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Obsidian Stout - Deschutes Brewery

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1,057 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,057
Hads: 3,479
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 514
Gots: 618 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 1,057 | Hads: 3,479
Photo of GregJ
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with dark brown edges. Thick and foamy light brown head dissipates quickly leaves nice lacing down the glass. Smells sweet roasted malts. Tastes dark roast coffee, mocha and dark roasted/burnt malts in the aftertaste with a little hoppy bitterness. Nice medium body.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 4-13-15.

APPEARANCE: pours completely black, even when held to light nothing penetrates the darkness, one-finger tan head that dissipated to a thin, broken layer of small bubbles, there was significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: roasted grain, chocolate.

TASTE: initially very sweet then a blast of roasted grains and chocolate, the 6.4% alcohol is perceptible.

PALATE: medium carbonation, creamy, full bodied.

OVERALL: I am not a huge fan of stouts but enjoyed this one when included in a sampler pack, not something I'll seek out by itself but worth trying. If you like the stout style this is one of the better examples for sure.

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Photo of Jishguy
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a solid black body with a one finger mocha colored head. The head did dissipate after about two minutes or so. The lacing on the glass is moderate when turning from side to side.

S - The immediate smell of espresso dominates the aroma, along with sweet caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. Very inviting

T - Very similar to the aroma. Dark roasted malts immediately up front followed by the chocolate and sweet malts on the backbone. A tiny hint of alcohol is present in the aftertaste, but not to overwhelming.

M - Not bad, but definitely the most disappointing aspect of this brew. Creamy, but could be a bit more.

D - It does sit heavy, which is not uncommon for a stout. I could drink three or four.

Overall, a solid brew. a friend brought me a six pack while on vacation. I'd definitely buy another.

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Photo of MichaelNeelsen
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

L: Pitch black, pours thick, with a one-finger width cinnamon-colored head.

S: Roasted malts is the overwhelming aroma. Maybe some espresso and uber dark chocolate.

T: Roasted malts again. Espresso. Nice finish.

F: The highlight of this beer for me. It's medium-full, bouncy, fluffy, pillowy body is the way an American stout should be.

O: A great baseline for stouts, and another great beer from Deschutes. It's not as special as The Abyss or Black Butte, but it's very good.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a single into a Bell's snifter (and consumed sitting by the fireplace after shoveling snow)

A: rich jet black with a 2 finger puffy tan head (looks amazing)
S: roasted espresso, toasted barley, bitter chocolate, grassy hops
T: nice layers of flavor that follow the nose, though the chocolate is less pronounced than the nose suggests; lots of toasted dark malts with some ashy burnt flavors too; ends fairly bitter (both grassy notes and some char). First one of this winter, but in winters past, this is one of my staples. God bless you, Deschutes!
M: creamy, smooth, with some pleasing bitterness and acidity. maybe a little on the thin side.

Overall: These guys win. This is a stellar stout.

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Photo of spidermite
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

So crisp and clean, one of my favorite go to stouts when I can find it.

it's just so smooth and tastes like it should be thicker smells like roasted malts and goes down so smooth, the appearance is spelled out in the name and I love seeing peoples eyes pop when they see it for the first time. Cant have just one though....

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is absolutely jet black in color. It poured with a finger and a half high dark tan head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of dark chocolate and roasted malts are present in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the flavors are intensified and the roasted malts really stand out and linger through the finish.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a well-crafted stout that is very flavorful and nearly as complex as a Russian Imperial Stout, despite its lighter body nature.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of genesisgrunge
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: very dark brown/black, can't see through. head is 1/2 in when poured and diminishes to a thin lacing by the end of the bear. the creaminess to the beer remains the same though.
S: a robust concoction of chocolate and roasted malt. powerful and effective and a good indicator of the taste to follow.
T: strong chocolate and roasted malt flavors. sweet and inviting. this is a beer you don't want to put down.
M: slightly high carbonation, but it doesn't get in the way of any of the taste and the mouthfeel ends up feeling wholesome and refreshing. you are definitely drinking a stout. it ends in a nice dry tinge.
O: excellent beer. in my top ten of stouts. perfectly balanced.

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Photo of drtth
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As with most stouts, this beer, poured into a Duvel glass is an opaque black with not a bit of light showing through it and a nice 1/2" dark tan head.

The foam persists for a reasonably long time but eventually settles into an island of thin foam on the surface and a small ring of foam around the glass, as do most stouts. There is some foam coating one side of the glass and a couple of patches and rings of leggy lacing. By the end of the beer there is only a small ring of foam and a few scattered speckles of lacing.

The light aroma is full of dark roast malt highlighting coffee and chocolate.

As expected from the aroma, the flavors are nicely complex. There is dark, bitter roasted malt underlying the coffee flavors and semi-sweet dark chocolate and they are all playing together nicely here without any one of them insisting on dominating the action.

The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with light persistent carbonation. The finish tapers off into that lightly bitter dryness that invites another sip (or three :-) ).

Overall this is so far an impressive beer and one that offers an abundance of flavors and complexity along with an ABV (6.4%) that would easily allow having more than one. It has definitely earned a place on my “have more in the future” list.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev -5%

This is an ultra black, thick brew. Tan head with a decent lace. Grain and a touch of smoke and coffee in the smell. Firm bitterness in the taste. Some underlying thick smoothness. Bitter and powerful. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Seanhillmusiccleaner
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

This stout will make your poo dark.

Very dark coffee/ chocolatey bitter. A tad higher ABV for Deschutes mass-markteted brews. If you like Guiness, this may be a bit too dark and rough. Lacks the levity and smoothness.

Not bad, but not something worth discussing. Why am I here then? Oh yeah, because I'm drinking it now and was looking up my next serving, Sprecher's Double IPA (Oh boy, I don't like the looks of those reviews. Here I thought I was getting a bargain finding a few of these in the $9.99 build your own craft 6-er.)

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Photo of AlexR
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours nicely - along the side of the glass, produces a nice foamy head of about one finger atop a coffee-black beer.
Smell: It smells good - I detect what I believe is coffee, along with some roasted malt.
Taste: This beer doesn't mess around. It's fairly strong, but it has a delicious, toasted flavor and a boozy quality, for lack of a better word.
Feel: This beer just nails it. It isn't too easy to drink as it does have some hops to it, but it's somewhat smooth at the same time thanks to the flavors.

This is one of my favorite stouts. It tastes great and is satisfying.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark brown, essentially no light passes through, with a proper frothy deep brown head that laces well.

S: Roasted malt, a touch of dark fruit, some bittersweet chocolate, and very light coffee.

T: Coffee and bittersweet chocolate from the roasted malt up front, well balanced sweetness and bitterness, some dark fruit maybe plum and cherry, a bit earthy with a touch of pine, with a light smoke note and some bitterness on the finish.

M: More towards the heavier side of medium body, moderate carbonation, almost creamy.

O: Solid bold stout, though I wish it was a skoche less bitter and the chocolate and coffee notes were a bit more dominant. Still a very good brew.

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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.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.25/5  rDev +1%

This stout is solid black with a two finger mocha head and medium lacing. Some of the head remains as a collar until the end.

The smell is strong with chocolate, coffee and strong roasted malts. There is also the smell of piney and spiced hops.

The taste follows the nose with chocolate and bitter coffee dominating. The taste then quickly moves to roasted malts then some piney spiced hops finish on the back end. There might be some oats in there as well.

Overall this this an easy drinking stout; it goes down smoothly and does not leave a bitter aftertaste. The lack of bitterness makes this an interesting stout; good if you don't like a bitter stout.

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Photo of Mikus
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black (with slight chocolate hue in the light). Minimal head. Bitter aromas, roasted malt, bitter coffee, some light chocolate, and a hint of molasses. Tasted of coffee, roasted malt... balanced bitterness... tasted bigger than 6%. Medium mouthfeel, perfect for a regular stout (I prefer them a little meatier). Overall outstanding. UPDATE: It is even better on nitro. All of the great flavors, etc with a mouthfeel like chocolate milk. Amazing.

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Photo of JWU
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- Black. no light gets through. Big tan head that sticks all over everything.

S- Roasy, with some light coffee and chocolate notes.

T- Big roasted barley notes with some nice chocolate and coffee notes. Barley and coffee bitterness balance the light sweetness.

M- Creamy, but kind of dry on the finish.

O- With all the big impy stouts out there, you can easily forget how good a regular, good ol' stout can be. This one is happy to remind you.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%

Been considering this one for awhile. Now it's time.

Appearance (4.5) : Pours out of the bottle looking like used motor oil. Now I know that doesn't sound particularly delectable, but in a stout, it sure is. It has an oatmeal colored head, reaching about two fingers. It leaves generous lace in delicate lingerie rings around the glass as it recedes. Color is obsidian black, just like the name. 100% opaque. Nothing penetrates. I like how this is looking.

Aroma (4.25) : Smokey, coffee bean, dark chocolate, campfire. A little licorice. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4) : Quite decent. Bitter notes set in right away with coffee bean and char, then some more grassy notes step in, some woody dark cherry, finally leaving with some dark chocolate and roast bean. Smoke and char is left lingering on the palate. It's not the best stout I've ever tasted, but it's not half bad.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Creamy mouthfeel with an underbelly of generous carbonation. Mildly zippy. I would say it's just a hair less carbonated than the Shipyard Blue Fin Stout I reviewed (which arguably was too much carbonation for its style). Could be better.

Overall (4.02) : This is not my favorite Deschutes offering. It is definitely a good smokey stout with heavy char and dark notes. Long after the swallow the taste lies lingering on the palate with roasted coffee and light smoke. It is a worthy offering and should be tried if spotted.

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Photo of BB1313
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 3/17/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a nice mocha head that leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas have lots of cocoa malts. Subtle chocolate and vanilla notes. Lots of roasty aromas. The flavors are very sharp and on the bitter side. Lots of dark chocolate. Some black coffee is in the mix. Some dark fruits. There seems to be a hop presence to this one. Very subtle anise/black licorice notes, but barely. More vanilla. Finishes dry. The mouthfeel is great. This being bottle-conditioned really gives this one a great body. The carbonation is active, but rich and velvety. Very smooth and easy drinking. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a great stout. Very bitter, but stays true to style. Well crafted and very enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance (4.5): Very dark (black) as i expect in a stout, with a wonderful creamy mocha colored head

Smell (4.5): Balanced between chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and slight smokiness

Taste (4.5): As with the nose it is very well balanced between chocolate and roasted malts, with the latter being more so on the palate. There is slight smokiness and a good amount of hop bite at the backend

Mouthfeel (4.25): Medum body; Goes down smooth but perhaps a tad bit too bitter for me in the finish for a stout

Overall (4.5): I ended up buying the Deschutes variety pack because i have been wanting to try this beer for a while now and have not seen it anywhere else. It did live up to my expectations, but considering my indulgence in RISs, it's not quite robust enough. Speaking of robust, this reminds me a lot of the Smuttynose Robust Porter. Still a great regular stout, and one of my favorites in the style.

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Photo of StoutBrotha602
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Had it a finally..
its an okay stout .. i have been wating to try it and finally i went down to a good spot looked on the wall and found they were serving it on nitro so i plopped down and had a glass

Taste: reminded of Black Butte porter in roastedness
Pour: didnt see it get poured so .. all i can say is its dark and lovely.. no head
Mouthfeel : bitter is very light.. can drink a few easily

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Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev -5%

Had this Nitro in Maui. Very well balanced Porter, not too smokey, great head and look.
Could drink a lot of these with no problem. Very similar to their Black Butte, which seemed a tad less bitter, but both are very good.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08.26.14. Best by date.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 04.06.14.

A: Completely opaque black. 1/2 finger head.

S: Cocoa, chocolate, roasty malt. Some sweetness too.

T: Roasty malt, chocolate.

M: Creamy smooth.

O: I poured some of this over ice cream and it was very good. On its own, this did not have any weird hop bitterness, which I can't stand in a stout. The roasted malt kept the sweetness in check. It is an excellent example of the style.

Rating: A-

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Photo of dcscientist
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Deschutes makes a fine stout, and you should seek this one out if you like stouts. I actually think their porter is slightly better, but I enjoy both. This stout is a touch on the bitter side, but not as much as some, so I can still make it work. Another success from this brewery.

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Photo of bwood06
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

A -Beer is as black as the night sky. Dark tan, 2 finger head that is very creamy and rich. Head is very slow to dissipate. Lacing remains on top of beer and down sides of glass. 4.5/5

S - Notes of dark toast, roast and dark chocolate. A bit of espresso as well. This beer smells extremely heavy. Aroma is all about the malt. No fruitiness or hopiness. 4.25/5

T - Bitter of espresso right off the bat transitioning to a very dark chocolate (almost a cocoa powder) and then to a toasted bread and roasted malt flavor. The flavor profile goes full circle by ending with an espresso bitterness that lingers for a long time. Ever so slight hint of caramel in the beginning. A bit of a yeasty note but it is very subdued. 4/5

M - Very heavy and chewy. Finishes dry though with a long lingering bitterness. Slightly more carbonated than expected. 4/5

O - Awesome stout. Very heavy and very dark, just like a stout should be. Big time bitterness though which threw me a bit at first but once you get used to it, it works well. 4.25/5

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Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,057 ratings.