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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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1,056 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,056
Hads: 3,477
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 514
Gots: 615 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,056 | Hads: 3,477
Photo of breakingbland
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ap: opaque brown with red highlights. A 1/2-finger light brown head of coarse and fine bubbles.
Ar: strong roasty, black coffee, but can't identify the hops.
T: like the aroma but not as strong. Somewhat shallow and sweet. Has an astringency that intensifies and lingers. Again, can't identify the hops.
M: appropriate for the style (fairly light carbonation).

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Photo of frothy_80
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The body color is black with dark brown highlights around the glass. A foamy light khaki colored head that left thick lacing throughout. Dark chocolate and coffee/espresso dominate the nose. There are hints of tobacco, licorice, and dark fruits that came out as the beer warmed. The coffee and chocolate bounce back and forth as the beer passes over the tongue, along with a roasty character that balances the two. Dark fruits, tobacco, and licorice stay in the background but aid in adding more layers. Malt driven sweetness that ends dry with a good hop bitterness keeps it interesting. Smooth and slightly creamy from a full medium body that is properly carbonated. It's no surprise that this hit all the right notes coming from a brewery that has a robust porter as a flagship beer. Truly fantastic! I believe I have found my go to stout for winter.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance had a dark brown/close to black colored body with a two finger off-white/tan foamy head that rises a bit and then drops gently leaving some thick spider web lacing gracing the sides of the glass. The smell has a smokey, woody, espresso, and roasty combined fantastically. The taste took all of those previously mentioned aromas entering a sort of sweetness from some light chocolate and some light vanilla, dry espresso aftertaste, dry sticky finish. On the palate, she sat about a medium, semi-sessionable, carbonation is done very well for its style and for me, becomes slightly creamy. Overall, I would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of Tele
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle (Best by 4.26.16)
Consumed: 11.16.15

A: 4.75 Pours pitch black with a dense, tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S: 4.25 Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, and espresso on the nose. The malt really dominates, adding an earthy quality to the background. Subtle vanilla, berries, and licorice come through as the beer opens up.

T: 4 Taste is similar to the nose with lots of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Starts a touch sweet then moves to a a pretty high level of bitterness; seems like the bitterness is coming from the malt, but also some hops that don’t add much flavor.

M: 4.25 Nice and thick with great carbonation. The finish is a bit too dry for the style.

O: 4 This is a very good stout from Deschutes. Plenty of flavor while still being pretty light and drinkable. A bit too dry and bitter for my tastes, but still solid.

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Photo of Roguer
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Perfectly black brew; the name is quite accurate. Tan head; no comments on lacing or retention, as I tried this brew on nitro.

Milk, creamy aroma, slightly roasty, with big wafts of banana and lesser notes of prunes and slightly overripe, sour fruit.

Flavor follows, favoring chocolate, with cream and roasted barley a close second and third (in some order). Quite nutty and slightly ashy finish.

Smooth medium feel (again, on nitro). Sticky finish.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a creamy, tan, halo of head. Nose of rich coffee and cocoa nib. Smooth and rich. Flavors are rich chocolate and roasted coffee forward, with a smooth cream overlay. Very rich and roasted throughout. Smooth, creamy body, with a mocha coffee aftertaste. The finish is slow, smooth, and creamy. This is a great beer.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deschutes is one of my favorite breweries. This stout is one of the reasons why. No need to dissect if you like stouts buy it this is world class even chocolate stout fanatics will appreciate this one.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/29/2016. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, licorice, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, raisin, plum, licorice, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal/pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fair amount of dryness from roasted bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic American stout style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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

From bottle, Pours black with beige head. Aroma cocoa, coffee. Taste is full of roast coffee and dark chocolate. Rich and creamy delicious. The body is thin. Very nice.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.4% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep black. "Obsidian" like for sure. Lofty frothy head, a medium brown in color. Head lingers with good lacing. Opaque.

Smell- Milk chocolate, toasted bread, some coffee aroma.

Taste- Velvety dark chocolate smoothness. Sweet, yet turning roasty, and blending into a roasted coffee bean taste right into the finish. The coffee notes retain the roasted flavor which adds balance. Ends with a snooth bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy, rich. Medium carbonation.

Overall- A fine stout, exemplary of the style. Lots of flavors, just about that as a Russian imperial stout, though half the abv. Well put together, well balance. Recommended.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours night black into my pint glass with a massive tan head. Burnt coffee flavor, with a mellow char smokey nose. Subtle bitterness, with a slight java espresso taste. Just a bit thinner than my favorite stouts, but then I tend to favor RIS. Doesn't coat the tongue, and actually tends towards a nice porter. I like it and would buy it again. Nicely done.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A massive head, with a stylistic dark body.

A traditionally coffee smell, with sub-tones of sweetness and malt.

The taste is relatively subtle, considering the style. With a sweet roasted coffee-flavor dominating, with hints of caramel and vanilla.

Overall, a very good stout that could very much become a go-to beer when there is a lack of interesting seasonals.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours an opaque pitch black.

Overall:This is a deep, robust, and richly rewarding beer. This beer has distinct notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt and black barley.. It has just the right amount of hop to cut the sweetness. Excellent beer. Cheers!

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Photo of snaotheus
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a tulip. Best by 02/13/16. Utterly amazing to me that I haven't reviewed this before.

Pours very dark brown with a very small head, moderate carbonation. Smell is coffee and roasted malt, something slightly sweet in the aroma.

Taste is brutally bitter coffee, which is awesome. Super roasty. A little anise. Such a good stout, and gets so little love on the boards here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clingy. Overall, excellent stout. For price, quality, and availability, it's easily a go-to beer for me.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking stout. black body, brown head is dark and thick and sticks around. Smells like some kind of alcohol laced espresso. Taste is a little tingly, but not overly carbonated. Some coffee, dark chocolate, not to sweet, roasted without any burnt taste. Some alcohol bite at the end. Don't remember liking it this much, but this was a single ignored in the back of the fridge from a few months back. Time to pickup some more and keep it up front.

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Photo of braker649er
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Frankly, I had forgotten this beer. Several years ago, it was a standout before I was really geeking out. This time, I got in the mood for solid stouts, and revisited this old friend. I couldn't believe the quality at the price and availability!! Overall, it delivers what it says it will on the label--coffee and dark chocolate notes. An honest stout.

L - this wowed me. The head was thick, foamy and stuck around. The color lived up to the big word in the name. A good word, obsidian.

S - not the highlight, but not bad. Gave a sense of what was to come. Maybe hard to decipher this mysetery through the foam, though.

T - as noted. True to labeling: Rich and dark and a touch of coffee and dark chocolate. not a sweet chocolate for me. More roasty.

F - very good. Oh, that foam contributed.

O - again, I was impressed by a beer I'd abandoned for a while. Very available in my area, and very good.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly smooth, balanced stout. The rich roasted malt flavours are there but not aggressive. Slight chocolate and coffee flavours. Overall, a good stout.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into a Tulip. Paid £3.10 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, pitch-black body that remains unchanged when held to the light. A three-finger in height, rocky, dark-tan coloured head gradually reduces to a dense cap, leaving behind an excellent amount of thick, sticky lacing.

Rich, dark, roasted malts, burnt barley and heavily roasted coffee beans dominate the nose. Noticeable in the background are a touch of molasses and sweet milk chocolate. The taste follows suit, leading with deep, rich, dark roasted malts and tangy bitter roasted coffee. Towards the middle a flash of brown sugar and molasses provide a fleeting amount of sweetness before quickly fading as the moderately bitter, earthy and herbal hop profile builds. Medium to full-bodied with a small amount of fine carbonation, the mouth-feel is luxuriously soft, smooth and creamy. Charred, roasted dark malts, a mildly acidic hop bite and traces of milk chocolate combine to give a drying bittersweet finish, which lingers forever on the palate.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Incredibly well-crafted, well-balanced and hugely drinkable. The intense roasted malt profile, present from start to finish, creates an amazingly characterful robustness, but still allows the other elements of the beer to shine. Sadly none of Deschutes’s beers are easily available to me in the UK, if I spot another bottle though I wouldn’t hesitate to pick it up. Recommended.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle (best by 02/16/2016)

Pours a solid black body with a generous dark tan frothy head. some retention, good lacing.

Smell starts as a burnt roasted malt with a little sweet chocolate caramel, leading to a big black coffee note

Taste has less sweetness but other then that it follows the nose. Coffee, with a nice slightly bitter finish

Medium-full with a slightly creamy feel

A very tasty stout ! I like the way the taste is not overly sweet. It's like a cross between an English and an American stout. A lot of work must have gone into making this one... And at around $7 a six pack it's a great value too ! Bravo

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Photo of Reema
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

Pours a jet black color. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee grounds, toasted nuts, slight alcohol scents, and toasted biscuit. Taste reflects the smell wonderfully with great coffee ground and bitter chocolate flavors, that ends with a nice malt/bread sweetness. Feel is thick and slightly creamy with below average carbonation that works with the flavor profile. Overall, this is a very good stout with great coffee and dark chocolate characteristics.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pint, on nitro, at Holy Grale, Louisville, KY

A: Deep nearly black pour; opaque; cascade effect; finger thick sandy head; creamy with good retention.

S: Roasty/nutty, mild coffee; soft chocolate notes; in fact, the nose itself is very soft, muted really, likely a result of the forced nitrogen.

T: Light roast, mild breakfast blend coffee; nutty; light powdered cocoa sweetness peaks through the middle; smooth with a touch of roasted bitterness, but not overly complex. I wonder just how much of an impact the nitrogen has on the flavor profile - like the nose, this just seems a bit muted, like the edges have been softened, almost too much.

M: Oily, slightly creamy; it is smooth, but not overly thick on the mouthfeel.

O: A solid nitro stout, if not a bit unremarkable - again, my only qualm is that the roasted/coffee/chocolate flavors don't really pop like some other stouts of the same ilk. I would be interested to see how the flavor profile changes (if at all) when served from a bottle instead of on a nitro tap - I'm guessing the nitro probably dulls the overall aroma/flavor profile. Notwithstanding that point, this is still smooth drinking and easy on the palate.

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Photo of ChugMan
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Lovely soft khaki-tan head, black body turning burgundy at its edges. Great lattice lacing throughout.
S - Clean, roasty, dark chocolate flakes, some breadyness too. Simple and inviting
T/M - The hops and roastyness combine to give the sensation of biting into a dark, moist sodabread, quite a mouthful! A surprising amount of snappy-spicyness with the lingering bitterness as well, again contributing to the bread motif but this time of a nice crackling crust. Just enough roasted sweetness to tie it all together without becoming dessert-y. Very pleasant.
O - This beer is a great example of craftsmanship that can be appreciated by newcomers and vets alike. It drinks like a meal! Likely a fantastic pairing to a hearty campfire-cooked breakfast or dinner, be it Dinty Moore or bangers n mash, and a casserole / shepherds pie might be ideal.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 11/22/16 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma weak roasted malt
Head average (2.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular two to three mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing good – curtains with tiny to medium bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor roasted malt, some coffee, some malt bitterness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4,Overall 4

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Photo of breadwinner
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exactly as a good, hearty American stout should be, nose of dark grained bread, roasted barley, light espresso. Palate combines a smooth creaminess and roast with a pop of hops to jazz things up. Excellent, archetypal stuff.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

L- Black a slight fraction of light coming through on the edges, two finger medium brown head.

S- Dark roasts, chocolate, coffee, some light dark dried fruit, slight minerally.

T- Similar to aroma, dark roasts, chocolate, coffee, some fruity cherry, plum notes. Finishes with a good bitter roasted note.

F- On the more full side of medium, nice bit of silkiness.

O- A very good low abv stout that stands well next to Founders Porter and Kalamazoo Stout in my book.

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