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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,990 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,990
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 435
Gots: 358 | 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:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving

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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 10/31/11

Purchased through Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa CA.

Price - $9.47/sixer

Appearance is close to black with a three fingered creamy lite tan head. Retention is long lasting finally rescinding to floating foam bergs. Nice legs from start to finish.

The aroma is full of roasted malt followed by mocha and unsweetened chocolate. No real presence of sweetness to speak of.

Flavors of roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate and coffee. You can really taste just how burnt the malt is from the start.

The body is light and smooth with a perfect blend of hop bitterness. Low carbonation especially towards the finish. After awhile a fair amount of dryness is felt on the palate.

Overall a great example of an American Stout that hasn't gone overboard. Rich and robust for a 6.4% beer. A more sessionable stout @ 6.4%.

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

A: 3/4" light brown head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.

S: Toasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Bitter toasted malt, black coffee and dark chocolate flavours all rolled into one. Its like a black coffee with cocoa in one hand, and a morning smoke in the other.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Its a very good stout, but it is definitely on the bitter side.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes has not disappointed me so far. On to Obsidian.

Out of the bottle, this brew pours extremely dark for a single stout, dark, dark brown that comes so close to black. A one-finger, mocha-brown head sits atop and takes a minute to trail off. Lacing left on the glass is mildly sticky and splashy.

A deep inhale of Obsidian reveals a thick, rich milk chocolate aroma, complemented by a very mellow roastiness and a nice, round coffee aroma. A little brown sugar and molasses reside in there, too.

Well, that is probably the most well done and tastiest single stout that I've imbibed. Just the right amount of roasted malt and bitter hop flavor lands on the sides of my mouth, while a rich chocolate and molasses package lands squarely on my tongue. The finish has quite a bit of a coffee-esque bite on the whole of my palate and pairs well with the rich sweetness.

A rich, full feel lands on my palate with each sip, accompanied by a very nice bite from the roasted malt and hops. Great body, great bite.

This is a really great stout. While only 6.4% a.b.v., it has a more in common with an imperial stout than a single in terms of appearance, flavor, and feel. Very full, creamy flavor and feel. Delicious.

Photo of mattyb
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good looking stout, pours black and has a nice contrasting tan head.

S - Chocolate with toasted malts, slight hop aroma to keep it balanced.

T - Bitter coffee followed by chocolate, then floral hops.

M - A little on the thin side, I was expecting more, medium carbonation.

O - A good straight forward American Stout.

Photo of MADhombrewer
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,990 ratings.