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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,341 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2341
Reviews: 935
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%


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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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz to a pint glass, best by 3/18/14

Pours black with about a finger of khaki colored foam. Not any transparency when held to a lamp, shades of brown on the sides and bottom though. Head receded sorta quick, lacing is okay

Smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, dark fruit, vanilla, and a little bit of alcohol. Not super complex by any means, but a solid smelling stout

Taste is strong coffee and dark chocolate malts, cherry and dark fruits, vanilla, and heavy smoke on the finish. Comes together well

Medium/thick body, dry and sticky finish. Really bitter, alcohol concealed well

Overall nothing fanatical, but a solid stout

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 03:57:47 | More by lordofstarside
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alexrichman

Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle
Best by 05-12-2014

A> Obsidian's color is more or less what the name implies, a truly black brew that lets no light through. Poured into a snifter, a nice, thick 1 finger head appears and has some nice retention and lacing.

S> I get scents of chocolate/mocha, dark fruits, and a milky sweetness. This one has a really good bouquet. Nothing profound but really delicious smelling!

T> Flavor is quite different than the smell. This one is hop forward, with the malt's sweet mocha/dark fruit flavor creeping in and taking over the finish. Weird ... but nice.

M> Feels like a stout should, although on the thin side of what I would consider acceptable for the style. The carbonation level is spot on.

O> I'm rarely disappointed with beer from Deschutes and this beer is no exception. It is a good stout; very drinkable but also complex. Definitely one of the more hoppy stouts I have tried!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 01:36:23 | More by alexrichman
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-03-11
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Deschutes' Obsidian Stout is a very good American stout (though, honestly, not too hard to brew your own) with plenty of roasted and black barley characters alongside base malt sweetness to satisfy cravings for those combinations. This is an affordable, solid offering that satisfies most in the colder months: one I would return to.

Pours a 2cm tall head of light brown to dark tan foam, which has average retention time of about one minute. The head fades to a thick ring around the glass and a large island of foam atop the body of the beer, which last for the duration of the drink. Lacing is excllent, with substantial rings and intriciate webbing clinging to all inner sides of the glass. Body is black in color, with light bringing out only the slightest of brown hues around the perimeter of the beer. Carbonation is not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma of roasted and acrid black malt that give charred toast, a bit of freshly poured espresso and very dark and smooth chocolate, and woodsy hops in the background.

Major flavors of roasted and black patent malt lending acridity, charred bread, roasted chocolate and coffee beans, with woodsy hops adding mild accents in the background. Front of palate features roasted and black patent malt yielding acrid, charred bread with chocolate syrup sweetness, and smooth, though very dark, chocolate. Mid-palate yielding acrid burnt toast, very bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, chocolate syrup sweetness, vanilla, and woodsy hoppiness. Back of palate features strong acridity from roasted malt and hop usage, with charred toast, cocoa powder, roasted coffee beans. Aftertaste of roasted malt acridity, charred toast, hints of very dark and smooth chocolate.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, reuslting in a smooth (2/3), somewhat foamy (1/3) mouthfeel that is suitable for the beer and the style. Ethanol not detectable. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 08:00:22 | More by falloutsnow
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
6.4% ABV, Best By: 03/17/14

A - Black as the rock it's named after, this stout pours quietly and cascades briefly before the three-finger tan head settles. Great lace covers the glass in wisps after the dense foam subsides to a mousse-like layer.

S - Rich roasted chocolate malts offers cocoa and a bit of roasted coffee with a mellow aroma of milk chocolate; simple with a layer of complexity and depth that's unassuming and nostalgic.

T - Roasted malts have the same notes the nose does with sweet milk chocolate starting things off but quickly turning to bitter coffee and dry, dusty cocoa.

M - Full-bodied and dense with moderate carbonation to the finish, Obsidian Stout is acridly bitter from roasted malts but sweetness is also balanced by a layer of dry, bitter hops as well.

O - Black as coal, Obsidian Stout is a gorgeous looking beer that has simple layers of roasted malt complexity in the aroma, transforming from sweet-ish to bitter in flavor, balanced by a sharp level of hops. Smooth and robust, this dark stout is a hefty beer to sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 00:20:12 | More by BeerFMAndy
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 03/18/2014 printed clearly on the label. Another new beer to me from Deschutes' year-round line up. No abv listed anywhere on the bottle. Expectations are fairly high since I tend to enjoy their beers.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a deep dark mahogany color; opaque black in the glass with just over a finger of creamy chocolate head. Leaves fine delicate strands of lace. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is of chocolate, cream, lactose, some leather, indistinct spice, and some subtle fruity strawberry in there, trademark of Deschutes it seems.

T - Taste follows the nose: dark roasted barley malt, bittersweet baking chocolate, coffee bean roast, and some light crisp fruity undertones on the end. Some cold leathery notes, some anise, and other indistinct spice come out as the beer sits. Dark, bold, and rich.

M - Goes down smooth, with some coarse chalky carbonation and a very dark bitter barley / coffee roast lingering on the palate. Pretty decent, but I wouldn't mind the carbonation being toned down just a tad to make it silkier.

Overall, a very inviting everyday shelf stout from Deschutes. Much better than their Deschutes Black Butte Porter, in my opinion. I would sure love to see what a barrel aged version of this beer would be like, but for now I'll take this. Enjoyable and approachable.

Deschutes Obsidian Stout ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 18:56:25 | More by mfnmbvp
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Durtdiggler

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle poured into tulip glass. Obsidian color just like the title. One finger head settles easy. Nice lacing.

Aroma not overpowering. Subtle molasses and coffee, roasty.

Dark chocolate overtones backed up by some nice roasty espresso flavors. Reminds me of chocolate espresso beans. A bit thin on complexity of the malt body.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Medium bodied and real creamy easy finish.

Outstanding beer and the flavor and experience that comes through given the ABV means you can have more than 1 and enjoy anytime.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 22:02:14 | More by Durtdiggler
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Khad

Nevada

4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes hit another one out of the park!

This was a bottle poured into a stout glass. The appearance is superb! That nice dark ruby color with a mocha head just looks delicious. As far as the smell, it's certainly not bad but you definitely pick up plenty of alcohol, maybe a little coffee something along the lines of an Italian roast. The smell certainly isn't bad but would lead you to believe this beer might be harsh on the palate, but it's not. As far as the mouth-feel just perfect. Nice creamy, no serious carbonation and what is there works well. As far as taste, wow! It's all there, everything you'd expect. The first wave is some NOT so subtle barley, with some NOT so subtle malt but then some subtle dark chocolate and a slight punch of that Italian roast coffee. It all balances amazing with a relatively high alcohol content, so be careful. Just a remarkable Stout with amazing balance and exceptional "craftsmanship" or call it whatever you'd like...just very well done!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 05:11:04 | More by Khad
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MCain04

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into DFH goblet best by 03/14

A dark brown, near-black pour with an espresso thick creamy head with great retention and lacing.

Some coffee and dark chocolate on the nose, a little bit of roasted malts, tobacco.

Taste is similar to the nose with notes of bitter coffee, cacao, heavier tobacco, acidic, bitter, a little watery.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and a little brash, could be smoother. Medium bodied. Mild dry finish.

Overall, an enjoyable stout for a good price. I do think I prefer FW Velvet Merlin though, for the stronger flavor profile and better mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 14:53:55 | More by MCain04
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Keith2020

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium body stout, on the edge of thin. Great color and consistency, definitely let it sit in your mouth for an extra moment. Very good stout but it's missing that extra touch that would make it great. You won't regret buying it but not sure if you'd take this one home to mom.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 02:16:51 | More by Keith2020
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dsellers22

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really strong coffee smell and taste and finishes really well--love the aftertaste on this beer.

A: It pours an opaque, very dark brown/near black. Love the look of this beer!

S: Smells delicious--roasted coffee, very subtle spiciness, a bit of dark chocolate smell.

T: Delicious malty flavor that's heavy on coffee but doesn't overdo it.

M: Goes down really smooth.

O: I'm really pleased with this beer. Hadn't tried it before but I will definitely be getting it again. Deschutes typically nails it but no "easy A's" here--the beer speaks for itself. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 00:35:41 | More by dsellers22
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ADZA

Australia

3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown hue which leaves a massive dimple laden rocky head lacing absolutely everywhere,the smell is dark roasty malts,barley and rich mocha,the feel is medium bodied and well carbonated with tastes of rich dark chocolate,roasty toasty malts,a herbal earthy hoppiness and finished with a chocolate bittersweetness and overall it's not bad and drinkable but nothing exuberant cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 10:19:40 | More by ADZA
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lehueve

Mexico

4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - pours very dark with a 2 finger of mocha color head.

S - Sweet chocolate, espresso coffee, a little bit of alcohol and some bitter hops.

T - To me is kind of a combination of bitter chocolate, espresso and then sweet chocolate. The hops cut down the sweetness to dry out the finish. Very pleasant beer.

M - The mouthfeel is smooth on the full side of medium.

O - First time I try this beer and it was a very good experience. Great flavors, the dark and sweet chocolates, coffee, espresso and then at the end I'm also getting a little bit of smoke. Very well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 07:28:13 | More by lehueve
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HochFliegen

Oregon

4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have long enjoyed Obsidian Stout.

This beer pours a rich chocolate color with a thick frothy mocha colored head. The smell is initially dominated by a sweet chocolaty roasted malt followed by a rich coffee/espresso and ending with a tinge of warming alcohol essence in my nose. There was also a spiced and herbal aroma that was very subtle but very pleasing.

My first sip greets me with a smooth and sweet chocolate and malt combination mixed with a hoppy bitter punch that compliments the sweetness perfectly. As the flavor progresses you experience an explosion of espresso that lingers and drifts into a highly roasted bitter aftertaste with a slight dryness.

Mouthfeel was smooth yet chewey and very much full-bodied. This is not a weak beer I think the roasted barley really adds to the body of this beer.

This is a very robust and bold flavored beer. For sure one of my favorites following an afternoon on Bachelor.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 06:04:24 | More by HochFliegen
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with a solid mocha color head that goes into a swampy state of bubbles. Creepy and mysterious.

S- Sweet roasted barley goodness. Cocoa and intense espresso lead the way. Graham crackers and roasted nuts also make for a well presented nose.

T- Very rich. Lots of roasted grains and oatmeal character. This beer refuses to roll over and go away softly. Straight up toasted goodness. Outstanding balance of hops and dark malts.

M- Mid body bordering on full. The intense nuttiness of this one makes for a nice drinkability.

O- Just another outstanding feather in the cap of Deschutes. This brewery does it right and continues to impress me. Its a stout that is hard to beat at its price.

$7.99 for a 6 pk

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 03:11:44 | More by Bosoxfan20
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle; Best By: 03/11/14
A - black colored ale with a frothy light brown head that holds excellent retention and leaves chunky lacing sown the glass
S - rich aroma of chocolate, roasted barley, creamed coffee
T - robust, baker's chocolate, french roast coffee, semi-bitter, roasted barley, ashy; excellent balance
M - creamy but a bit resiny, medium-to-full body, finishes a bit smoky with roasty bitterness lingering
O - excellent robust American stout! Instant favorite of mine for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 01:45:21 | More by barnzy78
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a rich, impenetrable black the color of used oil with a rich, active three fingers of brown head that slowly, clumpily dissipates to ideal levels. Great retention; really good spindly, web-like lacing.

S:
Really strong chocolate, caramel and coffee malt notes. A touch of smokiness and the tiniest hint of hops. Really rich and warm. Simple but with quite a few complimentary things going on.

T:
Flat and mineraly at first. The malt flavors take a bit to come around, but they do come to dominate the finish. Dirt, burnt coffee, well-water.

M:
Prickly and dry. Coats the old mouth with nice warm malt flavors, but isn't sticky. Medium body. Lingering, smooth finish.

O:
Really good beer. Lovely looking (honestly it couldn't look much better), nice unified smell that gives you a hint of the taste, with a great taste that builds on the aromas in the nose. Really quality overall drinking experience. My only gripe is that the carbonation is a little overboard for how I like the style to be. It isn't bad, but I feel like some flavors could come through stronger were there less intense carbonation. On a nitro tap I could see this being divine.
Will have again; worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:02:14 | More by TheDoctor
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A deep inky black with just enough transparency to flash brown and red here and there, with some mocha-colored foam and an aroma of roasted barley, dark sugar, and hints of fruit and American hops (pine? But just a wee bit). Go slow with this one, it is intricate yet powerful. A sip reveals deep roasted flavors right out of the gate but there is a surprisingly clean crisp finish ... You expect this to hang there like some massive imperial and certainly the sweetness does accumulate, but there's more going on than just syrupy smoky malt. Strong acidic coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate flavors give this beer a classic stout character while some dark fruit raisin-type notes add complexity. Body is dextrinous and chewy but its easy to forget that this is a BIG beer, considering the crisp finish with aromatic hop echoes and just the right amount of sweet-sour persistence that most certainly pays off. Creamy and smooth, the alcohol lurks in there like a spectre, only the faintest hint of a boozy presence. Superb balance and carbonation level. Once you go Obsidian you may never go back.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 13:31:21 | More by CalgaryFMC
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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sucked down as dessert after pub food, on tap, over 25 glorious minutes.
The pour hue is deep chocolate with a dark tan head. Blanket lacing. Just enough light goes through to evolve red highlights.
Coffee, smoke, walnut--all tightly bound and understated characterize the scent profile. There's just a whiff of hop pine both at the start of a sniff and in the clean lift of the end of a breath.
The taste profile is stylistically on point and beautifully balanced unlike the majority of these creations. Mocha and toasty nuts hold the center. There's a suggestion of berry. But it's all still beer with a nosey burst of booze and edge of pine hop bitterness on the end.
Silky start with some barley chew. Consistent cream flow. Just right for the style, but a hint of carbonation buzz would be beautiful.
This creature is blended so well and kind to the tongue. Just a dram of extra ethanol would elevate it to near perfection by lifting the nose and adding a warm edge to the flavor and feel.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2013 02:34:24 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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mayerale

Kansas

4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a glass from a 12oz bottle.

Deschutes doesn't normally disappoint, and the Obsidian Stout is no exception.

A: It pours a deep brown, with a think tan head. The head on my beer actually disappeared rather quickly, but at the initial pour it was fantastic looking.

S: Definitely get the roasted smell initially, but there is a subtle sweetness that cuts through it after the first hit.

T: There are a lot of flavors with this beer. It begins with the roasted barely right toward the tip of the tongue right off the bat. As with the smell, there is a sweetness of fruit that comes right on the heels of the initial bitterness. As the thick stout moves to the back of your tongue, you are definitely left with a coffee/espresso taste. It is a complex taste that will stay in your mouth for quite a while, with a clear roasted essence lingering.

M: As you would expect with a stout, it has a thick feel to it. It is very smooth.

O: This is a fantastic beer. It is highly complex and offers a lot, from a beautiful appearance, to a lot of different flavors from bitter, to sweet, to roasted coffee. This is one of the better stouts that I have had, and I definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 02:27:32 | More by mayerale
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JohnnyJam

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this in my beer refrigerator for four months and it was buried in the back and I had not reviewed it. Deschutes Black Butte Porter is always on hand and I deviated to try this. I'm glad that I did. It is so good. The date code is 9/16/13 but I will review it anyway. Did it get better?

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the date code clearly visible (9/16/13) into a pint glass and got 2+ fingers of head.

A: Pours black and opaque. I get a huge 2+ fingers if tan head that dissipates slowly to more than just a covering on the top of my glass that lasts to the end. Huge amounts of off-white lacing from top to bottom.

S: Dark coffee, vanilla, and charcoal.

T: Charcoal, strong coffee, burnt toast, and molasses. Really complex. Finishes with the bitterness of unsweetened chocolate.

M: Medium bodied and carbonated. The carbonation is similar to an effervescence that dances on my tongue. It goes down good.

O: I really like it. It is really satisfying and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 23:42:41 | More by JohnnyJam
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Bosazga

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I moved to Portland OR metro area in 2003 and always loved how the pacific NW caters to stout lovers... I have drunk a lot of beer in my life (much of it bad), and though I always liked how the microbrew phenomena coincided with my achieving legal drinking age. Sadly, though, the Atlantic seaboard does not carry many dark beers, hence my equal love for IPAs... Back to the review... I'm not a beer geek, but I love well crafted things in general. Deschutes Brewing has always been great with balancing fine beer with mass production (except maybe for JubelAle) and obsidian stout has been at the top of my list for 10 years running. Equal layers of coffee, chocolate , with a slight tobacco and leathery sweetness (yes, I've tasted leather). The mouthfeel is like real maple syrup consistency with a whipped foam coffee aftertaste. Just bitter enough to remind you that bitter is a masculine taste profile. The beer is hearty like a bowl of chunky soup, without the chunks. It drinks likes meal. If you find this on nitro, get it, as it lightens the beer while adding richness. Second only to Alameda black bear on nitro, but tops on a regularly available beer of any kind. I have loved European beer for far longer, but have a difficult time justifying their cost when craft brewers like Deschutes keep it real! This is the best value of any stout on the market, folks. Enjoy it when you can.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-11-2013 19:26:59 | More by Bosazga
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BierStein711

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jet black body, toasty tan head, smooth beer

moderate lacing

Mouthfeel thick

Taste: Chocolate, charcoal, grape, dark fruits, toffee, and burnt roast malt at the finish

Smells: booze, cocoa

Overall, this is brilliant. I'm buying a six pack very soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 05:22:43 | More by BierStein711
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Obsidian is an appropriate name for this beer, as it pours dark as night with a healthy glugging sound out of the bottle. A one and a half finger head forms above the beer and leaves thick lacing with a few swirls. The head persists even after several sips.

The smell hits you first with some bitterness, not of the hop variety, but more that of acidic coffee or dark chocolate, and both of these aromas are very present, as is deep roasted malt and hints of burnt toast. These aromas carry into the taste, as the palate juggles the roasted coffee and malt notes, chocolate and caramel. There's a lot going on and it's a good thing.

For the mouthfeel, the beer alternates between the dry bitterness and a creamy oatmeal-stout-like quality. It's the best of both worlds.

Overall, an outstanding beer and one I could easily drink everyday.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 19:55:28 | More by ONovoMexicano
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CHickman

New York

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black color with a creamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly leaving great foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of oats, coffee, toasted grains, molasses, cocoa powder, lemon zest, caramel, light floral hops, charcoal and crackers; the roasted grains and chocolate in the nose has a sweetness that is like an espresso with a hint of hops. Nice rich stout nose that means business and is near perfect for the style.

Flavor is just like the nose, with chocolate, oats, coffee, toasted grains, molasses, cocoa powder, lemon zest, caramel, light floral hops, charcoal, citrus hops, herbs, burnt crackers and a sweet smoky flavor like a coffee left over a campfire until it was burnt. Strong coffee, dark chocolate and bitter citrus hops mix for a sweet and yet bitter stout that is quite smooth and well balanced while remaining bold and full of rich flavors.

Mouthfeel is on the thin feeling side yet heavy at the same time as it slides down smooth with a medium to heavy body, average to light carbonation and a chewy bitter finish that is like a lightly hopped Starbucks coffee.

Each sip is very tasty and complex and overall this was a damn good stout that was extremely easy to drink. Dangerously drinkable due to the 6.4% ABV and a definite recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 03:45:29 | More by CHickman
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: burnt brown/onyx, finger khaki up+down head,
random patchy lacing

S: dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, nuts aroma
mild sniff of alcohol

T: sweet malt, cacao/dark chocolate, roasted coffee
mild bitter finish

M: med body, smooth/creamy with mild
bubbles on tongue

O: Overjoyed to revisit Deschutes and thrilled
they are now in Chicago area. This is just
an outstanding Stout. Will please Imp Stout, as well.
Would love to keep it in my regular rotation, especially for the Winter
months ahead. 1st Stout I have had in ages and
this crisp (55/Sunny Autumn is perfect pairing).

HEAVENLY; SEEK IT OUT!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 20:37:35 | More by BeerLover99
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,341 ratings.