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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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3,085 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,085
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 452
Gots: 410 | FT: 10
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving
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Photo of devilben02
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is black with a fizzy but sticky cream-colored head that leaves a tangled web of lacing all the way down the glass that lasts until after the last drop of liquid is gone. The aroma is not very prominent, but there are hints of chocolate and dark caramel sweetness that are discernable. The flavor is a real winner, though, with a big bitter chocolate flavor and a subtle underlying sweetness. The heavily roasted malts are right out in front, but rather than being harsh, the dark roasted malts are quite mellow, allowing the flavor to shine without overpowering with bitterness. A fizzy carbonation makes this one go down easily, but I think I would have preferred a creamier texture. Overall, although this stout does not knock it out of the park in every aspect, the great flavor profile makes this one a great choice.

Photo of benclimbs
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

this is a pretty rad stout - this being said, its 27 degrees C outside and sunny, not a stout day but what the heck, it was a beer i hadn't had before.

pours incredibly thick and rich into a goblet with a massive brown cappuccino head and thick lacing down the glass - looks like a bad ass espresso shot - a little sediment is my only complaint.

smell is really not all there for me, a little bit of bitter coffee and cocoa notes, bit its pretty darn subtle for how big the taste is, the weakest part of this beer for sure.

Taste is alright! incredible rich bitter freshly brewed espresso, gobs of dark chocolate and some smooth dark, sweet dried cherries...mmm delish.

incredible, ridiculous mouthfeel, tastes as thick and smooth as any beer i've ever had - probably the strongest point of the beer is the mouthfeel - 5.5 points!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to hopsbreath and the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

My 500th review! [insert loud, slow exhalation/fake crowd cheer here] The beer pours a verrrry slightly translucent deept brown, highlighted in dark garnet, topped by a relatively short-lived finger of light ecru micro-foam. The nose comprises deep chocolate, molasses, caramelized sugar, dark roasted malts, and a vague background sense of roasted marshmallows. The taste focuses on the roastier notes, though the molasses and newcomer and cousin maple syrup lead an attempted and vain coup on behalf of the sweeter notes. A touch of smoke finds its way into the finish. The body verges on a heavy medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth and somewhat thin feel. Overall, a more-than-solid stout, one that I could easily see myself drinking on a regular basis, if possible.

Photo of tbizzle0
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle, solid black in color with a really nice mocha colored head.

Lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee on the nose, with that dark roasted malt smell and a bit of hops

Taste followed suit but there was a lot more prominent hop flavor on the finish, as well as a bit of tobacco. Definitely a tasty beer

Photo of bamadog
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel a little bad for my lower rating of this beer since I know it's very popular, but I feel that I've been spoiled by so many great stouts that I've become a little pickier and judgmental. Deschutes still rocks, though. Review is from notes taken on 6/17/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: The pour is black and starts with a scant 1/4 finger dark brown head that fades immediately to nothing; body is entirely opaque; an oily residue and very thin strands and spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Super solid! Lots of sweet and bittersweet dark chocolate; burnt roasty coffee grounds come through in the maltiness; the nose is very robust and almost makes me hungry for a Hershey's dark chocolate bar.

Taste: A bit of a let down in the end, but still not awful. Taste is thin and watery, flavor is bitter and dark, with burnt roasty maltiness and a faint bittersweet chocolate; bit of an oaty presence in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery for a stout... Carbonation is soft and fairly smooth; a pleasant stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth; body is of medium weight and really not too heavy. If the flavors were a bit better, and the body was a bit thicker, this beer really would have done much better in my eyes.

Drinkability: Meh, sadly, I could kind of take it or leave it. I really remember this being better when I lived in Oregon, but oh well. I feel the flavors are OK, but deceiving at the same time due to the amazing smells blasting out of the glass -- if only the flavors matched the smells.

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

A: Pours black with a fair amount of puffy, tan head. I would say this beer is very aptly named for its appearance. Lacing is left around the glass as you drink.

S: Smells of roasted (think: burnt) malts and dark chocolate with a floral hop aroma. Not much in the way of coffee, but there may be some dark fruits in there. Definitely something sweet and cloying, but I can't pinpoint it.

T: Roasted malts and hops shine up front, followed by a lush, dark chocolate and toasted finish. Not overtly complex, but sometimes I prefer that. The lingering flavor is of burnt malts and an alcohol bite. At 6.4% ABV, I think the alcohol has been masked pretty well, but it's still detectable, especially in the aftertaste.

M: This beer has a pretty heavy body with some chewiness, the perfect amount of carbonation and not overly syrupy. It's not motor oil, but it's definitely on the heavier side.

D: Don't get me wrong, this beer tastes like the nectar of the Gods, but it sits pretty heavy in my stomach. I don't think I could drink more than 2 of these. That said, I would never shy away from this beer, especially during the winter months or whenever I'm in the mood for a good stout.

Not the best stout out there, but it's definitely one of the better ones, especially for the price and availability. I have yet to be disappointed with Deschutes brews.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Deep, deep, dark black pour. About a finger of tan colored foam doesn't hang around for very long, but sticks nicely.

Char and chocolate dominate the nose. The toasted coffee component takes the lead, but there's definitely some sweet chocolate underneath.

Very roasty, ashy flavor. Again, there's some sweet chocolate, but it disappears behind smoky roast. The flavor even starts to take on a meaty (bacon) flavor.

Medium-heavy body. Soft carbonation. Plush texture. Not the most drinkable beer. The immense roasted character makes it a challenge to drink at times. Astringent flavor is tough to handle at times. I hope to try this again, much closer to the source.

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2 inches of tan head.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee.

t - Taste follows the nose; lots of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. Hints of dark fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth.

d - A nice stout. Great chocolate smell and taste, would try again.

Photo of Lunch
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired from a trade with Bardwashrind as a generous extra (Thanks!) into my Cigar City snifter at the appropriate temperature (06/09/10)

A: Pours a really dark and deep brown that is nearing black. A large 2 finger head with great retention and lacing.

S: Aroma consists of lots of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Some bitter dark chocolate is in there as well.

T:The flavor follows that nose and roasted malt, coffee and chocolate dominating the profile. Some nice bitterness is found as well. This beer really shines as it warms to around 55 degrees as a creamy cocoa come out.

M: Medium-bodied with some appropriate carbonation and some creaminess.

D: Very easy to drink and the 6.4% abv is nowhere to be found.

Overall this was a very nice American Stout that is certainly worthy of its praise. Thanks again André! Recommended.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into tulip.

A- Nice bark body, mild brown sugar head that isn't very large. Fizzes out quickly but leaves nice lacing.

S-Big dark fruit note. Some bitter chocolate. Molasses for sure.

T- Follows the nose. Fruity, chocolate, some coffee. A bit of a tartness in the finish. Dark chocolate. Pretty solid. Bit of a hop bite shines through after a few sips. Bump for that. I like hoppy stouts.

M- Good body, a bit thinner than I was expecting but works with the flavors. Decent carbonation, could have done with a bit more to help move it across the tongue.

D- Fairly high, I'd buy it if I had access to it. Not a knockout but no slouch.. another solid Deschutes beer.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle (best-by date 02/17/10, batch 2042A) into an oversized red wine glass. Big thanks to MSulinsky for this one.
A: Black with slightly brown hues, it poured with a good creamy chocolate head.
S: Smokey banana caramel malt with a charred aroma and rum alcohol. It is very inviting.
T: Smokey, but more subdued than expected, and it leaves a sticky charred flavor. Everything else is what you'd expect from the smell.
M: Thicker, yet creamy and frothy.
D: Really good. Too bad we can't get this one in Ohio. It would be another stand-by.

Photo of Zekezilla
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a recent trip to Portland. Not being overly familiar with West Coast breweries, I honestly didn't know that I was in so many tasty samples while there. This one was probably my favorite. Pitch black in appearance. Very smoky, taste. In fact, I really hadn't experienced "smoke" in taste/smell until I tried some porters and stouts in Portland. Exceptionally drinkable. Makes me wish I lived in Portland!

Photo of Ragedman
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! A dark black stout just like obsidian. I drank out of the bottle but I did pour a bit into the glass to confirm this beer is dark.

The smell is the best parts. I could have swarn all I was smelling was chocolate. It was just astouding, couldn't wait to try it.

The taste wasn't as good as the smell, but its still quite appeasing. Chocolate, malts, some tobacco, possibly raisins, it's quite a nice combination. Aftertaste of alcohol and a slight bitterness.

Obsidian stout has the perfect mouthfeel. Carbonated just enough to make the beer super easy to drink and really enjoy.

If you enjoy a good, strong stout beer then it would be a sin for you not to buy a six pack.

Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro tap at Rose & Crown.

This beer pours black, like the volcanic rock (sorry, I stole that from the description) with a two-finger tan head and great lacing.

Aroma is a little muted by the nitro foam, but a little straining of the nostrils reveals a pleasant smell of rich chocolate and roasted malts, with maybe a little coffee as well.

This is a solid, satisfying beer with a rich roasted malt flavor (sorry, stole that from the description again). Damn, this one is chocolatey. The dark chocolate Ghirardelli chips I am eating for breakfast this morning as I write this (breakfast of champions I know) remind me of this beer. It is roasty as well, with notes of coffee and charred volcanic ash, which is fitting given the name.

Extremely smooth on the mouthfeel, which I know is helped by the nitro, with medium-full body. Some slight drying from the roastiness.

This beer reminds me of the world's largest obsidian flows at Newberry Volcano--just a few miles south of the brewery. "The Big Obsidian Flow," as they call it, covers more than 700 acres with shiny black obsidian. (Yep, stole that too.) Ok, here's something original: This beer was good. I liked it.

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap during my wife and I's lovely trip to Bend, OR in August 2009.

A: Pours jet black with a nice deep tan head.

S: Loads of chocolate atop a slightly sweet roasted malt base.

T: Good amount of chocolate alongside coffee and roasted malt. Nice balance between everything.

M: Medium body with lighter carbonation and a bit of a chewy nature.

D: Very nice all around. Nothing too outstanding, but a quaffable, fairly low abv dark brew, which I'm always happy to find.

Photo of BDJake
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- super dark brownish black, with little head or retention

S- roasted coffee up front, with bitter dark chocolate and rich dark malts

T- much like the smell, but even more amplified as it warms up, with a nice touch of hoppiness in the finish

M- medium gravity, coating your tongue well, with a dry and bitter finish

D- a very sessionable everyday stout from a solid brewery most well known for it's juggernaut imperial stout

Photo of grittybrews
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, solid black into a tulip with two fingers of frothy, dark tan head that was slow to dissipate and left lots of robust lacing.

Aroma wasn't overpowering...roasty and a little watery, like an iced mocha. Roasty profile becomes more pronounced and complex as the beer warms.

Lively flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, and toast, with a slightly hoppy and earthy bitterness on the long espresso-like finish.

Refreshingly light mouthfeel for a stout, especially given the full flavor. Balanced, complex, and very drinkable!

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. Pours a dark black color with a very small tan frothy head...that dissapates quickly. Light lacing...fizzy and quick sliding.

Aroma is very light...small coffee notes. Malts, slight hops. Coffee notes are definitely on the over-roasted mark.

Mouthfeel is medium to light for a stout. Carbonation is high. Coffee notes are strong throughout. Booze is low, infact not really noticable at all. This beer should be drank at cellar temp for sure. Fridge temps seriously hurt the flavor on the palate. Overall though, a good stout from Deschutes. I was hoping for more, but not bad at all.

Photo of Cowboystout
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought in a bottle and poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - A very nice, just short of one finger head. Tan, foamy but not too foamy, very smooth looking. The color of the beer is completely black, very dark, can't see light through the beer.

Smell - Roasted smell, you can smell chocolate. Slight hoppy smell but not overpowering. Very rich aroma.

Taste - Fantastic taste. The head is foamy and rich and has a mocha taste. The taste of the beer was chocolaty as well with some coffee tinges. Flavors jump out of the glass.

Mouthfeel - Very rich, dry and extremely flavorful.

Drinkability - Great. The rich flavors coupled with the very smooth feel in your mouth makes this a beer that I would drink repeatedly. This beer will be a part of the regular rotation.

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

Pours black, no light comes through. Has a 2 finger tan head recedes down to a creamy one finger head that lingers a while. Lots of lacing.

Has a smell of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Has a sweetness to the smell.

Taste follows the nose, with roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Has a strong taste of dark fruit, with some booziness. Finishes with some bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with higher carbonation. Feels slick on the tongue and coats the mouth.

Drinkability is high. This is a great stout, goes down easy. I can have a few of these.

Overall this is a balanced and delicious stout that I wouldn't hesitate to have again next time I have the opportunity. I do wish the booziness was more well hidden.

Photo of Banger530
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle.

Poured a deep black. A little more than a finger of a dark tan head.

Smells of sweet chocolate with a roasted hint.

Taste like a hint of chocolate, roasted malt. Leaves a burnt coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel, coated the mouth, in a good way. Lightly carbonated with a light to medium body.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. A nice balance of flavors, definitely will be picking this up again.

Photo of Armand
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stored slightly chilled. Perfect temp. Poured into a tulip glass. Dark chocolate color with a nice brown head that slowly dissolved. Smells of malt. Smokey with hints of chocolate and coffee. Rich taste that went down smooth. Great pairing with chocolate cheesecake.

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

Pours deep black with offwhite poofy head, great looking stout.

Aroma is smoky, chocolaty, tobacco, lots of smoke.

Milk chocolate, dark malt, smoke and tobacco, leaves a light sweetness in the mouth.

Tasty and drinkable, great beer, the smoke and tobacco flavors would probably keep me from ordering more than one.

Photo of colts9016
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Samuel Adams perfect pint at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A rock solid one finger head that is a medium tan color. The head is foamy and creamy. The color of the beer is opaque. The clarity of the beer is opaque also. The head is leaving lacing on the glass.

Nose: A nice roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and the burnt character. The hops are subtle, the aromas are fruity esters and wood. There is a light phenol and solvent aroma.

Taste: A rich roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, burnt character, coffee, wood, and fruity esters. There is a subtle phenol and resin taste.

The mouth feel of the beer is creamy, rich, dry, and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This is a wonderful American stout. The beer has depth, contrast, and flavor. I am glad I can get this beer.

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

Poured into a pint glass, pours a jet black with a creamy tannish head that leaves insane amounts of lace on the glass. Smell is roasted/smoked peat moss. Taste is spot on with the smell, a slight hop bitterness toward the finish. I can smell smoked meat, a bit of coffee grounds, with smooth creamy finish. Not to sweet but dead on with the style and one that I truly enjoyed overall this is one fine damn offering of a stout.

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,085 ratings.