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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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2,685 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,685
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 400
Gots: 273 | FT: 10
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

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Photo of UpToMeBeer


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Wow. This is the creamiest, thickest, chewiest nitro-stout I've had. It is a sheer joy to savor in the mouth after admiring a one-inch thick head and decent lacing. Don't let the full-bodied character intimidate you if that's a danger... This is a very drinkable, pleasant beer.

Smell-wise, it's rather standard with hints of chocolate and coffee. It tastes like stouts of similar quality; the thing that sets it apart are the body and creaminess. A definite advantage I had, even here in Colorado, was getting served on nitro (thank you Taps, in Fort Collins).

06-07-2011 02:00:52 | More by UpToMeBeer
Photo of Imstillthegman


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Cool, rainy day here in the First State...perfect for a nice stout.

Pours black as night with a nice peanut butter colored head. Some nice lacing remains behind.

The smell is a blend of strong coffee, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and a bit of dark fruit. Gets even better as it warms a little bit.

Roasted barley, bitter bakers chocolate, coffee, molasses and then a touch of bitter coffee at the finish. Very good. The bitterness is actually very enjoyable and this beer wouldn't be half as good without it.

Smooth, creamy, fuller bodied beer. More carbonation than I expected, but it works. Very easy drinking stout. More than one bottle wouldn't be a problem...and that's rare for me and stouts. Hopefully I can get more of this someday.

08-20-2007 21:35:32 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of JackieTH


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: Opaque brown-black with a finger of tan head that slowly recedes, leaving nice lacing all around.

Smell: Coffeehouse scents along with roasted malt and a trace of chocolate.

Taste: A fleeting hint of molasses sweetness followed by heavily roasted malt, dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee. Hops are discovered toward the end imparting distinct character into a loooong slightly bitter, slightly burnt and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy. The carbonation is mild to moderate and adds nicely to the character of the beer.

Drinkability: Perhaps one of the most drinkable stouts I've had recently. It was easy to drink three 12-oz bottles at one sitting. Looking forward to more.

09-23-2010 14:28:28 | More by JackieTH
Photo of Schmittymack


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Next to last brew for me tonite at my local watering hole; finally getting around to reviewing it. Poured a dark brown/nearly black with a very creamy head that disapated rather quickly. Nose picked up a little roasted malt; nothing else. Taste was great. Chocolatly malty goodness with no bitter after taste. As it warmed, it just got better and better--I even splashed a bit of Lindeman's Framboise into the last three ounces or so to make a GREAT raspberry stout. I don't think this little brother of Abyss gets any respect: I'd do more than a couple in a sitting.

10-02-2010 07:39:42 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of IronLover


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Deep brown to black in color. Poured with a frothy, steady, longlasting beige head that leaves huge, thick sheets of lacings on the glass. Mellow chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Velvety smooth, with a delicate feel, but at the same time a bit thick. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavors up front and into the middle. Bitter hops begin to show thru in the middle as the raosted malt flavor deepens to a nearly burnt flavor, but never actully gets there. Dark roasted malt flavors, with a hint of coffee through to the finish. Finished semi-dry with roasty, bitter hop aftertaste.

06-28-2011 17:54:44 | More by IronLover
Photo of leedorham


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

This beer is widely available in my area and, since I am a stout lover, it is one of my regular selections. I somehow thought I'd already reviewed it but I guess not.

Pours a rich dark brown with a tan head that has good staying power.

Full malt aroma with noticeable acidity and sweetness. A bit of bite from the hops maybe.

The taste is rich and balanced like a gourmet coffee but not so rich as to be prohibitive of indulgence. The carbonation is just right. Only enough to give it a little "sparkle" on the palate. There is a constant background of malty sweetness but it does not take away from a full hop aroma and taste.

This is about as good as a stout can be without being taken to the Imperial level.

01-14-2007 04:06:27 | More by leedorham
Photo of ccrida


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet,
Obsidian Stout is black with a very dark tan head that quickly settles to a thick skim, leaving scattered lace.

Smell is very robust, freshly ground coffee and bakers chocolate. I could stand just a flash of sweetness, but it's really phenomenal. I should start mixing this with my coffee for those lazy fridays - or painful mondays!

Taste is also very intense, but really well rounded, lots of bittersweet chocolate, a flash of condensed milk and hint of herbal hops. A bit of waxy phenols that I could see tampered is my only complaint. Lingering, roasty finish, normally this kind of profile would be too astringent for me, but this is just so damn good, truly in a league of it's own.

Mouthfeel is awesome, super creamy, espresso like, for a bottled beer, wow. They cite the krausening on the bottle, and it really shines. Still, a touch thick for the heft.

Drinkability is dangerously high. If you like American stouts, this is one of the best, period. The fact they they can maintain such a luscious mouthfeel in the bottle is a true testament to their skill. A masterpiece.

12-22-2008 16:12:17 | More by ccrida
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Obsidian is a good description of the color, so black that no light passes thu. Has a little bit of a dark tan head. The aroma is a heady mix of chocolate and coffee with a little licorice in the background. A good solid roasted malt flavor with a bit of chocolate on the tip of your tongue and a rush of coffee along both sides of the tongue. The roasted malt makes it self at home at the back of your throat on the finish.

07-29-2004 23:50:48 | More by ybnorml
Photo of DoctorDog


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a nonic. "Best by 05/28/09" is stamped onto the label. Big thanks to pokesbeerdude for sending me this in a trade!

A- Essentially black, completely opaque in appearance. 3 fingers of frothy, creamy, light brown head, which fades extremely slowly to a thin cap. Lacing is thick, sticky, and prevalent. Has to be a 5.

S- Sweet, slightly earthy roastiness, with hints of coffee.

T- Moderately sweet, malty roastiness. Lightly smoky/burnt/dark coffee flavors. Very slight hint of dark fruitiness. Solid smoky bitterness lingers on the finish.

M- Moderate carbonation, medium-full, creamy, and smooth.

D- Outstanding. All elements of this brew are above average to out-of-sight. This is a really good beer, and a pleasure to drink.

Future outlook: Obtained in a trade and not available here...the price is apparantly quite reasonable....once you pair that with the superb quality, it makes it a damn shame that it is unavailable here.

05-20-2009 02:48:35 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of drseamus

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

A: This beer has a good jet black body with a thin mocha head that falls quickly leaving just a very thin layer.

S: This beer has a powerful chocolaty coffee aroma with bunch of roasty overtones.

T: The flavor is just like the aroma. There is a bunch of chocolate initially followed by some good coffee and roasted malt notes. This is a great tasting beer. The nice thing is about this beer is that there isn't a bunch of bitterness which is common with beers that have a bunch of chocolate with them.

M: The body on this beer is nice and full. Suits the beer very nicely.

D: This is one of the best stouts I've had. A perfect example of the style.

04-30-2007 04:58:03 | More by drseamus
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%

Bottle received in a trade, poured into Southern Tier tulip.

Pours very dark black, with a one inch mocha head. Small globs of lacing down the glass.

Smells roasty and chocolatey, with a little bit of licorice and vanilla.

The tastes are pretty similar, lots of dark, bitter chocolate, mild smoke, vanilla, and some great roastiness. The best part about this stout is that the flavors all meld into a singular beast- no one flavor is beating you over the head, the flavors are well integrated. One of the most drinkable stouts in the US.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, relatively dry finish for an American stout.

Amazing stout, makes me wish we got Deschutes here in New York.

03-06-2013 01:05:49 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of BierJager89


4.46/5  rDev +6.2%

A: Redish brown only when poured, otherwise black, with a medium brown head.

S: Bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt in the nose, as well as some molasses.

T: Big dark chocolate and molasses, decent amount of roasted malt and a touch of black coffee. A bit sweet.

M: Medium-full bodied, and a bit over carbonated, but not so much so that it really matters.

O: One of my favorite stouts. Definitely worth a try.

01-18-2014 19:00:27 | More by BierJager89
Photo of dmgeng


4.46/5  rDev +6.2%

I really like stouts but I bought the sampler pack for the porter and this was the last I tried. It seems I saved the best for last.

A - Black color but still slightly clear. Light brown head with coarse bubbles and nice lacing.

S - Tremendous stout aroma with the traditional malt along with caramel/chocolate/roasty tones. All of the flavors swirl together seeming to create an invitation for you to smell it some more.

T - Very similar to the smell this beer is full of malty goodness that coats the palate with the chocolate and roasted characters that I was expecting. The flavor is strong with sweetness but is balanced with the coffee/roasted/burnt character that can hint on your palate after you swallow. Light bitterness is there but the overall flavors linger and make you wish you had a bigger glass. There is really no hop character but with all of the other flavors it isn't a bad thing here.
M - Moderate to high mouth-feel, definitely not as high as a RIS. Light carbonation perfect for the style. The substantial body with a more moderate ABV makes this brew a delicious finishing beer.

Overall, this is probably one of the best "standard" american stouts you can get. I could understand someone wanting an imperial over this but it is a great beer and the best part is you have no qualms drinking more than a few and enjoying it longer since it is not >10% ABV. If you like darker beers you will most likely fall in love with this one. Will try to make a clone and hope it comes out half as good as this one is.

Glass- Stout glass (looks like a compromise between a tulip and a snifter)

08-14-2014 15:08:22 | More by dmgeng
Photo of warnerry


4.45/5  rDev +6%

Best by 10/16/11; consumed 8/26/11

W -Pours black with three finger brown head that settles to half a finger. Leaves small amount of lacing.

S - Loads of chocolate and roasted malts, along with some nice coffee and a noticeable hop presence.

T - Luxurious chocolate, mostly bittersweet with a bit of milk chocolate, and deep roasted malts. Nice bitter hop presence in the middle. Mostly roasted malt on the finish. Excellent flavor profile.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not overly thick. With lively carbonation and an earthy and bitter finish.

O - An excellent stout. Maybe too much hop presence for some, but it worked for me.

08-26-2011 21:10:56 | More by warnerry
Photo of Stigs


4.45/5  rDev +6%

12oz bottle, served in a DFH signature glass

A - pours a solid inch+ of tight frothy, dark khaki colored foam, already leaving a sturdy layer of lace around the glass as it slowly falls. the beer is pretty much pitch black, with a seemingly healthy amount of carbonation.

S - starts off with a huge whiff of dark roasted malts, bitter coffee, some dark milk chocolate, healthy amount of earthy hops, burnt toast...big bold and impressive.

T - whoa, starts off quite a bit sweeter than expected. some dark fruits come into play, very ripe plums, before the bitter roasted malts take over. slightly burnt coffee is present throughout. picking up healthy amounts of toasted coconut that plays nicely with some mild mlk chocolate. finishes with dark chocolate and bold earthy hops. excellent balance between sweet and bitter. lovely.

M - medium bodied and just a tad hot on the carbonation, but nothing that letting it sit for a few minutes doesnt take care of. crisp flavors but also a tad oily.

D - one of, if not my favorite American Stout. bold where it needs to be, and graceful in all the right places. has all the elements of a wonderfully crafted beer. cheers to Deschutes for this one.

02-20-2010 06:31:23 | More by Stigs
Photo of SamuelJackson45


4.45/5  rDev +6%

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.


10-24-2010 15:32:42 | More by SamuelJackson45
Photo of peabody


4.45/5  rDev +6%

Pours out really black and clear with 1/2 finger of tan suds that quickly dissapate.Swirlling reveals lots of lacing.
Smell is black coffee and sugar. Malty dark hot chocolate. Not much else but it is such a sweet prominent aroma.
Taste is bitter coffee at first because of the aroma ,then the sugary malt comes into play quickly leaving and being replaced by the black sharp bitterness that slowly falls back into a malty sweetness. This one is complex as all get out.
I rate this higher than the Victory Storm King because of the blackness upfront. Both are excellent though. Each is so different.
This one is so Black though. I like a nice malty blackness and this one serves me right.

01-26-2007 00:30:16 | More by peabody
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.45/5  rDev +6%

Thankyou to PhilHyde for this beer. Pours an opague black. Extremely thick creamy light brown heading. Tremendous ringlets of lacing all the way to the last sip.

Smell is outstanding.Whiffs of roasted malt,chocolate,brown suagr aroma.

Taste is awesome. Again a heavy roasted malt taste.There is a heavy brown sugary smack quickly after the beer has wandered the palate. Subtle touching of hotter alcohol. Subtle bitter bite in the finish.

Mouth super smooth,with a medium body and an amazing sugary kiss.

Although it is a very basic stout it is amazing. Damn I wish Deschutes was a little more available in my area. Such good stuff.

02-03-2011 02:39:00 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of YonderWanderer


4.45/5  rDev +6%

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!

12-13-2007 03:05:00 | More by YonderWanderer
Photo of marcusR111

Alberta (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +6%

A- Obsidian well represents this beer as the color is almost black. light brown head.

S- Definately smell the chocolate and espresso with the smokiness of the roasted barley

T- Very good, roasted malt and black barley. Chocolate and coffee make an appearance in the back.

M- Lots of carbonation

D- I could drink a whole six pack in one sitting

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 00:51:27 | More by marcusR111
Photo of Deuane


4.45/5  rDev +6%

A-Deep, light absorbing black with a huge, fluffy tan head that lasts and lasts, leaving heavy coating.

S-Hefty wafting of dark roasted malt, a bit of sweetness, chocolate and an interesting sour twang...in a good way.

T-Rich, roasted malt sweetness up-front that is cut quickly by bitter raosted twang of the roasted barley. A bit of dark chocolate and espresso. Fairly strong hop bitterness provides a nice balance for the roasted barley.

M-Meadium body with a smoothness that doesn't quit. Rich, roasty flavours linger long! Nice aftertaste punch from the hop bitterness.

D-Man! "Only" 6.4% with all of that flavour, it's made year round and "easily" accessable! Fine work by the folk at DeSchutes, this is a world class beer. IMHO, this may be one of the best "everyday" drinking stouts around.

08-06-2008 07:46:37 | More by Deuane
Photo of bfields4


4.45/5  rDev +6%

Black with an nice amber hue. Large frothy mocha head that laces the glass.

Espresso roasted malts rule the smell. faint hint of dark fruits.

Light nice roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso there's a nice smokiness and even a lite hop bite. All the flavor of a big boy packed into a 6.4%

Smooth and creamy. Light and utterly drinkable. This could def become my new stout of choice.

09-01-2009 04:17:20 | More by bfields4
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +6%

A - Pours pitch black, finger of nice mocha head with solid retention and leaving some fine sticky lacing.

S - Sweet milk chocolate and honey, touch of vanilla, and a nice espresso finish with the faintest bitterness.

T - The milk chocolate flavours are dominant with a dark cocoa finish, the espresso comes through on the tongue as it warms, and lingers with a bitter leafy hop. This stuff is delicious.

M - Nice medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness. Not chewy or overly thick. Very impressed.

D - At 6.4% I could drink this stuff all night. Perfect for a cold winter afternoon, or for any occasion where you're looking for a full flavoured stout that won't bog you down with complexity.

02-21-2011 00:12:01 | More by andrenaline
Photo of Elimination


4.45/5  rDev +6%

This beer is one of my favorites, not only for the availability of such a rich dark stout, but the price cant be beat.

Look is a deep dark black, foamy white/brown mocha head

Smell Rich chocolate, cocoa, a bit of carmel strong coffee. For a stout that comes in a 6 pack, this is right up there with the big boy bottles.

Taste dark chocolate, coffee, cappuccino, sweet yet rich.

Mouthfeel is thick as can be, but smooth going down.

Drink for a stout its very high, but its not one to have a slammed 6'r in a night.

08-12-2010 00:37:43 | More by Elimination
Photo of 321jeff


4.45/5  rDev +6%

Pours a dark black with two fingers of mocha colored head. Leaves some nice sticky lacing as it fades to a thin layer.

Aroma is fairly mild yet complex. A nice mix of chocolate, coffee, some molasses and what seems to be a citrus hop profile as well.

Taste begins with some chocolate up from and moves on to some bitter roast coffee and some molasses. There is also a very slight citrus sweetness in the background. Great flavor, balanced and consistent.

Fairly thick in body with plenty of prickly carbonation. Very smooth all the way through. Overall, a very well balanced and enjoyable stout that I would love to make a part of my regular rotation. Definitely lives up to the hype of being one of the best stouts out there.

01-03-2011 02:03:52 | More by 321jeff
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,685 ratings.