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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,753 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,753
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 407
Gots: 289 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001)
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Photo of THECPJ
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

THECPJ, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of MikefromDormont
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.

MikefromDormont, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of BucannonXC5
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.

BucannonXC5, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of wagenvolks
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.

wagenvolks, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of olmatty
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.

olmatty, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of jdense
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.

jdense, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of BlastBeats
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.

BlastBeats, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of jjboesen
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.

jjboesen, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of ReebShorts
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.

ReebShorts, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of Lofty
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.

Lofty, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of budgood1
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.

budgood1, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
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.

williamjbauer, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
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!

mdaschaf, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
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

joemcgrath27, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of u2carew
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.

u2carew, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of Flashsp2
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.

Flashsp2, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of JordanC
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

JordanC, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of Casey10
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as part of a order from Liquid Solutions.

A - great 1 and 1/2 finger head really nice slow retention as the head foams aways.

S - good a bit acidic but can definately note the chocolate and coffee (maybe biased becuase of some good RIS that I have had lately)

M - Feels good, warm again definate coffee

D - Would not feel guilty drinking a bunch of these. Well done !!

Casey10, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of scottbrew4u
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah! After having this one in Corvallis, Oregon I was convinced the cask conditioned pint was far superior to the bottle version. It tasted fuller bodied and creamy smooth and had a pleasant chocolatety aroma as well as a nice deep roasted barley aroma that was not burnt or harsh smelling. It was so easy to drink this one down in big gulps almost like a chocolate milkshake in a cool sort of way. Only black as a Bend, Oregon night!
Don't pass this one up if you see it on cask, even if you did not care for it that much out of the bottle. It's worth it!

scottbrew4u, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of JohnnyJam
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this in my beer refrigerator for four months and it was buried in the back and I had not reviewed it. Deschutes Black Butte Porter is always on hand and I deviated to try this. I'm glad that I did. It is so good. The date code is 9/16/13 but I will review it anyway. Did it get better?

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the date code clearly visible (9/16/13) into a pint glass and got 2+ fingers of head.

A: Pours black and opaque. I get a huge 2+ fingers if tan head that dissipates slowly to more than just a covering on the top of my glass that lasts to the end. Huge amounts of off-white lacing from top to bottom.

S: Dark coffee, vanilla, and charcoal.

T: Charcoal, strong coffee, burnt toast, and molasses. Really complex. Finishes with the bitterness of unsweetened chocolate.

M: Medium bodied and carbonated. The carbonation is similar to an effervescence that dances on my tongue. It goes down good.

O: I really like it. It is really satisfying and tasty.

JohnnyJam, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aptly named, pours obsidian black, like motor oil, with a big thick dark tan head, which stays around for a while, but the lacing is minimal. The aroma is vaguely impy stoutish, but also a bit tame. Pretty nice though.

The taste leaves little to the imagination though. Like the nose, it gives the impression of an impy stout, a big beefy flavor but without the massive body, abv, etc, as if it were a super drinkable tongue lasher. There is plenty of roasted, toasted, deliciously whoppin malts, a very nice bitter hop counterpoint and some fruit, a bit of full roast coffee. Very, very nice. The mouth is full but not overwhelming, nice and smooth and easy to drink, its just a fantastic stout, kind of the little brother of their Abyss, but no underachiever itself.

objectivemonkey, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of NiceTaps
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dense black color with a 2-finger mocha-colored fluffy head that tapers down to a thin film. There is a lot of sticky lacing left behind.

S- Dark roasted malt and strong coffee/expresso. It has quite an inviting aroma, there's a hint of sweetness as well, chocolate.

T-Roasted malt and coffee flavors are dominant for me. The chocolate is balanced by the 55IBUs so it's not sweet.

M- A little thin despite the good carbonation. Those coffee and malt flavors linger.The hop balance on the finish is near perfect.

O-This is a very good stout, too bad it's N/A in NJ.

NiceTaps, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of hwwty4
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a generous trade from bennetj17. Thanks a million.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Poured a dark black with light mahogany tones around the edges when held up to the light. Had a thin mocha head that vanished quickly. Taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate, and creamy coffee. There is a slight astringent taste at the finish. Mouthfeel is more medium bodied then full with just a little carbonation. One of the better stouts on the market.

hwwty4, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of beertaster13
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great stout. Pours a crude black with ruby hints, the off white mocha head is delicious to the eye and mind, coating will lace the glass. The smell is of strong roasted coffee notes, a sweetness of milk and cookies pleases the taste. Milk chocolate froth head really melts the mouth, the coffee taste is light but noticable, very rich and smooth. This is good and for about 5.99 a six pack this is probably the best stout, and you can find it at the local Safeway, awesome.

beertaster13, Aug 12, 2004
Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,753 ratings.