Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,292 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,292
Reviews: 1,048
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 466
Gots: 538 | FT: 7
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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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Ratings: 3,292 | Reviews: 1,048
Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 1/1/13 first beer of the year

A black liquid with a deep cola edge, large and loose mocha foam slowly falls to a thick film leaving some random lace well down the glass

S lots of dark roast but there's some citric hops still shining through, there's some bakers chocolate, raisins and cold coffee with a little sweetness and char coco powder, smells fairly straight forward but its very strong and exactly what a stout should smell like

T again its a great mix of dark roast and hops, the malts a little darker in the mouth, quite rich and tasty I'm pretty stoked with this one

M lighter side of medium bodied with a good level of carbonation, a hoppy char aftertaste lingers quite strong for some time

O great stout going on here, hits all the spots and I could and will drink a few with no issues at all

Big dark roast notes with a hop kick, this is what I look for in a stout and I'm so very stoked to see this at my liquor store, great example of the style

Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

IntriqKen was kind enough to send this along as an extra in Double Trouble GIF. Thanks Ken!

Very dark, faint chestnut edges with a fluffy, dark tan head. Plenty of lacing and good head retention. Nice aroma! A mix of roast, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, biscuity malt and a hint of licorice. The flavour's top notch as well. Along with the solid roastiness, there's a lot of anise throughout. Notes of bittersweet chocolate and light fruit round things out. Moderate to low bitterness. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation and a silky texture. Great stout with a nice balance of flavours. Definitely a winner.

Photo of markman
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Obsidian Stout:

Obsidian-black pour under a smallish but dense head…roasted malt and hints of peanuts fill the nose. Leads with a rich roasted mocha-ish burst, and finishes with a silky chocolaty bite. An excellent stout, layers of flavor and about as complex as they come. And at cellar temperature, this stout is hard to put down.

Cheers…

Photo of msubulldog25
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of mickeymac
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of jjanega08
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of starkmarvelo
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of bfields4
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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

Smooth and good! Not too heavy a nice stout!

Photo of 321jeff
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark, used motor oil black with a creamy, dense, two-finger dark tan head. Head stays intact nearly to the bottom of the glass. Leaves behind an intricate web of lacing.

S - Big smell of chocolate malt, plum and earthy hops.

T - Big and chocolaty upfront. The body strikes a great balance between chocolate malty flavors and earthy hops with some dark fruit and carmalized sugar notes in the background. More hop presence as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a bitter chocolate and carmalized sugar finish.

M - Thick bodied with moderate carbonation. I found the beer to be substantially creamy, but nearly as satisfying as Black Butte.

Given that this beer's sister, Black Butte porter, has the highest ranking of all the beers I've reviewed this far, I had high expectations for this beer. They were met. While obsidian doesn't push the envelope too much and the mouthfeel can't quite match Black Butte, it is one hell of a beer. Despite being over two years old, this stout remained delicious and had substantial head retention and lacing. At around $6.50 for a sixth of this in Oregon, it is the perfect camping beer during my annual northwest roadtrip and the geologist in me can't help but love the name.

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

well, dark as heck, super dark brown. no head, but it was an easy pour. I think there is a lot to lose with vigorous pours regarding taste.
smell is typical stout properties: vague chocolates and coffee, vanillas and earthiness...
thick on the palate, I get the same as in the nose. rather subdued but very standard. very decent. very surprised I haven't had this one before.
nice chocolate milk head on top after a second, more vigorous pour. very nice...
overall, very good for a standard, easy to find stout. a little heavier than I expected but very good. for standards, I really like Firestone's Velvet Merlin.... inexpensive and very good and refreshing!

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

one of the best stouts out, period. pours the thickest creamiest black coffe color with a frothy mocha head an inch and a half tall. milkshake texture. smells rich and roasty, and even a little bitter. flavor is great, some deep espresso notes, but nothing overpowering. again a slight bitterness in the finish. mouthfeel is gold, thick and creamy without being heavy. this is extremely sessionable. everything is in perfect poportion here, i imagine the nitrotap makes this one even better than its bottled version. silky buttery glory on this stout. as good as it gets

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

Deschutes Obsidian has a flavor, a texture, and overall character that rolls across the palate like a red carpet. It is one of the most solid, reliable stouts a beer fan could hope for. Replete with a rounded flavor profile and notes of coffee and mocha, it is also artfully restrained. Obsidian never attempts to overwhelm the senses, merely to engage their more lavish sensibilities.

My pilgrimage to Bend to finally drink this nectar at the source was rewarded with a beer whose drinkability handily matched its reputation, and Obsidian has an enduring and laudable history. It’s been winning awards in national and international competitions for many years. But in my excruciatingly humble opinion, the biggest award of all is to win my personal favor. And frankly, I’ve been drinking this beer for years and it’s never let me down.

When served on nitro, the head is a compact light tan. I’ve never actually tried to float a dime on it, but I keep thinking it’s a distinct possibility; it’s that dense. The body is full, uncompromised, and black and tosses out a delicate roasty aroma.

The Deschutes Brewery Brew Pub could serve this a few degrees warmer to achieve full effect. I don’t usually mind waiting for a beer to reach ideal serving temperature, but Obsidian does command a bit of impatience. Once warmed, the aroma and flavor grow more thoroughly alive with just a splash of sherry in the nose and a broader complexity of roasted grains.

This is a very easy beer to hoist. Its refinement and genteel balance make it an ideal candidate to serve to friends among us who otherwise claim to be repelled by those more brazen and thunderous stouts whose taste profiles shun restraint. Obsidian is never so overpowering as to be offensive, while still every bit a world class pour. It remains one of the best overall non-specialty stouts in the west.

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.

Photo of wedge
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black crowned with a generous head of dense bubbly creaminess that coats the glass well. Aromas of roasty, smoky malts, coffee, caramel, malted milk balls, berries, and hops. Delicious hoppy stout flavor...bittersweet chocolate, char, slight fruity yeast character. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, finishing a bit dry. Excellent stout!

Photo of Khad
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes hit another one out of the park!

This was a bottle poured into a stout glass. The appearance is superb! That nice dark ruby color with a mocha head just looks delicious. As far as the smell, it's certainly not bad but you definitely pick up plenty of alcohol, maybe a little coffee something along the lines of an Italian roast. The smell certainly isn't bad but would lead you to believe this beer might be harsh on the palate, but it's not. As far as the mouth-feel just perfect. Nice creamy, no serious carbonation and what is there works well. As far as taste, wow! It's all there, everything you'd expect. The first wave is some NOT so subtle barley, with some NOT so subtle malt but then some subtle dark chocolate and a slight punch of that Italian roast coffee. It all balances amazing with a relatively high alcohol content, so be careful. Just a remarkable Stout with amazing balance and exceptional "craftsmanship" or call it whatever you'd like...just very well done!

Photo of vegantreats
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer marks the second time this month I have gone to smell a beer and have sent beer into my nose, guess I get too excited!
Poured darkly dark with some pretty brownish foam!
Wow!Notes of wetness..wait sorry. Seriously though, notes of darkly roasted malts with just a notion of sweet chocolate.
Nice roasted taste.
This beer was exciting to drink. It felt like the immage one would have of a kid in a candy store in their mind if they didn't mind thining about kids in candy stores.

Photo of T100Mark
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Black as used motor oil. Dense, tan, foamy head. Big stickage. Handsome.

Smell - Chocolate. Booze.

Taste - Chocolate. Espresso. Malt. Alcohol. A bit sweet. The afore-mentioned flavors are prominent but the hops play an important role, too.

Mouth - Fizzy. Bitter. Wow!

Overall - This is one big, ballsy brew. Delicious! Not for the timid. Like Sierra Nevada, Deschutes can do no wrong.

Photo of warnerry
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered from Liquid Solutions,served in a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped cap. Best by 9/07/07

Blackish brown with a dense creamy tan head several inches tall. Good retention leaving sticky lace down the glass.

Moderate malt nose,sweet carmell.peat,roasty,cocoa, with a light burnt/chard aroma and some dark fruity notes. Very easy and inviting nose.

Clean taste roasty,light chocolate,coffee nice malty taste Finishes with a nice,sharp,mouthwatering bitterness leave a chocolate mocha taste lingering. Very good balance and easy to drink.
Mouthfeel was smooth,juicy,tangy.

Remined me almost of a dark lager. Like the 3 Dechutes beers i've have all were very drinkable,every day drinkable. Would always keep some in the fridge if avalible locally. Not extreme beers very solid and all well done.

Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,292 ratings.