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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,907 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,907
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 421
Gots: 331 | FT: 8
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 herman77
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with dark brown at the edges. Nice and rocky light tan head. Very nice lacing, coating and webs all over.

S: Chocolatey and roasted malt. Coffee. A hint of citrus malt and a bit earthy. Very inviting.

T: Deep roasted malt, it gets close to burnt flavor, but not that far. Some chocolate and coffee. You get a slight acidic flavor from the roasted malt, but that is balanced nicely by the sweetness. Near the finish is a nice dose of hop bitterness. Leaves a lingering roasted taste with a touch of chocolate sweetness. Pretty complex, and very tasty.

M: Medium body. Slight creaminess. Thought it was going to be a little more creamy, but still pretty smooth. Moderate carbonation.

D: Good drinkability. A solid stout.

herman77, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of CPeterson
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- Pours midnight black, no detectable translucency aside from hints around the edges, a heady foam rests on the top and doesn't quit.

S -- Dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, a touch of smoke.

T -- Malty, smoky, a touch of chocolate and a subtle hop nudge to balance it beautifully.

M -- Silky smooth, justs coasts on the palate. Lightly drying hop finish.

D -- A decadent stout that would stand up to any other I can think of. Another textbook example from our friends in Oregon.

CPeterson, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of isualum12
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pure bliss....it's that simple

pours black with a carmel tone on the edge. darker creamer head then most which holds it's self up. The smell and flavor comes off the head to perfection.

Smells sweat with bourbon.

You can taste the bourbon on your tounge as soon as it hits it. There is some great spice in there as well.

I am really excited to try and pair this beer up with some great beer.

isualum12, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Guess what. I am finishing the top 100 with this unremarkable stout. Poured into a bruery tulip. Beer is black with a thick brown head of medium and small bubbles that leaves a lot if lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mild and ashy with a lot of burnt roast.

Beer is medium in body with minimal forward sweetness with nice back palate bitterness from the roasted grain. Drinkability really nice and mouthfeel ok. It's simple, one nite, relatively standard beer but quite decent.

drabmuh, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark coffee black color.

S- Smell of roasted malts brings out a coffee hint and hops and sweet caramel smell from the wort.

T-Hops and malts bringing out a bitter coffee note. And the wort bring a caramel note sweet.

M- Creamy and smooth to the pallet strong robust malts brings out coffee notes and hops bring a well balance flavor.

D- Very good beer. Tasty and good smell. Well balance flavor.

Cheers...

SamuelJackson45, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of zhanson88
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours very dark brown color with a good two fingers of khaki head, which reduces to just a bit of lacing. A bit of ruby peeks around the edges, so it's not totally black.

Smell: A lot of roasted malts and coffee make up the backbone of this beer. I also get a bit of burned toast that results from the combination of hops and malts. I can already tell that this is a very balanced stout.

Taste: Roasted malts and coffee are the predominant flavors in this beer like the smell indicates. Maybe a touch of bitter dark chocolate as well. On the back end there is a pretty significant dose of hops to balance it out. Very pleasant tasting, and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is under medium bodied, with some fine carbonation. It seems appropriate for the style. Drinkability is very high, this beer just has a nice solid flavor and it's not too heavy. Deschutes hits again.

zhanson88, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice extra thrown in on a trade - thanks Destral. Always been a fan of Deschutes when I've had the chance to try, and I'm glad to be sampling this one. Pours nearly black, no light, soft looking head. Nice charred aroma, roasty, subtle hops. Well rounded flavor here - really nice and robust, burned wood taste, malty as hell and nice dark roast to this one, balanced by a nice hop bitterness. Subtle tobacco or leather flavor, nice. Lots going on, but smooth and not muddled, making this a nice drinkable stout for the colder weather. Nothing imperial or extreme about this at all - just a nice flavorful stout.

twelvsies, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black, with dark raisin colored highlights on the edge of the glass. Has a two finger medium tan head, which settles down to one finger, and has nice retention. The aroma has dark roasted malt,espresso, earthiness and some dark bitter chocolate.

The flavor has dark roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, espresso, and there are some hops in the background. This beer becomes slightly sweeter as it warms.

Medium bodied with nice carbonation, and a bit of a burnt coffee aftertaste. This is essentially a classic style American Stout. Not quite as smooth and creamy as I would like, but still a very good beer.

hardy008, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A= The pour isn't quite the black out black I'm use to in a stout. It is black but when held to light you can see through it. There is a nice looking head on it that rises to about three fingers high and is a nice mocha color with great retention and lacing.

S= Very stout like. Roasty and good. Nice chocolate going on and some char burnt smelling malts. This is what a stout is described as.

T= The taste is again stout all the way. Great roast and char with good chocolatey coffee goodness to it. A little smokey I think from the roast. There's a little sweetness to it hidden on the back of the tongue as well.

M= Good carbonation to it but still silky smooth.

D= This is an all around great brew. I think when I got a stout craving this is my new go to. Cheap and delicious without being too high in alcohol.

jjanega08, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of ptykozoon
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours not quite obsidian, great head and lacing.

Cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, booze.

Taste is strikingly dry and bitter. Roasted coffee and brown sugar. A bit of hops. Chocolate on the finish.

A decent amount of carbonation and dryness keep this un-viscous yet smooth.

A good beer all around, whether for sipping or sessions.

ptykozoon, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of CaptainTripps
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

A- Black, Cave black. Dark mocha colored head. Seductive.

S- Coffee, roasted chocolate. Smells very sweet.

T- Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. A roasted character lingers within. Pretty sweet for the style, but it doesn't ruin it.

M- Creamy, medium body. Dry finish.

D- I found the beer very filling after about 2, regardless its an excellent beer that is hard to stop drinking. Excellent ABV.

CaptainTripps, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours black with a thick, dense, dark-brown head that slowly faded into a thin film and collar that left faint rings of thin lace around the glass.
S: Creamy notes of melted chocolate ice-cream with light hops and maybe a touch of licorice.
T: Very smooth and soft flavors of melted milk chocolate with hints of molasses. The finish has a pleasant dark chocolate bitterness to it, and there is an overall creamy quality to the flavors. Aftertaste is full of dark roasted malt that boarder on roasted coffee flavors and is surprisingly bitter for a stout.
M: Extremely smooth with a medium body and very creamy mouthfeel. There is maybe the slightest suggestion of alcohol in the finish as this beer warms.
D: Super drinkable and delicious. I like how this beer isn't overly full of coffee or chocolate flavors, but rather perfectly balanced between them. Very creamy. This one is a tad more bitter than most, but delicious none the less.

scottfrie, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a black color with brown hues. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving sticky lacing. the aroma is of milk chocolate, with roasted malt and dark toffee. The taste is perhaps the chocolatiest I have ever encountered in a beer. There are some nice secondary roasted malt and toffee notes adding nice complexity. Great flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture and light, fine carbonation. Overall, this is a great stout that I can see quickly becoming a regular in my rotation.

KarlHungus, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of HosP
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice extra from scottfrie. Thanks!

A- Pours jet black. No light passes through this beer. Small tan head that left little lacing down the glass.

S- Big notes of coffee and chocolate. Has a roasted aroma to it. Got a little alcohol smell as well.

T- Like the smell. Chocolate taste at first. Followed closely by roasted coffee flavors. Nice taste like a big stout should have! Got more of an alcohol taste at the end than I would have expected though, but didn't detract to much from the flavors.

M- Full body with little carbonation. A little dry at the end but not to bad.

D- Good drinking stout. Nothing fancy, but very solid. Had been drinking lighter beers this week so it was a great change up. One of the better stouts I've had.

HosP, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to jrallen34 for hooking me up with this.

A - Great looking Obsidian colored stout (sorry, had to) with a one and a half finger tan head that rose up with fine bubbles. Looks fantastic.

S - Nice and roasty characteristics to this, with a bit of molasses and some burnt cocoa and bitter coffee.

T - Taste is much better than the aroma, which is really saying something. Roasted and bitter malts with some unsweetened chocolate and burnt wood. This beer is really really good. Cofee adds some nice bittering at the end for balance making this a great tasting brew.

M - A little bit of a carbonation bite in a full bodied beer.

D - This one seems a lot bigger than it's 6.4%, and I was shocked that it wasn't 9%+. Knocked down the drinkability on this one for that as one 12 oz. did me just fine. Great beer though that I would love to drink again.

AgentZero, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of hophead247
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black and opaque with a thick brown creamy head. Tons or roasty coffee aroma and charcoal. Favor is rich with roasted barley. nice malt backbone but the burnt woody and dry coffee take over. Finishes semi dry and clean. Really drinkable stout, but I can name a handful of others I'd rather drink...

hophead247, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Served a little below room temperature.

Appearance: Really dark brown to black in color. Two finger pillowy beige head with good retention.

Aroma: Coffee and cocoa beans are dominant. Nice balance of bitter and sweet.

Taste: The coffee notes really dominate here. They are not overly bitter though. Some cocoa bean notes in there too. Not really bitter at all, in fact the sweetness dominates. There is also a hint of smoke in the background. Balanced and solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, but with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Really smooth and balanced. I could definitely have a couple of these.

Overall, a very good stout. Nothing stuck out as particularly memorable or great about it though. Just a really solid stout overall.

Gosox8787, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, produced a two-finger head over a body dark as coal. Head dissipates to a ring, leaving curtains of sticky lace.

Aromas of burnt toast, chocolate milk, and some dark fruit.

Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee, with a tart delivery. Dry, slightly bitter finish.

Body is light and carbonation is spritzy, giving this a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a tasty, though a bit light-bodied stout. The tartness also makes this a bit unusual. Could enjoy a couple of these at 6.4% ABV.

Beerenauslese, Oct 09, 2010
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 CHILLINDYLAN
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black obsidian. Dark roast coffee highlights. Big creamy foam tan head. Foamy sheets of lace.

Rich roasty chocolate. coffee and burnt molasses. Dark cherry. Earthy and herbal notes.

Dark bitter chocolate and roasty coffee. Burnt molasses and dark cherry. Earthy and woody. Herbal and piney. Big bitter roasted coffee grounds and pine sap finish.

So rich and smooth, silky. Chewy, crteamy, sticky coffee sludge. Full bodied. Mildly carb'd.

Drinkable roasty smooth stout.

CHILLINDYLAN, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Miami Dolphins pint glass in preperation for the monday night game. Let's go Dolphins...

A - Pours black with a one finger tan head, and a decent amount of lacing...

S - Don't pick up to much from this one. Chocolate, coffee, and maybe a small hint of caramel...

T - Wow, this is a tasty brew. Dark roasted malts, and chocolate dominate. Ends with very smooth hop bitterness that is not to citrusy. Nice...

M - Medium bodied with a mild amount carbonation...

D - Deschutes comes through with another solid beer. Definitely something I will be buying again. Good session beer. Could see myself puting back a sixer or two of these in the future...

Cheers...

comfortablynumb1, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of chumba526
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears almost black. With a small light brown head.

Smells slightly toasty slightly caramel like, and slightly vanilla like.

Tastes much like the smell. There is a slight coffee taste, a nice mild caramel taste, a light vanilla taste and a slight hoppy bitterness. It has quite a nice flavor. The balance of the flavors is pretty good.

The carbonation is around medium. I think the beer would be better if the carbonation added creaminess to the stout.

Drinkability is pretty good I could drink a few of these beers.
Not the best stout out there but a pretty good one. Above average. I would like the beer to be a bit smoother but it is a damn good stout.

chumba526, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of pdoran10
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

yay! obsidian stout makes its first appearance in Minnesota! pours out a jet black into a snifter with a finger of tan head that leaves nice lacing and stays around.

smell is musty herbal hops up front, with some nice chocolate roast in the back. this beer is definitely fresh. nice dose of hops in the nose. hop forward.

taste is herbal hop bite up front. delicous velvet chocolate. finishes roasty and a bit dry but not overly so. a roasty american stout with rasin, burnt toast and some chocolate flavors as it warms. i prefer a bit sweeter of a stout but nice flavors here.

mouthfeel is amazing! nice and chewy for not being a big stout but also crisp and not syrupy. carbonation is moderate and done right and not overly dry.

could drink these all day. exceptional beer.

pdoran10, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Schmittymack
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Next to last brew for me tonite at my local watering hole; finally getting around to reviewing it. Poured a dark brown/nearly black with a very creamy head that disapated rather quickly. Nose picked up a little roasted malt; nothing else. Taste was great. Chocolatly malty goodness with no bitter after taste. As it warmed, it just got better and better--I even splashed a bit of Lindeman's Framboise into the last three ounces or so to make a GREAT raspberry stout. I don't think this little brother of Abyss gets any respect: I'd do more than a couple in a sitting.

Schmittymack, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a very dark opaque black color with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Smell is very coffee like with some bitterness and dark fruits. Taste is coffee malts and bitter. Feels good with a tight crisp carbonation and a definite full body. Overall a very good stout.

jacobseyb, Oct 02, 2010
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,907 ratings.