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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,029 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,029
Hads: 3,361
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 487
Gots: 569 | FT: 7
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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Photo of nlmartin
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to fartindog for sending this one as part of BC-2. The beer was served in a Imperial pub glass.

Appearance: This beer is a nearly dead black in coloration. The head is a thick and fluffy dark tan. The head has great retention and leaves thick streams of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The beer kicks up a sweet and slightly sour melange of cocoa and espresso.

Taste: The beer has a very rich roasted espresso intial taste. This gives way to semi sweet cocoa. The beer then breaks slightly citric and goes pleasantly bitter. Nice dry aftertaste to the beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is loaded with roasted flavors. The beer has a low carbonated medium body. This is a dam fine beer and I would definately have it again. (748 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here it is, my Christmas review. I've been saving this baby for a while. Thanks to b0ldfacelies for the trade.

Deep, impenetrably black body. Obsidian, indeed. Huge thick tan frothy head.

Nose is sour/sweet chocolatey malt.

Flavor is huge, yet very smooth. Chocolate with coffee finish. Bitter, sweet, massively roasty. A great blend of all the things that make double stouts great, yet in a lighter, easier to drink standard stout package. A wonderful tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth without being thick or oily.

Drinkability is very, very high. Easiest to drink stout of this magnitude that I have had yet.

Merry Christmas to me. A great brew! (673 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from northertimber, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a medium-sized foamy brown head that fades slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is rich with chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.

T: Smooth and creamy flavors of coffee and dark chocolate come out first, followed by a touch of hops. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling for a stout, this is one of those beers that can be both a good sipper and a good pounder. (692 characters)

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

Marvelous. Managed to get my hands on one of these a couple of days ago, and I now wish I had widened my grip, if you know what I mean.

This is the platonic ideal of a stout. Thick, its sweetness matched by a charred bitterness, chewy, and with the remains of all of those flavors lightly tap-dancing on your tongue long after your last sip.

What's worse is that my beer fridge is too cold, and so this beer is too cold, and I can't keep my hands off it long enough for it to show its true self.

Bitter coffee, a hint of chocolate, a splash of citrus trying to make itself heard, more chocolate, like a milkshake...and so damned creamy and smooth. As I said, marvelous. (678 characters)

Photo of Foxman
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a jet-sleek namesake black, with the slightest glint of ruby at the margins. Two fingers of light brown pepper-flecked head sustains well. Pollock splats of lacing paint the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, deep roasted malt is alive with coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toasted nuts, black cherry, soy, port, and some slight char. A lilt of yeast and a breath of floral hops spice things up a bit.

Upon tasting, forward comes a wash of dark roasted malt, just burnt, briefly sweet, and rich with espresso, black cherry, cocoa, and leather. A rounded, dark earthy fruitiness joins a soft port/sherry note, as well as an airy hop spiciness. More charred grain and a mellow tanginess fade into a refreshing dryness, nicely bitter and green-apple crisp. The flavor makes for an involved, blended, and wonderfully engaging stout.

Medium bodied, the malt sticks a bit and the roastiness leaves a lively edge on the palate.

The name nails the color and speaks volumes of the earthy, satisfying richness blended into this sumptuous beer. It's the best of coffee, grain, and chocolate, mixed with yeast and hops...talk about a riveting combination. It's about as drinkable and fresh as you could hope for from a stout, and that's saying a lot. But the thing is- dammit man, I want another one!

Thanks to flexabull for this! (1,344 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This fine frosty arrived via Secret Santa from bennetj17 – was outside in the 50 degrees, a perfect sampling temp!

And there it is, a fine looking pour of black, topped by sliding rings of brown. My little 6oz tasting glass from Schlafly works like a charm for these brews.

Intense aroma of a chocolaty milkshake, with a touch of coffee.

A rich and creamy brew, the charcoal toast intermixed well with the previous mentioned aspects. Body was dry and gritty, just an all-round good quaffing brew (506 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to fitzIPAtrick for handing this off to me.

A: Pours a very very dark brown, bordering on black. Nice frothy one and a half finger caramel colored head. Retention holds with nice lacing down the sides.
S: Roasted malt and barley right out of the gate. Nice sweetness of chocolate and caramel. Great smelling.
T/M: Roasted barley and chocolate malt dominate this brew. Burnt coffee notes that have a slight bitterness to them continue into the aftertaste. Slight milkyness that's coupled by a smoothness. Soft on the palate with a slightly dry finish. There's a bit of sweetness in this brew, but it's subdued. Good body with a perfect level of carbonation. Damn tasty brew--could be my winter staple if I was able to get it on a frequent basis.
D: A session stout at it's finest even with the slightly higher abv. Smooth and silky, this brew has what it takes. (878 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. the liquid is Yes Obsidian in color, with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers and dark tan. The head fades slow leaving a nice lace.

The Smell is dark and roasty with an interesting sweet note, that shakes of any heavy burnt scent.

The taste is very good and quite interesting, It took a little while but the sweet aromatic note in the nose equates to a very pleasant sweet fruit taste. This beer is sweeter then more but a welcome change.

The mouthfeel is very good smooth and creamy, full body, good carbonation, a pleasure to drink.

The drinkability is very good, I will drink what I have sparingly and seek out more. A huge double thanks to Fartingdog for a great trade. Prosit MK (744 characters)

Photo of demcorhip
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bennetj17, a damn fine trader, for this tasty treat.

Appearance
Pours black, and lets some light through its reddish-black edges. One finger tan head formed on the pour. Fine tan coloured lacings resulted from this finely and low carbonated stout.

Aroma
Wow, theres lots going on here, chocolate covered dark fruits, creamy nuts, espresso, roasted barley, and a touch of earthy spice.

Taste
Yummy! Roasted barley with flavours of espresso and chocolate. Slight hints of dark fruit, maybe prunes and blackberries. Slightly sweet. Light earthy hops, for some reason they reminded me of autumn, dried, fallen leaves decomposing on the earth.

Mouthfeel
Roasted barley with notes of espresso and chocolate with only the slightest bitterness. Earthy hops are a nice compliment. Thin to medium bodied, slightly sweet, with a smooth and silky feel. Only slightly carbonated, which is fine for the style.

Drinkability
Very drinkable treat. Easily great session fare on a fall or winters eve. Even light bodied enough for year round enjoyment. Would also be a great stout to introduce rookie stout drinkers to. Would gladly drink again, but unfortunately not available in my neck of the woods. (1,213 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times, now is my chance to review it.

Pours jet black with a nice tan head. Good looking stout.

Lots of coffee notes on the nose. Smells a bit hoppy, and almost vegetal.

Taste is very well done. Bold enough to keep you interested, but not overpowering... a very drinkable beer. Taste is lighter up front, but finishes with a lot of coffee and cocoa flavors. Also a bit toasty and bitter, these tastes are slight, but they match and balance well.

Mouthfeel is a bit light up front, but the flavors linger nicely.

Session worthy stout. I've had this on nitro before, and that is a real treat! (629 characters)

Photo of Pooba001
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a black hue with a brown finger of head that dissipates, but some reappears when beer is roused. Jeepers its dark. Lacing sticks around the side of the glass. Aroma is sweet, not candy sweet, but malty sweet, chocolatey, and a little fruity. Nearly perfect. Mouthwatering.

Dry roasted malt flavor, sweetness, coffee. Great balance. This is a "wow" beer, probably the best thing I've had since my last Double Bastard or Oaked Yeti.

Mouthfeel is good, little thin, good body, but less than optimal. Drinkability is very good, so smooooth. Its not only an excellent example of American Stout, but just a damn tasty beer. I'm going to start calling my liver "the place Deschutes beers go to die". (709 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to Luchman

Pours a charred black with a small mocha head that fades. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Dark roasted malt aroma with an almost burnt smell. Hints of espresso and dark chocolate dance about.

Bold roasted malt taste upfront with a slight bitterness as waves of espresso and dark cocoa roll in. Finishes with a lingering, but savory, roasted malt flavor.

Medium-light body, mild carbonation.

This is a fine stout and quite easy to consume. If I could, I would make this a staple beer in my fridge. (540 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

A: Dark as the stone this beer is named after...a creamy mocha-colored 1-finger+ head which lingers a long time and leaves trailing lace.

S: Big brown sugar & roasted dark malt, dark chocolate and some juicy ripe cherries. Espresso beans and a hint of alcohol.

T: Bittersweet chocolate upfront with a tangy lemon-citrus sourness. Roasted coffee and ample bitter hopping - transcendent flavors - extremely good.

M: Full creamy mouthfeel with a nice full body and mild carbonation. A little clinging bitterness.

D: Just a terrific stout...I'm fortunate to live in Oregon where I can get this one anytime. It's been a while since I've had this, I'd forgotten how delicious Obsidian is. Highly reccommended. (749 characters)

Photo of BradMaier
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

-This beer pours out to the color of day old coffee (thats not bad).


-No light gets through this beer.


-Head of about 1 inch that quickly resolves down to a lasing quarter inch.


-Taste progresses from Chocolate to Coffee and Finishes off Nice and Smokey.


-Very Drinkable Beer.


- Great Winter Beer; good with stew or steak. (349 characters)

Photo of Padron4KM
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes 5/29/04


Pours a dark black with a solid head that disapates quickly leaving lots of sticky lace.

Sweet malty aroma. a little burnt coffee in there.

Flavor starts out sort of sweet, followed by some nice roast coffee,smokiness,and bitter-sweet chocolate. finish is long and smokey.

Palate started out kind of thin, but it was too cold, got better as it warmed. awesome (395 characters)

Photo of bgraney
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich black color with a tan/cocoa head which left an impressive lacing.
Sweet, roasted malt aroma, balanced, not overpowering.
Delicious roasted flavor with a coffee-like background. Just the right amount of bitterness.
Full, rich mouthfeel, the roasted malt expands throughout the mouth and nose.
If you ever want to knock down multiple stouts this is a good one. I imagine you would get too full before you'd get tired of drinking the Obsidian.
A great stout from Deschutes. (484 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown color, with a slight ruby, mohogany tint to it. The head is brown. It is thick and fulffy, but it fades a little too quickly. It leaves a good lacing.

The aroma of this beer is detectable from a few feet away. It smells very malty. Caramel sweetness. It smells fo chocolate. Some molasses is also present.

This beer has a strong chocolate flavor. It is good. Behind the chocolate, I taste some dark fruit. Plumbs and raisins. It has a very sweet caramel malt flavor.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a chocolatey aftertaste. It is perfectly carbonated for the style.

I tink this beer would make a good session beer. It is not overly aggressive, and the alcohol content is not too high.

Overall: I like this beer. I will probably buy it more often. (814 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass translucent black with a brown and frothy long lasting head which lasted to lace the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was roasty and smoky with a nice chocolate presence. Some caramel was notable and played well with the roast, smoke and chocolate. The aroma had a light bit of fruity character, but it was in the background.

The flavor was nicely bittered with a bit of grassy hop character which melded with the roast and chocolate. The sweetnes from the malt that was present in the aroma was not a factor in the flavor, or if it was the balance from the roast and hops kept if from coming into play. The flavor had some smoke, but it was present at a much lower level than the aroma. The flavor was lightly fruity but was central on hops character and roast with some chocolate and caramel thrown in for good measure.

The finish was dry with lightly lasting memories of roast, grass and chocolate which fade into the aftertaste. The body was above medium, and heading toward medium full with a nice carbonation level which led to a bit of creaminess in the mouthfeel. A truly great stout.

12 ounce bottle. (1,155 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark brown with a little burgundy creeping around the edges. The head consists of a narrow collar of slightly tan.

Smells of s simple, dry, smoky, roasted barley with a little green grape behind it.

Tastes of a nice blend of sweet barley roasted to a subtle smokiness turning a little sour in the finish. This creeps just up the edge of tasting like carbon, arguably stepping just a little bit over.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tiny carbonation that feels just al little bit sticky.

I thought this rather tasty and a great representation of the style. (597 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Deschutes pub in Bend. They said this was cask-conditioned and served on a nitro tap. Is that possible?

It's super-black with the requisite super-tight head. The smell is of roasted malts, very nice.

The taste is good. It's smooth as glass, thanks to the cask-conditioning. Just like obsidian, this stout is one slick, black treat. (348 characters)

Photo of sockeye101
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hands down, one of the best, if not the best, stout I've had...this is up there with the Imperial Stouts in my mind. After a agonizingly slow pour, with the last drizzles of the 12oz bottle oozing out like oil, it left a jet black color with a dense, 2.5 finger tan head. Beautiful. Aroma is very complex with blends of sweetness, alcohol notes, roasted maltiness, coffee, chocolate, a very pleasing mixture. The taste is just as complex as the aroma, but bordering on perfection. First impression is a biting tingling on the tongue with a slight bitterness that fades into a robust earthy toasted malt with splashes of coffee, chocolate and a finishing mild bitterness. And afterall that you have an aftertaste of roasted nuttiness. As it warms it gets even more complex....excellent. Mouthfeel is good, creamy, and complete. I successfully sessioned this at a bbq recently and would recommend to anyone who likes stouts that this is about as easy drinking as it gets :) (971 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle. A deep opaque black with a bubbly thin head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of roasted and black malts, and maybe cascade hops?, somewhat musty/sour. Taste is of heavy rostiness and coffee. Not too viscous, but has nice body. Carbonation is about medium. The flavor definitely carries this one with strong coffee character along with a fairly mild bitterness. (381 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown color, nice dark tan creamy head, nice carbonation, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, toffee/chocolate.

T - The taste is kinda sweet/malty, with some nice toffee accents.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. An very tasty stout from Deschutes, highly recommended. (325 characters)

Photo of Dubbercody
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Nitro... Nice buubbly nitro head that slowly joins the black goodness below. Very gentle smell that does not beat you over the head with over strong scents, but ones that entice you to find what lurks witthin the glass before you. The nitro gives a smoothness that unveeils the flavors before you with chocolate, burnt caramel and a softly balanced bitterness in it’s aftertaste. Having this on Nitro is a real treat for any stout lover. It takes an amazing stout and just brings it up to that...holy jeez I can’t even believe how good this is level. Great in the bottle...un-believable on Nitro. (601 characters)

Photo of GimmeAles
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Three fingers of khaki foam billows over an ebony body in the Imperial Pint glass. No light escapes the contents. Head recedes, but maintains a solid 2-cm sheet to seal the glass and a mini-cascade is seen with every sip. Good smattering of lace left down the glass

Blackened malts, Italian Roast coffee, grill-blackened plums make up the nose. Solid and rich.

Tastes are of charred grains, dark-rye crust and fine dark chocolate. Dried, vine fruits make an appearance and round out the palate with a pleasant sweetness. Very nice. Definitely more going on here than a grain-forward Dry Stout, yet not quite Imperial in overall stature.

Building on this theme, Mouthfeel is pleasantly viscous yet quaffable. Awesome drinkability - two bottles (or pints) are almost a given with this beer. My favorite ‘everday’ stout and quite a bargain at just over a buck a bottle. (877 characters)

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,029 ratings.