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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,905 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,905
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 422
Gots: 330 | 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 BobbyBeerman
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at the Trader Joe's on Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle, WA. Reviewed 6/24/08. 12oz bottle poured into my tasting glass.

A: Dark, almost black. It's dark enough to fail the light test. My pouring method produced a thin tan head that faded leaving a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and maybe a little smoke.

T: The taste echoes the smell: roasted malts and chocolate with the coffee flavors coming across in the trailing edge.

M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Smooth feel. Could be smoother.

D: It's a stout through and through. It is easy to drink. I've shared this with friends and I hope to do so again.

BobbyBeerman, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of jakekohut
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of Jayjaye

Poured form a 12oz Bottle:

Poured very nicely with alot of head that settled quickly into a chocolate base....

Smelled like a stout should, coffee-chocolate and mocha hints very nice...

Tasted great with all the coffee-chocolate flavors necessary and at 6.4% this beer is very sessionable.. Excellent beer and I hope anyone who likes stouts gets to try this...

jakekohut, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black brew with a large foamy mocha colored head that lasts for a few minutes. An eternal half inch of foam lingers under a thick webbing of lacing.

S - A bit of coffee and faint chocolate.

T - A dark malty flavor with a bit of coffee, chicory and char. A touch of dark chocolate as well. Aftertaste is a charred bitterness with a hint of mossiness.

M - Smooth with a slight harshness from carbonation. A medium body, refreshing.

D - Pretty good. Worth a try. Worth having again. A decent stout, but far from the best.

mrasskicktastic, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours just a shade or two away from being completely pitch black with a nice tan head that provides some solid lacing. The aroma is dark and roasty with a good dose of coffee and chocolate. The taste is very well crafted with dark roasted malts with a good amount of roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. The drinkability of this stout is off the charts, I would love to be able to throw down a few more of these in one sitting. Overall, Obsidian Stout is a pretty damn tasty stout that is highly recommended.

cjgator3, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of turbine2475
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Largadeer for this beer:

A - Pours opaque black with a huge mocha head that has a very good retention and dissipates leaving a moderate lace.

S - Roasted malts, some chocolate, coffee, toffee, tobacco, and a slight smoke presence.

T - Strong roasted malts and grains, some burnt woods, and mild to light coffee and chocolate. Not Bad.

M - Light for a stout but not bad. Carbonation is in good balance. Burnt nature lingers on for a while.

D - Good brew, easy to drink and a decent ABV that allows you to have several without going too out of control. Lighter aspect is welcome for a good stout to have on a hot day like today.

turbine2475, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before 08/08/08. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Black with dark brown highlights, Dense finger-thick brown head that recedes slowly, leaving some lace

S: Roast, cream, chocolate, hint of dark-roasted coffee. A mild fruity character is noticeable, along with a touch of pine hops

T: The palate opens with a juicy pine hop bite, one that works with the dark roasted malt really well. Caramel is noted mid-palate along with some chocolate, this is quite fruity. Drying on the finish with a lingering grainy and hoppy finish, this is an excellent stout.

M: Surprisingly carbonated but with a great bitter finish, this is delicious

D: Easily drinkable.

Not as well balanced as the Cadillac Mountain Stout but still delicious.

DefenCorps, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours big and black. A cocoa-colored head forms up big, going above the glass and forcing a brief stop to the pour. The rest gets slowly dripped in as the foam settles. Leaves shiny lace rings as it goes down.

Aroma - fresh roasted grain, light chocolate notes. Good resilience and quite appealing.

Taste - sweet roasted grain, a good heavy roast providing some burnt espresso bean, bitter chocolate and mild char. The char hangs on at the swallow and works with the balancing hops to move things along. The aftertaste has a burnt/bitter hop flavor to it and hangs in there for a good ten seconds or more. Ends dry and roasty, very nice.

Mouthfeel - a touch thin, well-carbonated, some well-placed smoothness to help round out the flavors.

Drinkability - not one to hoard, but I like it.

brewdlyhooked13, May 20, 2008
Photo of zdk9
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black, not a great head, though I was drinking from a strangly sized goblet that I wouldn't chose for a stout (damn restaurants!). About half a finger of cocoa colored head, leaves very little lacing.

S- Roasted barley husks, slight bit of coffee, and after some warming, I can get a nice sweet orange citrus.

T- The taste really brings to mind cherries, there not really chocolate covered, or liquor filled, but just delicious cherry juice flavor. There is also some decent coffee grounds flavor. I'm liking the flavor, though I was expecting something more powerful.

M- Thinner than expected- and more importantly thinner than a stout should be- and more importantly, thinner than this stout with this flavor should be. I would really love some more creaminess to accompany the bitter roastedness of the beer.

D- Good flavor, but could use a powerboost. This is almost a session stout- the right flavors with not a lot of alcohol and fairly drinkable- granted it's a little high in alcohol for that, but hopefully that gives you a good idea of how the beer tastes.

zdk9, May 19, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to abankovich for this fine beer.

Appearance: It's pitch black in color. There's a little light peaking through at the edges, but not much. Mocha colored head is perched atop and is about two fingers deep. It lingers for a long time and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Very impressive.

Smell: The nose is dominated by roasted malts. They're very rich and enticing. Chocolate malts play a secondary role, but play their part well. Light coffee and hops are there, but buried a little by the strong malt aromas. There's a very faint smoked aroma on the tail.

Taste: Roasted malt flavors are dominant once again. It's a very nice flavor, but it's almost too strong. Chocolate malts provide a slightly sweet flavor. Coffee flavor is present, but very muted. Hops emerge and add a very welcome bite. They're stronger than the nose would suggest and give it much needed balance. It finishes dry, sweet and surprisingly bitter. No alcohol flavor is noted.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's thin and light bodied. It's smooth, but really could stand a thicker body. It lacks the creamy feel that would really elevate it to the next level. That being said, it's very easy to drink. At 6.4%, it's well suited for such an occasion. I could drink this all night and would be happy to do so.

Obsidian Stout's a very impressive beer. In my opinion, it'd be a little better if the roasted malts were toned down and the body were thickened a bit. But, it's packed with flavor and really is an enjoyable beer. It's been a treat. Thanks again, Adam.

prototypic, May 13, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to largadeer for this want extra!

Best by date of 3/8/08 on the 12oz bottle

Pours a dark black color with a light tan large head, very fizzy looking, leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell is very roasted, malt controlled, some coffee aroma from the roasted aspects.

Taste is strongly roasted but also has some woody burnt aspect, all malt taste with some coffee-ness, assertive carbonation, smoothness is a bit rough but decent.

deltatauhobbit, May 13, 2008
Photo of jmacdaddy2008
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First deschutes beer I have ever had.
Got a bottle in Denver from a friend along with a couple of the Abyss.
Beer poured jet black with a tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a tiny ring around the glass with bubbles
Has a good rich smell of chocolate and coffee. Let it warm a little in the snifter to see if any other smells come out...more coffee
Tastes malty with a bitter after taste might be from the coffee or hops
Decent stout very drinkable looking forward to the Abyss

jmacdaddy2008, May 05, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro tap at Papago, in Scottsdale, AZ. Appearance is a dark brown with an inch of tan head, leaving a thick lacing on the glass. Smells mildly of chocolate, coffee, and roasted nuts, and tastes a it smells, except for the fact that the flavors are mild compared to what I taste out of the bottle. The bartender told me it might have been put on the nitro-tap by mistake, but he wasn't sure. At any rate, it's got a silky creamy smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable, but the flavors are a notch less than I'm used to from this beer.

PhxHorn, May 04, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to younger35 for this one...

It pours an opaque black, slight reddish chestnut against the light at the very edge. Thick and sticky collar of foam, it coats the glass in sheets. Dry bittersweet chocolate aroma, with some light roasty notes.

Tasty, slightly dry and bittersweet chocolate with a mild dose of char. Medium-bodied, with a deep earthy roast in the aftertaste. Some mild coffee comes through too, from the residual leftovers.

Overall a really nice, sessionable stout. Clean, with strong flavors, well-rounded, everything a stout should be.

emerge077, May 03, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Only the slightest hints of brown around the edges. Otherwise jet black. One finger of mocha head.

S: Tons of roasted malt. Hints of chocolate. Sweetness in the back.

T: Starts off with a ton of roast with a sweet hint in the middle. Then it goes into chocolate and cocoa. Finishes sweet again with hints of chocolate.

M: Med to heavy body with a nice thick note. Slightly syrupy. Carbonation is dead on.

D: Great big beer taste without the drunken lawn mover ride to the store to get more! Seriously great beer. On nitro tap this would be sublime.

aerozeppl, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beer pours a very dark jet black color. With an aggressive pour the head stays for a few min. then leaves a trace of lacing.

S- Smells like a stout, however, strangely enough I smell creamed corn, very odd. My cat incidentally thought it smelled good and gave it a taste.

T- Strong taste of coffee, especially in the aftertaste. A touch of a Smokey taste as well.

M- Smooth and creamy at the same time. I wasn't expecting the carbonation as it is so dark you don't see it.

D- Not too bad, it isn't my favorite stout, but it isn't too bad. I'm using it as part of a BBQ marinade so we'll see how that turns out.

Overall not too bad of a brew.

Wetpaperbag, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of Avryle
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Super-duper black, some would say, obsidian, in color. One-finger tan head appears thin and disipates to just a ring around the edge of the glass

S- Dark, roasted malts & coffee with a hint of booze

T- Heavy on the dark roasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee & booze in the body. Finishes with a strong bitterness and cocoa powder

M- Full-bodied and creamy. Chocolate & coffee flavors linger

D- Pleased to be traveling through Deschutes distribution-land. Would be drinking this A LOT if it were available at home.

Avryle, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of Kemmerlin
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured very dark brown and looking black in the end absorbing all light that tries to go through it. 2 finger width head that was creamy brown in color and stuck around a long time leaving good lacing on the glass (this is the reason for the 5.0 score).

S: Smells of strong malts, slight alcohol, and chocolate which is very common for the style and is why I gave it a 4.0. Some added dimension would be nice.

T: Great taste leaving a very bittersweet chocolate aftertaste but goes in like a milk chocolatey brownies. You can taste the great use of malts and the slight hops inside as well.

M: A little heavy in the mouth but it does not affect the drinkability. There is no dry bitterness to it and everything blends very smoothly.

D: As I said before the drinkability is not affected by the heaviness and it goes down really well. The taste and smell leaves you wanting more which can be very dangerous at the bar. I really enjoyed this one and looking forward to our next meeting.

Kemmerlin, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz from Bel-Air

A - Black, dark mocha head, which dissipates very quickly. Lt-moderate carbonation.

S - Dark cherry-chocolate. Light alcohol presence.

T - Dark coffee, grassy notes, lightly earthy, and light dark chocolate.

M - Lightly bitter and moderately dry.

D Good, but the mouthfeel is nothing special. Also the alcohol presence is slightly alarming in a 6.4 beer.

MisterClean, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks JohnGalt1 for this one.
Best by 05/15/08.

Small capped bottle poured into a snifter, it is pitch black with a very nice chocolate colored head that drops a bit too fast, but leaves a lot of lacing.
Delicate aroma of roasted malts and chocolate, opening to a smooth taste of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. It is very nice, well balanced, but lacks some "edge".

brdc, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of EliteDigger
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to NCVBC for giving this to me in a recent trade as an extra!
A-Like it's name, it's a beautiful black colored body with nary a hint of light shining through the edges. A cocoa colored head makes a brief appearance, then gradually fades away to a thin ring around my glass.
S-Aromas of chocolate and roasted grains with a mild hopiness hiding in the background.
T-More of the same... Mild tastes of chocolate, coffee, toasted (close to burnt) grains and a pleasant bit of hops riding shotgun.
M-I'm so used to Impy stouts that this feels thin, but actually its very nice for a regular stout. Coupled with some good carbonation and it's got a nice feel.
D-While not overly impressive in any one area, this is a completely solid stout in all areas that I think a person would be more than happy to drink multiples of.
I'm sure this will go excellently with the fudge walnut brownie that I have sitting beside it. A very nice beer from Deschutes that I'm happy to have tried!

EliteDigger, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of cfleisher
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.

cfleisher, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of objectivemonkey
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.

objectivemonkey, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of jeonseh
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.

jeonseh, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
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.

cswhitehorse, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of edchicma
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.

edchicma, Mar 12, 2008
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
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