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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

Obsidian StoutObsidian Stout

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2,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 2347
Reviews: 935
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%

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 RedHaze


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of bditty187.

Pours a dark black with a faint touches of ruby highlights around the edges. This has a frothy one finger head that settles slowly to a thin cap and ring that leaves some substantial lace behind.

Smell; there's bits of chocolate and coffee, and roasted malts. Overall I'd say the aroma is fairly subdued for a stout.

Taste; roasted malts dominate upfront with some nice touches of chocolate and coffee. There's a bit of a sweet fruitiness that developes as the beer warms I can't quite place. At first I was a bit disappointed with the flavor of this beer, but the seond half of the glass made a much better impression once this warmed up a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with plenty of carbonation. For a stout this is pretty darn drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 01:10:17 | More by RedHaze
Photo of zdk9


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 05:45:17 | More by zdk9
Photo of mugglesandhops


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer in trade. Thanks Ben(Madhomebrewer)

I like most everything I have drank from Deschutes so I wasn't worried about this one. It pours Black into the glass with a big frothy head with good lacing as the pint got lower. Smells roasty, milk chocolate, coffee, some vanilla, and a little doughy. Taste faintly of bitter coffee and some chocolate. Full Bodied, creamy. Good beer

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 16:33:57 | More by mugglesandhops
Photo of jnn4v


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown, with ample, foamy tan head
S: smelled wonderful as I poured, but quickly tapered off. Coffee is the dominant note, but molasses, dark chocolate and maybe some dates are evident as well.
T: fresh coffee hits the palate immediately and continues right on through the aftertaste. Moderately sweet mid-mouth, and pervasively enjoyable.
M: perhaps a new standard-bearer for "smooth" in a non-nitro non-imperial. Very good texture.
D: I started it thinking how sessionable it was, bit before I even finished, I had to second guess that. I really enjoyed one, but would move on to something else after.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 03:51:31 | More by jnn4v
Photo of chumba526


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears almost black. With a small light brown head.

Smells slightly toasty slightly caramel like, and slightly vanilla like.

Tastes much like the smell. There is a slight coffee taste, a nice mild caramel taste, a light vanilla taste and a slight hoppy bitterness. It has quite a nice flavor. The balance of the flavors is pretty good.

The carbonation is around medium. I think the beer would be better if the carbonation added creaminess to the stout.

Drinkability is pretty good I could drink a few of these beers.
Not the best stout out there but a pretty good one. Above average. I would like the beer to be a bit smoother but it is a damn good stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 02:55:24 | More by chumba526
Photo of HosP


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice extra from scottfrie. Thanks!

A- Pours jet black. No light passes through this beer. Small tan head that left little lacing down the glass.

S- Big notes of coffee and chocolate. Has a roasted aroma to it. Got a little alcohol smell as well.

T- Like the smell. Chocolate taste at first. Followed closely by roasted coffee flavors. Nice taste like a big stout should have! Got more of an alcohol taste at the end than I would have expected though, but didn't detract to much from the flavors.

M- Full body with little carbonation. A little dry at the end but not to bad.

D- Good drinking stout. Nothing fancy, but very solid. Had been drinking lighter beers this week so it was a great change up. One of the better stouts I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 21:04:19 | More by HosP
Photo of scottfrie


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours black with a thick, dense, dark-brown head that slowly faded into a thin film and collar that left faint rings of thin lace around the glass.
S: Creamy notes of melted chocolate ice-cream with light hops and maybe a touch of licorice.
T: Very smooth and soft flavors of melted milk chocolate with hints of molasses. The finish has a pleasant dark chocolate bitterness to it, and there is an overall creamy quality to the flavors. Aftertaste is full of dark roasted malt that boarder on roasted coffee flavors and is surprisingly bitter for a stout.
M: Extremely smooth with a medium body and very creamy mouthfeel. There is maybe the slightest suggestion of alcohol in the finish as this beer warms.
D: Super drinkable and delicious. I like how this beer isn't overly full of coffee or chocolate flavors, but rather perfectly balanced between them. Very creamy. This one is a tad more bitter than most, but delicious none the less.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 03:59:31 | More by scottfrie
Photo of rashbash22


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours black with lacing around the rim of the glass

S- coffee, chocolate, ripe fruits, hops

T- sweet coffee chocolate taste in the beginning with a dry bitter finish

M- pretty thin with the same feel to guinness somewhat

O- definitely worth a try but I think sierra nevada still makes a better stout

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 08:16:31 | More by rashbash22
Photo of tut2528


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: extremely deep brown in color, with a tan colored head. About 1-2 fingers worth of head formation. Enormous lacing, big foamy retention. Head stays solid even past the 1 minute mark.

S: strong espresso and coffee notes, I get a touch of chocolatey sweetness and a slight touch of slight hops. Definitely smells quite lighter than I expected.

T: again, I get a nice balance of espresso and coffee grounds with a nice creamy yet hoppy finish. The malt backbone sits in along with an ever so slight nutty aspect.

M: medium bodied, high carbonation, nothing too crazy.

O: overall, this is my 1st Deschutes offering. I thought it was a nice beer all the way around. I was definitely hoping for more creaminess or a vanilla finish because of such a strong espresso taste, but regardless, this is a nice beer all the way around.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 03:05:52 | More by tut2528
Photo of jreitman


3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark Brown w/ thin brown head. Burnt coffee aromas present. Solid hop bitterness with burnt malt and coffee undertones. Sweet start with a bitter/sweet finish. Originally, I was thinking an overall score of about 3.5, but as I tasted more it grew on me.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2002 18:03:32 | More by jreitman
Photo of nase


3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cwier for this one. Trying this out next to a Rogue Chocolate Stout. Poured from 12 oz. bottle, best by 3/30/07.

Looks like an Imperial Stout. Terrific balance which is something I look for with just about every beer. Some hops and some maltiness to balance it out. Not a lot of complexity in the flavor and the mouthfeel is slightly thin but this is extremely drinkable because it is not weak nor overpowering. Certainly holds its own.

App. - 4.0, Smell - 3.5, Taste - 4.0, Mouthfeel - 3.5, Drinkability - 4.5

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 07:01:32 | More by nase
Photo of Trueant1


3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great buy at 1.39 a bottle. My bottle has a different design.

Appearance is exceptional due to the huge creamy, rocky, tan head. Pours like a root beer float.

Good smell of roasted malts, coffie, and chocolate milk.

Tastes of hops, alcohol, coffie, chocolate and anice....if I am not mistaken other herbs such as rosmarie. A nice balance of tastes. Very sweet profile overall...almost too sweet..but followed by some nice sting of alcohol and hops. Some grainy flavors I do not like...leading to a "tar" like flavor.

Moutfeel is just about perfect for a stout. Nice and sticky up front with a dry aftertaste.

This drinks good.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 01:22:55 | More by Trueant1
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to SPLITGRIN for this one.

Pours from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Nearly opaque in color. Burnt toast brown with white wheat colored head. Dissipates into a minimal film, small amount of lacing.

Nose is chocolatey and roasted grain filled.

Full of chocolate and more roasted grain on the tongue. Nice bitterness as well. Chocolate, some slight dark fruit flavors. Slightly sweet. Pretty dry and somewhat husky and bitter on the finish.

A nice beer. I have been hitting the stouts pretty hard lately and this was no slouch.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 00:45:21 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of jakekohut


3.83/5  rDev -9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 03:19:13 | More by jakekohut
Photo of hophead247


3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black and opaque with a thick brown creamy head. Tons or roasty coffee aroma and charcoal. Favor is rich with roasted barley. nice malt backbone but the burnt woody and dry coffee take over. Finishes semi dry and clean. Really drinkable stout, but I can name a handful of others I'd rather drink...

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 22:35:03 | More by hophead247
Photo of MarioM


3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into Delirium Noel snifter.

A: Black and opaque with a nice light brown head made of creamy to large bubbles with good retention. Great lacing and medium carbonation. Good looking beer overall.

S: Smooth cocoa with light roasty coffee and dark brown sugars. A bit of dry chalky character to it as well but most likely from the light chocolate roastyness without the alcohol to add complexities and simply keep things simple and subtle.

T: Not too roasty with a good chocolate backbone and nice light dark chocolate bitter finish. Great balance in this brew with a good drinkability from its light body.

M: Good roastyness and chocolate finish lingers with a bit of bitterness but nothing aggressive and in your face. Simple and flavorful yet drinkable and well balanced.

O: Great Example of this style. A lot of flavor for its size (abv) and easy to drink. This is a common beer seen on nitro, which I dislike, since it is drinkable and smooth on its own. In my opinion it does not need the nitro to achieve its smoothness and drinkability since it already is easy to drink and smooth. But regardless of my nitro rant, this is a must have if you are an American Stout fan, which you should be... Deschutes Obsitian, a classic.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 03:27:19 | More by MarioM
Photo of JohnParadee


3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Deep, dark color with beautiful, thick, brown head which slowly dissipated to thin band of bubbles. Great retention and lacing. And the nose! Inviting scent of dark roasted chocolate portends something truly special. And yet, on the palate, the taste was startlingly thin and disappointing. I was expecting something much warmer and seductive, but instead found the taste to be bitter, thin, and sadly cheap (like somebody poured Miller Lite in my stout). Not sure I'll finish the six pack. Sniffle, sniffle...

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 01:58:05 | More by JohnParadee
Photo of Scrylol

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a one finger mocha colored head, bubbly, bit of lacing on the glass. Pure black body, looks pretty good.

Sweet milk chocolate, bit of cocoa, caramel, toffee and malty notes on the nose.

Hints of dark chocolate and coffee on the tongue, backed by slight leafy/earthy hop notes. Bit of caramel malty flavor to it. Leaves a dry bitter aftertaste.

Silky smooth body for the mouthfeel, complimented by a nice amount of carbonation.

A nice stout by Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 08:25:10 | More by Scrylol
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark tan head that has fallen rapidly to a secure ring around the glass. Not actually obsidian colored...more of a dark dark daaarrrkk brown (perhaps its the light).

S: Smells of black patent malt, faint coffee aromas and hot chocolate with marshmallows with a touch of sourness. Its really nice. A beer that smells like this MUST have a nice flavor. I think its a law or something.

T: Tastes of roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate flavors. Suprisingly sweet milk tastes hit the tip of the tongue then move down stream...slowly lingery until a faint sour Guinnessy taste shows its self. Ends with roasted grains arounds the back sides of the tongue. In a blind taste test, the beer could pass for a sweet stout.

M: Semi-full mouth feel with a slight crispness from the carbonation.

D: Not an overly complex beer, but still has a very nice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 05:03:49 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of ChadQuest


3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

large latte colored head over a black body, sticky sticky head, im loving it. The aroma is inviting like a heated blanket on a day like this windy snow covered one, roasty and creamy and soft and smooth. It's a rounded approachable aroma. The flavor is good and roasty but drops off rather quickly, leaving a blend of faint espresso and steamed vanilla soy. I'm suprised how fast this fades, leaves a clean mouthfeel at the finish, not a thick palette coater by any means, but all this does is make you drink it faster.

This is a solid Stout, and well worth keeping around.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 03:21:42 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of codynevels


3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Purchased May, 8 2011
Consumed May, 9 2011

Bottled poured into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout Tulip

Had this for the first time previously paired with an H. Upmann Double Corona. Held off reviewing until tried alone (although I thought it paired nicely).

This beer poured black bodied with a thin dark brown ring when held up to the light. The thick head foamed to about a fingers width, but quickly dissipated to create a circle hugging the glass. My initial smell was dominated by roasted malts. Underneath the layer of roasted malts there was burnt coffee, spice and toffee. The taste did not betray the smell. My first taste, again, was dominated by roasted malt, however coffee and a bit of hops bitterness was there as well. The spice from the smell carried over in the finish. This beer goes down very easily, with a medium to light body, and coats the mouth slightly.

Overall, this beer is a good, easily accessible stout. The only problem I had with this beer is I feel the roasted malt flavor overshadowed some other interesting characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 06:09:21 | More by codynevels
Photo of zachary80


3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgian globe. Best by 3/18/12

Black, or at least very dark brown body. Tannish brown head, leaves great lacing. Head holds for a little while before fading out

Smell is moderately sweet, notes of chocolate,

Taste is very dry and more like bittersweet chocolate, maybe coffee. Fairly bitter for the style. The finish is pretty short but for a slight lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, maybe a little light.

Overall it is a good stout, but nothing that I would get excited about finding again. For some reason this comes off as a lighter stout, despite its bitterness and abv. It is worth noting that this is a dangerously drinkable beer at 6.4%

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 21:51:43 | More by zachary80
Photo of sevenarts

New York

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish black with a tan head. Light to moderate lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee, a mix of bitterness and sweet underlying malts. Not a very strong aroma at all.

T/M: Really tasty and smooth. Rich chocolate and licorice up front, followed by some milky coffee flavors, and some bitterness, from the hops and the lingering coffee taste, in the follow-through. A trace of alcohol shows up in the aftertaste, along with that rich coffee. Very delicious. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.

O: An very good all-around stout that gets better and more layered as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 22:18:54 | More by sevenarts
Photo of barczar


3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black color with a solid 2 inch cola colored head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Coffee, chocolate, and roast malt dominate the aroma, with nutty, toasted notes adding complexity.

Fairly acrid coffee is the predominant flavor, overwhelming the roast malt, which almost seems charred. Chocolate becomes secondary. The finish is bitter, peppery, and dry. As it warms, the flavor improves significantly.

Body is on the thick side, with minimal carbonation, and a fairly acrid, astringent finish. There's slight alcohol warmth.

Pretty disappointed in this beer, given the exceptional ratings. Very coffee-forward, bitter, and acrid, roasty, but lacking in chocolate and malt complexity. Substantial phenols. Pretty harsh. The more it warms, the more I like it, but still expected more. Leave it sit out for a good half hour.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 05:11:58 | More by barczar
Photo of JohnnyHopps


3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A mild malty aroma jumped from the blackness of this bottle, after it was poured into a glass. In the initial taste, one detects dark chocolate, coffee, and a slight metallic taste. Being a little thinner than I would have expected for a stout, the heavier tastes disappeared with the metallic taste being more apparent. There was a certain degree of milkiness in this stout, but it lacked smoothness. It certainly lacked any measure of sweetness. In a sense, it made me think of instant coffee without the grittiness. A bitter coffee aftertaste finished the experience. In the scope of other stout, I am not sure anything stood out about this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 00:26:51 | More by JohnnyHopps
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,347 ratings.