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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,833 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,833
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 414
Gots: 308 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001)
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Photo of NCSUdo
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle; received from ncvbc

A: Pours a dark black under a big brown head. Brown head covers lightly through out, no lace.

S: Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, sweet cream, light coffee, dark fruit.

T: Very well done sweetness settles into a roasted malt and bitterness, a little bit of coffee, maybe hint a touch of very light chocolate and even lighter smoke. Transition from start to finish is just flawless, incredible balance.

M/D: Full bodied and wow, what a smooth, full body. Carbonation does nothing but lend to a smooth, creamy, velvety body. Drinkability is top notch. It's just so damn smooth and easy drinking. By far the best of the style I've ever tasted.

NCSUdo, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz purchased last week

Pours black with a creamy tan head

smells of roasted malts, not much of a hop on the nose

tastes of roasted, almost burnt, malt. Not much hops, only slight finishing hops to help dry the palate

Not as creamy as i would like a stout to be, the black butte is much creamier.

I can drink several of these in a sitting, definitely sessionable for a 6+% beer.

tayner, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of peck95
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

just finished off a six pack of this that ive been to compare to other stouts. drinking this beer for years. I still love it and luckily for me this is one of the few good beers i can get without having to drive 50 miles.
appearance is a dark black with a good head and nice lacing all the way to the end
smell roasted coffee malts are prevalent followed by a soft chocolate aroma.
has a smooth roasted coffee tasted but the chocolate is a little faint,
mouthfeel is very smooth a nice medium body with a very slight taste of alcohol very nice
drinkability this beer is smooth, and tasty. unlike some other thick and sweet beers it is easy to drink a few of these at a time which is usually good.

peck95, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of illidurit
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black body, nice cascading head of a couple fingers. Modest tan lacing with nice retention.

S: Extremely roasty, more coffee than chocolate.

T: Sweet chocolate in the front of the palate with a huge dose of roasted coffee in the back. Finish is dry with a roasty bitterness.

M/D: Carbonation is great, body is rich enough to support the big flavors. Easy to have several in a sitting.

illidurit, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Spikester
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got two bottles by mistake in a sixer of Buzzsaw Brown. The label has changed since the review photo was posted. It is similar in shape but the background color is now tan.

Pours a dark chocolate color with a scant 1/4 inch of light brown head. The lacings are like rings that follow the descent of the liquid level to the bottom of the glass.

Big flavor of strong coffee and unsweetened chocolate, a good roasted malt, and a sightly bitter hop presence. The mouthfeel and body are both fine. This is a fine Stout, Deschutes Brewery are to be commended for taking on such a challenge.

Spikester, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a generous trade from bennetj17. Thanks a million.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Poured a dark black with light mahogany tones around the edges when held up to the light. Had a thin mocha head that vanished quickly. Taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate, and creamy coffee. There is a slight astringent taste at the finish. Mouthfeel is more medium bodied then full with just a little carbonation. One of the better stouts on the market.

hwwty4, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade with Younger35.

This pours a deep black with slight ruby highlights when held up to the light. A thin tan head sits on top of this beer that didn't hold very well and collapsed quickly, but did leave decent lacing on the glass. Smells like a great stout should with heavy scents of roasted barley and a touch of coffee in the nose. The taste is a real treat with a solid combination of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a touch of hops are well balanced in the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout, but is still quite creamy with low carbonation. Drinkability is very good on this. It's a well balanced and well made stout that I wish I would have more access to.

Thanks for the trade on this Dan!

TheodorHerzl, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deschutes- Obsidian Stout

Huge thanks to Pimpp for this 1!

A- Deep reddish brown with a thick frothy head. Good lacing down the glass.
S- Thick cocoa and coffee bean. Light touch of pine hops.
T- Big thick sweet chocolate with cream and coffee. Buttery toffee and caramel appear with a touch of earthy green hops.
M- Sweet and rich with a huge flavor throughout. Creamy and buttery near the end with a bite of hops.

Overall- This stuff is good!! 1 of the best stouts I can recall!!

NJpadreFan, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Looks thick as it pours; develops a tall, rich, fluffy tan head; head does not dissipate quickly, and it leaves thick clumps of lacing; too dark to see the carbonation

Smell
Smells really nice—roasted barley, dark chocolate, cookies, and a hint of plumb; smells also a bit like an imperial stout

Taste & Mouth Feel
Very flavorful and balanced. Surprisingly thinner in mouth feel than I expected, but it has flavor from front to back, first with espresso bitterness followed by chocolate chip cookies. The malt profile on this is very enjoyable. It leaves a nice aftertaste of cookies, chocolate, and espresso. Yum!

Overall
A fantastic stout that fits my preferences nicely. It really tastes like dessert with it's cookie sweetness. Thankfully it's not overly sweet and there's just enough bitterness and malt heft to round it all out. I used to think I preferred especially roasted tasting stouts, but this has shown me I can really enjoy maltier ones too. It's a nicely done stout, and one I wish was readily available.

JEdmund, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer Thirty Tasting - thanks younger35 for providing this one.

Two finger mocha head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste is well balanced. Smooth. Creamy...very nice mouthfeel. If this was local to me I could see making it a go to beer. Good stout.

LittleBreeze, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color. Quite the nice cocoa head on top. Ok aroma-not much there. Some roasted malt-somewhat metallic. Heavy roasted flavor. Mild espresso tinge to it. Soft, cocoa taste. Very clean in the finish. Good solid body. Very, very drinkable and enjoyable. I could see this being a regular for me if I could get it all the time.

lackenhauser, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of mattster
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 12 oz bottle and poured into Nonic Glass.

Formed nice 1/4" mocha colored head, which dissipated quickly. Brew is opaque black, some bubbles come to the top. Light lacing around edges.

Smell is of malts, slightly chocolaty and hints of coffee. Typical stout taste: a bit nutty. Hops shine through with subtle bitterness.

Although carbonation is present, mouthfeel is creamy, nice and full with a good solid finish and no unpleasant aftertaste.

All in all, a great brew.

mattster, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a tan head that settles fairly quickly. Aroma is highly roasted, heavy notes of coffee and touches of cocoa. Flavor is chock full of roasted malt goodness, along with lots of unsweetened chocolate type flavor. Mouthfeel is very smooth, some carbonation is noted on the finish, but nothing to write home about.

barleywinefiend, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Trueant1
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great buy at 1.39 a bottle. My bottle has a different design.

Appearance is exceptional due to the huge creamy, rocky, tan head. Pours like a root beer float.

Good smell of roasted malts, coffie, and chocolate milk.

Tastes of hops, alcohol, coffie, chocolate and anice....if I am not mistaken other herbs such as rosmarie. A nice balance of tastes. Very sweet profile overall...almost too sweet..but followed by some nice sting of alcohol and hops. Some grainy flavors I do not like...leading to a "tar" like flavor.

Moutfeel is just about perfect for a stout. Nice and sticky up front with a dry aftertaste.

This drinks good.

Trueant1, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz from the Coop shared with my brother, my half from a Shaker pint.

Black.. not brown... black. Tan head with rings of lacing that last the entire glass.

This is what an American stout should smell like.. roasted barley .. dark and chocolate malts.. has a sorta creamy fruity finish.

Big dark malt flavors mix perfectly with dark caramel.. I am sure there are hops in there... but oh well, I can't pick em out. Creamy body.. dark malts and lingering tasty finish.

No doubt, this is my favorite "locally available" American stout.. and it is exactly what I expect out of Deschutes and other PNW breweries... bigger is sometimes better...

JohnGalt1, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of genog
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours such a black as night color with plenty of bubbling two inch tall head. The once bubbly head fades away and leaves plenty of lacing clinging to the side of my snifter. Smell is doughy and dried fruit with chocolate notes. Smell is not quite black licorice but more of a slight anise smell. This one started out strong but there was not a lot of flavor here. Some chocolate, coffee but it is all muted. Mouthfeeling is way too carbonated and makes this one not very drinkable. I had such high hopes for this beer coming from the makers of The Abyss.

genog, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of irishevans
1.65/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I agree with the akbelgianbeast, extremely overrated. it starts off with hints of epoxy, maybe some asphalt, the middle and finish have the taste and texture of some low-end cheap hairspray, and that nasty array of not so nice flavors lingers for far too long, this brew is definitely the shame of the DeSchutes line-up. bahh!

irishevans, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
2.65/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I cannot beleive this ranks in the 90's. An irishmen would ponder suicide if he drank this beer. It pours black and promising, the nose is standard for an american stout. The first sip has notes of black tar. Followed by a sweet sort of hairspray middle rounding out in a monarch vodka flavor. To me this beer is extremely overrated. If its your thing, then more power to you, but if you like true irish dry stout or american oatmeal stout then this beer is not for you. Give this beer to someone you hate for christmas. Or be nicer and give them some natty ice.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of Brewfan
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my DFH brandy snifter type glass I like to use for stouts. Plenty of room for the head and nose.

Plentiful light chocolate brown head. Lasted 5 min or so, and eroded to fine whisps of lacey streaks. Dark, dark, dark. Deep chocolate brown body with hints of ruby when held to the light. Almost impenitrable.
Immediate aroma of inviting chocolate dusted coffee, malty sweetness and a crisp hoppy bite. Smells roasty and dark.
Roasted dark malt and a nice hoppy bitterness mixed with dark bittersweet chocolate on the tongue. Creamy and smooth. Very drinkable. Reminds me of an oatmeal stout in terms of drinkability and mouthfeel. Not overly thick, but it does stand up the 20 degrees outside that we're sitting through. Finishes dry and nicely bitter. The hops definitely comes out more at the end of the beer. Nicely done.

Brewfan, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours as black as the name itself - obsidian. No light can peek through this one. A thin brownish head forms, but dissipates quickly, without leaving much lacing.

S: Lots of roasted goodness in the nose, with a hint of sweetness and some coffee as well.

T: Roasted grains blend wonderfully with some sweetness, coffee, and dark chocolate. A nice range of sweetness and bitterness collide in the middle. Very well balanced.

M: Smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable. Holy hell this could be my go-to stout if they sold it in Boston. It's an excellent brew!

YonderWanderer, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard so much about this I finally had to try. Poured into chalice, nice and dark, all but black, with nice two finger light brown head, good lacing. Smell is of toasted grains with a slightly burnt touch, coffee, and dark chocolate. Taste is pretty much the same. Very nice blend of dark chocolate, coffee, toasted grain, some dark malts. Very complex yet suprisingly smooth. One thing I did like is that the mouthfeel wasnt too heavy. Some stouts its like drinking motor oil, this was a little lighter and easier to drink. While it doesnt stand out as an amazing beer, it is a very good one.

bunnyhustle, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’ve had this beer a few times already and I had an extra one lying around but since the best by date is of last month I decided to keep it for myself and not use it in trades. I did not plan on reviewing it but after pouring it into my pint glass it seemed that it still has maintained fairly well.

The color is of kalamata olives, yet not the darkest stout I have seen. About an inch of café au lait colored foam and settles to a nice ring.

Aroma is of baker’s chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee, malted milk, chocolate malts, roasted barley, and hints of vanilla and cocoa.

The taste is predominantly of chocolate malts and coffee upfront. Aftertaste is slightly roasted barley and hop bitterness and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium, a little thin for me. Easy to drink. A very solid stout.

seaoflament, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to drink this all of the time out of the bottle, and I thought it was prety decent. Much better on nitro-tap, and normally I prefer regular taps over nitro but this beer really benefits from the extra creaminess imparted. Pours black with a huge creamy head and phenomenal lacing. The smell has a verylight aroma of cream and some relatively light roastiness. The flavors of light roastines, huge creaminess, lingering licorice bitterness, and touch of malty sweetness are very well integrated and balanced. Delicious. Super creamy, easy-drinking mouthfeel, somewhat light but easy going. I always thought this beer was a little overrated, having it this way changed my mind.

Georgiabeer, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is one impressive looking brew. Obsidian is a good name because this baby is black. It pours with a HUGE fluffy head that looks like whipped egg whites with a dash of vanilla. The head lasts and lasts if finally settles down to one finger and remains for the duration. Lacing, oh yeah there is lacing. Layer after layer sheet after sheet, some of the most lacing I have ever seen.

S: Nice malty aromas tons of roasted malt that comes at you as fresh ground espresso with a dash of bitter Belgian chocolate on the side.

T: Really nice stout. Rich malt flavors. Tons of dark roasted espresso crashes against the tongue on the first sip. It mellows a bit and the slightest hint of chocolate can be detected. If finishes dry with maybe just a bit of hop bite.

M: Nice and smooth. Almost creamy even.

D: With the average ABV, its rather drinkable.

Overall: Very nice stout. I have been very impressed with the Deschutes line of beers and this one is another fine example. To be honest I like a bit more chocolate taste in my stouts, but this one has taken the coffee taste and run with it. It's very flavorful and drinkable, and one of the best looking beers I have ever seen. I like it, it's worth seeking out.

Thanks Younger35 for another fine Deschutes brew.

tpd975, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of KingG
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled and poured into a Midnight Sun 12oz glass.

Appearance is good. Pours black but overly thick with some nice head retention. Ton of lacing for a stout. Thick mocha colored head forms then settles to a soapy, sticky thin film.

Smell is good. Heavy aroma of dark roasted coffee with a dairy-like presence.

Taste is very good. Same as the smell with the strong roasted coffee and dairy/lactic-like flavor. Malts aren't sweet but roasty and not over-bearing. Sharp hop bitterness finishes things out. Balanced and well crafted. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is very good. A little over medium-bodied but lighter than "thick." Carbonation level is perfect. Great chewy texture and has a nice presence on the palate.

Drinkability is very good. Going down very easy. Almost thirst quenching.

Overall: Probably the best made standard American Stout on the market. Insane drinkability for the style. Always a pleasure to have. Highly recommended.

KingG, Nov 27, 2007
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,833 ratings.