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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,733 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,733
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 406
Gots: 282 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001)
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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz from the Coop shared with my brother, my half from a Shaker pint.

Black.. not brown... black. Tan head with rings of lacing that last the entire glass.

This is what an American stout should smell like.. roasted barley .. dark and chocolate malts.. has a sorta creamy fruity finish.

Big dark malt flavors mix perfectly with dark caramel.. I am sure there are hops in there... but oh well, I can't pick em out. Creamy body.. dark malts and lingering tasty finish.

No doubt, this is my favorite "locally available" American stout.. and it is exactly what I expect out of Deschutes and other PNW breweries... bigger is sometimes better...

JohnGalt1, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev -4.8%

PEIhop, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, alcohol, sweet malt, slight spice, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, sweet malt, slight dry hop, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

Tone, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

rolltide8425, May 14, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

ShanePB, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Black with a tan head, ring of retention, excellent lacing.

S: Bakers chocolate, licorice, black strap molasses.

T: Coffee, molasses, licorice, pumpernickel rye bread, dark caramel, great bitterness.

M: Moderate to full body is very creamy.

D: Loved it.

Derek, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.4.13
Best By 03/25/13

A - Pours a dark brown with a huge foamy brown head with great retention.

S - Lots of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.

T - Coffee, then nutty, some sweet chocolate and coffee again.

D - Good carbonation and a heavier body.

O - Perfectly balanced and simple, but right.

HuskyinPDX, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a roasty chocolaty affair with some dried fruit and a touch of hop aroma for good measure. Taste follows the smell, but lingers with a bit of ash in the finish. Full body, creamy texture, ample carbonation. If not for the ash in the finish I'd love this beer. As is its still good, just not spectacular.

johnnnniee, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of Gusler
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The most beauteous thing in the world is“Stout” setting in its “Chalice”, that magnificent ebony color crowned by a thick head all chocolate brown, frothy and the left over lace a nice sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose has the delightful aroma of toasted grains, Starbucks coffee and bittersweet chocolate, sweet and inviting, as is the malt-laden start with the top thick and chewy. Finish has a spicy hop bite, moderately acidic, bittersweet chocolate dry and a real treat to the palate and a top notch “Stout” in my book.

Gusler, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cola colored body with a huge rocky tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Looks extremely appetizing.

Not super aromatic, just a nice blend of roast malt, coffee, light notes of bittersweet chocolate. Flavor delivers a bit more, however, bringing all of the above into higher relief. Roasty and charred, a bit bitter, herbal and hoppy. The overall effect is quite tasty but not overly pronounced and ends up being very mild and easy drinking. The chocolate and underlying malt character in both the aroma and flavor are nice but somewhat subdued.

Medium body and carbonation with a fairly clean, dry finish and a lingering bitterness. Really a very nice beer that goes down smoothly. I’d drink this again if I didn’t have to trade for it.

tobelerone, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6-pack in Vegas as it's not currently distributed to OH. The beer is completely opaque black, with a thin but resilient tan foam. The aroma has plenty of good things going on, dark roasted malt with toasty bread and a hint of cacao. The taste is slightly sweet initially, a little bitter or burnt flavor at the backend. The roasted malts come through big time. All in all a very good stout, one I could easily recommend to anyone.

TurdFurgison, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of THECPJ
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 2/7/2011

A: black with a 1 finger mocha colored head, leaves nice lacing down the whole glass

S: roasted malts most prevalent, brown sugar and/or molasses, chocolate and espresso

T: roasted malts and barley, bitter, chocolate, and espesso

M: mild carbonation, smooth, full bodied, creamy

D: a very nice stout, comparable to Victory Stormking

Cheers!
The CPJ

THECPJ, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 1/1/13 first beer of the year

A black liquid with a deep cola edge, large and loose mocha foam slowly falls to a thick film leaving some random lace well down the glass

S lots of dark roast but there's some citric hops still shining through, there's some bakers chocolate, raisins and cold coffee with a little sweetness and char coco powder, smells fairly straight forward but its very strong and exactly what a stout should smell like

T again its a great mix of dark roast and hops, the malts a little darker in the mouth, quite rich and tasty I'm pretty stoked with this one

M lighter side of medium bodied with a good level of carbonation, a hoppy char aftertaste lingers quite strong for some time

O great stout going on here, hits all the spots and I could and will drink a few with no issues at all

Big dark roast notes with a hop kick, this is what I look for in a stout and I'm so very stoked to see this at my liquor store, great example of the style

wordemupg, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -4.8%

drummermattie02, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks nateberger... you da man for this part of a twelver hook-up.

The color is as the name implies, obsidian black. Brown head that recedes very quickly to a light ring. The aroma is super roasted malts, French roasted coffee, some burnt malts, and a few pecans to sniff. The taste starts with burnt and bitter malts and a combo, English like but still heavy hopping that makes for an overall complex bitterness throughout the entire palate.
Burnt and heavy roasted malts. Maybe even some smokey malts. Hints of vanilla and mocha liek sweetness for this dark stout. I could drink a ton of this these deepite the abv. and the heavy palate. This beer is so chock full of flavor, i could drink thsi till I burst.

scruffwhor, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of xnicknj
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter glass - thanks to thecarster1 for this great extra

Pours an opaque black with a thick frothed tanned head. Retains well with solid creaminess and plenty of patchy lacing left behind on the glass while drinking.

Bittersweet dark chocolate, rich roasted malt, light coffee notes, and a relatively small hop character in the nose. Very pleasant and inviting overall.

Dark roasted malts swirled with dark chocolate sweetness up front. Notes of molasses with light charred tones. A bit sweet but more malty than anything throughout. Light hop bitterness towards the finish with some more malted sweetness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, a bit creamy and chewy as it wraps around the tongue. This is a smooth, tasty stout which doesn't skimp in body or flavor even though it's not of the imperial variety, which seems to be a problem for me more often than I'd like. Definitely worth drinking again.

xnicknj, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely, utterly black, the color of its namesake. One finger of dark tan foam subsided to a thin coating after a couple of minutes. Looks damn good.

Smell: smooth, rich roasted aroma. The smell is deeper than just the standard coffee and chocolate descriptions -- it just smells like roastiness. Quite nice.

Taste: rich roasted flavor; like the aroma but with a lot more punch. It is slightly tanniney; if I didn't know better, I might have guessed that this thing was oaked. Hops provide just enough bitterness to edge out the malt in prominence; if anything, I'd call them floral, but they're not particularly expressive in flavor. Overall, it manages a great stout flavor and stays smooth nonetheless. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an appropriate level of carbonation. There's just enough cling to it to make sure you get that great lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: definitely one of the most drinkable richly-flavored dark beers I've ever had. Its flavor builds on the palate, so there's a cumulative effect at work here, but the flavor is just so smooth and lacking in detriments that I don't mind. A classic.

flagmantho, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of ccrida
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet,
Obsidian Stout is black with a very dark tan head that quickly settles to a thick skim, leaving scattered lace.

Smell is very robust, freshly ground coffee and bakers chocolate. I could stand just a flash of sweetness, but it's really phenomenal. I should start mixing this with my coffee for those lazy fridays - or painful mondays!

Taste is also very intense, but really well rounded, lots of bittersweet chocolate, a flash of condensed milk and hint of herbal hops. A bit of waxy phenols that I could see tampered is my only complaint. Lingering, roasty finish, normally this kind of profile would be too astringent for me, but this is just so damn good, truly in a league of it's own.

Mouthfeel is awesome, super creamy, espresso like, for a bottled beer, wow. They cite the krausening on the bottle, and it really shines. Still, a touch thick for the heft.

Drinkability is dangerously high. If you like American stouts, this is one of the best, period. The fact they they can maintain such a luscious mouthfeel in the bottle is a true testament to their skill. A masterpiece.

ccrida, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of jrallen34
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle thanks to Colby, served in my Narke tulip. Review # 1200, tick beer #98 of the new crappy top beers list...An 11pm black pour, dark throughout. A light tan head that rises about three fingers, average retention but really nice think lacing, almost covers the whole glass...An aroma of roasted coffee and a little smoke. Not sweet malts at all but this is really nice, almost perfect roastiness very light sweet chocolate on the very back...The taste is shockingly sweet. The roastiness is gone, replaced by a very sweet chocolate with a hint of vanilla and dark fruits. A touch to sweet especially for the low abv but its totally 180 in taste is fun and refreshing...A light palate easy to drink.

A low abv stout that is super easy to drink and tasty. An A+ Englishish stout that you could just crush all day. Wasn't expecting much but this is a great one.

jrallen34, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle a pitch black with a large off white head of foam that dissipated slowly

The smell has a lot sweet roastiness to it with notes of chocolate and coffee.

The taste is also very roasty...nice balance between the sweetness from chocolate and coffee flavours and the hop bitterness. Makes for a very tasty yet smooth brew and there's no alcohol presence on the palate at all. Yum!

Bottom line: One of my favourite American Stouts out there. I highly recommend it!

Bitterbill, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
6.4% ABV, Best By: 03/17/14

A - Black as the rock it's named after, this stout pours quietly and cascades briefly before the three-finger tan head settles. Great lace covers the glass in wisps after the dense foam subsides to a mousse-like layer.

S - Rich roasted chocolate malts offers cocoa and a bit of roasted coffee with a mellow aroma of milk chocolate; simple with a layer of complexity and depth that's unassuming and nostalgic.

T - Roasted malts have the same notes the nose does with sweet milk chocolate starting things off but quickly turning to bitter coffee and dry, dusty cocoa.

M - Full-bodied and dense with moderate carbonation to the finish, Obsidian Stout is acridly bitter from roasted malts but sweetness is also balanced by a layer of dry, bitter hops as well.

O - Black as coal, Obsidian Stout is a gorgeous looking beer that has simple layers of roasted malt complexity in the aroma, transforming from sweet-ish to bitter in flavor, balanced by a sharp level of hops. Smooth and robust, this dark stout is a hefty beer to sip.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Obsidian Stout is quite nice. The beer poured an opaque black with ecru lacing that is leaving some lace. The scent carries roast, coffee and a touch of peat. The taste has caramel, chocolate, roast and coffee. The mouthfeel is medium un body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a great session stout. I will definitely keep this one on the radar screen.

WoodBrew, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,733 ratings.