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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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1,056 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,056
Hads: 3,477
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 514
Gots: 616 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 1,056 | Hads: 3,477
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

With the initial pour, Obsidian Stout has a huge, thick, frothy mocha head. It recedes over time but still retains a reasonable cap and leaves some nice lace down the sides. The beer itself is impressively dark with just a little bit of a dark cherry edge.

The aroma is totally full of roasted flavor. Some dark chocolate and smokey tobacco complement the malt nicely, with a small bitter hop presence as well.

Dark roasted malt really dominates the flavor. There are some notes of coffee, smoke, and dark unsweetened chocolate. A citrus hop kick comes in at the end, and there is a modestly bitter aftertaste.

There is a bitter and slightly acidic feel, like a strong cup of coffee. The carbonation is creamy with a little bite and ends up being a little bit on the light side of medium. There is a light acidity toward the end of the sip.

This is a solid stout all the way around.

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Photo of Spikester
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best buy 10/20/07. Very close to pitch black in color. Thick, creamy mocha head. Very nice to look at! Good head retention and lace.

Roasty with milk chocolate notes, and very vinous in the nose.

Roasty flavor, with a citrusy bitter edge. Lots of fruit comes out as it warms, dark fruit to be more specific. Nice and rich.

Good body, and carbonation. Well balanced. Love the darker fruit flavors in this one, versus the typical coffee or espresso flavors. Nicely done.

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Photo of gunnerman
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of jakon
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best before date of 12-7-7.

Pours pitch black with an impressive mocha colored head which displays excellent retention and leaves webs of sticky lacing in its wake. The aroma is of roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee mingle with overpowered hops. Don't know how else to describe it, but there's a crayon-like aroma in there as well. Taste is lightly sweet at first and then turns deeply bitter. Especially in the back. The bitterness of the coffee flavor and hops combine to create an overall bitterness that hits you from all angles. There's also an earthy wood-like flavor in there. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Abrasiveness builds on the tongue as you dig deeper into the glass. This has been a longtime standby that I will continue to revisit as long as the fine folks at Deschutes keep sending it through the bottling line. A classic.

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Photo of Mark
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black color and a foamy tan head that left real nice lace. This stout had a nice roasted smoky taste. Good solid stout that can become a regular in one's repotoire. I enjoyed this with some lamb sausage, ground beef, baked potato and some sourdough bread. Great for a cold evening.

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Photo of hiku7
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in a tulip glass.

A - Pours the color of coffee with a big bold tan-brown head. As the head dissipates, a medium thick lacing sticks to the glass all the way down.

S - Caramel and molasses and other things dark, roasted, and delicious.

T - Caramel and coffee flavors up front with a mild hoppy finish that really balances the initial flavors. There is a tiny spiciness that comes through the carbonation on the tongue.

M - Smooth and creamy, with a mildly fizzy carbonation to finish every swig.

D - Pretty good. Even though I've been working my way slowly through a six pack over the winter, I wouldn't turn down a second or third in one night.

Very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Umbra
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via a secret santa with mwompus.
Poured an inky, opaque black with a thick two fingered dark tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Mochachino aroma, with maybe some alcohol soaked fruits as well.
Creamy choco coffee flavor with a finishing of bitter hops, cocoa, spiciness.
Mouthfeel was medium, with a creamy felling.
Extremely drinkable stout, especially with the ABV not blowing you off your seat.

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Photo of bmwats
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles slowly, leaving a thin blanket of foam remaining on the surface, dry residue on the glass, and a thick ring around the rim. Persistent spider web lacing.

S: Roasted espresso, dark chocolate, black licorice. Woody and nutty.

T: Bitter roasted coffee beans. Black licorice is somewhat prominent.

M: Bitter and biting. Hearty and earthy. Dry finish. Almost a little boozy.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really nice. Nice bubbly head, remaining foam, persistent spiderweb lacing. Nose is char roasted coffee, chocolate, and licorice. Bitter coffee beans and licorice are mostly outstanding. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of Avryle
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of ghostee
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep blackish-brown with a two finger cocoa head.

Smells cocoa and coffee. The dark roasted malts definitely come through.

Taste is similar to the nose, dark roast, dark chocolate, and coffee. Some bitterness comes through, though if it is from hops or the dark roasted malts I can't really tell.

Somewhat drying on the tongue.

Overall, a very solid stout. Nothing fancy or exciting here, but everything you'd expect out of a good stout.

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Photo of eatabagofbooger
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, almost black, coffee color with a large tan head. Almost totally opaque.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee. Hints of hops. Strong roasty smell.

T: Somehow makes me think of an American and an Irish stout. Rich, roasty flavor with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and citrus/pine hops like an American stout. A touch of dryness an a slight metallic twinge like an Irish stout.

M: Very smooth with a medium-full body. Carbonation seems subdued, despite the large head.

D: This is a wonderful stout-I could definitely see knocking back a fair few of these in an evening.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. This brew appears black in color with a finger of creamy tan head that holds quite well across the top and leaves a webbing of lace along the glassware. Large sized bubbles rise to the surface in support of the ring of head that holds close to the edge of the glass. A swirl reforms a finger of head back to the top.

The aroma of this brew is a mixture of fresh grain and some oat-like character and sweetness. There is a bit of a mineral aspect present that blends into citrus and fruity hops. Chocolate brings up the back.

The taste of this brew is clean and roasty with a bitterness that seemingly comes from the roastiness of the grain and not the hops even though there are hop characteristics present in the nose and a bit in the flavor. It lingers in the mouth with a crisp roasty quality with a touch of minerals mixed with citrus hops. The roast imparts a flavor of coffee across the back and into the finish.

This is a medium to full bodied brew that is modestly carbonated and smooth in the feel. It is easy drinking and a fairly solid representation of the style. Nothing flashy or showy about this beer, it is just done to style and it is done well. For more than 6% abv, it is hidden quite well.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Penn Pilsner pint glass. Thanks Jwelsh for the extra.

A- Obsidian Stout pours a dark black color with some brown showing towards the top. A aggressive pour yielded a 1 inch and building tan head so I slowed down. After the head settled it left a skim on the surface and spotty lacing.

S- I could smell this from 2ft so I know it has legs. A huge roasty profile with a deep malt scent and some chocolate and black coffee. This is near expiration so i'm guessing the hops have faded some but they show up. Charcoal and somewhat burnt.

T- A lot of burnt charcoal throughout with some sweet chocolate and coffee in between. getting some of the yeast as well. Burnt malt giving off slight toffee. After some time some bitterness comes forth so I guess some hops survived. Some fruit off in the distance.

M- More bitterness presided in the mouth as well but overall this one is a smooth sipper. Obsidian is a full bodied stout with ample carbonation. This one finishes a bit dry. The malts stand out the most and stick around the longest out of the flavors.

D- A great American Stout at a low abv which is great in this land of imperials. Not quite a session beer but I would drink a few. The burnt malt may wear thin after some time. Either way this was a treat and I would drink again. Would like to try a freshie to compare.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Diomede for this lovely should be want as an extra.

A- Pours dark brown from the bottle and a nice 1+ finger chocolate head forms. The body is very dark brown that borders on black. The head retention is something else ans is now foamy and starting to leave lots of lacing. probably about a half inch of thick forthy head left and I'm about to dive in.

S- Sweet malts and roasty-ness are the most obvious scents I'm getting with some mild hops and chocolate as well.

T- Big roasty coffee with some bittering hops take the front with some sweet malt and subtle chocolate. Nice combo of tastes.

M- the feel is a little thicker than medium and has smaller carbonation.

O- nice medium percent ABV stout. I wouldnt mind a few more of these

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Photo of pants678
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Father's Office in Culver City.

Comes out the deepest opaque chocolate brown with a creamy beige head.

Roasted chocolate and coffee malts.

This is about the closest I've come to pure milk chocolate in a beer. Though there's a touch of cinnamon and marshmellows (s'mores!) I would not call this complex, but it's not rich either. There's a nice balance of chewy flavors that's easy to sort through with the slightest hop finish.

The Obsidian is thick for sure, but it's a stout with just the right carbonation so I wouldn't have to struggle through the middle or end. Filling, without ending my night or obliterating my palate.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100th review - Served in a standard pint glass (thanks msubulldog25). Poured an opaque black; zero light penetration. Luscious coffee-colored three-fingered head with excellent retention that left behind concentric bands of thick sticky lacing during the tasting. Scent out of the bottle was coffee and malt (in glass was much more diffuse). Taste similar to nose with roasted coffee flavors much more pronounced; slightly burnt/astringent aftertaste lingers at the finish. Mildly effervescent and full-bodied mouthfeel (not as chewy as an RIS, but you definitely know it's there). Very drinkable and would be a regular if it was locally available.

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Photo of Brabander
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer with an in person trade with a BA. Last thiursday i decided to drink some dark beers and this was the second one i drank. Here we go!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks perfect. Derp deep very depp darkbrown fluid with the most wonderfull lightbrown head, tine bubbles all over the place.

For the rest i can say this is a good beer, no more no less. There is a nice coffee like laste and smell and the feel is a bit too thin, more alcohol would boost this one into the A+ league.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: 07/23/13

Poured into a snifter revealing a black body with a finger of brown head that retains and laces nicely.

An inviting aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate chip cookies.

Comes in roasty and chocolatey. There is a fair amount of hop presence providing bitterness and a touch of grassiness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth.

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Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian is a type of naturally-occuring glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock. Ok pours a typical black color with a darker tan tinted head that remained through the whole tasting. Some lighter brown hues around the edge.

The nose is limited overall but some US stout smells with roasted malts mostly coming out. Some lighter coffee and chocolate touches. Some DMS in the nose as well. I also pick out a touch of esters as well.

The taste is more balance and more distinct than the nose indicated. A nice roast presence with a more balance chocolate finish. Some astringency with black malt. The coffee flavor is also more prevalent but is light compared to the roasted malt. Some touches of caramel and as it warmed it was picking out DMS in the taste as well. A real deterrent in this beer.

The body is good with more of a mid than full feel. Even with the astringent bite there is a sweetness that stays even after tasting. A nice stout found in liquor store, but not sure if naturally occurring or not.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3/4" light brown head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.

S: Toasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Bitter toasted malt, black coffee and dark chocolate flavours all rolled into one. Its like a black coffee with cocoa in one hand, and a morning smoke in the other.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Its a very good stout, but it is definitely on the bitter side.

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Photo of bayougutter
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

/A vigorous pour yielded three fingers of dark black beer and three fingers of khaki creamy foam.

S: Roasted malts then cocoa, sweet date aroma. Toffee as well. Not all that strong of an aroma but a good one.

T: Followed the nose except that I got some hoppy/ coffee bitterness on the finish slightly.

M: Spot on mouthfeel for stout, not too thick but not watery. Nice carbination with good lacing until the end.

O: Impressive and very worthy of try. Nice job Deschutes!

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Photo of TBonez477
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reasonably fresh, started with a strong licorice flavor at cellar temp. This died as it warmed. Has strong roast flavor throughout and a bitter finish that lingers. Good mouthfeel on this one for the low ABV and medium carbonation.

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,056 ratings.