Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Black as obsidian pour with a 1/2 inch dirty brown head and very light lace.

Smell- Very roasty smell with maybe a touch of dark chocolate. You really have to get your nose in there and take a few good whiffs to detect anything.

Taste- This bad boy is one of the darkest stouts I have ever tasted. Kinda like sucking on some charcoal without the lighter fluid flavoring. Kind of a woody taste as well. You get a really quick hit of sweetness and then it turns to a nice bitter and burnt flavor. A nice amount of smoke as well.

Mouthfeel- A bit overly carbonated for a stout, but not too bad. Not really the thickness of an upper notch stout as well.

Drinkability- A very easy drinking stout. If you like your stouts dark, grab one of these.

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

Thanks to grub for sharing this bottle, its a treat!

Pours a very opaque black, red edges, thin tan head, settles to a nice ring, lace spots on the glass, looks like a stout. Smell is sweet, toffee and chocolate, some dark fruits, licorice, bit of spice, very malty, the fruitiness adds a different touch. Taste is sweet, chocolate and licorice through the middle, some roast, cherries, toffee, bit of a weak finish but nice flavours in the beginning. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, nice smooth stout. Very drinkable. Thanks Russ!

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

Poured not too cold, in a goblet, leaving most of a thin yeast layer behind. Opaque black, but coffee brown at edges when held against light. Thick tan head. Smells like chocolate cake, buttery toffee, blackberries, vanilla, hint of mollases.

Rich roasted malt: bittersweet chocolate, coffee, molasses. Some fruit, butter, and hops. Somewhat bitter, well balanced.

Creamy mouthfeel. Most head dissipates eventually, but can be revived a little bit by a swirl.

Good stuff.

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

A- About a 1" thick tan head on a black body.
S- Coffee, chocolate, big roasted malts, grassy hops, and toasted aroma.
T- Follows the aroma pretty darn close. Light bitterness on tip of tongue. Pretty dry aftertaste. Coffee joins in the aftertaste also.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. I wouldn't go crazy over it but it is a easy drinking stout.

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

Poured into a snifter with a half finger of light tan bubbles. Smell of bakers chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, some hop presence and a some residual sugar.

Taste of strong coffee, some licorice, and a little bit of bittering hops with some bakers chocolate taste. There is a light to medium body, that seems just right with the sweetness for the style. This is a nice american stout. A tasty brew from Deschutes regular lineup after having their "other" beers in bombers. Medium on the high side carbonation that works well and may bring out more hop presence. Well done

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

A- Beer pours a very dark jet black color. With an aggressive pour the head stays for a few min. then leaves a trace of lacing.

S- Smells like a stout, however, strangely enough I smell creamed corn, very odd. My cat incidentally thought it smelled good and gave it a taste.

T- Strong taste of coffee, especially in the aftertaste. A touch of a Smokey taste as well.

M- Smooth and creamy at the same time. I wasn't expecting the carbonation as it is so dark you don't see it.

D- Not too bad, it isn't my favorite stout, but it isn't too bad. I'm using it as part of a BBQ marinade so we'll see how that turns out.

Overall not too bad of a brew.

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

A - Good looking stout, pours black and has a nice contrasting tan head.

S - Chocolate with toasted malts, slight hop aroma to keep it balanced.

T - Bitter coffee followed by chocolate, then floral hops.

M - A little on the thin side, I was expecting more, medium carbonation.

O - A good straight forward American Stout.

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thumbs width brown, creamy head. Nice lacing to it. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and some dark fruit. A pretty damn awesome strong and bitter roasted coffee flavor is the first to introduce itself, this is followed by some bittersweet chocolate and liquorice. Underneath the entire sip is a vanilla like sweetness that I didn't at first detect. A nice, bitter flavor lingers in the aftertaste. A nice, creamy body to this. I slacked on giving this one a try for the longest time and realize that this was a mistake. This is a great stout and worth all the love it receives.

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.

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

Appearance: Black, small but firm head.

Smell: Fruity, then coffee.

Taste: Nice chocolate & coffee flavors. Not much of the dark fruits that show up in the smell. A little bitterness in the finish.

Drinkability: A solid stout, I could have a few in a sitting.

A very nice stout from Deschutes here. Not too sweet and not too bitter, very well balanced. A good choice if you're looking for something a little higher octane than Guinness but don't want to go the imperial route.

Photo of BingCrosby7
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured jet black and viscous, with a light tan head that retained its carbonation rather well. Nice looking brew.

S - malt, cocoa, roasted light coffee, lightly charred oak. The alcohol was light on the nose.

T - Roasted malt and coffee on the initial taste; very similar to the smell; light on the alcohol, which was a good thing.

M - lightly carbonated and smooth on the palate.

O - This is a very well balanced beer for the most part. The malt and charred qualities sort of overtook the nuance, but the overall effect is still rather good. Great brew.

Photo of Andrew644
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black with a dark tan or light brown head.

S- chocoate and roasted malt smell

T- chocolate and the roasted malts blend well to create a flavor where they are both present. A hop presence is noticable but the flavor doesn't come through it is many just to balance the beer out I think.

M- smooth yet slightly crips, it is refreshing.

D- A nice stout, definately worth trying if you like stouts.

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

Pours a pitch black color with a tan head that settles fairly quickly. Aroma is highly roasted, heavy notes of coffee and touches of cocoa. Flavor is chock full of roasted malt goodness, along with lots of unsweetened chocolate type flavor. Mouthfeel is very smooth, some carbonation is noted on the finish, but nothing to write home about.

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

Poured from a bottle into a teku.

A - Beautiful dark murky brown/black. 1 finger tan/brown head.

S - Smoke, charcoal, barbecued wood, cacao, vanilla, brown sugar.

T - Smokey, charcoal, bitter chocolate, slightly sour.

M - Very creamy, perfect amount of carbonation, silky smooth.

O - A nice American Stout. Not overbearing, but hearty and tasty.

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

Six pack purchased at the grocery store.

Pours impervious black with a medium-bodied chocolate milk head. Some foamy scraps of lace left on the glass.

At the top of the smell is burnt chocolate followed by a roasted malt depth.

Taste begins with a slight hop bitterness flooded with a roasted malt sweetness -- almost sour, but just slightly -- and then the chocolate and coffee depth come through, with an aftertaste of singed malt.

Mouthfeel has a nice airy creaminess to it.

Not a bad stout!

Photo of jmacdaddy2008
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First deschutes beer I have ever had.
Got a bottle in Denver from a friend along with a couple of the Abyss.
Beer poured jet black with a tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a tiny ring around the glass with bubbles
Has a good rich smell of chocolate and coffee. Let it warm a little in the snifter to see if any other smells come out...more coffee
Tastes malty with a bitter after taste might be from the coffee or hops
Decent stout very drinkable looking forward to the Abyss

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