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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,648 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,648
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 401
Gots: 262 | FT: 9
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

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

11-09-2011 17:10:19 | More by MADhombrewer
Photo of mdvatab


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Best by 10/31/11

Aroma: Rich chocolate malt, some roasty coffee notes, and a bit of herbal hop. Pretty straight-forward aroma profile, amd a good one.

Appearance: Dark espresso brown body. Light tan, thick 3 finger head settles very slowly into a dense collar of foam. Decent lacing clings to the inside of the glass.

Flavor: Sweet, fruity blueberry up front, then roasty cocoa and coffee notes. A light mineral note, and then a strong, hoppy bitterness comes through at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation and medium-high viscosity. A creamy mouthfeel overall. Comes across as just a tad bit on the flat side, but not to the point of detracting from my enjoyment.

Overall: I'd been wanting to try this one for a while, so this was a treat. Nothing bad to say about this brew, and I'll definitely be buying more once Deschutes (hopefully) expands distribution to Indiana over the next year! I recommend you try Obsidian as well.

10-24-2011 01:11:35 | More by mdvatab
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random dots and streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee beans, and the chocolate chip cookie dough flavors. A very mild roasty and sweet flavor lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout that is very tasty and easy to drink.

10-10-2011 03:45:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of quaybr


3.88/5  rDev -7.6%

Sampled from a pint glass, temp mid-50s.

Beautiful brown head produces moderate lacing and sits atop a dark brown (nearing black) ale. Made me want to jump right in!

Sweet and slightly roasty, toasty aroma. Smell lingers quite pleasantly. Hops play into very subtle resiny undertones.

Smells lead into similar taste. A nice balance of malts, leaving the palate feel very cared about. A little roasted, a little toasted, a little chocolatey. A very pleasant aftertaste rests in the bitters on the back of the tongue. A deep, robust flavor but nothing overwhelms the ol' taste buds.

A smooth and moderately-thick & creamy feel is present through the entire beer, even as carbonation dwindles. It treats all portion of the tongue equally.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer a lot. A beer that wanted only to be sipped, yet left me thinking about having another.

10-07-2011 04:20:27 | More by quaybr
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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

Poured into a New Belgian globe. Best by 3/18/12

Black, or at least very dark brown body. Tannish brown head, leaves great lacing. Head holds for a little while before fading out

Smell is moderately sweet, notes of chocolate,

Taste is very dry and more like bittersweet chocolate, maybe coffee. Fairly bitter for the style. The finish is pretty short but for a slight lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, maybe a little light.

Overall it is a good stout, but nothing that I would get excited about finding again. For some reason this comes off as a lighter stout, despite its bitterness and abv. It is worth noting that this is a dangerously drinkable beer at 6.4%

10-04-2011 21:51:43 | More by zachary80
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4.2/5  rDev 0%

On nitro-tap @ the Deschutes Brewery & Public House (Portland, OR) on 9/5/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black in the glass, with a finger of thick and creamy looking mocha colored head. This sticks around with a ½ finger of richness, which just drenches the sides of the glass with thick and sticky lacing. The aroma just smells delicious, with smoky burnt grains, bittersweet chocolate, and then a dash of tangier caramel. Some green citric character mixes in to, with maybe a touch of light floral tones hanging on the edges as well. The chocolate and roast are the main components of this though and they do their job well here in the nose.

The taste is heavy with chocolate, which mingles with green citrus flavors and roasted malt to really give off a deep roasted twang on the palate. Like the nose, this put a lot of emphasis on that dark chocolate here character here, with those hops and roast lingering in the finish with burnt tones and some leftover notes of bitter rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and just unbelievably smooth and creamy feeling here on nitro, which gives this lightness on the palate that the depth and robustness of the flavors here would suggest otherwise. I mean this just drinks effortlessly for a 6% beer. Just a tremendous overall nitro feel to this.

This was already an extremely well done American Stout in my eyes to begin with but here on nitro @ the Portland Brewpub, it was just heavenly. The smoothness and richness of the flavors in this glass just did it for me and I wouldn’t hesitate for an instant to try it again this way. What a treat!

10-03-2011 17:12:40 | More by Kegatron
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Looking forward to this one. Took awhile really.
Best by date: 12/13/11 - plenty fresh.
Nicely complex aroma with ample classic stout aroma with a nice layer of hops. Nice roast, mild coffee.
Big full dark head with an obsidian colored body (no hints of light).
Wow, nicely complex flavors for style. The finish lays really heavy with mild dryness, roast and a strong veneer of hoppy flavored bitterness. No sharpness at the front with just nicely roasted barley flavors.
Light side of moderate for feel with moderate carbonation that settles down quickly leading to ease of drinking. Tame alcohol.
This is as good as its billing. Flavorful, attractive and drinkable.

10-02-2011 18:12:11 | More by garymuchow
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4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

Appearance – Black with a beautiful tan head.

Smell – Chocolate, roasted malt, smokiness, and a hint of coffee and molasses.

Taste – The taste has the same description as the smell - nice.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated, creamy, nice mouthfeel for a stout.

Drinkability – This is a very drinkable beer. My wife drank my entire bottle as I was trying to review it, and I had to pour another for myself. Goes down really easy. I agree with the Bros - I rate this higher than The Abyss.

09-30-2011 05:34:03 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

pours obsidian black (thought that was fitting) with a huge dark mocha head that recedes rather quickly but leaves tremendous lacing.

cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, more cocoa. some vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, and chocolate milk.

starts with roasted (almost smoky) malts and bitter coffee with some bitter cocoa that is sweetened up real quick with some lighter malts, some slight hoppiness comes in to play before it ends with a cocoa powder chalkiness.

kinda lighter bodied than I expected and would like, but its still above medium and the carbonation is soft.

pretty damn good stout that I would drink a LOT of if it were available around here. very easy drinking and pretty flavorful.

09-22-2011 01:47:50 | More by silentjay
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4.03/5  rDev -4%

Thank you Diomede for this lovely should be want as an extra.

A- Pours dark brown from the bottle and a nice 1+ finger chocolate head forms. The body is very dark brown that borders on black. The head retention is something else ans is now foamy and starting to leave lots of lacing. probably about a half inch of thick forthy head left and I'm about to dive in.

S- Sweet malts and roasty-ness are the most obvious scents I'm getting with some mild hops and chocolate as well.

T- Big roasty coffee with some bittering hops take the front with some sweet malt and subtle chocolate. Nice combo of tastes.

M- the feel is a little thicker than medium and has smaller carbonation.

O- nice medium percent ABV stout. I wouldnt mind a few more of these

09-18-2011 20:44:26 | More by Gushue3
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4.03/5  rDev -4%

I got this beer with an in person trade with a BA. Last thiursday i decided to drink some dark beers and this was the second one i drank. Here we go!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks perfect. Derp deep very depp darkbrown fluid with the most wonderfull lightbrown head, tine bubbles all over the place.

For the rest i can say this is a good beer, no more no less. There is a nice coffee like laste and smell and the feel is a bit too thin, more alcohol would boost this one into the A+ league.

09-18-2011 11:27:02 | More by Brabander
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Had this at the blue dog.
Appears quite black with a rocky tall head that dense and lingers for a long while. Looks to be about average carbonation. Lots of sticky lacing to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is rich and robust with roasted malts and esspresso hints of molasses comes through too.

Taste is of rich roasted malts and black coffee.
Some hop bitterness comes through to balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Slides down nicely.

This was a good stout with lots of flavor.
My second from the folks at Deschutes, and there proving to be a worthy brewery in my opinion.

09-17-2011 12:22:16 | More by micromaniac129
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

12 bottle with a best by date of 11/29/11. Purchased in late June while the wife and I spent a week in the Rockies. My personal history with this beer goes way back to the early-mid nineties when I discovered her while living in Montana. If memory serves, this is one of the first stouts I remember truly enjoying. The price and abv didn't hurt. My rediscovery in June lead us to drinking this, along with Odell IPA, around the campfire at night. So glad our paths converged again.

Pours a dark brown with a healthy mocha foam that pools in clumps and large bubbles and settles to a consistent and appetizing cover. Each sip throws a light web of lacing. Retention is nice.

A very roast driven stout: predominantly grape along with cream addled coffee, a whiff of milk chocolate, and leafy hops that lay the smack on me sniffer.

The nose keeps its promises here. No real surprises beyond the faint metallic note throughout the middle. Finishes with a long and drawn out bitterness as the hops smack down on the palate.

On the lighter end in body and above average in carbonation. Overall, if this beer could achieve a bit more of a charred character to counteract the grape roastiness, this might be a real gem. As is, it’s a pleasant reminder of good time passed and an enjoyable trip down memory lane.

09-16-2011 01:28:16 | More by BarrytheBear
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

A - Almost pitch black in color with red hues when held up to the light. Head is tan and magnificent, it seems to last forever. There is also tons of lacing going on. Fantastic looking stout.

S - Nose is full of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke, floral hops, earthy grains. Very complex nose.

T - Delicious. Up front you get some lightly roasted malts and toasted coffee. Then it moves into a smoky middle with some nice floral tones and some soft earth characters. Finish is a bitter with a lingering roasted flavor.

M - Mouth feel is soft a bit chewy and well carbonated.

O - Damn fine stuff I must say. Ranks up there with the best. Hopefully they start distributing this stuff down my way.

09-15-2011 22:41:57 | More by depechemode1983
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New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +6%

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark, used motor oil black with a creamy, dense, two-finger dark tan head. Head stays intact nearly to the bottom of the glass. Leaves behind an intricate web of lacing.

S - Big smell of chocolate malt, plum and earthy hops.

T - Big and chocolaty upfront. The body strikes a great balance between chocolate malty flavors and earthy hops with some dark fruit and carmalized sugar notes in the background. More hop presence as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a bitter chocolate and carmalized sugar finish.

M - Thick bodied with moderate carbonation. I found the beer to be substantially creamy, but nearly as satisfying as Black Butte.

Given that this beer's sister, Black Butte porter, has the highest ranking of all the beers I've reviewed this far, I had high expectations for this beer. They were met. While obsidian doesn't push the envelope too much and the mouthfeel can't quite match Black Butte, it is one hell of a beer. Despite being over two years old, this stout remained delicious and had substantial head retention and lacing. At around $6.50 for a sixth of this in Oregon, it is the perfect camping beer during my annual northwest roadtrip and the geologist in me can't help but love the name.

09-14-2011 07:06:57 | More by Bockrules
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

appearance: pitch black with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: lots of chocolate, coffee

taste: very complex and lots of dark rasted flavors.

mouthfeel: full bodied

drinkability: superb.... a new fav of mine. a perfect exmaple of an american stout

09-07-2011 18:55:19 | More by CampusCrew
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

Served in an English Pint Glass

Appearance: Poured pitch black with a medium sized, fizzy brown head.

Aroma: Malty with a strong scent of molasses and bitter chocolate.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a very slight bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery with medium carbonation.

Overall: I have drank so many Imperial Stouts lately, that the lessor flavor of a "single" was immediately noticeable. That's not a critique, as I realize this is par for the style. The light body and medium flavor makes this a very enjoyable and drinkable stout.

Eis Igian,

09-05-2011 23:32:26 | More by cosmonick
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%

12oz Bottle poured into a tulip.

A- The color lives up to the name, it pours a nice obsidian black with a thin tan head the dissipates into a light lacing around the glass. It does appear a little thin but still a wonderful color.

S- Roasted malts and chocolate dominate the nose. I also get some plum and coffee.

T- Roasted malts and coffee appear on the front end and molasses and bittering hops linger towards the end. Some chocolate and date throughout.

M- A little thin and overly carbonated. Not what i would want for the style but as it warms up it calms down some. I like the way this beer is easy going down though, but sometimes i prefer a challenge when it comes to stouts.

O- Being from Oregon i drank this beer a many times. Now that i got a hold of some years later when i have had the opportunity to try more complex stouts i would say it was a little disappointing. Although still a great beer just not as good as i remember.

09-02-2011 03:49:55 | More by lanamj
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4.68/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Bell's Pint Glass. Best by date is 3/23/11. It has been refrigerated at about 45 degrees since I received so I think it will be just fine.

Poured a pitch black with a frothy, chocolate head. The head floated on top of the beer for a very long time. Great lacing left around the sides of the glass. Smell notes of strong espresso, chocolate, and roasted malts. Wow....great coffee taste, Hersey Kiss flavored chocolate, with a backbone of peanut butter. Mouthful is crisp, carbonation is spot on, but the beer seems to be a little on the thin side, but every other aspect of the beer makes up for it. Overall an amazing American Stout. Can't remember who sent this as an extra, but I owe them one! It is a shame we can't purchase Deschutes around here or this would be a staple beer in the fridge.

09-01-2011 01:32:26 | More by brian44556
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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%

The color is pretty much obsidian black with a huge tan head like the froth on a cup of hot cocoa. Lacing is abundant and inviting. Head retention is solid.

Roasty cocoa in the aroma, toasted walnuts- flavors come together to remind me of a chewy, nutty brownie. Faint coffee, little noticeable hops.

Flavor is drier than expected. Slightly bitter, black coffee with a faint orange rind. Bittersweet cocoa comes out more when aerated.

Medium-light body, could be fuller. Adequate carbonation.

Overall, a nice, semi-dry flavorful stout that I would by again.

08-31-2011 01:36:06 | More by endincolorado
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

08-27-2011 23:13:58 | More by Mdog
Photo of warnerry


4.45/5  rDev +6%

Best by 10/16/11; consumed 8/26/11

W -Pours black with three finger brown head that settles to half a finger. Leaves small amount of lacing.

S - Loads of chocolate and roasted malts, along with some nice coffee and a noticeable hop presence.

T - Luxurious chocolate, mostly bittersweet with a bit of milk chocolate, and deep roasted malts. Nice bitter hop presence in the middle. Mostly roasted malt on the finish. Excellent flavor profile.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not overly thick. With lively carbonation and an earthy and bitter finish.

O - An excellent stout. Maybe too much hop presence for some, but it worked for me.

08-26-2011 21:10:56 | More by warnerry
Photo of lwillitz


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - pitch black under a thick, frothy, sticky, dark tan head; how a beer should look!

S - bittersweet smell; roasted malt, coffee, lactic presence

T - coffee and chocolate lead into bitter barley and hops; metal and smoke; dry lingering finish; a touch on the bitter side for a stout, but otherwise highly complex and satisfying

M - higher end of medium-bodied and lower end of medium carbonation; smooth and creamy

O - The only downside to Obsidian is the slightly overpowering bitterness. Everything else is pretty close to perfect!

08-25-2011 23:25:55 | More by lwillitz
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

thanks to Diomede for sending this!

A - poured into a Deschutes snifter, and I cannot wait to try this one. Two finger soapy head and it looks amazing. Did I mention I can't wait to try this one?

S - dark chocolate and roasted malts. I'll admit, I didn't spend much time smelling this..

T - Everything I would hoped it would be and more. Espresso and chocolate flavors hit you in the face right away, with a nice dry finish. The pinnacle of how an American stout should be...

M - well balanced and medium bodied. extremely smooth

Yet another reason why I wish Deschutes would extend distribution to the East coast. A solid stout that I would recommend to anyone. I would definitely drink this all the time if it were availble..

08-24-2011 04:53:34 | More by rhong187
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

A big thanks to…I’m sorry but I have forgotten! Regardless, a good ba!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with an ominous dark color. About a finger of tan head is achieved with a careful pour that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell – Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, slight hops, earthiness, and smoke.

Taste – A rush of chocolate and coffee up front followed by bittersweet chocolate. Roasted malts, a hint of metallic flavor, and smoke. The hops are not as prevalent as the nose would have suggested, though the earthiness shines through more than expected.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, decent carbonation.

Overall – A nice stout for sure. Deschutes is just a fantastic brewery and I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this in the past.

08-24-2011 02:40:39 | More by SpdKilz
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,648 ratings.