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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,581 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,581
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 393
Gots: 238 | 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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OldSock

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – 12 oz bottle with hop cones embossed onto it, obtained in a trade with Gueuzedude. In my snifter this stout is black with a thin tan head. The head falls to just a thin coating within a few minutes, but there is nice lacing.

Smell – Coffee and chocolate with some milk sweetness. It is a nice stout aroma, with just a hint of hops and alcohol.

Taste – Similar to the smell, coffee with a creamy sweetness that is really good. Very smooth flavor with just a hint of roasty bitterness in the aftertaste. Certainly not an overly complex flavor, but it is just really well done.

Mouthfeel – Full with medium-low carbonation. Just what a stout should be.

Drinkability & Notes – Easy to drink, because of the great flavor and perfect mouthfeel. In my experience this is one of the better American single stouts out there, I really wish this was available here on the East Coast.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 21:20:01 | More by OldSock
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

A: Dark as the stone this beer is named after...a creamy mocha-colored 1-finger+ head which lingers a long time and leaves trailing lace.

S: Big brown sugar & roasted dark malt, dark chocolate and some juicy ripe cherries. Espresso beans and a hint of alcohol.

T: Bittersweet chocolate upfront with a tangy lemon-citrus sourness. Roasted coffee and ample bitter hopping - transcendent flavors - extremely good.

M: Full creamy mouthfeel with a nice full body and mild carbonation. A little clinging bitterness.

D: Just a terrific stout...I'm fortunate to live in Oregon where I can get this one anytime. It's been a while since I've had this, I'd forgotten how delicious Obsidian is. Highly reccommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 23:18:09 | More by msubulldog25
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goschool

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours about as close to black as possible with a reddish-tan head. The mouthfeel is chewy and the carbonation level is noticeable, nice and not too high. The flavors are remarkably complex- roasted malts, coffee and chocolate followed by a bitter hoppy finish. Obsidian is a top-notch stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 08:06:46 | More by goschool
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mickeymac

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been a great week. After never coming across Deschutes, I've had a chance to try Black Butte Porter, IPA, and Obsidian in the course of a few days. This is my favorite of the three I've tried so far. Just the faintest trace of light shows through the inky darkness. The head is a tan monster that sticks to the side of the glass and leaves little islets over the top of the beer. Roasted malt, coffee, and just a trace of nut swirl around nicely. A nice hop bitterness kicks in at the end to make things even more interesting. Drinkability? It could be dangerous at this abv.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 05:32:38 | More by mickeymac
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katybee

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 06:29:20 | More by katybee
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 00:13:33 | More by jjanega08
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starkmarvelo

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Obsidian Stout

A- pours pitch black with a loose tan head.

S- dark chocolate, some smokiness. Good coffee like flavors with a bit of sweetness to it as well.

T- again dark chocolate bitterness, big robust stout flavors. Borderline imperial. Tastes great, a lot of chocolate flavors.

M- medium to thick with pretty aggressive amount of carbonation. Still smooth though. Also as a bit of warming alcohol presence.

O- one of the best regular stouts I've had. No barrel aging, no vanilla, no extra bells and whistles. Just a superb example of beer that doesn't need to be limited to be great.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 16:26:57 | More by starkmarvelo
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 2/7/2011

A: black with a 1 finger mocha colored head, leaves nice lacing down the whole glass

S: roasted malts most prevalent, brown sugar and/or molasses, chocolate and espresso

T: roasted malts and barley, bitter, chocolate, and espesso

M: mild carbonation, smooth, full bodied, creamy

D: a very nice stout, comparable to Victory Stormking

Cheers!
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 00:17:19 | More by THECPJ
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MikefromDormont

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured black with a creamy dark tan head. I detected a coffee aroma and enjoyed the thick creamy body that this beer had. I love beers that look like motor oil and I enjoyed the roasted malt and sweet chocolate flavors. Oregon residents are fortunate to have this brewery in their state.

I first encountered Deschutes beers in Washington DC in 2001 when I stopped at the Brickskellar and at Chevy Chase Wine and Liquors. Chevy Chase charged $14.99 for a six pack of Deschutes beer. Unfortunately, I've not seen this beer in DC since 2001. I've had to depend on a schoolteacher friend bringing some of this beer back from the western US when he vacations there.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 21:39:05 | More by MikefromDormont
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BucannonXC5

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: June 4, 2013
Consumed: June 11, 2013
Misc.: Best by Aug. 12, 2013

Poured a black tar color with 3-4 fingers of tan and light brown frothy head. Good amount of circular lacing along the sides of the glass. Good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled chocolate, dark caramel, espresso and roasty malts. Seemed to be stronger than 6.4 percent, more like an RIS. Very good nose and had me looking forward to the taste.

Tasted similar to the nose, only better. Got rich chocolate, fudge, dark caramel, toffee, roasty malts, chocolate milk and chocolate malt.

Full-to-medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish.

A fantastic stout. I am only upset that it took this long for me to figure it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 06:29:39 | More by BucannonXC5
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Deschutes Brewery & Public House, Portland, OR.

The beer arrives with a thick, gorgeously cascading two-inch cap of unifrom custard head. Immaculate retention and thick lacing left behind a, how should I put this..."Obsidian" colored body. Volcanic glass, indeed. Roasted chocolate malts, some caramel & smoke are evident in the aroma, alongside musty, earthen hops which balance the malts quite well.

The flavor is a plethora of dark, rich coffee and chocolate, which coat the palate with a milk-like sweetness before giving way to a dark chocolate and spicy, organic hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is uber-creamy, velvety, thick-bodied, and oh so drinkable, but tends to get a little thinner as the nitrogen wears down. All in all, an excellent beer, and one I'm glad I got to try not only straight from the horse's mouth, but on Nitro-tap, too.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-17-2008 02:07:48 | More by wagenvolks
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olmatty

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours out thick and black a tan head with nice stickey lacing

Smell- Roasted coffee like malts

Taste- Roasted black malts, Italian coffee, dark molasses, bakers chocolate and lots of carbonation for a stout.

Mouthfeel- High carbonation and very gooey think liquid. I found myself chewing mouthfuls and enjoying this immensely. Swish it in your mouth, suck in a very small quantity and feel it expand like a marshmallow in your mouth, fun.

Drinkability- Very easy dinking yet a substantial beer. Outstanding overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 07:09:47 | More by olmatty
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jdense

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at buddy's house poured into too small glass 2.2.10.

Pitch black 1/2 finger tan head constrained by glass size, medium dissipation with some lacing. The nose is of roasted malt, as is the taste, along with chocolate and molasses, negligible hop presence, what is there is grassy and floral. Mouthfeel is decently carbonated and not too heavy. Very drinkable for the style. A great entry stout for those new to the style.

Edit- head is more brown than tan. Big coffee hit in the nose and the hops are very noticeable. Pretty good effervescence. This might have been a fresher bottle than first review. Bump up smell score and taste score. Not a high ABV version, but one of the tastiest stouts to be found.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 14:36:39 | More by jdense
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BlastBeats

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours pitch black with a sizable, lingering tan head.

Smell: roasted barley and malts were easily detectable. Mild coffee scents were present as well.

Taste: the full-bodied malty construction of this beer is built in to compliment the roasted complexity throughout the finish. Chocolate and subdued hops are evident.

Mouthfeel: I percieved the mouthfeel to be somewhat similar to an Irish stout. Creamy and frothy, but with more weight and viscosity.

Overall: A brilliant beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2011 07:13:42 | More by BlastBeats
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently, the name of this magnificent stout has something to do with volcanic flow. Whatever, this is one superb beer: it looks like a stout should; deep and dark, tar black body beneath a finger of vanilla froth.

Breath it in; the nose of sweet cocoa powder with a little whiff of musty basement to make it interesting. There is a mildy chewy malt backbone here, one that supplements a sleek balance of malt and hop, all of which ends in a sweet miasma of bittersweet chocalte. (maybe even some coffe thrown in for effect?) Yet, neither ingredient overwhelms the other - call it simpatico.

I anticipated quaffing this beauty and mourned the finishing of it - we all can't live in Oregon. Truly a worthy stout. Wo to the sad bastard who has never tasted this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 23:38:13 | More by jjboesen
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ReebShorts

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours very dark brown to black in color, nice thick sticky brown head, lacing throughout.

Aroma of Coffee, Cocoa, Vanilla, cherry (maybe raspberry)...

This is a big stout, lotsa flavor here, with a nice hop bite at back to close it out. Not to say there is a lot of hop here, but just enough, very well balanced.

Creamy mouthfeel, tasty, great nightcap, dessert material. Actually a few of these would be a nice meal in itself. This brewery has yet to dis-appoint, another top notch selection from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 05:14:32 | More by ReebShorts
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Lofty

Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a pint glass which revealed a thin film of head

S: smells typical for most stouts with a hint of chocolate and strong roasted malts

T: flavors are quite pleasant with a tiny bit of chocolate but the star is clearly the roasted malt which hangs around for a bit after some smoky oak-ness fades away. You can tell this is a high quality beer as there's definitely no watery, metallic, or alcohol-y flavors

M: the carbonation seems a little much for my preference and it sits a little heavy on the tongue, but I figure it's within reason for a stout

O: A solid offering from one of my favorite breweries. I would certainly buy another six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 03:34:45 | More by Lofty
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

pours out an opaque blackened brown colour with a cascading dark tan head an inch high with viscous staying power. can't really look any better. the aroma is a conglomeration of dark unsweetened chocolate, dark roasted malts, nougat, toffee, java and NW hopping. smells delicious. the taste is a malt and yeast driven pillowy black patent maltiness with hints of funk and ripe red fruit. there is underlying cocoa and caramel layer complimented by a slight alcohol note and cascade type hops. tastes solid. the body of this stout is full and heavy, with a thick, rich and luscious and somewhat chalky mouthfeel. this is a very drinkable beer but one you'll want to take your time with due to the well rounded nature.

overall an american stout that brings it all to the table. this may be the quintessential example of domestic stout brewing. good stuff here and definitley recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 21:25:49 | More by budgood1
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

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

Served nitro-tap in a pint glass

A- Obsidian, the name says it all. Just a few light highlights in this hazy dark storm of a beer. Chocolate two finger head with great head retention and great lacing.

S - Delightful roasted malt with nice chocolate and hop pine balance.

T - Chocolate and smokiness as first follow by coffee bitterness in the back palate and a little dry. Tastes just slightly watery in the end, but well balanced overall.

M - Creamy, full bodied, good carbonation. Almost perfect.

O - Excellent stout, would be the best beer at many breweries. Just wish I would have drank this before, and not after The Abyss because that is one tough act to follow. Would get this beer anytime.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-30-2012 16:54:45 | More by williamjbauer
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mdaschaf

Washington

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

A: Pours deep brown, almost black, with a tan 1.5 finger foamy head. Moderate retention, reducing to a thin layer of foam on top. Impressive sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Nice aroma with milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a little bit of coffee and mocha.

T: Nice roasty malt, creamy milk chocolate with a slight hint of mocha, not coffee on the flavor profile, which makes me happy.

M: Smooth and very creamy. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: Really enjoyed this one. Solid flavors, live the milk chocolate. Easy drinking. Need more Deschutes!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 01:37:55 | More by mdaschaf
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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

Part of a well earned beer haul made while in Whitefish, Montana with my fellow BA andreanaline
A - jet black with a thumb of mocha head that slowly dissipated to a consistent covering leaving thick sticky lacing
S - very roasty with hints of bitter chocolate and vanilla and a subtle sweet aroma
T - fantastic rich roasty malt, coffee and bittersweet chocolate, lightly sweet with a hint of grassy hop balance
M - surprisingly refreshing yet chewy rich and smooth, moving to a full and bitter finish
D - this is easily sessionable, very rich if flavour and feel, an outstanding stout

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 02:11:44 | More by joemcgrath27
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u2carew

Massachusetts

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

A) OPAQUE. Pours with a tan to light brown head. Tight and creamy. Lacing is the same, just not sticky.
S) Chocolate. Coffee. Bread. Just a faint note of hops.
T) Just a touch of caramel up front. Chocolate notes throughout. Just a tiny hop bite at the end. Lingering roasted coffee and grain in the aftertaste.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Gritty. Chewy. Full bodied.
D) Top notch. A fantastic stout. Well crafted. Another and another and another please.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 22:31:28 | More by u2carew
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

A - Poured a pitch black as night, dark oil like liquid. Huge tan head had a very very slow fade and left lots of lace all the way down the glass. Looked just like a stout should look....thick.

S - Smell was very robust, deep roasted coffee and dark german chocolate. Hints of a sugary or caramel sweetness as well.

M & T - Taste was very thick and complex. Big deep roasted flavor, almost a burnt taste to it. Lots of flavors of coffee and german dark chocolate. Cery thick feel, but not syrupy, great carbonation led to a great silk like feel. Nice big hoppy finish left a very long lingering burnt aroma, I could literally taste it for 20 mins after the last sip, very outstanding full flavor.

D - Overall this was awesome, the perfect desset beer as a good stout should always be. I found no hint at all of any alcohol, nothing but great aromas and flavors. Very robust, full of complex suprises in flavor and taste. An all around great brew. Definatly lived up to its reputation.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 22:57:39 | More by mikesgroove
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Flashsp2

New Mexico

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian Stout into pint

Decanted pour is densely black with a thich beige head that tracks big
sticky webbing on the way down.

Nose is dominated by roasted grain, French roast coffee, and citrus.
It smells very roasty and bitter, walking the fine line of being
acrid, and its a touch smokey.

Starts off with a faint sweetness that is quickly run over by a clean
roasty bitterness, more French roast coffee, smoke, and a faint hop
citrus on the finish. The flavor is just intensely coffee focused.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a coarsely bubbled carbonation that
seems a bit rough.

Way easy to drink, with the abundant carbonation being the only
lackluster point. This is a well put together American stout that is
heavy enough to qualify for export strength.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 13:24:53 | More by Flashsp2
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JordanC

California

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Liked the dark color and initial head, but the head went away quickly. Smells of chocolate mostly and some fruity smells.
Initial malty and hint of chocolate in taste. Taste of alcohol is stronger at first than most stouts but does not sit on the palate. Nice smooth, thick body in the mouth and it felt good as it went down the throat.
Overall an excellent beer that I would definitely buy again. Deschutes Brewery has several good beers and this is my favorite so far. Try their Black Butte Porter as well

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 00:54:19 | More by JordanC
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,581 ratings.