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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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Reviews: 1,031
Hads: 3,366
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 488
Gots: 571 | FT: 7
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 MbpBugeye
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dunt for this bottle. Best by 1/27/11.

A- This beer pours with a big, rich cascading head. The glass is absolutely plastered with tan lacing. The beer is an obsidian black indeed. Quite a deep little stout.

S- The aroma has a little bit of a vegetal hop smell. Lots of roasted husk, bitter dark chocolate, tootsie rolls and coffee.

T- Very nicely balanced. Bitterness comes from lemon-grass hops and a nice even roast. Sweetness comes from tootsie roll-like chocolate and a creamy vanilla/toffee. The finish leans toward roasty bitter.

M- The carbonation is too high. The feel is very much a dry roastiness.

D- Really highly drinkable. I would like to see many more well constructed stouts with lower abvs like this one. (739 characters)

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

Appearance - Pitch black, with a very nice foamy head, which laces glass the whole way down.

Smell - Very strong roasted smell, a hint of coffee and chocolate

Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel, nice thick beer, smooth to drink, and I enjoy the foamy head that stayed throughout most of the beer.

Taste - Very strong roasted flavor. It does have nice coffee flavor as well. Lastly there is a small hint of chocolate but it was not very strong. (444 characters)

Photo of Thrasher
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deschutes has some new labels on their bottles. White label with colorful scenic artwork and best-buy date. A pitch black beer with decent head that dwindles but does not disappear, good lacing. Aroma of roastiness and somewhat fruity yeast. An impressive stout, not quite an impy but darn close. Lots of flavor here, with big roasted barley qualities with light herbal bitterness that disappears as the beer gets warmer. Mouthfeel smooth and milky. Not the easiest beer to drink, maybe because of alcohol and not a very dry finish. Deschutes are always good, and consistent if maybe a little predictable, but usually excellent taste and reliability are more than enough. (671 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 03/18/2014 printed clearly on the label. Another new beer to me from Deschutes' year-round line up. No abv listed anywhere on the bottle. Expectations are fairly high since I tend to enjoy their beers.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a deep dark mahogany color; opaque black in the glass with just over a finger of creamy chocolate head. Leaves fine delicate strands of lace. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is of chocolate, cream, lactose, some leather, indistinct spice, and some subtle fruity strawberry in there, trademark of Deschutes it seems.

T - Taste follows the nose: dark roasted barley malt, bittersweet baking chocolate, coffee bean roast, and some light crisp fruity undertones on the end. Some cold leathery notes, some anise, and other indistinct spice come out as the beer sits. Dark, bold, and rich.

M - Goes down smooth, with some coarse chalky carbonation and a very dark bitter barley / coffee roast lingering on the palate. Pretty decent, but I wouldn't mind the carbonation being toned down just a tad to make it silkier.

Overall, a very inviting everyday shelf stout from Deschutes. Much better than their Deschutes Black Butte Porter, in my opinion. I would sure love to see what a barrel aged version of this beer would be like, but for now I'll take this. Enjoyable and approachable.

Deschutes Obsidian Stout ---4/5. (1,395 characters)

Photo of zacharius
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out black like the devil's heart with a frothy tan head. Smell is of chocolate and caramel malty goodness. Taste is hearty with a dry coffeelike roasted malt taste underpinned with a bit of sweetness from crystal malt. Hop character takes back burner but in balance and typical for the style. Neverending dry roasted malt aftertaste. Silky mouthfeel but not too heavy in body. Good alcohol content but presence is masked. This beer is very drinkable but still puts hair on your balls. (500 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Used motor oil black. Two fingers of frothy tan head that retains well and leaves lots of lacing.

4.0 S: Semi-sweet chocolate comes out first. Some molasses and roasted malts. Mild hoppiness as well. Pleasant, but weaker than I'd like.

4.0 T: Strange chalky roasted flavor. Healthy bitterness that seems like it comes from coffee rather than hops. There is a bit, but not too much coffee flavor. Lots of burnt flavor.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation and smooth enough, even with the burnt flavors.

4.0 D: Not bad. Would like to see the burnt flavors supplemented with some malty sweetness though. (647 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark brown with a little burgundy creeping around the edges. The head consists of a narrow collar of slightly tan.

Smells of s simple, dry, smoky, roasted barley with a little green grape behind it.

Tastes of a nice blend of sweet barley roasted to a subtle smokiness turning a little sour in the finish. This creeps just up the edge of tasting like carbon, arguably stepping just a little bit over.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tiny carbonation that feels just al little bit sticky.

I thought this rather tasty and a great representation of the style. (597 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Boulevard Smokestack Glass

Pours 1/4 dark tan head. Fades down quick leaving no lace. Color is a deep dark brown, pretty much black.

Aroma: Rich roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, plums, raisins, earthy hops. A big complex aroma.

Taste: Wow, this stout is interesting in the fact that the dark fruit taste really sticks out in the beginning and is so persistent throughout the taste. Then the coffee and chocolate come in with the roasted malts. The earth hops are present, but seem to lay in the background.

Mouthfeel: Not as rich as some of the stouts I have had, but fairly rich and a little smooth. The carbonation on this beer is really high. Full bodied beer. Ends with a slight dry carbonated roasted malt aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty good stout. Fairly drinkable with a big flavor. I don't think it would be too hard to have another one of these in the night. Give this one a shot, it's pretty good. (932 characters)

Photo of Night
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with red flecks. Big fluffy tan head leaves medium lacing. Aroma promises strong malts: chocolate, meat, pepper, and a relatively noticeable alcohol presence – not especially strong or pleasant smelling. Medium body and a creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is dark roasted malts, very meaty; molasses, walnut, pork loin, and charcoal, with an undertone of acidic grassiness thrown in. A touch of soft-candy sweetness in the finish. Aftertaste is mostly neutral with a hint of bitterness and acidity. (503 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for largadeer for sending me a bottle of this from my favorite West Coast brewery.

I read some of the reviews that mentioned hops; hops? This was a malt bomb in my mouth. Malts were piled higher & thicker than Mississippi sediment. Normally not my thing, but these didn't appear to be lager-level malts, but gave the beer a rich, deep feel to it. The depth of the malts give Obsidian a fairly unique taste to me, & one that was easy to drink by Stout standards.

Good beer. I'd drink it again, happily. (512 characters)

Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to johnhenryconway for this brew.

A - Pours a black opaque color with a tan froth about 1" thick. A thick ring remains and the froth sticks to the glass like a melted marshmallow.

S - Coffee and roasted malts with some hints of nut in there as well. A nice roasted scent.

T - Slightly bitter malts roasted with a nutty finish.

M - Medium carbonation with a slightly bitter finish.

O - Not a bad stout. Would definitely have more. (446 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Obsidian is an appropriate name for this beer, as it pours dark as night with a healthy glugging sound out of the bottle. A one and a half finger head forms above the beer and leaves thick lacing with a few swirls. The head persists even after several sips.

The smell hits you first with some bitterness, not of the hop variety, but more that of acidic coffee or dark chocolate, and both of these aromas are very present, as is deep roasted malt and hints of burnt toast. These aromas carry into the taste, as the palate juggles the roasted coffee and malt notes, chocolate and caramel. There's a lot going on and it's a good thing.

For the mouthfeel, the beer alternates between the dry bitterness and a creamy oatmeal-stout-like quality. It's the best of both worlds.

Overall, an outstanding beer and one I could easily drink everyday. (903 characters)

Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Milky chocolate brown head floating on top of total blackness. I stuck a cop-sized Maglite behind the pint and nothing. Smell is pretty mild with a hint of roasted coffee beans and malt.

Taste is rich and chewy and very much roasted malt and a bit of semi-sweet chocolate flavor. Not much hop flavor but the malts aren't too heavy either. Smooth finish with bitter coffee aftertaste, goes down really easy though, especially good on a cold windy day. Somewhat one-dimensional, but a great dimension I wish I could visit more often. (534 characters)

Photo of Bierwolf
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as the dead of night, you will not see light through it. A nice creamy 2 fingers of brown head. It is fairly persistent and leaves a sticky lace.

Aroma: Coffee, malt, chocolate, caramel.

Taste: Espresso coffee, bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt. Moderately bitter with a dry finish.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied, creamy and slick. It sticks with you for a while.

Overall: This a great beer for a cold night. If you are a stout lover this a great beer anytime. (482 characters)

Photo of endincolorado
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is pretty much obsidian black with a huge tan head like the froth on a cup of hot cocoa. Lacing is abundant and inviting. Head retention is solid.

Roasty cocoa in the aroma, toasted walnuts- flavors come together to remind me of a chewy, nutty brownie. Faint coffee, little noticeable hops.

Flavor is drier than expected. Slightly bitter, black coffee with a faint orange rind. Bittersweet cocoa comes out more when aerated.

Medium-light body, could be fuller. Adequate carbonation.

Overall, a nice, semi-dry flavorful stout that I would by again. (563 characters)

Photo of tayner
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz purchased last week

Pours black with a creamy tan head

smells of roasted malts, not much of a hop on the nose

tastes of roasted, almost burnt, malt. Not much hops, only slight finishing hops to help dry the palate

Not as creamy as i would like a stout to be, the black butte is much creamier.

I can drink several of these in a sitting, definitely sessionable for a 6+% beer. (386 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice very dark brown (almost black) with about ½ finger of coffee-colored head. Smell is minimal, mostly coffee roasted malt. Taste is quite nice, heavy on the coffee, but well-rounded with medium complexity; a nice shot of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is great, appropriately heavy and creamy with a nice light carbonation. Generally a very good, above average stout, but not amazing. (401 characters)

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deschutes Obsidian Stout from a bottle into a glass. Frothy head that can stand up. Dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of residue on the inside but not heavy.

Black patent is obvious in the smell and taste; along with the roasted barley. Sharp, stout smell that is filling. Smell is well-balanced with the taste.

Charcoal but subtle with the malt. Hops are there but this is not a hoppy beer. Anise and prune hints.

Mouthfeel is sharp, dry with a bitter aftertast.

The drinkability is not the best. The taste does not make one want to drink a ton of it. This is a great stout for those desiring a great stout. (618 characters)

Photo of Shuffledaddy
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was out grocery shopping and decided to give this beer a try. I've tried several of Deschutes' other offerings, and have yet to be disappointed.

A - Pours an opaque, almost pitch black color. Head is thick and moderately tan with nice lacing.

S - Scents of chocolate and coffee abound, suggesting almost a mocha-type quality.

T - Lots of dark chocolate and black coffee, with some smoked peat and oatmeal notes. Hop bitterness is pronounced, and with 55 IBUs, that's not a surprise. Finishes smooth in the palate with hints of malty caramel.

M - IMO, a little thin in this department compared to other hoppy stouts, but that also may keep you from filling up too fast.

D - For all the hop and smoky character, this is a surprisingly drinkable beer. A nice change of pace from the creamy milk and oatmeal stouts I've been drinking lately. (845 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark opaque black color; no light was coming through. Poured a 1 finger coarse chocolate head with fair retention. Thing lacing washed down the glass leaving fingers

S: Bitter chocolate and coffee. Sweet toffee. A bitter bite tickles the nose.

T: Bitter dark chocolate is the big opener. A reange of toasted malts amply flavors the middle. Bitter hop to clean the finish except for a lingering astringency that persisted - btw, it amplified as the beer warmed.

M: Medium body (but light for a Stout. Ample carbonation. Smooth and creamy, but with a definite bite at the end.

D: Despite some 'big' malt attributes I though this was as close to a session stout as you'd want. Actually like the balance; the asringency I couild have done without. (758 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 11/22/16 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma weak roasted malt
Head average (2.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular two to three mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing good – curtains with tiny to medium bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor roasted malt, some coffee, some malt bitterness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4,Overall 4 (484 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a roasty chocolaty affair with some dried fruit and a touch of hop aroma for good measure. Taste follows the smell, but lingers with a bit of ash in the finish. Full body, creamy texture, ample carbonation. If not for the ash in the finish I'd love this beer. As is its still good, just not spectacular. (378 characters)

Photo of spoons
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip.

Looks like blackness, I guess thats what they were going for. Looks great. A coffee colored head that sits on top with a creamy stature.

Smells like roasted barley for sure. Some coffee in there with a hint of caramel and a little bread.

I feel as if this is a little carbonated for my liking. Leaves it a little watery. Tastes of bitter roasted malts and a little sweet red fruits. The flavor is nice overall.

If it werent for the mouthfeel this would be an exceptional beer for sure. (523 characters)

Photo of quaybr
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a pint glass, temp mid-50s.

Beautiful brown head produces moderate lacing and sits atop a dark brown (nearing black) ale. Made me want to jump right in!

Sweet and slightly roasty, toasty aroma. Smell lingers quite pleasantly. Hops play into very subtle resiny undertones.

Smells lead into similar taste. A nice balance of malts, leaving the palate feel very cared about. A little roasted, a little toasted, a little chocolatey. A very pleasant aftertaste rests in the bitters on the back of the tongue. A deep, robust flavor but nothing overwhelms the ol' taste buds.

A smooth and moderately-thick & creamy feel is present through the entire beer, even as carbonation dwindles. It treats all portion of the tongue equally.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer a lot. A beer that wanted only to be sipped, yet left me thinking about having another. (857 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at Pracna on the Main during their Deschutes December event.

Pours usual dark colored but with poor head, poor head retention and some lacing. The aroma and taste were roast, malts, chocolate, coffee and had some coconut notes, something that I never got from this beer. In my opinion "nitro" hurt this beer's mouthfeel; can't say how or why but seemed thinner than usual and there was no creaminess that I was expecting. Drinkability is ok. (455 characters)

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,031 ratings.