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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,651 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,651
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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Zekezilla

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

Picked this up on a recent trip to Portland. Not being overly familiar with West Coast breweries, I honestly didn't know that I was in so many tasty samples while there. This one was probably my favorite. Pitch black in appearance. Very smoky, taste. In fact, I really hadn't experienced "smoke" in taste/smell until I tried some porters and stouts in Portland. Exceptionally drinkable. Makes me wish I lived in Portland!

05-13-2010 16:46:56 | More by Zekezilla
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Ragedman

Idaho

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

Wow! A dark black stout just like obsidian. I drank out of the bottle but I did pour a bit into the glass to confirm this beer is dark.

The smell is the best parts. I could have swarn all I was smelling was chocolate. It was just astouding, couldn't wait to try it.

The taste wasn't as good as the smell, but its still quite appeasing. Chocolate, malts, some tobacco, possibly raisins, it's quite a nice combination. Aftertaste of alcohol and a slight bitterness.

Obsidian stout has the perfect mouthfeel. Carbonated just enough to make the beer super easy to drink and really enjoy.

If you enjoy a good, strong stout beer then it would be a sin for you not to buy a six pack.

05-09-2010 02:35:08 | More by Ragedman
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nickd717

California

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Nitro tap at Rose & Crown.

This beer pours black, like the volcanic rock (sorry, I stole that from the description) with a two-finger tan head and great lacing.

Aroma is a little muted by the nitro foam, but a little straining of the nostrils reveals a pleasant smell of rich chocolate and roasted malts, with maybe a little coffee as well.

This is a solid, satisfying beer with a rich roasted malt flavor (sorry, stole that from the description again). Damn, this one is chocolatey. The dark chocolate Ghirardelli chips I am eating for breakfast this morning as I write this (breakfast of champions I know) remind me of this beer. It is roasty as well, with notes of coffee and charred volcanic ash, which is fitting given the name.

Extremely smooth on the mouthfeel, which I know is helped by the nitro, with medium-full body. Some slight drying from the roastiness.

This beer reminds me of the world's largest obsidian flows at Newberry Volcano--just a few miles south of the brewery. "The Big Obsidian Flow," as they call it, covers more than 700 acres with shiny black obsidian. (Yep, stole that too.) Ok, here's something original: This beer was good. I liked it.

05-08-2010 18:04:26 | More by nickd717
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

On tap during my wife and I's lovely trip to Bend, OR in August 2009.

A: Pours jet black with a nice deep tan head.

S: Loads of chocolate atop a slightly sweet roasted malt base.

T: Good amount of chocolate alongside coffee and roasted malt. Nice balance between everything.

M: Medium body with lighter carbonation and a bit of a chewy nature.

D: Very nice all around. Nothing too outstanding, but a quaffable, fairly low abv dark brew, which I'm always happy to find.

05-07-2010 20:51:49 | More by Thorpe429
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BDJake

Washington

4.2/5  rDev 0%

A- super dark brownish black, with little head or retention

S- roasted coffee up front, with bitter dark chocolate and rich dark malts

T- much like the smell, but even more amplified as it warms up, with a nice touch of hoppiness in the finish

M- medium gravity, coating your tongue well, with a dry and bitter finish

D- a very sessionable everyday stout from a solid brewery most well known for it's juggernaut imperial stout

05-05-2010 09:51:52 | More by BDJake
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grittybrews

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured a deep, solid black into a tulip with two fingers of frothy, dark tan head that was slow to dissipate and left lots of robust lacing.

Aroma wasn't overpowering...roasty and a little watery, like an iced mocha. Roasty profile becomes more pronounced and complex as the beer warms.

Lively flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, and toast, with a slightly hoppy and earthy bitterness on the long espresso-like finish.

Refreshingly light mouthfeel for a stout, especially given the full flavor. Balanced, complex, and very drinkable!

05-04-2010 05:07:06 | More by grittybrews
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. Pours a dark black color with a very small tan frothy head...that dissapates quickly. Light lacing...fizzy and quick sliding.

Aroma is very light...small coffee notes. Malts, slight hops. Coffee notes are definitely on the over-roasted mark.

Mouthfeel is medium to light for a stout. Carbonation is high. Coffee notes are strong throughout. Booze is low, infact not really noticable at all. This beer should be drank at cellar temp for sure. Fridge temps seriously hurt the flavor on the palate. Overall though, a good stout from Deschutes. I was hoping for more, but not bad at all.

05-03-2010 02:55:43 | More by ShadesOfGray
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Cowboystout

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%

Bought in a bottle and poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - A very nice, just short of one finger head. Tan, foamy but not too foamy, very smooth looking. The color of the beer is completely black, very dark, can't see light through the beer.

Smell - Roasted smell, you can smell chocolate. Slight hoppy smell but not overpowering. Very rich aroma.

Taste - Fantastic taste. The head is foamy and rich and has a mocha taste. The taste of the beer was chocolaty as well with some coffee tinges. Flavors jump out of the glass.

Mouthfeel - Very rich, dry and extremely flavorful.

Drinkability - Great. The rich flavors coupled with the very smooth feel in your mouth makes this a beer that I would drink repeatedly. This beer will be a part of the regular rotation.

04-29-2010 02:29:48 | More by Cowboystout
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ghostee

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -4%

Pours black, no light comes through. Has a 2 finger tan head recedes down to a creamy one finger head that lingers a while. Lots of lacing.

Has a smell of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Has a sweetness to the smell.

Taste follows the nose, with roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Has a strong taste of dark fruit, with some booziness. Finishes with some bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with higher carbonation. Feels slick on the tongue and coats the mouth.

Drinkability is high. This is a great stout, goes down easy. I can have a few of these.

Overall this is a balanced and delicious stout that I wouldn't hesitate to have again next time I have the opportunity. I do wish the booziness was more well hidden.

04-28-2010 00:28:48 | More by ghostee
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Banger530

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured out of a bottle.

Poured a deep black. A little more than a finger of a dark tan head.

Smells of sweet chocolate with a roasted hint.

Taste like a hint of chocolate, roasted malt. Leaves a burnt coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel, coated the mouth, in a good way. Lightly carbonated with a light to medium body.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. A nice balance of flavors, definitely will be picking this up again.

04-23-2010 21:27:03 | More by Banger530
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Armand

California

5/5  rDev +19%

Stored slightly chilled. Perfect temp. Poured into a tulip glass. Dark chocolate color with a nice brown head that slowly dissolved. Smells of malt. Smokey with hints of chocolate and coffee. Rich taste that went down smooth. Great pairing with chocolate cheesecake.

04-22-2010 07:17:02 | More by Armand
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SShelly

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours deep black with offwhite poofy head, great looking stout.

Aroma is smoky, chocolaty, tobacco, lots of smoke.

Milk chocolate, dark malt, smoke and tobacco, leaves a light sweetness in the mouth.

Tasty and drinkable, great beer, the smoke and tobacco flavors would probably keep me from ordering more than one.

04-22-2010 02:58:15 | More by SShelly
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colts9016

Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured into my Samuel Adams perfect pint at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A rock solid one finger head that is a medium tan color. The head is foamy and creamy. The color of the beer is opaque. The clarity of the beer is opaque also. The head is leaving lacing on the glass.

Nose: A nice roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and the burnt character. The hops are subtle, the aromas are fruity esters and wood. There is a light phenol and solvent aroma.

Taste: A rich roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, burnt character, coffee, wood, and fruity esters. There is a subtle phenol and resin taste.

The mouth feel of the beer is creamy, rich, dry, and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This is a wonderful American stout. The beer has depth, contrast, and flavor. I am glad I can get this beer.

04-22-2010 01:10:16 | More by colts9016
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gunnerman

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -4%

Poured into a pint glass, pours a jet black with a creamy tannish head that leaves insane amounts of lace on the glass. Smell is roasted/smoked peat moss. Taste is spot on with the smell, a slight hop bitterness toward the finish. I can smell smoked meat, a bit of coffee grounds, with smooth creamy finish. Not to sweet but dead on with the style and one that I truly enjoyed overall this is one fine damn offering of a stout.

04-20-2010 23:41:34 | More by gunnerman
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PantsOptional

Nevada

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

Hands down one of the best stouts on the face of the planet. Pours a deep, dark brown to black coloration with a subtle golden mocha head that leaves little remnant of its presence on the glass. Aroma profile is a rich blend of coffee, dark chocolate, and slight licorice. Taste is beyond comparison. Plenty of dark roasted malt flavor with a definitive hoppy finish to drown the palate in beery ecstasy making the lucky imbiber want to take in more of this delicious nectar. Mouthfeel is one of the best around, not thin but chunky and chewy with lots of texture. Drinkability is surprisingly high. It's not uncommon for me to drink a few of these in a single sitting while enjoying the world go by. Believe it or not, it makes the movie "Bound" even better. And in a way, it is the Jennifer Tilly of the beer world. A sumptuous vixen with legs that don't stop and a mind that keeps you questioning the existence of your very being.

04-16-2010 20:47:25 | More by PantsOptional
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anchordrinker

California

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

A- Opaque black appearance with an initially big head that dissipates to a thin layer. Decent lacing.

S- Roasted coffee/cocoa aromas dominate

T- Dark roasted coffee bitterness is initially intense before gradually giving way to an ever-so-slightly sweet dark chocolate flavor, and finishing with roast-y and nutty notes.

M- Full, creamy, slick, and smooth with ample carbo

D- Very, very drinkable.

04-15-2010 03:59:55 | More by anchordrinker
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Phelps

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

Obscure, unfathomable black, Obsidian Stout reminds one of, well...obsidian. Even a lift right next to a lamp reveals only the faintest cranberry highlights. A two-finger head the color and consistency of a mocha latte crowns this beast, gripping the sides with impressive vigor as it recedes at its leisure. The nearly full patina of lacing left behind is impressive.

The nose is classic roast flavors all the way. Sweet milk chocolate, coffee with cream. Hops are hinted at, but charred malt is the overseer of this little enterprise.

Bitter, seared barley brings notes of smoked maple stabilized by a more noticeable piney hop flavor, with a finish just that leans just slightly to the sweet side.

Medium-light mouthfeel, with light carbonation. Although I'd have appreciated a slightly fuller body, there is and a dulcet smoothness I find very pleasant.

A solid American stout with classic flavors from a brewery that has yet to disappoint.

04-13-2010 07:13:28 | More by Phelps
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spoons

California

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured from a bottle to a tulip.

Looks like blackness, I guess thats what they were going for. Looks great. A coffee colored head that sits on top with a creamy stature.

Smells like roasted barley for sure. Some coffee in there with a hint of caramel and a little bread.

I feel as if this is a little carbonated for my liking. Leaves it a little watery. Tastes of bitter roasted malts and a little sweet red fruits. The flavor is nice overall.

If it werent for the mouthfeel this would be an exceptional beer for sure.

04-12-2010 20:49:32 | More by spoons
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a pint glass. Best by date clearly marked on bottle.

A: Pours volcanic-black with only the slightest charred ruby showing around the edges. 2 fingers of very dark tan head that fades to a creamy film and laces like a dream. This American Stout looks nearly as good as they come, and would earn a 4.5 only if the head stayed a bit creamier.

S: Deeply roasted malt takes the forefront here, which in my opinion is an accomplishment seeing as how most chocolate usually overpowers cheaper American stouts. There is chocolate present however, but it is in its rightful place. Some subtle dark dried fruits scamper around the edges of the nose.

T: Rich smooth darkly roasted malts paired with nearly burnt grains fill the beginning of the taste, which lasts longer than expected. All in a rush a sweeter robust set of chocolaty coffee and lighter toasted malts rise and mix with the original burnt flavors. All this is crowed with a nice touch of hops and the whole bit fades away in a long, slightly dry, pleasing aftertaste that remains free of defects and off-flavors.

M: Coats the mouth well (but not overly so) and remains smooth throughout the drinking experience. Great balance of carbonation. Full bodied for an American Stout, this nearly feels like a Imperial, but doesn't burn like one.

D: Beautiful.

Overall: Perhaps one of the best (or simply THE best) readily available American Stouts priced at a value. I have seen six-packs for $7.99. For a world class stout, that is hard to match. Another solid offering from one of my favorite breweries.

04-10-2010 05:24:33 | More by allforbetterbeer
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imperialstout27

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pub glass.

A: Very, very dark - obsidian is a good name for this one. Rich tannish-beige head that came to about 2 fingers with an aggressive pour. After the head receded it maintained a nice thin layer of foam the whole time. Pretty good lacing too. Overall a great looking brew.

S: Quite aromatic, with big time bittersweet chocolate and a dusting of cocoa powder. Rich and creamy smelling.

T: Very prominent roasted malts. Char/burnt toast. Dark roasted coffee plus hints of burnt caramel and bitter chocolate. A little bit of alcohol peeks through on the midpalate. The finish is quite bitter and long-lasting, and reminiscent of the aftertaste of very dark chocolate. The malt sweetness comes off as mild - subdued effectively by the hops and bitter roasted flavors.

M: Nice level of rather fine carbonation. Silky and slick. Medium bodied and perhaps a little oily. Pretty damn good beer in this department too.

D: Very drinkable stout. None of its elements are over the top, everything is well-integrated, and the flavors are bold without being fatiguing.

Overall another really killer beer from Deschutes. Every beer I've had from them has been at least above average, if not exceptional. This is a great American Stout - not dry but not sweet either. Roasty as hell, pretty bitter, dark as night, quaffable. Very, very good job.

04-09-2010 16:11:09 | More by imperialstout27
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Flashsp2

New Mexico

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Obsidian Stout into pint

Decanted pour is densely black with a thich beige head that tracks big
sticky webbing on the way down.

Nose is dominated by roasted grain, French roast coffee, and citrus.
It smells very roasty and bitter, walking the fine line of being
acrid, and its a touch smokey.

Starts off with a faint sweetness that is quickly run over by a clean
roasty bitterness, more French roast coffee, smoke, and a faint hop
citrus on the finish. The flavor is just intensely coffee focused.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a coarsely bubbled carbonation that
seems a bit rough.

Way easy to drink, with the abundant carbonation being the only
lackluster point. This is a well put together American stout that is
heavy enough to qualify for export strength.

04-07-2010 13:24:53 | More by Flashsp2
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NefariousR

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

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

A - Pours an intensely dark brown; absolutely no light is passing through here. There is a foamy, tan head of about an inch that mostly dissipated after about three minutes. Left a lacy webbing down the glass.

S - Strong roasted coffee, with some notes of sweet molasses.

T - The roast taste comes through strongly, with an after-taste of sweet malt that sticks to the throat. Almost no perceived bitterness. Quite delicious.

M - Medium-thick, with light carbonation washing over the tongue and throat.

D - A recent discovery for me, and one of my new favorite stouts. I could drink these all night, quite an accomplishment given the moderately high ABV of 6.4% -- getting close to Imperial Stout ranges. Highly reccommended.

03-31-2010 21:28:22 | More by NefariousR
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corpulent

Nevada

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

A glance at my doody the day after drinking 3 of these tells the whole story.

Black.
Loose brownish head.
Roasted malt and bitter in the nose.
Not sweet, but a hint of the alcohol.
Tastes of roasted coffee, bitter malt.
Chewy, but I can taste the hops.

03-25-2010 17:31:35 | More by corpulent
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz bottle (best by 3/31/10) received from jmoore50 in the Black Booty 3 BIF. Thanks again Jordan! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours an extremely dark brown, practically black with a thin 1/4 finger of cappuccino colored head that dissipates quickly to an uneven collar around the glass. Almost no light gets thru this even when held to a light.

S - Aroma is heavy in coffee and some alcohol. Dark fruits and licorice are readily apparent too, especially the licorice. Overall, I'd call this licorice scented coffee...which isn't too bad at all. Some minor hints of bitter chocolate and dark malts. Approaches imperial stouts in level of aroma...very intense, especially for a standard American stout - can't wait to taste this one.

T - Intensely coffee flavored...practically carbonated iced black coffee - Wow. Rich with dark roasted bitter malt flavors - flavor is as intense as the aroma...although not nearly as complex. The licorice that was prominant in the aroma practically disappears in the flavor. Not sure anything can overpower the black malt and heavy coffee flavors here. This is a really good coffee based stout, just very minimally dimensional (not gonna say it's one dimensional, but it's close).

M - This is where it becomes apparent this is a standard American stout and not imperial. Pretty thin in body, but not to the point of being watery. Carbonation is in the medium range and works well in this beer. Tons of dark roasted, burnt, coffee flavor fills the entire mouth and lingers well past the aftertaste. Very good overall.

D - I have to say, this really is a terrrific stout. Has some complexities and intensities of an imperial but at a standard alcohol level...what more could you ask for - a truly sessionable imperial stout. I do wish the flavors were more multi-dimensional to match the aroma, but it really is hard to complain about this one. Glad I got to try this one...definitely was not on my radar (but will be now...that's why we trade, right?) Excellent stout...highly recommended.

03-20-2010 00:52:04 | More by portia99
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TexIndy

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Shipped back from my Denver trip. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Have had this a couple times on draft out in CO so excited to finally get a bottle to review. Best by date of 2/13/10 so slightly out of date. Was pitch black in color. Had a massive foamy brown head that took forever to settle into a constant thick foam. Great lacing with lots of sticking.

The aroma was very good with roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Not much sweet in here - mostly bitter and roasted. The taste was bitter from the coffee and chocolate along with the hops. Saw someone call it a West Coast stout and I'd agree. I usually like mine a little sweeter but this one works for me. The bitter does build up so wouldn't have too many in a session. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with good carb levels. After taste is coffee bitter and dry but in a good way.

Overall, an excellent AmStout that I highly recommend. Great coffee and bitter chocolate aroma and flavor. Rotation - not avail here in TX yet (we get several others from them but not this) so shipped to myself. If here, would be an occasional sixer in the stout rotation. [L;stout]

03-11-2010 01:34:21 | More by TexIndy
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,651 ratings.