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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,560 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,560
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 385
Gots: 234 | 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

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cfleisher

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A malty, toasty stout, this one poured black as midnight in the glass with a two-finger chocolate head. The aroma wasn't quite there, much more subtle than I was expecting. This is also more of a dry stout, tasting of dark roasted coffee more than anything else. Perfect hop balance, and finishes pretty quick. This one lacks some of the hints of fruit I generally prefer in stouts, but not going to hold that against Deschutes. This is a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 15:35:15 | More by cfleisher
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aptly named, pours obsidian black, like motor oil, with a big thick dark tan head, which stays around for a while, but the lacing is minimal. The aroma is vaguely impy stoutish, but also a bit tame. Pretty nice though.

The taste leaves little to the imagination though. Like the nose, it gives the impression of an impy stout, a big beefy flavor but without the massive body, abv, etc, as if it were a super drinkable tongue lasher. There is plenty of roasted, toasted, deliciously whoppin malts, a very nice bitter hop counterpoint and some fruit, a bit of full roast coffee. Very, very nice. The mouth is full but not overwhelming, nice and smooth and easy to drink, its just a fantastic stout, kind of the little brother of their Abyss, but no underachiever itself.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 00:28:04 | More by objectivemonkey
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle that has a best by 3/28/08 and poured into my snifter. Thanks to bbothen for throwing this in as a great extra.

A - This is one beauty of a beer as it is a pitch black and a bit reflective which in a way reminds me of the obsidian that the beer is named after. There is a nice creamy, bubbly and frothy, one thumb head that sits on top and just looks really nice. The head leaves a bunch of lacing and the body appears to be a viscous.

S - heavy on the roasted notes and reminds me a bit also of a burnt oak smell coming through. Also a slight small hint of chocolate is also noticed.

T - Taste is also a mix of a light roasted flavor that reminds me a bit of a light chocolate taste. More on the dark chocolate aspect than the milk that leaves a roasted taste in the mouth.. There is a bit of a caramel sweetness as well that helps to balance that aspect out. In the end, there is a bit of a bitter hops that come in and adds some pine aspect into this one. The hoppy bitter aspect was a bit intriguing and not really what i expected. Has a nice flavor profile but nothing that is blowing anyone out of the watery. Also seems a bit watery.

MF - Light amount of carbonation that sits on the tongue. Creamy beer that makes it easy to drink but didn't really have the ummph behind it that I was expecting and hoping for from a stout.

D - overall a good stout but not one that really left me wanting another one. have to say I was a bit disappointed by this one and just thought it would have been a bit better. Plus, something in the aftertaste makes me not really want to have another one either and I think it maybe that the hops seems to linger and leave a bit of an odd feeling in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 03:44:01 | More by jeonseh
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Black Rock stout poured an obsidian with a good 1-2 finger foam head with some solid retention. The lacing was excellent and lasted for a while.

The aroma was deep roasted malts and coffee.

The taste was rich, complex and satisfying. It left a nice bitterness in finish. It was a sweet malty in the front. You gotta love the work they are doing in Bend and this is another example.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 04:54:33 | More by cswhitehorse
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate with nice initial head and great lacing. Smell is a ricjh blend of coffee, burnt malt and hops. Taste follows a similar pattern with the balance of malt and hops doing quite well. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, rich and chewy. Easy on the drinkability scale...smooth yet with a light dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 23:59:44 | More by edchicma
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clint21

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night once its in a glass. Its so dark that no light passes through it. One inch head that is brown. Doesn't last long.

Very earth smell and flavor. Acidic and tastes like dirt, but in a good way. A bit of standard stout flavor, ie chocolate, but still very acidic and earthy.

Good bite to it but very drinkable. Kind of takes some getting used to at first but becomes very smooth. If you drink this anthen another dark beer like for example a porter, the porter tastes like water in comparison.

One of my favorite local brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 02:12:39 | More by clint21
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Dnichols for this fine brew! Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Beautiful dark black with touches of light around the edges. Huge tan foamy head that left tons of lacing. wonderful roasted coffee and slight smoke smell. I have to take a while to enjoy the look of this beer before drinking. Taste if full and tremendous. Hints of chocolate and/or coffee. I really cant tell as they blend together and make for a really satisfying full flavored stout. This is not thin or crisp. It does a slight bitter finish which makes it easy to drink, I feel. This may be the perfect beer to drink by the fire on a cold night!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 21:56:16 | More by DrDogbeer
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Lupe

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a brown hue at the bottom of the glass when held to the light. Huge cocoa colored rocky tan that leave tons of sticky lace all over the glass. If you like them dark, they don't look much better than this one.

Big dose of acidic/astringent roast hits you with a hint of cocoa powder, and smokey notes. A touch sweetness rounds out the aroma.

A quick touch of dark chocolate sweetness is thrown aside by a bitter and acidic burnt twang of roasted barley. This lingers a bit before moving over for ripe fruit and burnt caramel. The first sip is almost overwhelming with roasted bitterness, similar to iced coffee sans milk and sugar. Once the initial shock is over other flavors come out. A hint of rum soaked cherries, smoke, and spice. Hops are herbal and leafy. Espresso/French Roast coffee lingers throughout. Finishes dry with lingering roast.

Medium bodied and smooth. A little biting on the tongue between all the roast and the carbonation.

Very robust. Drinks bigger than you would think - after being on a Imperial Stout kick, I figured a stout at 6.4% would be a session beer. Not quite the case. Alcohol gets warming and more noticeable midway through. High roasted character and astringency takes a notch or two away from the drinkability. Nice solid stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 18:08:45 | More by Lupe
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

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

Streams out of the bottle an even pitch blackness settling into my Maudite glass. Builds a two finger deep chocolate brown head that hosts fuzzy bubbles that leave lace as they disapate. Nose consists of smokey malt and soured toffee sense. Maybe even some dark fruit sweetness. Dark alchol soaked cherries wraped in coco grace the tongue on first sip. A clean biscuit like richness fills the mouth joined by dark malt and slight spiceyness. An slmost phenol like sweetness develops on the back of the tonguw as this one warms a bit. Mouthfeel is a soft mix of richness and dark bitter. This stout is not to big to really enjoy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 15:45:13 | More by SPLITGRIN
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TheBierBand

Ohio

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

Reviewed: 2/27/08; Poured into a pint glass from the brown, 12oz. bottle (Best By: 03/28/08). Pour produced a tan/rocky head of 2" over an ebony beer that, when held to light, only lets a slight glimpse of ruby light through. Good head retention and good lacing left on the glass.

Aroma: Slight, but nice roasted malt and Starbucks coffee-shop smell.

Taste: Roasted malt, sweetened coffee and cream, some caramel. A smokey aftertaste lingers

MF: On the thin side and low carbonation.

Drinkability: Nothing objectionable here.... good solid American Stout. I never thought that I'd say THIS: But this beer could use just a touch more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 14:33:22 | More by TheBierBand
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JordanC

California

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Liked the dark color and initial head, but the head went away quickly. Smells of chocolate mostly and some fruity smells.
Initial malty and hint of chocolate in taste. Taste of alcohol is stronger at first than most stouts but does not sit on the palate. Nice smooth, thick body in the mouth and it felt good as it went down the throat.
Overall an excellent beer that I would definitely buy again. Deschutes Brewery has several good beers and this is my favorite so far. Try their Black Butte Porter as well

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 00:54:19 | More by JordanC
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another highly anticipated brew from Geoff aka SurlyDuff, thanks man. Appearance, this one absolutely absorbs all light it fades to black as soon as the stream of carbonation bubbles rise to the top to form a huge moccha tan textured head like whipped cream it rises a good inch above the rim of my glass, awesome appearance. As the head dwindles even fine lacing is left evenly behind in an annular ring like pattern. Aroma is full of dark creamy yet mildly acidic coffee roasts, dark chocolate strong herbal hop leaf approach as well. Awesome creamy robust roasted malt layers with a fine herbal hop aroma. Flavors blend poetically, a beautiful clash of cream caramel and mild toffee liqueur with brash dark roasted malts bringing burnt toast, chocolate, and robust espresso to the mix. Mouthfeel is medium bodied doesn't way you down at all drinks like a light beer easy moderate carbonation yet a bitter dry roasty finish makes it all so good velvety smooth on the palate. Drinkability is amazing the most flavorful session beer I've come across this one brings out Imperial stout like flavors with out crushing your skull beautiful beer I plan to get some more. Whether friends or liquid solutions.com thanks Matt Maples.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 18:43:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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dsigmon

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a luscious dark black with offwhite pillowy head leaving a great amount of lacing slowly moving down the side as it resides.

S: smells of sweet liquorish dark fruit with light bitter cocoa undertones.

T/M: taste of dark roasted malts and liquorish with a nice bitter hop finish. Has a sweet dark fruit taste undertones. Moderate carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

D: great tasty stout with great hop bite finish. only thing I could ask for is to be a little thicker on the mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 19:15:59 | More by dsigmon
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JDV

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black oily pour with a fluffy tan head. Rich roasty and chocolate smell mostly, with a touch of hops. As one rater noted, it was nice and roasty without any burnt smells (or tastes). Taste was beautiful on first sip. Creamy, chocolately, perfectly bittersweet roasty goodness with a nice amount of hop bitterness. Perfectly light to medium carbonation, and an solid slightly thick mouthfeel and flavor. Goes down easily and smooth, and leaves me wanting more. Definitely a great stout, and worth going out of the way for.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 06:03:47 | More by JDV
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NDPDuke

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz in a snifter via trade from Nitrogen (as always, thank you).

APPEARANCE: Dark black with a thin head, quickly disappears into the thick black

SMELL: Strong smell of chocolate, roasted malts and grain. Powerful smell.

TASTE: Smell of chocolate and malts. The taste isn't as strong as I expected. Wasn't as much there as the smell gave off. I guess I expected more from this beer.

MOUTHFEEL: To thin for stout for me. Too watery for me. Not quite what I expect.

DRINKABILITY: I Could sip this for awhile, but overall, I wouldn't want too many of these.

I expected more from this beer because of the reviews and all of the talk, but it really didn't do much for me. I honestly expected a lot more, but it really didn't do much for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 01:51:54 | More by NDPDuke
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DHGranstrand

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review is based on my 3rd bottle of Obsidian Stout tonight.

Pours very dark, dark brown with nice creamy head.

Smells like licorice, burnt coffee/chocolate.

Tastes sweet with burnt coffee, good malt flavor and bitter hops on the end.

Mouthfeel is great with a nice viscosity.

I really like this beer! On sale at $5.99 a six-pack it is really a bargain in this age of $6 to $15 bombers. Very drinkable (I'm on my 3rd of the evening). Very well balanced without any one flavor dominating the taste. One of my regulars!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 03:45:38 | More by DHGranstrand
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GGLWebster for the sample

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head. Excellent retention and a dark brown color.

I smell coffee, milk, and chocolatey malts.

Milky texture with some licorice undertones. Coffee and chocolate malts come out as well. Finishes with a slight roasted characteristic. Finishes with a dry hop bitterness. Not an overly big beer like many complex stouts are, but a nice complexity.

Nice creaminess. The hop bitterness creates a dryness that detracts a little bit from the mouthfeel's awesome creaminess. There is also a tiny bit of astringency that detracts. Still good, though.

I like this beer a lot. The milkiness of it is awesome. I could easily make a session out of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 03:26:47 | More by jasonjlewis
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SargeC

Japan

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black brew with a frothy brown head.

Smell: Toasted malt, pumpernickel and brown sugar.

Taste: Toasted malt base embraces coffee flavors and a decent hop presence. Slight mineral presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full body with a dry finish.

Drinkablity: A solid stout, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 05:44:51 | More by SargeC
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

100th review - Served in a standard pint glass (thanks msubulldog25). Poured an opaque black; zero light penetration. Luscious coffee-colored three-fingered head with excellent retention that left behind concentric bands of thick sticky lacing during the tasting. Scent out of the bottle was coffee and malt (in glass was much more diffuse). Taste similar to nose with roasted coffee flavors much more pronounced; slightly burnt/astringent aftertaste lingers at the finish. Mildly effervescent and full-bodied mouthfeel (not as chewy as an RIS, but you definitely know it's there). Very drinkable and would be a regular if it was locally available.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 21:43:31 | More by Jwale73
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josiahschlender

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For some reason I haven't gotten around to writing up this beer despite it being a staple at my house. My wife's favorite beer, I certainly can't complain!

I consistently get a great, long-lasting rocky head of an appealing brown. It leaves lots of sticky lace as the utter blackness that is Obsidian easily disappears from the glass.

Coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted grains, earthy and citric hops all mingle pleasingly. Aromas are concentrated and intense, way ahead of the pack of most American stouts.

The dark malts and hops blend together nearing perfection, mirroring the aromas. It's a good, complex beer that lingers long and dry. I keep going back and forth, not sure if I wish the feel had just a little more to it. It's not watery, but certainly doesn't try to be an oatmeal stout.

I find this is a very versatile stout that goes well with food or holds its own alone. Here in Oregon it is ridiculously affordable and easy to find. All that together makes this one of the most drinkable brews around. Keep it up, Deschutes!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 08:44:04 | More by josiahschlender
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 2/6/08 consumed on 2/5/08
Thanks to Oxymoron for this!

Whoa! totally black, opaque with an amazing 2-finger deep and very dark brown head that is full of bubbles and very clumpy but obviously sticky. Dissipates real slow, it's more like clumpy chunks of foam slowly dissolving. A true heady looking brew that leaves large clumps all along the edge of he glass.

Roastie but caramalized sweet malt scent with oats, grains, vanilla, black coffee...the malt aroma is huge on the nose but also has a decent, spicey hop effect. slight heat buzz, not too strong, later on, blueberry pop tarts.

This is a very well balanced stout, with a semi-sweet vanilla and dark chocolate flavor over roasted nuts, peanutbutter, covered coffee beans, all in the malt flavor which makes this pretty complex. An herbal, if not zesty hop flavor adds that balance I mentioned. As the brew warms to room temp you start getting red-tropical fruits, roastbeef and olives. Finishes with a semi-bitter coffee aftertaste and grassy, green hops.

full bodied, but with a certain crispness that is rare, very clean feeling going down, not at all heavy. Goes down slick and smooth.

This is a wondeful Stout, the moderate ABV makes this very drinkable, but the quality is very high and very clean. If you like stout's you're going to want another.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 16:19:39 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Black body with a big fluffy head. Good lacing and retention.

s: Roasted malt and chocolate.

t: Loads of sweet roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate with a light citric hop bitterness in the finish.

m: Creamy, smooth, typical carbonation.

d: Highly drinkable. Very good stout. More hop bitterness than most, tons of malt, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 05:52:40 | More by BradLikesBrew
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EGledhill

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big ups to jhammerly for this one

12 oz poured into snifter

A. Jet black with no light getting through. hardly a tan head that fades quickly

S. Chocolate and coffee dominate. a little smokiness, and some fruits

T, black bitter coffee and bitter chocolate dominate. Mild taste of fruits on the finish

M. Eh, a little thin nothing impressive

D. while not a session beer, it's fantastic for a one or two a nighter. all in all a very good try

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 05:21:46 | More by EGledhill
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to SPLITGRIN for this one.

Pours from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Nearly opaque in color. Burnt toast brown with white wheat colored head. Dissipates into a minimal film, small amount of lacing.

Nose is chocolatey and roasted grain filled.

Full of chocolate and more roasted grain on the tongue. Nice bitterness as well. Chocolate, some slight dark fruit flavors. Slightly sweet. Pretty dry and somewhat husky and bitter on the finish.

A nice beer. I have been hitting the stouts pretty hard lately and this was no slouch.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 00:45:21 | More by SaCkErZ9
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to younger35 via BeerTruth for this one. Thanks guys!

Pours pretty much pitch black, with about two fingers of creamy tan head. Head recedes to a thin patchy lace and leaves a decent amount of stick.

Smells strongly of coffee, along with chocolate malt and some roasted in there, too.

Coffee is also the dominant flavor as it was in the smell, and it's complemented wonderfully by some chocolate and roasted flavors. There is some dark fruit in there, too, and it finishes with a slightly bitter, roasty aftertaste. Also somewhat dry through the finish.

Mouthfeel could maybe be a touch softer as the carbonation is a little too tingly, but it's medium bodied with a nice creaminess. Quite dry through the finish.

This is one hell of a stout. I've been impressed with every Deschutes offering I've had and I wish I could get my hands on them more easily. Awesome brew that I'd stock my fridge with if I could.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 02:57:31 | More by number1bum
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,560 ratings.