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Obsidian Stout | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 6.4%
IBUs: 55

220 calories per 12 oz serving

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

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Photo of pkalix
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of ReebShorts
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of Khad
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of vegantreats
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 5/28/09 but I don't think it's suffered much in the past few days.

It pours into the curvy sam adams glass with very dark brown, nearly black, color and thick tan head. The head sticks around better than just about anything out there and leaves lacing all over.

Aroma is really exceptional too. It has lots of great roasty coffee and dark chocolate while still remaining pretty sweet. There's a bit of hops that I believe add some earthy quality.

Flavor is mostly like the smell with great roasted coffee and dark malts. There is quite a bit of dark chocolate and lesser amounts of toffee and burnt nuts. Despite all of the bitter flavors from dark malt and hops, it remains well-balanced with a good amount of sweetness both up front and on the end.

Mouthfeel seems a little thin but that might just be because the flavor is so big, I expect fuller body. The carbonation is too high for me as well. I would want this to be more creamy and silky.

Drinkability is good but it could be better if the mouthfeel was improved.

Overall it's a great example of the style. I can only imagaine it would be exceptional all-around if it was served on nitro.

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Photo of Stigs
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a DFH signature glass

A - pours a solid inch+ of tight frothy, dark khaki colored foam, already leaving a sturdy layer of lace around the glass as it slowly falls. the beer is pretty much pitch black, with a seemingly healthy amount of carbonation.

S - starts off with a huge whiff of dark roasted malts, bitter coffee, some dark milk chocolate, healthy amount of earthy hops, burnt toast...big bold and impressive.

T - whoa, starts off quite a bit sweeter than expected. some dark fruits come into play, very ripe plums, before the bitter roasted malts take over. slightly burnt coffee is present throughout. picking up healthy amounts of toasted coconut that plays nicely with some mild mlk chocolate. finishes with dark chocolate and bold earthy hops. excellent balance between sweet and bitter. lovely.

M - medium bodied and just a tad hot on the carbonation, but nothing that letting it sit for a few minutes doesnt take care of. crisp flavors but also a tad oily.

D - one of, if not my favorite American Stout. bold where it needs to be, and graceful in all the right places. has all the elements of a wonderfully crafted beer. cheers to Deschutes for this one.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark coffee black color.

S- Smell of roasted malts brings out a coffee hint and hops and sweet caramel smell from the wort.

T-Hops and malts bringing out a bitter coffee note. And the wort bring a caramel note sweet.

M- Creamy and smooth to the pallet strong robust malts brings out coffee notes and hops bring a well balance flavor.

D- Very good beer. Tasty and good smell. Well balance flavor.

Cheers...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade, poured into Southern Tier tulip.

Pours very dark black, with a one inch mocha head. Small globs of lacing down the glass.

Smells roasty and chocolatey, with a little bit of licorice and vanilla.

The tastes are pretty similar, lots of dark, bitter chocolate, mild smoke, vanilla, and some great roastiness. The best part about this stout is that the flavors all meld into a singular beast- no one flavor is beating you over the head, the flavors are well integrated. One of the most drinkable stouts in the US.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, relatively dry finish for an American stout.

Amazing stout, makes me wish we got Deschutes here in New York.

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Photo of peabody
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out really black and clear with 1/2 finger of tan suds that quickly dissapate.Swirlling reveals lots of lacing.
Smell is black coffee and sugar. Malty dark hot chocolate. Not much else but it is such a sweet prominent aroma.
Taste is bitter coffee at first because of the aroma ,then the sugary malt comes into play quickly leaving and being replaced by the black sharp bitterness that slowly falls back into a malty sweetness. This one is complex as all get out.
I rate this higher than the Victory Storm King because of the blackness upfront. Both are excellent though. Each is so different.
This one is so Black though. I like a nice malty blackness and this one serves me right.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As black as a night alone in the woods. Rocky tan head that leaves lace so sticky it looks like it needs to be chisled off with a knife.
Lot's of roasted grains in the aroma. Sweet chocolate, peat moss. Very earthy smelling.
Man this is delicious. Bittersweet chocolate with lot's of roasted flavors. Goes from bittersweet to freshly ground coffee beans midpalate and finishes with a sharp acidic hoppy bitterness. I love how the flavors are bold yet flow so well.
Mouthfeel is wonderfully dry and smooth. The acidic bitterness leaves your mouth thirsting for more.
Another exceptional beer from Deschutes.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours as black as the name itself - obsidian. No light can peek through this one. A thin brownish head forms, but dissipates quickly, without leaving much lacing.

S: Lots of roasted goodness in the nose, with a hint of sweetness and some coffee as well.

T: Roasted grains blend wonderfully with some sweetness, coffee, and dark chocolate. A nice range of sweetness and bitterness collide in the middle. Very well balanced.

M: Smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable. Holy hell this could be my go-to stout if they sold it in Boston. It's an excellent brew!

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cool, rainy day here in the First State...perfect for a nice stout.

Pours black as night with a nice peanut butter colored head. Some nice lacing remains behind.

The smell is a blend of strong coffee, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and a bit of dark fruit. Gets even better as it warms a little bit.

Roasted barley, bitter bakers chocolate, coffee, molasses and then a touch of bitter coffee at the finish. Very good. The bitterness is actually very enjoyable and this beer wouldn't be half as good without it.

Smooth, creamy, fuller bodied beer. More carbonation than I expected, but it works. Very easy drinking stout. More than one bottle wouldn't be a problem...and that's rare for me and stouts. Hopefully I can get more of this someday.

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Photo of marcusR111
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Obsidian well represents this beer as the color is almost black. light brown head.

S- Definately smell the chocolate and espresso with the smokiness of the roasted barley

T- Very good, roasted malt and black barley. Chocolate and coffee make an appearance in the back.

M- Lots of carbonation

D- I could drink a whole six pack in one sitting

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JackieTH
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Opaque brown-black with a finger of tan head that slowly recedes, leaving nice lacing all around.

Smell: Coffeehouse scents along with roasted malt and a trace of chocolate.

Taste: A fleeting hint of molasses sweetness followed by heavily roasted malt, dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee. Hops are discovered toward the end imparting distinct character into a loooong slightly bitter, slightly burnt and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy. The carbonation is mild to moderate and adds nicely to the character of the beer.

Drinkability: Perhaps one of the most drinkable stouts I've had recently. It was easy to drink three 12-oz bottles at one sitting. Looking forward to more.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black, finger of nice mocha head with solid retention and leaving some fine sticky lacing.

S - Sweet milk chocolate and honey, touch of vanilla, and a nice espresso finish with the faintest bitterness.

T - The milk chocolate flavours are dominant with a dark cocoa finish, the espresso comes through on the tongue as it warms, and lingers with a bitter leafy hop. This stuff is delicious.

M - Nice medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness. Not chewy or overly thick. Very impressed.

D - At 6.4% I could drink this stuff all night. Perfect for a cold winter afternoon, or for any occasion where you're looking for a full flavoured stout that won't bog you down with complexity.

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Photo of Elimination
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is one of my favorites, not only for the availability of such a rich dark stout, but the price cant be beat.

Look is a deep dark black, foamy white/brown mocha head

Smell Rich chocolate, cocoa, a bit of carmel strong coffee. For a stout that comes in a 6 pack, this is right up there with the big boy bottles.

Taste dark chocolate, coffee, cappuccino, sweet yet rich.

Mouthfeel is thick as can be, but smooth going down.

Drink for a stout its very high, but its not one to have a slammed 6'r in a night.

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Photo of number1bum
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to younger35 via BeerTruth for this one. Thanks guys!

Pours pretty much pitch black, with about two fingers of creamy tan head. Head recedes to a thin patchy lace and leaves a decent amount of stick.

Smells strongly of coffee, along with chocolate malt and some roasted in there, too.

Coffee is also the dominant flavor as it was in the smell, and it's complemented wonderfully by some chocolate and roasted flavors. There is some dark fruit in there, too, and it finishes with a slightly bitter, roasty aftertaste. Also somewhat dry through the finish.

Mouthfeel could maybe be a touch softer as the carbonation is a little too tingly, but it's medium bodied with a nice creaminess. Quite dry through the finish.

This is one hell of a stout. I've been impressed with every Deschutes offering I've had and I wish I could get my hands on them more easily. Awesome brew that I'd stock my fridge with if I could.

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Photo of m1ked
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours an opaque black.... no light getting through this glass. A 1 inch cafe colored foamey head, which fades inot a ringed glaas with sticky lacing.

S-Mmmmm smells good. A lot of things. Definetly some coffee, wood, leather, smokey, dark chocolate & cocoa. I love the woody choclate notes.

T- a slight bitterness to the woody coffee dark chocolate. A smoky woodiness throughout. I don't get any heat here.

M- Medium bodied, with almost a creaminess to it. Nice carbonation to it.

D- I will preface it with this is one of my top styles. It goes without saying not a session beer (for me). I see this beer widely available out here in SD. I need to remember how lucky I am for that. Great, solid stout.

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Photo of Foxman
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a jet-sleek namesake black, with the slightest glint of ruby at the margins. Two fingers of light brown pepper-flecked head sustains well. Pollock splats of lacing paint the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, deep roasted malt is alive with coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toasted nuts, black cherry, soy, port, and some slight char. A lilt of yeast and a breath of floral hops spice things up a bit.

Upon tasting, forward comes a wash of dark roasted malt, just burnt, briefly sweet, and rich with espresso, black cherry, cocoa, and leather. A rounded, dark earthy fruitiness joins a soft port/sherry note, as well as an airy hop spiciness. More charred grain and a mellow tanginess fade into a refreshing dryness, nicely bitter and green-apple crisp. The flavor makes for an involved, blended, and wonderfully engaging stout.

Medium bodied, the malt sticks a bit and the roastiness leaves a lively edge on the palate.

The name nails the color and speaks volumes of the earthy, satisfying richness blended into this sumptuous beer. It's the best of coffee, grain, and chocolate, mixed with yeast and hops...talk about a riveting combination. It's about as drinkable and fresh as you could hope for from a stout, and that's saying a lot. But the thing is- dammit man, I want another one!

Thanks to flexabull for this!

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,091 ratings.