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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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94
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3,147 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,147
Reviews: 1,016
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 463
Gots: 451 | 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:
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 nataku00
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a straight sided glass. Pitch black, with no light visible through the bottle. Initial finger of light brown khaki head, foamy and stuck around for a good ten minutes.

Nose is dominated by bitter dark roasted malts, bit of coffee fruitiness, and dark caramel sweetness. Burnt sugar bitterness as well.

Dark malt and burnt sugar upfront after the first sip. Bitter throughout with a dark chocolate sweetness on the sweetness.

Smooth light bodied beer with fairly high carbonation is easy to drink but the light body makes it a bit similar to black butte.

Photo of bs870621345
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a half inch mocha head. Fades to a collar and leaves lacing down the glass.

Smells very roasted and hints of coffee.

Taste is very roasted and some coffee mixed in. Bitterness is from coffee. Finishes with a light sweetness

Mouthfeel is thick. Moderate carbonation that keeps it from being sticky.

Drinkability is good, very inviting in every sense.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dank, blackness on the pour with a pleasantly surprising mocha colored head. A little bit of lacing.

Roasted malts, a bit of chocolate. It's nice, but a little underwhelming.

Taste is bitter chocolate, a little espresso, heaps of roasted malts and a hint of sweetness.

Feel is medium in body, slightly carbonated, and nicely velvety.

Overall, a sold drinkable stout.

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

A - Inpenetrable black body beneath a medium tan head of a couple inches. Much thickness here with very solid stamina.

S - Coffee, anise and chocolate.

T - The superb combination of coffee, chocolate and black licorice make for a very bold stout flavor. This is the kind of flavor breers should be trying to craft when brewing a stout. This is a great.

M - Slightly coarse with each pull. The texture cultivates this brew to be sipped slowly.

~ This is the kind of stout you enjoy as a desert or a precursor to an evening out. Find some and drink some. This is the real deal.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed on a pleasant Saturday afternoon before Katelyn and Bled's wedding in Saint Paul.

A-Absolutely black beer, as should probably have been obivious based on the name. Fluffy brown head topped this brew.

S-Dry chocolate, slight roastiness, all blackish malt aromas with no perceptible hop aroma, and a hint of fruity esters.

T-Lots of burnt malts, some choco-coffee flavors moving this malt-centric beer forward. Hints of dark fruitiness play with some slight malty sweetness perceived.

M-Medim body, moderate level carbonation.

D-Tasty stout, and certainly represents the style well. It kind of blends in among the crowd, though, as far as the flavor profile goes.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The name doesn't lie as you watch this obsidian black liquid pour into the glass. A beautiful, off-white, brown-tinged crown sits on top. A least an inch and a half at first, but dwindles down to a steady 1/4 inch. Moderate carbonation. Some brown and mahogany hues. Dark and lovely. This looks like a solid stout.

S: Roast, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, and a hint of chalk in the aroma. Not as aromatic as some, but definitely smells nice. Maybe even a touch of smokiness. The hops don't come out strong, but seem to add a faint floral aroma in the background.

T: Beautiful dark chocolate flavors hit me at first. These are followed up by a deep roasty flavor reminiscent of a very dark roasted coffee. This is followed by some more, middle of the road chocolate flavors and even some nuttiness. In the back of my throat I get some smoky flavors as well. The hops provide ample bitterness without getting carried away. I don't get any specific hop flavor other than a slight citric twang in the back of the throat. There may be some slight piney flavors too, but they aren't present in every sip. Overall, the chocolate, roast and smoky flavors make this beer very rich and flavorful for the style. At the same time it isn't overpowering. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied, slightly chewy and very smooth. Finishes slightly astringent and dry. Some stickiness in the back of the throat. What stands out to me is the smoothness of the mouthfeel.

D: This was a damn fine stout. Like many craft brew drinkers, I grew up drinking Guinness. Had this been given to me instead, i would have thought Guinness tasted like water. This beer has wonderful flavors and equally beautiful drinkability. The only thing more I could ask from it is maybe just a hint more hop flavor. Otherwise this beer is pretty damn close to perfect.

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

A: Deep brown almost black - definitely one of the darker brews I have ever laid my eyes upon. Tan head fades quickly which would be acceptable if there was any lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted coffee, molasses and a hint of chocolate.

T: Average duration, light sweetness. Yeasty beginnings give way to a bitter cocoa finish.

M: Full bodied, oily and softly carbonated. Many feel this is creamy but I am not getting that reaction.

D: Solid American Stout definitely wirth drinking. My inexperience may be preventing me from awarding a higher rating...

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

A- Pours a jet black with about an inch of brownish head, which quickly subsides to about 1 cm, and then really slowly diminishes.

S- a bit of yeast, and roasted coffee malt, touch of dark chocolate.

T- little bit of yeast but then straight into the roastiness, a dark chocolate and black coffee, strong roast flavours. finish is a smooth cocoa bitterness. very nice and well rounded.

M- creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. slight bitterness at the back of the mouth on the finish. pretty good length too.

D- pretty good. smooth, creamy, not a hint of 6.4 per cent. could easily have a couple of these.

Photo of Naugros
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of three Deschutes offerings that I tasted on an Arizona vacation...and my least favorite of the three. Then again I am a lover of stouts and tend to be pretty particular when reviewing them so take this with a grain of salt. No, don't put salt in your beer, that would be silly...or a gose, but not if you salt a stout. What would you call a salted stout? Disgusting. Anywho...

If you've read many of my reviews of stouts and porters you'll notice that I never call any of them black...because they're not. Neither is this one, but it does come as close to black as any beer-like fluid I have seen. This would have given it high marks for appearance if it had not been for the overwhelmingly disappointing head. It's mocha in color but if you blink it's gone...almost entirely! Not at all acceptable in a stout and I know that the glass was not the culprit. No soap had been used, only steaming hot water, and it had been air-dried.

It smells like a standard stout with nothing to make it stand out. Lots of roasted sweetness in this but only a slight hint of coffee with no chocolate tones or other aromas to round it out.

The taste is different than most stouts as the bitterness seems to come more from hops than from the roasted malts. Underneath the toasted flavors I got a hint of orange in the aftertaste, which further supports my supposition that there are more hops here than typical for a stout. Interesting.

It comes off as a tad bit watery, similar to a milk stout in mouthfeel than a full-on stout, and not an especially good milk stout at that. I know this is not an imperial, but I want more body from a stout, otherwise I'd drink more porters.

The thinness of the body does make this very drinkable and although I panned the mouthfeel I did down this pretty darn quickly, however I was in no rush to open another but found myself wanting something different.

Photo of Andrew644
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black with a dark tan or light brown head.

S- chocoate and roasted malt smell

T- chocolate and the roasted malts blend well to create a flavor where they are both present. A hop presence is noticable but the flavor doesn't come through it is many just to balance the beer out I think.

M- smooth yet slightly crips, it is refreshing.

D- A nice stout, definately worth trying if you like stouts.

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

Realized I have yet to review this out of the bottle.

Appearance - black as night, nice mocha head that doesn't dissipate quickly, and good amounts of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malt, juniper, and sweet notes.

Taste - Roasted malt, balanced out my caramel flavors and sweetness, bitterness is very mild. Great balance.

Mouthfeel - thick, but not too thick, carbonation is just right, and a nice touch of creaminess.

Drink - this stuff is great, I have destroyed sixers of it before fairly easy. Despite it having a higher ABV then most beers you'd want to be drinking a sixer of.

I've never given a beer a 5 before, but I feel this beer deserves it. I buy it frequently and I believe it is one of the most balanced beers out there. I've yet to have another American Stout I'd rather drink.

Photo of yeoldeale
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking pour, black, and a tan head that hangs out for a little while. Really faint coffee and fruit smell. A little roasted malt in there too. The faint aroma is a bit misleading because the taste proves that this stout is one of the standard setters for American Stouts. Roasted malts up front, a bit coffee-like, a touch of hops, and nice touch of dryness on the back. Smooth. Really like this stout.

Photo of jera1350
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an obsidian black color with a two finger head that is light brown in color. The head is rich and creamy. Probably could cut it with a knife and it leaves sheets of lacing around the glass.

Has a RIS quality in the scent. Rich chocolate malt, lightly toasty, some vanilla and a hint of oak. A bit of booze comes through as well.

Really nice complexity for a non-imperial stout. Has to be one of the most flavorful regular stouts around. Rich toasty malt, chocolate and coffee notes along with vanilla, oak and a bit of blackberry jam. Toasty aftertaste.

Medium bodied full of soft carbonation. Very dry finish on the tongue.

A top notch stout, but I have to knock a few points off due to the strong roast here. I could have two of these, but that would be my cutoff. The roasty malts to take their toll on the palate, but by no means does that hurt the overall beer. One fine, fine brew.

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

Pitch black colour with a small tan head. It dissipates fairly quickly to a thin tan film over the top.

Earthy and roasty are the first things that come to mind in the aroma. There's a light sweetness as well. Moderate hops.

Mild malty sweetness teamed up with a nice hoppiness and some roast character. Not as full on as I expected.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

This is a tasty stout with plenty of flavour and a nice hop character too.

Photo of katybee
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful beer, full of flavor and character.

deep dark brown in color, true to the type it is totally opaque, with a 1" big, rich, cocoa tan head when poured, and lots of residual lacing.

There is no unusual smell to speak of, neither over the glass or after the pour emptied. Although if it is there, it is only lightly hoppy.

the flavor is wonderful roasted malts. I didn't detect any real coffee or chocolate notes, and no excessive sweetness. There is some light hops, and a slightly bitter dry aspect, that while it can be savored and rolled over the tongue, it is more of a pounder beer, rather than a sipper. Very different from the average lager. Solid flavor, not too much alternative aspects, just straight on toasted malt.

medium bodied, very smooth but not excessively creamy, with little if any carbonation tickle.

Highly drinkable when first poured, it did seem to lose a little of the flavor character and became slightly hoppy sour when flattened to room temp, but nothing really to complain about-- just not as sweet as some barelywine type ales.

Overall a straight-on great stout, very true to it's pedigree type, and the slightly higher alcohol content packs more punch than an average lager...just not as memorable as some of the other more flavored varietals--such as Lagunitas cappuccino stout.

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.

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.

Photo of isualum12
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jjanega08
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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.

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,147 ratings.